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  • LirenOctober 9, 2011 - 2:08 am

    Such sweetness! This bakery looks like such a delicious find, Brian. Congratulations on your nomination, so very excited for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Tiny Urban KitchenOctober 9, 2011 - 4:28 am

    Congratulations on the nomination! Your photography is indeed excellent and it’s always a pleasure to just look at your blog and enjoy. :) Thanks for the great suggestion and I’ll try to look for it next time I’m driving to NYC. :)


  • chrisOctober 9, 2011 - 7:16 am

    These pictures make me miss home…in New England. Lovely! Congrats on the nomination. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetOctober 9, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Great photos, everything looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • SallyOctober 9, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Congrats on your award (well deserved, I’m voting!) And I’m going to have to check out the bakery (always going to NY/NJ for visits!)ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 9, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Mmnn. . . I loves me some scratch, especially when it doesn’t make me itchy!

    Lee Scratch Perry es mi heroe.ReplyCancel

  • lesliOctober 9, 2011 - 10:44 am

    hi brian- thank you so much for writing about us here at Scratch Baking. your photography is just beautiful.. it was so nice to meet you and eric. i hope you will stop by again on your travels to visit family. i will definitely be casting my vote for your photography.

    =) lesliReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }October 9, 2011 - 11:11 am

    What a fantastic bakery and your photos are beautiful. Congrats on your nomination – super exciting!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • SweetSugarBelleOctober 9, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Nominated you, AND voted for you! Well deserved! Adorable little place!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 9, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    Those desserts look incredible omg!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 9, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Congrats on the nomination Brian, well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)October 9, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    you take such amazing photos it blows my mind. Congrats on your nomination you deserve it.ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensOctober 9, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Sunday would not be Sunday without me popping in to check out your post. Beautiful as always..ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    looks like a really delicious place, congrats on the nomination you deserve the award!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 9, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    I probably won’t ever be driving near that bakery but luckily I get to see what I’m missing with these pictures. Congrats on the victory (oops, nomination) You know how much I love your photography! Beyond deserved.ReplyCancel

  • VijithaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Done, voted for you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryOctober 9, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    Not often I could say this about a place you’ve been to, but I’ve been to Milford CT!

    My daughter taught at a private school there her first year out of college and I went up to visit as soon as she got out for summer break. There were so many charming little shops on what I guess is sort of a Milford main street…I don’t know if they were there but if they were…we might have visited Scratch Bakery even! Smallish world huh? Would love that eclair please?ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatOctober 9, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Your photos capture the mood so well!! Perfect shots :)ReplyCancel

  • AnnOctober 9, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    GREAT photos! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • IlkeOctober 10, 2011 - 7:20 am

    That dripping chocolate on eclair is priceless!
    Will head to Foodbuzz and vote for you! Thanks for your comment on my guest post!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 10, 2011 - 8:45 am

    This seems like the kind of adorable good-for-the-soul place that I could fall in love with. Pistachio shortbread? Count me in.

    You’ve absolutely got my vote, Bryan! <3ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 10, 2011 - 8:45 am

    By which I mean Brian. :PReplyCancel

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  • Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar TripsOctober 10, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Congrats!!!! That is wonderful!!! :-)

    The pictures are wonderful. I am always amazed at just what a picture can convey without any words or description added. Your pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. :-)ReplyCancel

  • January RoadsOctober 10, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    I’m savoring the pistachio short breads in my mind. Delicious =)ReplyCancel

  • LizOctober 10, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    I think I’d get both the eclair AND the pudding! Delicious bakery~ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 10, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    what a wonderful bakery! You do find the best places and as always incredible images!
    Thanks for pointing out that anyone can vote I though it was only for foodbuzz featured publishers!ReplyCancel

  • noonOctober 11, 2011 - 6:37 am

    wow. looks like a great place, the eclaire looks mouthwatering!ReplyCancel

  • Kim BeeOctober 11, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Congrats on your foodbuzz nomination. Congrats on top 9! This post is stunning. Made me so incredibly hungry.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineOctober 11, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • BrooksOctober 11, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    Brian, these photographs are wonderful. Silent Sundays is a terrific feature and I always enjoy stopping by. Congratulations on the well-deserved nomination AND the Top 9. May success continue to be yours!ReplyCancel

  • danielleOctober 11, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Love the pics! That place looks absolutely adorableReplyCancel

  • naomiOctober 12, 2011 - 3:21 am

    Love your Silent Sunday post as usual and can I say-JEALOUS! Um, I would need one of each!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Definitely looks like a place worth visiting. Will definitely put it on my list.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 12, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    I have heard Chris and Karen talk all about Scratch Baking. Now, after seeing your glorious photos, I really need to get myself to CT for some sweets. Beautiful photos, as always, Brian. I always look forward to seeing your Silent Sunday posts (even if I get to them a few days late!).ReplyCancel

