August 2015

crostini

3 Favorite Toppings for Toast

Far from simple white bread of yesteryear, the bread aisle at your local grocer or bakery is a plethora of choices. Toast can be the crunchy canvas for so many delicious toppings, so don’t overlook the toaster; use it for creating the perfect base for savory or sweet garnishes. Try an old favorite or create something new. The Wolf Gourmet toaster uses advanced technology for delicious results every time. Avocado toast Yes it’s a trend, and with good reason. It’s a simple, nutritious, and fast breakfast, lunch or snack. The juxtaposition of the creamy avocado and crunchy toast is a… Read more

Irresistible Blueberry Muffins

Fresh from the oven, the aroma of blueberry muffins is quite irresistible. Served at breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a dark-roast coffee, there is no bad time to enjoy a muffin. There are innumerable recipes for blueberry muffins, incorporating a variety of different ingredients like sour cream, flax, buttermilk, or whole-wheat flour. Ours is a classic, with plump, fresh berries and lemon zest to provide a bright note of citrus. A simple crumb topping gives added dimension and depth of flavor. If you live in an area that has wild blueberries, by all means use them. Wild blueberries… Read more

roasted tomatoes

Preserving Summer Tomatoes

There’s nothing like a tomato fresh off the vine. The weekend farmer’s markets are bursting with heirloom varieties like Mountain Gold and traditional favorites like Big Boy. Your backyard garden may be overflowing with these red jewels, or perhaps a bag of tomatoes appears on your porch from your green-thumb neighbor. A sprinkle of kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil on sliced tomatoes are all you need for a satisfying summer appetizer. Or two slices of white bread and some mayonnaise for the quintessential Southern sandwich. A box of summer tomatoes can become tomato… Read more

Eggs Benedict

Confidence in Every Step: Steak and Eggs Benedict

In our Confidence in Every Step series, we’ve detailed the necessary steps in creating a deliciously roasted beef tenderloin, creamy hollandaise sauce and perfectly poached eggs. Now, it’s time to put it all together in one of our favorite indulgent brunch dishes, eggs Benedict. Rich, creamy hollandaise sauce tops gently poached eggs, thin slices of beef tenderloin, and golden-crisp English muffins. Roasted beef tenderloin is a splendid substitute for Canadian bacon, and is a perfect use for any tenderloin you may have left from dinner. But first, we need to toast the English muffins to a crisp golden brown. Fork split… Read more

strawberry basil sorbet

A Refreshing, Sophisticated Summer Sorbet

  Fresh, plump berries are spilling out of baskets everywhere – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, can you pick a favorite? We certainly cannot. Signs for pick-your-own berries have popped up along the side of the road, and the farm stands are piled high with shades of red and blue. We have already had our share of pies, crumbles, crisps, and cakes. It’s time for something a little different, light and refreshing: sorbet. Sorbet takes the best summer fruits and turns them into a fresh, cool treat. There’s no ice cream machine involved – the blender can do all the… Read more