nora on 01/28/2014

Recipe: Lemon Cream Flag Macarons

I must admit that before I moved to New York, when I heard the word macaron my point of reference was not the delicate and airy French cookie, but the dense, heavy coconut hockey puck called the macaroon. I have since been enlightened to the heavenly world of French macarons, which are a sweet meringue-based […]

Kate on 11/22/2013
Pumpkin pie history | Abbott & West Productions

Edible History: Pumpkin Pie

When Americans (of both the US and Canada) think of the most American holiday, Thanksgiving, we don’t just think of family, friends, and all the things we’re grateful for. We also think of the meal, with its staples like roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie and pumpkin pie. The part […]

nora on 11/20/2013
Oregon Hazelnuts

The Great State Project: Oregon Hazelnuts

This little video marks the beginning of a new project for Abbott & West. I have decided to embark on a cross-country road trip of sorts called THE GREAT STATE PROJECT! A little while ago I got to thinking about the fact that the U.S. is such a diverse place, full of so many different cuisines, […]

Kate on 10/18/2013
Rice Pudding Recipe | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: Greek Rice Pudding, or Rizogalo

Souvlaki, yogurt, olives, gyros, spanikopita… Talking about Greek food is like reading a list of all my favorite foods. Greece is one of my favorite places to eat – and one of the cheapest for high-quality food – but one of my absolute favorite dishes often gets overlooked amid the many other delicious choices. Rice […]

nora on 10/15/2013

Notes from the Kitchen: Linzertorte

A few weeks ago I was asked to host a pie-making contest for a community garden in Brooklyn. It got me thinking about the tradition of pies and contests, the celebration of harvest, and family. I love pie, and frankly don’t make enough of them these days. There was a period in college where I […]

nora on 10/15/2013

Recipe: Tina Chovanec’s Blue Ribbon Linzertorte

Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon grated orange peel 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 2 egg yolks 1 ½ cup sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon cloves ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup ground blanched almonds 1 cup plum preserves whipped cream 1. Cream the butter with the […]

Maddy Douglass on 10/01/2013

Recipe: Le Marais Bakery’s Pain de Genes

To further tempt your tastebuds before revealing all – or maybe just some – of San Francisco‘s Le Marais Bakery‘s secrets in our upcoming interview with head baker Justin Brown and owner Patrick Ascaso, we have another quintessential (yet surprisingly doable) French recipe this week: Pain de Genes, a mouthwatering almond cake. Savor this light […]

Kate on 07/12/2013
Berry Pie | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: All-American Berry Pie

Can you tell we’re on a summer kick? If my kitchen weren’t so hot and steamy here in New York, I’d be making my favorite all-American summer treat every weekend: pie. As it is, I’ve relegated it to once a month or so, with a rotating cast of fresh fruit fillings, depending upon what’s at […]

nora on 06/11/2013

Recipe: Ukrainian Nalysnyky

Back in 2004, I spent a summer abroad living with a family on the outskirts of the sleepy college town of Uzhhorod, Ukraine. I fell ill from eating something delicious that I probably shouldn’t have sunk my teeth into. Luckily, I had a wonderful host family who, while they didn’t speak much English, could surely […]

Kate on 05/23/2013
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Recipe: 1920s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I’d like to play it cool and say I’m not buying into the hype around Baz Luhrmann’s new movie version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, but that would be a blatant lie. Gatsby has been one of my favorite books since I first read it while studying in Paris six or seven years ago, and […]