  • SteveOctober 13, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I thought the best pastry/Bake shops were in Manhattan. Nothing comes close to the products at Scratch Baking. The cakes, breads, brownies and tarts are so delicious. Also the shop and staff make me want to return since they are as sweet and fresh as the products.ReplyCancel

  • SteveOctober 13, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    E mail address corrected. Heading to Scratch on Saturday need pastries to help enjoy the NFL.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie BellOctober 24, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Oh goodness! This looks delightful! I can’t wait to jump in the car and head to CT to find this little gem!

    The pictures are gorgeous as usual. No surprise that you were nominated for the Best Photography category! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

“Mom, why have we never made a pie?”  This had been a question that had nagged at me for a while.  The kids at school always bragged about how their moms baked apple pie for Thanksgiving, which they served warm with a dollop of whipped cream.   They brought in leftover slices and I drooled over the possibility of getting a bite.

My mom and I baked together frequently when I was a child.  Brownies, cookies, pound cakes, peach kuchen.  But pies?  Never.

“The reason is that pie crust has lard in it,” she explained. “And that lard comes from pigs.”

Growing up in a kosher household, it makes sense why we wouldn’t make pie crust… not if it contained pork fat.  This idea lingered with me for a while.  In fact, it wasn’t until a year ago that I baked my first pie.

I had learned a long time ago that not all pie crusts contained lard, that they could be made with butter or vegetable shortening.  But when you’re told as a child that you can’t make a certain dessert, well, the sentiment stays with you.

Making my first pie, which I did last Thanksgiving, was a proud moment for me.  The crust, an old family recipe (on my husband’s side) that contains Crisco and white vinegar, came out perfectly brown on top and flaked beautifully every time I went in for another forkful.

This filling, too, is a revelation.  Brown butter anything is a magical thing.  But brown butter, apples, sugar, and sage.  Tell me if you can think of anything more scrumptious than that.

But before you dig into a slab of apple pie, I have a GIVEAWAY for you!!! Many of you probably already know the wonderful company, Eat Boutique, run by Maggie Battista.  Maggie and I met when we both spoke at TechMunch this summer and we made plans to get together.  This woman is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and, not only that, but she creates the most beautiful gift boxes that contain incredible products produced by smaller businesses.

Seriously, I can’t think of a better gift to give a friend or relative than one of these boxes. They really are a foodie’s dream.  And Maggie is giving away one of her Fall Handmade Gift Boxes to a very lucky A Thought For Food reader!

To enter, please go to this page and look at the items in the box and then come back and leave a comment telling us which product you’re most excited about.  Only one entry per person! Only eligible for folks in the U.S. and Canada (sorry to our international friends).

You have until this Sunday, October 9th, to enter.  The winner of the box will be announced next Wednesday, October 12th.

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  • Dana BOctober 5, 2011 - 12:32 am

    What’s not to be excited about in that box?! I’ll say the ginger syrup is the most intriguing, but it all looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsOctober 5, 2011 - 6:12 am

    What a great giveaway! I’d most interested by the chocolate gingersnap cookies…I’ve never seen anything like it. Yum! And that pie looks to die for, by the way. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetOctober 5, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Gorgeous pie! That pumpkin filled brownie sounds amazing but everything in that box looks good.ReplyCancel

  • Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly)October 5, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Brian I am so glad you made pie! As a child who grew up with almost nothing but pie, it saddens me to hear a life without one, but I am glad you are making up for it now :)

    I need to perfect my brown butter technique too…sounds so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • GailOctober 5, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Brian, magnificent pie, baby! Just in time for #PIEPARTYLIVE, too!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteOctober 5, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Isn’t it funny how much our moms can influence our eating patterns. Like the savory note in your pie from the sage. What a nice giveaway – I would love to try the Lady Bird Whole Grain Cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 5, 2011 - 7:48 am

    MMnnnn. . . I loves me some apple pie, especially when you follow my sage advice and leave it at my house for me to finish.

    He visitado el sitio web de eatboutique, y mi tema favorito es la propia caja. Si no fuera por la caja, no tendría ningún contenido.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethOctober 5, 2011 - 8:02 am

    What do I NOT want from the box. Do I have to pick just one? I love Lark cookies and I could drink maple syrup by the glassful. I think you should do a giveaway of that pie ;)ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 5, 2011 - 8:03 am

    I am all about apple pies, and sadly I have to say I never thought of brown butter or for that matter sage. What a wonderful combination of flavors, and I’m sure that pie crust was perfect, I also use a little vinegar in my crusts, I’m not really sure why, but it works!

