Homemade Yogurt All Summer Long

Returning from Sicily to Philadelphia’s simmering pot of hot weather has thrown me into a jag of yogurt making. Thanks to Cheryl Sternman Rule’s recent book, Yogurt Culture, I’ve made batch after perfect batch — a feat, since I have tried yogurt recipes in the past with mixed results. Cheryl’s instructions are exacting. And her recipe (below) works […]

Meet The Chevre-Cado Toast

When Laura Chenel’s Chèvre approached me about developing a recipe for their Chef’s Chèvre I didn’t bat an eye before saying yes. Who says “no” to Sonoma goat cheese from one of the best companies in the business? Grand dame Laura Chenel has retired but is still revered as the pioneering American cheesemaker who supplied Alice Waters […]

Near and Far Yogurt Bowl

Until I read Heidi Swanson’s new cookbook, Near and Far, it never occurred to me to sprinkle popped sorghum and rose petals on yogurt. To use dairy as a canvas. To turn breakfast into an offering. But here I am, using my extra hour of daylight to draw down my best clay bowl. To ladle out the local […]

Beet & Plum Salad w/ Goat Cheese and Rose

This salad. Oh, this salad. It’s been my August. Such a simple combination, but it hits all my salad pulse points — tart fruit, roasty veg, crunchy nut, plus a sweetly unexpected ingredient: rose water. Give me a recipe with rose water, and I will always rush the fridge, batting all condiments aside to get at that tiny […]

The Carrot Cake Cheese Ball

Despite its humble past life as family-reunion food, The Cheese Ball seems to be making a meteoric comeback. And the person who is making yesterday’s party food today’s adorable centerpiece is Michelle Buffardi, author of Great Balls of Cheese. If you never envisioned yourself making an owl out of cream cheese and Ritz Bits or rolling pimento cheese in […]