Monthly archives of “April 2011

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Gabrielle Hamilton’s Braised Rabbit

Rabbit is a tricky thing to cook. Braising is the usual method — something that always always puzzles me as rabbit is very lean, and there really isn’t any tough connective tissue to break down by slow, low cooking. Shorts ribs, it is definitely not.… Read More

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Essential Equipment: Good Cutting Board

Here is another post in which I bully you gently persuade you to make better and more esthetically-pleasing choices in the kitchen. You need a good cutting board. I am always amazed by people — good, cooking people — who get by with shitty cutting boards,… Read More

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Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Chocolate-covered strawberries get a bad rap. It’s perhaps not so surprising: the majority of ones in this country are sold in February, when strawberries are completely out-of-season. Now I have nothing against partaking in enrobed fruit for Valentine’s Day, but strawberries bought in the middle of… Read More

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Caldo Verde

It is officially spring in New York, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It feels schizophrenic actually as beautiful sunny days alternate with dark gray ones filled with freezing rain and hail. Yeesh. This has led to a kind of odd assortment of things… Read More

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Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

This was one of the first desserts that I learned to make in Paris. It’s quick, easy, elegant, and tastes better than anything you have ever tried in a restaurant. The recipe will fill four 4.5 ounce ramekins. Ingredients: 1 cup of whole milk 1… Read More

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Penthouse View for the Heart

This is not a post about food. It’s a post about good friends. Great friends, actually, who refuse to let you wallow and who force you to penthouse parties with West African musical superstars. The bar was cash, but the love was free. Laura and… Read More

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