Happy New Year from Cooking by the Book

Happy New Year from Cooking by the Book

Suzi and I wish you all the best possible 2019. We’ll be here testing recipes, reading cookbooks, and blogging the best in books and recipes for you. That picture? It’s caponata from our trip last April to Sicily. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow....
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Last year, our Christmas Day began with a few inches of snow. We live on a mountainside with ridges to the east and west. So morning direct sun takes a little time, but there is this wonderful blue tone to the first moments of the day. The air was still and all the...
Yes, Butterball, and It Is Perfect

Yes, Butterball, and It Is Perfect

If you google “how to roast a turkey” there are now about 30 million hits. Probably too much for you to consume as you the annual search for how to get a perfect turkey. Here’s an easier path. These pictures are from last Christmas when Suzi and I...
Planets of the Grapes

Planets of the Grapes

Concord grapes were developed in 1849 by Ephraim Wales Bull in Concord, Massachusetts. They’ve been a smashing hit ever since. There are just two problems for us: Concords are available for only a short few weeks each fall, and they have seeds. The seeds are nasty:...
Spatchcocking a Bird

Spatchcocking a Bird

The word “spatchcock” sounds a bit ominous. Perhaps it began as some medieval torture of poor souls. No, it comes from quickly “dispatching a cock” or quickly killing and then butterflying a bird. Technically, when you spatchcock you butterfly...
Warning. Danger. Chicken Alert.

Warning. Danger. Chicken Alert.

I haven’t posted in a few days. We went to Maine for the Kneading Conference and had a wonderful time. But we did see something disturbing. This week I saw the new Jurassic Park movie. You know the plot: the dinosaurs come back and eat people, one limb at a...