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Here's the rest of how the cheesecake came together, represented by my adaption of Tish Boyle's recipe.
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No matter what your work-life to home-life ratio, cooking during the week is not always the leisurely and relaxed exercise that it is during the weekend.
The most important aspects of braising are to make sure to brown your form of protein on very high heat before it goes in the oven, not to overcrowd the pan but give the meat plenty of room, (otherwise you’re steaming rather than braising) to use flavorful liquids and aromatics, to think like an architect building toward the final result as you go along, to cook it slowly and to keep the lid on the pot as much as possible until you’re ready to concentrate the flavors into finishing with a sauce. Thus, in the spirit of a weeknight that was crazy-busy but a heart that didn’t want to sacrifice a good home-cooked meal with Mr. What do you get when you combine a city that's a gastronomic hub, a top-notch culinary school, a 2002 James Beard award-winning chef who is the Executive Pastry Chef at a 3-Michelin star restaurant and 6 hours with 10 like-minded food professionals or food-addicted amateurs? It's still butternut squash season here at Scrumptious Street and I did another variation on the theme, this time making a Butternut Squash Risotto. Experimenting with techniques from one region and spices from another, in non-traditional ways, is such a blast.
Poaching fish is such a fantastic way to infuse it with flavor while ensuring moistness and delicacy. I must thank my dear friend, an Amazing Massage Therapist, for the inspiration of this recipe. The wonderful Rowena at Rubber Slippers in Italy propsosed a non-meme about the spices we all use. Scrumptious StreetCheck out my business teaching cooking classes, and culinary instruction in the Seattle area. Vin Santo, meaning “Holy Wine” in Italian, derived its name from its use in history as a wine that was drank during religious mass, particularly, during the Holy Eucharist. Although complex and fluctuating between regions and types – the variations range from extremely dry to extremely sweet. Fortunately, if you’re curious to learn more about Vin Santo wine, along with many of the other delicious wines to come out of Tuscany – Florencetown offers a Wine Tour in Chianti in which you can learn about the different characteristics of wine, learn to distinguish the acidity, the taste, and flavor pairing with food.?If interested, don’t waste any more time, sign up for the tour today and make your visit to Florence the most memorable kind.
Many Florentine dishes have origins from the countryside, and no dish better exemplifies that than ribollita: a hearty stew of bread, white beans and any variety of vegetables.
Similarly, try pappa al pomodoro – another bread and white bean stew, this one made with tomatoes. A word to the wise – Florence is not the place to order a steak medium-well.  Florentine steaks are served al sangue, or bloody rare.  Most of the time, the waiter won’t even ask you how you’d like it done! You can thank Florence for gelato – the dish was reportedly invented by Florentine Bernardo Buontalenti in the sixteenth century as a gift for the Medici. Part of the fun of gelato is sampling the different flavors, many of which are only found in Italy.  Go for fresh fico (fig), classic limoncello, or stracciatella, a sweet cream-flavored gelato with bits of chocolate.  Love chocolate and hazelnuts? You can always opt for pricey bottles.  But with the vineyards of Chianti a mere stone’s throw away from the city center, the quality of house wine in Florence is often outstanding.  And at just a few Euros per carafe, it’s one of the best deals in town! Sample the house wine, and strike up a conversation with the restaurant’s owner.  Each house wine has its own story.  Who knows – he might even make the wine himself! I was obsessed with ribollita when in Tuscany and Florence- one of the best tasting foods ever! With this information, it is no surprise that I ended-up making my own batch of panna cotta a mere two days after being home. Lebovitz mentions un-molding the dessert before serving, but I actually prefer eating it in the ramekin. It will in no way match what you experienced in Italy, but in Chicago, I find the lemon panna cotta at Anteprima in Andersonville devine.
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest via live video while we discuss 'Letters to the Lost,' by Iona Grey. This is high-density, 100+ year nerello mascalese fruit from high altitude, ancient lava soil. Located on the sandy soils of a bird estuary that juts out into the Atlantic ocean, Baos Quintas vineyards produce some interesting & affordable wines from Portugal.
Domaine aux Moines sits right on the banks of the Loire River, just a few miles southwest of Angers.
Renaissance Brewery in Marlborough, New Zealand, brews and bottles in one of the oldest buildings in Blenheim. Domaine Gresser "Kritt" 2010 Pinot Blanc (Alsace, France) Domaine Gresser is a small family winery, and Remy Gresser, the winemaker, recently switched to biodynamic farming.

