Back again with another technique and recipe—here the classic béchamel sauce, one of the great, yet rarely used, sauces for the home kitchen. We don't always have veal stock around for classical demi or Espagnole, or often any stock for a velouté. But milk we do have: flavor it with some shallot, a little nutmeg, salt and pepper, thicken it with cooked flour and you have a dynamite all-purpose sauce, for chicken, fish, or my favorite sandwich on earth, the croque madame. So, so good. This is a great weekend lunch or anytime dinner. (FYI, I love the montage that opens these videos but if you've seen it, the technique begins at 1:11.)
I asked to use this particular Le Creuset vessel because of its clever utility. In restaurant kitchens, sauté pans regularly double as pot lids. Someone in the LC design shop realized this and ...
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Homemade peanut butter. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.
That 30 cases of salmonella have been reported in 18 states is, of course, troubling (HuffPo story here
). I buy bottled stuff—mustard, mayo, ketchup, hoisin, etc.—and feed it to my kids. But the salmonella—have they isolated its source?—makes it an an opportune time to encourage people to make their own peanut butter.
Why? It tastes better
, it's easy to make
if you have a food processor, and it won't have nasty bugs that can make your kids sick
. And, it's cheaper by far
than buying commercial.
At my local Asian grocery, a five-pound bag of peanuts costs me $9.99. A pound of peanuts ($2) will yield a little more than a pound of peanut butter, less than half what you'll pay for decent peanut butter (Smucker's All-Natural costs $4.83 at ...
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The BLT. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.
Last week, while I stood by my Big Green Egg, smoking a big fat pork belly (for bacon) and two fat beef briskets (for pastrami), I couldn't help but think how am I going to eat this delicious food? It was a warm, sunny day and I could actually smell the tomato vines behind me, so I thought, bacon and tomato, mmm. Then I remembered the wonderful BLT from Scratch challenge, and the inspirational response to it. Hard to believe it was three years ago. Here it is again, and I assure you, there is no finer sandwich than one that takes months to prepare! Here's the link to the winners
. The above, with that fabulous home-cured slab of bacon, was one of the best of my life.