pumpkin soufflé in a springform pan

Since the autumn, I've had three big pumpkins decorating the bench in my foyer. I grew them in my garden last summer from seeds that Jo LaRocca collected on one of her food and gardening adventure trips to Mexico. Today I decided to cut one open to make pumpkin soufflé. I was inspired partly by these …

carajillo

carajillo

Some say that this coffee drink dates back to when Spain occupied Cuba. Soldiers would drink coffee and rum to give them courage--coraje in Spanish, which later transformed into the current name of the drink: "carajillo." There are many variations of this drink. For January's supper club, the carajillo I'll be making will have Licor 43, …

Menu for the Jan 23 coffee flavored Dinner with Daniel

Matt Gebis has chosen a few select coffees for the upcoming Dinner with Daniel. I have designed the courses around each coffee's unique character. You will be amazed to be introduced to a whole new range of flavors in this familiar daily beverage: Coffee BBQ Pork Ribs - Miju Sali Coffee, Ethiopia Pan-seared Emerald Valley Ricotta Chiesi with Cocoa and Coffee - Las Capucas …

January 23 Dinner with Daniel: coffee flavor

Coffee has always been a cherished part of my life. Even before I could drink it, the comforting smell of coffee and the sound of it percolating in the moka pot was a call to start the day and meet the rest of my family at the table. I am pretty open about my coffee obsession. Who …

notes from the windowsill: cocoa nibs

cocoa pod

Something very special ended up on my windowsill--a cocoa pod! Just in time for Valentine's Day. I decided to see what takes to get from pod to cocoa. After all, chocolate is king this time of year--though it usually comes in the shape of a heart! The most fun I had was probably as I …