We just finished a batch of braided cardamom bread, aka Finnish pulla bread, for Easter. Tasty. Check out the recipe from Saveur!
The Southern Foodways Alliance has some excellent oral history interviews with several descents of Arab immigrants to the U.S. within their collection. Here is a sampling: Mary Louise Nosser Mary Louise Nosser is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her parents, John and Effie Nosser, immigrated to Vicksburg from the Mount Lebanon region of Syria (now Lebanon) just after World War I. In 1924 John opened a small grocery store on Washington Street. A year later, he married Effie, and theyRead More
The cocktail for the month of December is the Sidecar. Eric Felten, writing in the Wall Street Journal (A Drink’s French Connection), states: “The Sidecar — cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice — was born in Paris; and though the drink entered the American repertoire, it has never lost its Continental panache.” Here’s the recipe for this classic cocktail: 2 oz cognac ½ oz Cointreau ½ oz fresh lemon juice Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass, theRead More
This year we baked three traditional European treats for Christmas: Bûche de Noël (France), Stollen (German), and Panettone (Italy). Here are the recipes and some pictures. Yeah, I’m already planning some long runs to help offset the ill effects of the butter and sugar! Bûche de Noël. Bûche de Noël is a traditional dessert served near Christmas in France and several other francophone countries and former French colonies. It can be considered a type of sweet roulade. Panettone. Panettone isRead More
I recently checked out Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice from the public library. I’m re-kindling an old interest in bread making that goes back to my days of working as a baker during a summer break from college. Since then, the majority of my baking has focused on making sweets or quick breads. No complaints, I just finally felt it was time to begin exploring bread making more seriously. This past week I’ve baked two loaves of ciabatta and “Italian”Read More