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Comte

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 2 comments

Comte

As far as France is concerned, Comté is a pretty big effing deal.     Personally, I think of France and I think of a magical few weeks I spent there in my youth, touring the country from Paris all the way down to Aix-En-Provence.  Hours spent wandering through the expansive, overwhelming amount of masterful artistry at The Louvre, eating freshly churned ice cream while strolling through old world Parisian neighborhoods, the view forever etched into my memory from the Eiffel Tower, fields on fields on fields of sunflowers in the countryside, wild horses in The Camargue, sitting in Van Gogh’s Cafe La Nuit in Arles, and a soup from the small seaside town...

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Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 6 comments

Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

“You didn’t bake these?,” I quizzed Charlotte, gobbling down a granola bar in one bite.  ”Nope, it’s too hot to use the oven, so I just whipped up this recipe,” she said, as though ‘whipping up’ one of the best granola bar recipes I’ve ever had is just something that comes to her in her sleep.  ”The idea came to me in my sleep,” she said.  No, she didn’t.  She didn’t say that.  But, I imagine that it did, nonetheless.     I posted this pic on Instagram the other day and I was hounded by replies, texts, emails and Facebook messages (I assume I’ll be receiving written...

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Edible Sarasota: Close To The Hive

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Blog, Read, Websites | 0 comments

Edible Sarasota: Close To The Hive

Hey, you know how I like to talk about honey like all the goddamn time?  Well, here’s a lengthy article I did for Edible Sarasota‘s last issue which delves into CCD and the importance of sustaining our honeybee population.  It also explains why Monsanto is the devil, just in case I haven’t made that clear in previous blogs.  :)       WORDS BY MEGAN GREENBERG • PHOTO BY JENNY ACHESON Sure, it says “honey” on the label, but there’s a good chance that if you got your squeeze bear from the grocery store the only thing you’re adding to your morning tea is high-fructose corn syrup. Now would be a good time to purchase the Jaws...

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Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Wow. I am really dumb. I waited until the end of berry season to share this fanfreakingtastic recipe that Charlotte sent me a month ago. Of course you can still find strawberries at the market, but the organic berries are nearing the end of their run.     Forgive me, won’t you? Bright, beautiful, tart and tangy berries with rich, lactic burrata and creamy, rich avocados with a healthy dose of lemony-garlic dressing?  Yes yes yes yes.  This salad is amazing alone or as a prelude to a good Summer dinner – anything from sauteed fish to grilled ribs. Anyway, short and sweet: Make this. Eat this. Be ridiculously happy about it.     Oh, and...

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Perq Up

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 2 comments

Perq Up

Sometimes I tell Louise, “We gotta get outta here.  We need to move the shop to a place with a bit more hustle and bustle, like Miami or Palm Beach.”     “No,” she’ll remind me, gently.  ”We’ll make Sarasota even better.” This usually elicits some sort of sigh from me as I tap my foot and look idly out the window waiting for the throngs of people that will turn our town from tiny to thriving.     Of course, Louise, borrowing Costner’s beloved “If you build it they will come” notion, is right.  You don’t just pack up shop and move to where the crowds of nameless people will...

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Negley & Son Honey

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

Negley & Son Honey

History dictates that the creation of fire and invention of the wheel were what really set humans apart from their primitive ancestors.  But, if you ask me, civilization didn’t really begin until humans began hunting for honey over 8,000 years ago.  The ancient cultures of Egypt, China, Mesoamerica and the Roman Empire were hot for honey from the jump, valuing the sticky treat for its medicinal properties.  Meanwhile, honey seems to be a common denominator among Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam as these religions not only regarded honey as a health food, but also a healing agent worthy enough to offer to their respective gods.     And while that...

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Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Bellwether Farms – San Andreas

“Once upon a time, Cindy Callahan needed a way to keep our pasture grasses under control, so she bought sheep,” explains Cindy’s son, Liam.  ”That one innocent act triggered a series of events that placed our family at the forefront of the American revival in artisan cheese making.”     Liam Callahan and his wife, Diana, now run Bellwether Farms, located about an hour north of San Francisco in the beautiful hillsides of Sonoma County.  It would be fair to say that everything relating to this farm is beautiful, from the family’s mission of creating a perfect American Pecorino to the care of their flock of 200 East Friesian...

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Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | Comments Off

Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Hey, remember when I said I was a vegetarian and then I posted a pulled pork recipe followed closely by this bacon-heavy recipe?  It happens.     Especially when you take a childhood favorite – warm, buttery, cheesy crescent rolls that were always served at some adult’s holiday party that your mom would drag you to and you would hate until that little platter of meat-wrapped crescent rolls would make its debut alongside some artery-clogging cheese dip and deviled eggs.  Ahh, the 90s were the best! – and spin it with a more gourmet twist using artisanal, small batch ingredients.     Charlotte tells me, “Normally I...

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Venice, Italy

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Blog, Europe, Go | 1 comment

Venice, Italy

My girlfriend, Kim, emailed me from a train leaving Rome, yesterday.  It made me nostalgic for Italy and reignited the wanderlust that permanently resides within my deepest layers. So, I figured I’d ‘re-visit’ Venice via photographs taken from my trip to Italy a few years back.  Please feel free to join along. Venice:     Our hotel:     Venice’s famed canals:       To this day, these are the best clams I have ever been in the presence of.  You can’t find these in the states.  Well, maybe you can find them.  I couldn’t.  If you get your hands on them, please let me know immediately!!...

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Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Some of you may call it a weakness.  Some may call it addiction.  Some may even consider it disgusting.  Me?  I don’t care what you label my love for pulled pork sandwiches – just get one in my face.     Charlotte says “The star of this sandwich is the Chipotle Slaw.”  Which is great because, as you know, I’m a vegetarian.  Yes, I cheat for pulled pork.  And Pho Cali.  And sushi.  But that’s it.  After that I draw the line and return to my roots as die-hard vegetarian.  Ok, maybe I did eat a homemade Niman Ranch blue cheese burger last week.  But, other than that, die-hard vegetarian.  ;)     If...

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