Nose to Tail

My favorite dish, out of everything I’ve ever made or had made for me, has to be liver and onions. The very phrase makes many people cringe, with brutal memories of choking down poorly-prepared renditions at home, the army, or a relative's. Some people gag without even having tried it! But this dish represents to… Continue reading Nose to Tail

The Alchemy of Fat

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, but today it was mercifully warm in Vermont. As the old snow and ice coverings melt, disappear, and reappear in the fluctuating temperature, I am reminded of one of my favorite culinary pursuits: rendering fat. It's the perfect activity to symbolize this time of year because fat behaves and looks… Continue reading The Alchemy of Fat

Woodfire Cooking

It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold. After all our discoveries and inventions no man will go by a pile of wood.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden One of the purposes of this… Continue reading Woodfire Cooking