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Sofrito (plus salmon!)

Today, I spent the day making sofrito. After retiring 6 weeks ago today, I signed up for a Master Class with Thomas Keller, the great chef at The French Laundry in Napa. One of our assignments was to make sofrito with two different oils (olive and canola). So I did. First, a caution: this will take a total of five (5) hours, so be patient!

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Salmon provençale

Finally back on track on cooking and posting!

Tonight, I wanted to make a dish to draw on the lessons learned from the wonderful Christmas gift from my hubby, Jennifer Simonetta-Bryan and Ken Arnone’s “Pairing with the Masters,” a fabulous book about wine and food pairing.

So I made an old family favorite, Salmon provençale.

This is a great recipe that combines tomatoes, olives, red wine, and Continue reading

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Strawberry jam cupcakes

We spent a wonderful time late this afternoon celebrating the recent retirement of a wine blogger friend. I wanted to bring something a little out of the ordinary, so I made strawberry jam cupcakes. Jam cake is an old Appalachian favorite that my Appalachian grandmother would prepare using blackberry jam that she’d made herself. This past Christmas, one of my gifts was Victuals, Ronni Lundy’s marvelous book of folkways and recipes from the Appalachians, one of the richest foodways in the world.

 

And in it was a recipe for blackberry jam cake. For the party, I decided to Continue reading

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