Q: I just bought myself a bottle of very good cold-pressed prune pit oil! My main idea is to use it for amaretto cookies (instead of apricot pit oil), but that is all I can think off. Any ideas for other uses?
Q: I typically use a Greek olive oil from a local gourmet foods store that is pure, unfiltered, and has low acidity. It is delicious, unlike any olive oil I've had before, but it is meant more for finishing or using as a dip. What do your readers use as their main cooking olive oil?
in 2005, Paul and his family started to grow olives on their land in Dayton, Oregon, a feat many told them was impossible. After years of challenges (and laughter!) they've successfully harvested heritage varieties of olives and pressed them into olive oil. Take a tour with me of this unique olive oil maker!
Q: Coconut showed up as a "moderate intolerance" in a recent allergy screening. We have a lot of allergies and intolerances in our house (gluten, soy, peanuts, and dairy), and I've been relying on coconut flakes, oil, milk, and butter for a lot of my cooking. Any substitution ideas?
Earlier this year we splurged on a bottle of Moroccan argan oil, and it sits in our pantry like a bottle of liquid gold, used sparingly and savored deeply. At first we were merely curious about the intensely nutty flavor of this oil, which we had associated with cosmetics more than cuisine. As we learned more, we were captivated by the details of its history and production involving rare trees, goats, and the Berber women's cooperative movement.
There is only one problem with niter kibbeh: I can't stop eating it, whether I'm melting a spoonful into a pot of lentils or sneaking a dollop straight from the jar. This spiced clarified butter is the "secret ingredient" to many Ethiopian dishes, as well as anything else you can imagine using it on, from meat to eggs to vegetables. (Psst... try it on popcorn!)
Quitokeeto (pronounced "kee-toh") is an online pop-up shop curated by Heidi Swanson (of 101cookbooks.com) and Wayne Bremser. With an eye towards beautiful, lasting design, the shop features utilitarian kitchen "jewelry" and unique products from small producers. Their aim is to stock a very short list of things that are special, lovely, and worth owning.
While it's great to buy specialty products in-person from the maker, sometimes it's just not possible. (We don't all live near a food or farmer's market.) So to appreciate the full scale and variety of today's artisanal offerings, you have to go online. These nine marketplaces have you covered:
People can be protective about their pesto recipes and approaches. A little extra garlic or the special way they grind down the pesto? It's the magic touch. This is largely because pesto is so adaptable: you can create a signature pesto of your own using different nuts, greens, cheeses and spices. And that is exactly what we have here.