Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Polenta Triangles with Brown Butter Mushrooms, Sage & Goat Cheese

I love polenta. It’s simple peasant food and it’s very versatile. It can be dressed up or dressed down, slopped onto a plate, or chilled and cut into various shapes for a pretty presentation. One of my favorite ways to enjoy polenta is grilled. It’s an easy way to incorporate flavor as the char and smokiness pair naturally well with cornmeal. I planned on grilling these but ended up sprinkling the tops with grated parmigiano reggiano and hitting them with a flame from above, broiling them instead. Which, BTW, loosely translates to, “It was too cold outside to grill.” Grill them if you please, but the golden, crispy, cheese crust that results from broiling is a pretty delicious alternative.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pop Rocks Truffles

Though these white chocolate truffles sparkle like gems, they act more like firecrackers. One bite into the smooth, delicate white chocolate ganache and you are quickly surprised with the familiar snap, crackle, and pop of Pop Rocks candy. Like bubbles of champagne, this sweet indulgence is fit for a celebration, which works perfectly because it just so happens to be my birthday this weekend.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Italian Stuffed Cherry Peppers

These spicy stuffed cherry peppers are a revisit from one of the first posts I ever wrote for my blog Cook’s Book. They and all of the things they are composed of—provolone, spicy sopressata, garlic—are truly among my absolute favorite things. Inspired by an Italian deli counter staple I have enjoyed for ages, to me they are a perfect food, which is why I believe they deserve another chance in the spotlight.