As a chef, one of my favorite ways to capture the essence of each season is through vinegar infusions. The acidic nature of the vinegar acts as a solvent, breaking down and absorbing minerals and the flavors of any ingredient it encounters.
This past fall, I ran the How To Eat An Acorn with Daniel Vitalis. While creating the course, I found myself so inspired to create a variety of uses for this noble fruit of the oak tree. One of the recipes I put together was a simple skillet bread, which basically was an adaptation to my Fluffy Cornbread recipe you can find here on the blog.
This past weekend family and friends from Maine and Connecticut came to celebrate back to back birthdays for Wilder and Camille. Since their birthdays are 1 day apart, the festivities tend to go on for a few days. With Camille turning 30 and Wilder turning 4, this was a special weekend for the family.
My first culinary school experience I can recall was cutting mirepoix for soups and stocks. Myself and a small group of students stood around the prep tables, nervously cutting carrots, celery, and onions while our chef instructor took notes on our knife skills.
We love our coffee program here. In fact, we couldn't imagine starting off our day with anything other than a cup of coffee. A few months ago we decided to take a week off from coffee. Yerba mate, Camille's mom's famous Red Tea, and of course chaga made for perfect alternatives yet after 1 day we were back sipping on our butter brew. You can say we are addicted to the caffeine, but quite frankly, it is the morning ritual and damn good flavor that keeps us coming back for more of this sacred drink.
There's something about sitting by a camp fire, listening to friends play music while sipping on good wine and roasting marshmallows. We feel fortunate to live close to the Common Grounds Fair which took place last weekend in Unity, Maine