Preserving Summer: Homemade Tomato Sauce

Preserving Summer: Homemade Tomato Sauce

September 30th, 2008 | Category: Preserving


Thanks to my father, I preserved more tomato sauce than I'll ever need this winter. It was impossible to consume the amount of fresh garden tomatoes he brought every Monday morning. He would not only bring the tomatoes he grew in his garden at our summer house, but also hand-picked the tastiest tomatoes from the farmers' market on his way back. Six batches later, I came up with ...

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Lunch at The Mansion

Lunch at The Mansion

September 23rd, 2008 | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


No recipe today. Just some snaps from a lunch we had at The Mansion last week. We were sitting around the table, reading the paper and having tea and all of a sudden we realized that it was way past lunch time. The lady of the house started listing what she had in the fridge from the day before: "Let's see... We have braised Romano beans, borek... ...

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The Croissant Challenge

The Croissant Challenge

September 09th, 2008 | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry


A couple of weeks ago, when Vera and I were planning the brunch menu, the last thing I needed was a baking challenge. The menu was already ambitious and required two full days of proofing dough and baking, but I just couldn't resist... Flaky, buttery croissants that crackle as you bite into them... Even more butter on top with homemade plum jam... Chocolate dripping from half of ...

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