    I know how much our mothers can impact our lives, I think the fact that my Mom really didn’t like to cook worked just the opposite for me, I loved to eat cooking just came naturally.ReplyCancel

  • SarahOctober 5, 2011 - 8:14 am

    that maple syrup looks especially fantastic! gorgeous pie, by the way – sage and brown butter? yes, please!ReplyCancel

  • alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 5, 2011 - 8:16 am

    my mouth is watering and it’s only 7:15 in the a.m. Gorgeous combination!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 5, 2011 - 8:28 am

    My mother also never made pies but for no reason other than that I’m pretty sure she had no idea how to even attempt a pie crust!

    This pie is truly a revelation, Brian. Layer after layer of gorgeous complex flavor. I’d be proud to serve this at my Thanksgiving table…but have a sneaky suspicion that it would have a hard time making it out of my apartment without a HUGE chunk missing! I would be SUPER excited about the ginger syrup in that box! I see many a Dark and Stormy-esque beverage in my future…ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOctober 5, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Yum! The pumpkin-filled brownie sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezOctober 5, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Brownies, no questions asked. What a fantastic giveaway and I love Eat Boutique and what Maggie is doing, very very cool.ReplyCancel

  • MielOctober 5, 2011 - 8:40 am

    That pie looks amazing! I’ll have to make it gluten-free because that is one beautiful pie.
    As for the giveaway, I’ll have to abstain. So many of the goodies look so delicious and full of gluten, so someone who can enjoy them should win. That ginger syrup does look pretty amazing though!ReplyCancel

  • JanOctober 5, 2011 - 8:52 am

    The maple syrup for sure! I love the flavor of the real stuff!ReplyCancel

  • LizOctober 5, 2011 - 9:08 am

    What a beautiful pie! Everything in the box looks amazing, but I’m going with the pumpkin-filled brownies from Blissful Brownies. I need track down one of those, box or no box!ReplyCancel

  • StephannieOctober 5, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Gingersnaps! Though it al looks greatReplyCancel

  • DaisyOctober 5, 2011 - 9:34 am

    your pie looks lovely! I’m into um, everything in that box! but nothing tugs at my heart strings like promises of pure maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • RHOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 am

    I’ve never heard of ginger syrup. Seems like something I could have a lot of fun experimenting with!ReplyCancel

  • TarynOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 am

    What a great giveaway (and a beautiful pie)! As for the box, that ginger syrup sounds incredible. I can already think of many things I’d like to do with it!ReplyCancel

  • SukainaOctober 5, 2011 - 10:26 am

    That pie looks like it walked straight out of a bakery. Gorgeous. And fab giveaway you have going- too bad it’s not international!ReplyCancel

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit HonOctober 5, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Kudos to you for introducing pie into your world. Talk about making up for all those years of pielessness…brown butter, sage, and apple? Hells yes.ReplyCancel

  • JackyOctober 5, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Ginger syrup, no doubt. That pie looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • OdetteOctober 5, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Whole Grain Lady Birds look delicious! Just what I need to join me in the morning tea hour! The pie looks delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • leighOctober 5, 2011 - 11:18 am

    mmmm i loves me some brownies (as a certain frishman might say)ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 5, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Your pie looks wonderful. What a great gift basket, the pumpkin brownie is calling to me, sounds delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Lana MOctober 5, 2011 - 11:52 am

    What a great basket! Definitely will make someone happy :) The maple syrup really got me :) I use it in so many things that I bake. I would love to try this brand.ReplyCancel

  • Lil RinaldiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Everything looks great, but the ginger syrup would def be the item I would love!

  • edmontonjbOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    I am torn between the brownie and the maple syrup. I have never had a pumpkin brownie before so would love to try it but I really have a weakness for maple syrup.ReplyCancel

  • SaraOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Those brownies look great (and the ginger syrup looks like fun!) I also love this pie. I am a huge fan of brown butter as well…mmmm….ReplyCancel

  • BlancheOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Ginger syrup! GOODNESS! My mind is cranking with possibilities.ReplyCancel

  • SmedetteOctober 5, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the pie recipe. I love pie, but cannot seem to ever get the crust right…

    And as for the gift box – WOW! Everything looks amazing, but I’m very excited for the gingersnaps.ReplyCancel

  • Jill@FreestyleFarmOctober 5, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    I just came across your recipe, and LOVE it!!! It’s also beautifully style : )
    I can’t wait to try it this weekend (our Canadian Thanksgiving). I’ve got tons of sage, so this is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing. x
    ps. I’ve also tried everything in that gift box, and it’s all wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • heidiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    I would love to be eating a chocolate and pumpkin brownie-yum! you can also send that pie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieOctober 5, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    That is a seriously tough choice – they all look fantastic! I’d have to go with the ginger syrup for its uniqueness. Your pie looks scrumptious, and the aroma must be amazing, too!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckOctober 5, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    My mum and I liked to cook together too, but never tackled pies – simply because we were both crust-challenged (I still am). Brown butter, sage and apples – really, Brian, I can’t think of a better combination.

