Cheese and Cassoulet

Some people throw legendary dinner parties. Don’t you always want to be that person? Revered for the time you served 200 partridges atop foie gras-stuffed mini pumpkins? Or for the night you whipped up poutine at 2 a.m. for the whole neighborhood? Neither do I. I don’t have the nerves or stamina to prepare such […]

In Bed with Harold McGee

I don’t care if every woman in the world is consumed with British e-erotica, for me there’s only one book on the nightstand right now. It’s Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of The Kitchen. Granted, it’s not new — it came out in 1984 and was recently updated — but […]

Leonora for Spring

It’s the year of the goat. Everywhere I turn: goat dinners, goat tacos, goat talk. This means I should let you in on a little secret about Leonora. It’s the most luscious Spanish goat cheese on the planet. The texture is gooey-soft, and it comes in a slightly flattened brick that looks like a melting […]

Brewer’s Plate 2012

One of my favorite places to learn about new local cheese is at The Brewer’s Plate. This annual benefit brings together local food pioneers and Philadelphia chefs for one night of revelry. You’ll get handed a wee pint glass when you enter the National Constitution Center on the evening of March 11, and you can […]

Eggs Tarentaise

At our house, we have squash issues. My beau and I love to stock up on butternut and acorn every fall, but unless we make time to cook with them they stack up like heads on the counter. On a recent Sunday, I decided to have at them. I invented Eggs Tarentaise. Tarentaise from Spring Brook […]