How many of you thought that Brussels sprouts grew in the ground like little cabbages?  Or like me, never really thought about how they grew until you were forced to consider it?  Last Friday, Thomas Keller flew to Cleveland to promote Ad Hoc At Home, a paean to family-style cooking, and among the many things we talked about were ways people can improve as cooks, such as being more organized (mise en place!) and shopping better.  As Thomas has always said, “If you’ve got better ingredients than I, then you can be a better chef.” One of the ingredients he happened to mention was Brussels sprouts—eat them in season.  The very next day at my farmers market, there they were. So I had to buy.  Had to. Brussels sprouts are delicious—if you cook them right.  Read On »

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I got really lucky when I fell in love with Donna in the wee hours of the new year 1988 Mary Frances’s kitchen in Palm Beach.  She’d been shooting that night, and would continue shooting, but little did she know that 21 years later, she’d be photographing food for me.  Thanks to this blog and the people who read it, she now shoots food with alacrity, so I thank  those who have encouraged her. You’ve helped me! At the request of a few of her admirers she put together a calendar with some of her favorite images.  If we’d had our acts together and done this early enough to print a thousand, we could probably have reduced the price, but as it is, she’s printing them via Apple.  For more info, see her blog. Now, Read On »

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Pretzels Photo by Donna My obsession with pretzels began with olives and the lye, but I was only moved to actually figure pretzels out after a comically disastrous demo at the Fabulous Food Show on Saturday.  (Before the demo, hanging out with Symon and Jonathan Sawyer, I mentioned my demo and said, "It’s a no brainer, it’s so simple nothing can go wrong." Symon clutched his bald head and shout, "DON’T SAY THAT!!!") Half my demo was on baking and making a 5:3 bread dough into several products, and I also wanted to bake gougeres, cheese puffs, so I went early to make sure the ovens were cranked. I was assured by the very efficient woman running that stage that it was.  Thirty seconds into the demo, I went to put a loaf that had Read On »

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Photo Post by Donna The final 2010 photo calendar is complete and here are the 16 featured photos (there are 3 months with 2 photos and on the cover is the brown eggs in wooden bowl photo) and there are 12 thumbnail size photos as well. Didn’t know it would be so hard to choose photos for the 12 months of 2010. I mean you can’t have cherry pie photos for February—right?—they need to be in July. For those of you who would like one you can now go to Paypal, and send your payment to account: Michael@Ruhlman.com,  and place your order. $45 shipped straight from Apple or $55 to come here to sign & ship to whomever you want. You can make requests in the comments box. Again—happy to do either and won’t be Read On »

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