Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards & Chez Panisse

April 13th, 2012  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.

Saveur's Best Food Blog Awards & Chez Panisse

It was one of the best meals I’ve had during my two weeks in San Francisco and certainly the most memorable dining experience of my life. My Chez Panisse Experience is nominated in Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards 2012 in the “Best Single Piece of Culinary Writing” category.

Thank you Saveur! It is a great honor to be recognized. As always, the competition is fierce and I’d love to have your vote. Please visit Saveur’s website to vote for your favorite blogs. You have to be a registered user to vote, but don’t worry – registration takes only 10 seconds.

If you voted last year and already a member of Saveur, but don’t remember your username or password, click here. If you do remember, login here. And then start voting here. Voting is now open and will last until April 26. Only two weeks left. Winners in each category will be revealed on May 3. Many thanks for your support and vote!

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Tartine’s Basic Country Bread

March 06th, 2012  | Category: Bread

Tartine's Basic Sourdough Country Bread

It could have risen a bit more. It should have had a more open crumb. And the “ears” would have definitely been more pronounced if I had scored the dough with a razor instead. But still, I can’t believe this bread came out of my oven.

Thanks to Chad Robertson and his detailed recipe, Tartine Bakery‘s Basic Country Bread, in his book “Tartine Bread”, I baked the most beautiful and flavorful bread ever. Step-by-step instructions with photos and stories of a group of committed test bakers make up 41 pages of the book. It is impossible for me to explain the art of making this bread in such depth. If you’re as excited and obsessed as I am to be able to bake their signature bread at home, buy the book. Instead of repeating their recipe, I’d like to act as another committed test baker by sharing my experience below, and include a few suggestions for bakers who don’t have access to the equipment mentioned in the book. I hope you take as much pleasure as I did in conquering this bread recipe.

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