Monthly Archives: December 2010

Spice-Roasted Beet, Chive + Brillat-Savarin Crostini

  The most important ingredient in this festive holiday appetizer is the ultra luxurious French triple cream brie, Brillat-Savarin.  It’s appropriately named after Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a lawyer and politician by trade, who ironically gained his fame as an epicure and gastronome. Pairing this soft, buttery cheese with jewel-toned beets bathed in allspice provides a unique […]


Urban Pantry Cookbook Giveaway + Boozy Steeped Fruit

With all of the “Best of 2010” cookbook lists circulating lately, your head may be spinning.  I know mine is.  In the spirit of the holiday season, I’m giving away a small cookbook that’s had a big year for very good reasons (see below for giveaway details). Praised by Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular e-newsletter, Goop, Amy Pennington’s Urban […]


Grilled Organic Apple, Onion + Aged Cheddar Flatbread

  If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, would a grilled apple flatbread smothered with bubbling sharp cheddar cheese be a secret formula for longevity?  I tend to think so.  At least from a comfort and happiness perspective.  If that is true, couldn’t there possibly be extra longevity points when indulging in this crispy […]


Slow-Roasted Parsnip, Potato + Apple Soup

Parsnips?  Oh, no.  I wouldn’t go anywhere near this root vegetable as a kid. Even if you told me it is just a sweeter version of its cousin the carrot.  No way.  No how. It wasn’t until I discovered a little thing called roasting that I began to give this ancient vegetable some credibility. And, […]

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