I admit, I don’t have a formal background in cooking, but growing up around good cooks who were always willing to try something new, being married to a fussy eater, and spending several years living in Europe, built a foundation that has paid off for me now (there was also the period of obsessively watching The Food Network, but we won’t talk about that now).
If I ever doubted my culinary skills, I doubt them no longer after something that happened at my weekly Wednesday Farmer’s Market at The Nutrition Center in Great Barrington.
Here is the scenario: I sell my entire line of blends, salts, peppers and miscellany at these markets. Since my blends tend to be unusual, I figured out quickly that a great way to show people how to use the products is to cook for them. Read the rest of this entry
This easy appetizer is gorgeous and easy to prepare, but the “surprise” factor comes from the spice that is sprinkled on the plate, under the mozzarella. When you pop a morsel into your mouth, the combination of cinnamon, orange and fennel spice hits your tongue first; then the coolness of the mozzarella soothes it, followed by the refreshing c-r-u-n-c-h of the red bell pepper. Read the rest of this entry