CtBF – buttermilk ice cream

This is some of the best ice cream I've made. Yes, I just said that. I decided to get a new ice cream maker because a) it was on sale, b) it's hot in Arizona so ice cream is good, and c) because everyone, but especially my mom, loves ice cream. I've made quite a … Continue reading CtBF – buttermilk ice cream

CtBF – eggplant caviar

When I was planning on making this, I hoped that my favorite farm stand would have eggplant. At first glance, no. But when it was mentioned, the guy immediately went out and picked a bucketful. Doesn't get fresher than that!!When I read the recipe, I immediately thought use the grill! So I charred them, then … Continue reading CtBF – eggplant caviar

CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

A theme for me is finding - "oh, I have that, but it's in storage... somewhere!". And my storage space is not accessible except during the weekdays, regular work hours. Which makes it safe, but not super handy. In said storage unit. Somewhere. Lies a cool pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid. I bought it when … Continue reading CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

CtBF – lentil salad (and a hummus make-up)

Seems that I was on the same cadence as a few others. Making (or posting anyway) both of these recipes this week.  I have often written about how much I learned to love lentils on this blog. Apparently my dog does too because the last time I made them, I made a larger batch and … Continue reading CtBF – lentil salad (and a hummus make-up)

CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

I've been wanting to make this recipe for a while and was excited to try what seemed like a savory biscotti, or one of those yummy crispy crackers that are so good.  I used some fabulous green olives that I love and some sliced almonds. The dough is simple to put together. I wasn't really … Continue reading CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

CtBF -green beans with snail butter

A day behind on this. But such is life. This was the "extra" recipe for the month. Essentially steamed green beans treated in the same way as escargot  - that is with butter and a lot of garlic. Ok, with a bit of parsley and some salt and pepper.  I knew that it could be … Continue reading CtBF -green beans with snail butter

CtBF – Caramel pork ribs (plus)

Like several others of the CtBF tribe, I have fallen behind on my cooking from the book, and my posts. But here I am - on a Friday no less - the actual Friday that it was supposed to be posted - with my thoughts on the Caramel pork ribs. Unfortunately, I didn't take process … Continue reading CtBF – Caramel pork ribs (plus)

A Bread-baking Experiment

At the end of the year, Bon Appetit published a list of great recipes for using a Dutch Oven. One included in the group was called BA's Best Bread.  I still had some time off from work and thought it would be fun to try. A classic 3-day bread starting with a poolish. In typical … Continue reading A Bread-baking Experiment

CtBF -Fresh herb omelet

(BTW, I had to double-check that spelling... yep, what's in the book - not what I would normally type). This week's recipe for a French-style omelette is accompanied by more text descriptions of David's omelette experiences and ideas for accompaniments than there is for the recipe itself! That's a good thing, because it makes for … Continue reading CtBF -Fresh herb omelet

CtBF – Salt cod and potato purée 

This is called "brandade de morue" in French. It seems that it is closely related to some Italian preparations, since salt cod makes an appearance in that cuisine as well. I'm afraid that salt cod was never (ever) something I had in my household.  So this was an adventure of sorts. Salt cod, soaked for … Continue reading CtBF – Salt cod and potato purée