Rediscover a Culinary Classic: What Are Hasselback Potatoes?

The classics sometimes get a bad name, associated with stuffy old restaurants that are no longer stylish, or even in existence. But there are reasons that these recipes became classics. In this series, we will share some of those stories, and our versions of the recipes so that you can rediscover these dishes at home….

Why Duck & Orange?

According to no less an authority that Julia Child, roast duck with orange sauce (Caneton à l’Orange in her iconic book) is “one of the most well known of all the duck dishes.” That ubiquity also makes it one of the most derided. Duck à l’orange had its heyday in the 1960s, when every French restaurant…

Go Grass-Fed on National Filet Mignon Day!

Today is National Filet Mignon Day, so let’s have a steak… more specifically, a grass-fed filet mignon. This is a new addition to our website, and an uncommon thing. These barrel-cut steaks are from the thick end of the tenderloin, and offer superb texture and flavor. With all the health benefits of grass-fed beef and all…

Seeing Stars: What is the Michelin Guide?

Have you ever wondered about the Michelin Guide and its stars? The Guide (pronounced geed in French) gives out stars from 1 to 3 when it reviews restaurants; this is the most prestigious rating that a restaurant can get. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. See the…

A Saucy Series, Part III: Sauce Chasseur

Welcome to guest blogger Deana Sidney of Lost Past Remembered, a blog dedicated to discovering, replicating and adapting historic recipes. In this saucy series she demystifies one of the cornerstones of classic French cuisine: the mother sauces. Sauce Chasseur When the Kennedys came into the White House the quality of the food served there went…