COMFORTING CLASSICS : Aleppo Cheddar Corn Muffins

This is an cornbread true to Southern roots: its salty, and even though it has sweet creamed corn, its not sweet, just incredibly moist. The aleppo pepper gives it a tiny bit of fire and the sharp cheddar adds some salt – all of which makes these perfect for the Juniper Beef Stew or any…

DEVOUR AND DIVINE : Blackstrap Gingerbread Cups

BLACKSTRAP GINGERBREAD CUPS, makes 5 doz mini, 2 doz regular muffins In a bowl combine : 3 T Blackstrap molasses 4 T Lyle’s Golden Syrup (can buy from specialty food stores or Amazon) 1 c dark brown sugar 1/4c + 1T finely minced fresh ginger Preheat oven to 400ยบ. In a large bowl sift together…

DEVOUR AND DIVINE : Cider Poached Pears

Ah- my friends, you have been so patient with me. I’ve been consumed with establishing my Umi Kitchen, “Kate’s Autumn Feast” and so I have admittedly neglected this space. The menu is glorious, I hope you visit the Umi site or download the app, or even better – if you live in the NYC area…

INSPIRE, ASPIRE : The Internet of Food

Controversial and yet no less intriguing…a “lingua franca” to make the food industry more transparent, customizable nutritional profiles for those with genetic/medical intolerances, the ability to monitor as well as increasing preventative measures to ensure the health of industry animals… from the Forbes website : “Why We Need An Internet of Food” from The Guardian…

Sweet Beef Stew

I was inspired to go out on “the pigeon limb” by the pan-caribbean culture in my new Brooklyn neighborhood to make a beef stew that was warming on the inside and inspiring on the outside (I am thinking of the beach, right about now). The anchovy fillets are REQUIRED – and with the rest of…

INSPIRE, ASPIRE : Oprah.com : “Mindful Eating, Mindful Life”

Early on in my food journey, I encountered Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s slim volume, The Heart of Understanding, and was completely consumed by the first few paragraphs. He compels us to consider the deep origins of a piece of paper. We are challenged to discover all of its making – the clouds, rain, trees,…