Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

It’s my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is. Amy is lying down and not feeling good when I walk into the bedroom to ask if she wants to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year.   She hesitates, not saying what we both already know, about how we are planning to put the house up for sale, … Continue reading Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

Putting the Bullet into Your Bone Broth: Consommé

If you can fortify coffee by whizzing in butter and making it into an emulsion of sorts, or make fortified wine by upping the alcohol to give it a boost, aging it, and calling it port then why not fortify your bone broth? Great chefs have known the deliciousness of consommé for centuries.  Now I … Continue reading Putting the Bullet into Your Bone Broth: Consommé

Marcella’s Broccoli and Potato Soup

Each year I look forward to making this recipe with the first broccoli from the fall garden. I'll make it several times from mid-autumn to early winter. It requires but a few humble ingredients which, when combined in the soup pot, are as satisfying as knowing you have an uncommitted hundred dollar bill in your … Continue reading Marcella’s Broccoli and Potato Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup with Saffron

Good soup is hard to come by but it isn't hard to make good soup.  It's only as difficult as you want to make it. While I know there are all kinds of prepared soups on the shelves of every supermarket I just can't bring myself to do anything other than make it from scratch.  … Continue reading Chicken and Rice Soup with Saffron

Dashi

Don’t let its simplicity fool you. A well made dashi packs a wallop and is the foundation of Japanese cuisine. If you want the real deal you have to make this stuff from scratch. Possibly the easiest stock of all to make but again you will have to make a trip to the Asian grocery. … Continue reading Dashi