Friday Cocktail Hour: The Bee’s Knees!

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Bee’s Knees!

Video by Katherine Guanche Due to technical difficulties (sometimes referred to as vacation), I failed to post the Friday Cocktail on Friday! Better late than never I hope. The Bee’s Knees is a prohibition era cocktail, by some accounts created as a way to mask...
FCH: The Rosemary Gimlet

FCH: The Rosemary Gimlet

video by Katherine Guanche Today’s Friday Cocktail Hour features a variation on a most excellent sour, thanks to the protean David Lebovitz, a poem by Matthew Dickman, how to make an infused simple syrup, and the three most important words in the English...
FCH: The Rye Old-Fashioned

FCH: The Rye Old-Fashioned

The last time I heard someone order an old-fashioned on screen was Don Draper on “Mad Men.” The last time I heard it ordered in person, it was by my step-son Sam, his cocktail request for his 27th birthday-in-quarantine. A birthday deserved a commensurate...

FCH: The White Negroni

Today’s cocktail is a White Negroni and is a lesson in how to invent a cocktail. I’ve heard a couple versions of how this came about but what is certain is that Wayne Collins decided to pair a French and a Swiss ingredient with gin for this refreshing...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Whiskey Sour

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Whiskey Sour

I’m reposting the Whiskey Sour, my third favorite cocktail (after the Martini, followed by the Negroni) because when I restarted the Friday Cocktail Hour, I didn’t have a videographer. Now I do! Thank you, Kat Guanche. I’m also reposting this...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Rusty Nail

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Rusty Nail

This past Sunday I was thinking about my dad, Rip, who died in 2008 and whom I miss every day. Yes, every single day. I was seven or eight when, one Christmas after dinner, I asked to taste what was in that teensy wine glass he was drinking from. He said...
Homemade Bagels Are Easy

Homemade Bagels Are Easy

You’d think bagels would be difficult, highly specialized. But in fact they’re no more difficult to make than Dutch oven bread. Maybe easier. The dough, this one at least from North Carolina baker Bruce Ezzell (which I posted about years ago but wanted to...
New From Scratch Podcast

New From Scratch Podcast

A new podcast is up, with chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Nick Kokonas of Alinea in the last of our restaurants during quarantine. Listen here or wherever you find your favorite shows.
Happy Father’s Day 2020

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Me and my dad, circa 1968 Wishing happy Father’s Day to all fathers, especially those many fathers without fathers. My extraordinary dad died twelve years ago and I miss him as much now as I did then, if not more. The pain of the loss is gone but the lasting...