Terra Rossa soil in the Olive Grove at Biblia Chora Winery As I grow deeper and deeper into my sommelier career, I am continually amazed by wines from terra rossa soil.
We all work hard in the modern world and being able to make something scrumptious with less time on your mise en place and more time to “get things done” is tremendously valuable, daresay, often a relief.
I can't imagine anyone reading this post and seeing those photos not drooling all over the keyboard and wanting to lick the screen.  YES, they were all MAGNIFICENT and incredible, eye-closing-and-moaning delicious! It is because of this, it is said that this particular name is now used as the umbrella name to describe this specific category of wine. Generally speaking, vin santo wine is similar to something of a blend between a wine, hard liquor and a nutty flavour. I’m still kicking myself in the pants for not trying Vivoli even though I was so close.
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Vin Santo is served differently around Italy, but in Tuscany it is normally served as seen above, with almond cookies or biscotti.
At the beginning of my trip I tried to have different desserts wherever I went, but toward the end I was honest with myself and accepted that I fell in love with panna cotta. Both ways are quite yummy, but you can also make a strawberry compote, which I will be doing for my next batch. I'm the history nerd behind this blog as well as one half of the stationery shop 16 Sparrows.
This would be a great time to knock some of your holiday cards out while "meeting" some of your fellow members. Chris worked for many years in Washington State at DeLille Cellars, and had inspirational moments with Rhone wines during his carer that made him want to focus on syrah and Rhone blends. This particular wine is one that entices you back and back again for another smell, another sip.
Call it an obsession if you must, but this soil-type has an unbelievable way of transmitting its raw flavors through to the palate.
A grapefruit spoon is one of my favorite kitchen tools, I use it to scrape out not only citrus but squash seeds, bread  for making bread bowls and fibrous membranes of vegetables.
Wrap the outside of the pan in heavy-duty aluminum foil to protect against leakage in the waterbath.Finely grind pecans and crystallized ginger in food processor. In this light, braising is such a terrific at-home cooking method because you usually can create a spectacular meal with no more than 15 minutes prep but enough cooking time to allow you to do that laundry, answer emails, write your presentation, book your flights, work on organizing your photos, shop online for gifts or wow…relax with a glass of wine in the bathtub while dinner is cooking itself. I was very lucky to have traveled with my Italian grandfather, so he was able to suggest plates or in smaller towns, we simply asked them to give us what was their freshest and best tasting dishes.
I even drew a picture of an especially yummy panna cotta in my journal with little hearts around it.
Now cooled, several contradas leading out from the volcano have decomposed into rich, volcanic soil; these lava flows have found their way, and over time, nerello has found its way to evolve on their special soils.
Remy has had a bit of experience here, and probably learned a thing or two from his ancestors who have been tending vineyards in this region since 1520. Wines from grapes grown on these iron-rich, bright red soils yield some of the densest, flavorful, and stunning wines the world has to offer. If you have a large processor, add flour, sugar and salt and process until combined; add the butter and pulse until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Put the tomatoes in boiling water and blanch for about 3-5 minutes until the skin starts to peel off the tomatoes.
Between not knowing the language and family members asking for food suggestions, I certainly experimented with plenty of tasty plates during my vacation. If you are new here, check out some of the most popular posts and work your way from there. A deeper interest in soil types has become an interesting trend in Alsace, with producers and consumers in the region creating a healthy dialogue about what is in the glass and what soils it comes from.
On a recent trip to Greece, I took a stroll through the lands, groves, and vineyards of Biblia Chora, and was delighted to feel my feet sink into the soil here. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to taste it because I was too enraptured with my own dessert. Once blended together in 2008 & previous Passopisciaro, he now releases separate bottlings from each contrada.

It's the same look you'd give to Richard Feynman or Einstein if you were to pass them on the street-- a look of deference cloaked in confusion because you know how vitally important they are to the world, but you cannot quite comprehend the fine details of their particular contributions. The mother-daughter team works mostly with chenin blanc but has a small amount of cabernet franc. Here, fist-sized chunks of bright white quartz push up from the ground and blanket the bright red soil below.
Originally from Spain in the Castilla-La Mancha area, then exported around the world in the 1500s, it found its way to Chile in the ships of Spanish conquistadores (Robinson et al 2012:550-552). Their harvest is a longer process-- a series of selections ('passes') of the vineyard that occur over several weeks. They are barrel matured which gives them a softer, elegant structure and ripe, drinkable acidity. It's difficult to take a step anywhere in the grove or vineyard and not have your foot twist one way or another on one of the white stones.Holding together this fractured quarry is a sticky, dense mass of red mud. It breaks apart like clay, and if you take a clump in your hands to smell it, it has that unmistakable aroma of terra rossa. In addition to soft fruit characteristics, there are plenty of secondary aromas such as dried leaves, dried meats, and wet earth. País was most likely the first Vitis vinifera variety to be cultivated in the Americas, and it helped many of the first colonists survive. In a medium bowl, whisk together squash puree, heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Medium bodied wine, with complex aromas ranging from beef to flowers and everywhere in between. The grape spread over vast tracts of land as priests and religious organizations planted vineyards for sacramental wine. Jagged rocky outcroppings form a dramatic skyline in the distance, as spiders and garden snakes watch pensively as you invade their territory. In the uncertain landscape of sixteenth century America, these early vineyard planters wanted to work with a dependable variety that could make a wine that would not oxidize or otherwise go bad before the next harvest.
Add the eggs, one at a time, pulsing after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Ancient documents trace winemaking back through the centuries and note a particular popular grape variety called Bibla Ambelos. Place the foiled springform pan in a large roasting pan or baking pan; carefully pour enough hot water into the large pan to come 1 inch up the sides. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes until the center is set but still a bit wobbly (the cake will set completely when chilled).Remove cheesecake from water bath to a cooling rack. He became entranced by the tiny plots and small growers who mostly sold their fruit to larger companies (Dressner 2012). Carefully remove the foil and run a thin knife tip around the edge of the cake to prevent cracking. He went back to France to study winemaking, then returned to Chile to see what he could do with some of the more interesting plots he had encountered. He bottles three separate plots by their parcel names: Pilen Alto, Trequilemu, and Quenehuao. Perfectly ripe phenolics that make the acid blend right into the tannins and the entire wine is full but stealth. And to put in all the extra hours and manpower to farm it organically? It takes teamwork.
And it's true that the root systems are babies compared to the 300-500 year old assyrtiko roots embedded in the Santorini pumice. But a side-by-side comparison is pointless-- like comparing the lifetime achievements of an 80 year old scholar to a talented and promising teenage student.
Of course they cannot produce fruit (yet) that can elicit the magical response of which the historic vines on Santorini are capable.

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