    That gift basket is so pretty and everything in it is tempting, but I would have to say that the ginger syrup caught my eye and imagination right away.ReplyCancel

  • Krista G.October 5, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    The ginger syrup…yummmmm.ReplyCancel

  • JacquiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Your pie looks and sounds amazing! I love mixing herbs with fruits for an unexpected twist. I think I’m most excited about the ginger syrup; it’s something I’ve never had before!ReplyCancel

  • nicholeOctober 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    I would LOVE to try the pumpkin brownie… plus everything else :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyOctober 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    So glad you entered the world of pie-making – this one looks incredible! Sage brings such fabulous earthy flavor, I love it. The gift basket looks fantastic as well – I’m most excited about the maple syrup. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Becca at It's YummiliciousOctober 5, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Lord have mercy… I have to pick ONE favorite from that box?! How’s a girl supposed to do that when EVERYTHING looks scrumptious?! OK OK… I guess if I have to pick ONE, it would be the ginger syrup…. or maybe the maple syrup… OMG, I can’t decide! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing ItOctober 5, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    Your pie looks so delicious! I’d definitely be most excited about the maple syrup — I’m addicted to that stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • KathrynOctober 5, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Brownies and pumpkin together a last?! Yes, please :)ReplyCancel

  • LisaOctober 5, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    There’s something really special about those sugar maples in northwestern Mass. I am excited to try Maggie’s find from Williamstown, so if I don’t win, I’ll just have to send myself a nifty care package from Eat Boutique! Oh, and yesiree, I am indeed making that pie. It’s a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ A Healthy JalapeñoOctober 5, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    This looks excellent and your pictures are beautiful!!!! Hello new Apple Pie!ReplyCancel

  • TracyOctober 5, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Oh, my! Everything looks wonderful, and I’d love to have the syrups to use. But I can tell you that those Whole Grain Lady Birds would be devoured within minutes of arrival.ReplyCancel

  • MissiOctober 5, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Brian – I never knew this business about you and pies! What a wonderful thing to delve into and a very appropriate post with to go along with the current holiday season. When looking at the Fall Handmade Gift Box from Eat Boutique I couldn’t help but be struck by the Chocolate Ginger Snaps! Who doesn’t LOVE a ginger snap cookie!?!? I ask you! And being as busy as I am in grad school, I try to find a tasty treat to share with my colleagues when we’re all too busy studying for finals, finishing up our clinical placements, and sharing notes for our looming comprehensive exams – Chocolate Gingersnaps would be the perfect addition to our grad lounge! Kudos to you on a wonderful post and a lovely apple pie (and crust!) recipe… I’ve never made my own pie crust before and am inspired by your entry… hopefully I’ll have time to make it for this year’s Thanksgiving meal!

    Cheers, always…

  • shannonOctober 5, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    pumpkin filled brownie? yes please. oh, and some ginger syrup too!

    but browned butter in my apple pie… i might just have to try that if i get a chance to bake this weekend!!

    ps- congrats on the FB nominations, you got my vote!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Love this pie, Brian! And you’re right, anything with brown butter turns magical. Adding in sage just takes it to another level. I’d pick ginger syrup. No question.ReplyCancel

  • AdryonOctober 5, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    You’re going to make me decide between that brownie or ginger syrup?!?

    Everything in that box and this post is knocking my socks off.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 5, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    That ginger syrup has my name all over it! I’m a serious ginger fanatic. Love the sage and brown butter twist on this American classic!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea @ cleanupeatup.comOctober 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    The Chocolate Gingersnaps sound fantastic!! I also love this pie post today – how beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • jeannetteOctober 5, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    the pumpkin-filled brownies sound amazing!! but that’s pretty much tied with the maple syrup… i keep telling myself i need to pick some up but i just can’t seem to justify the price when all the goodies i want to bake would use up almost the whole bottle :(ReplyCancel

  • shivaniOctober 5, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    I am DEFINITELY psyched to try the ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen. Coming from an Indian household, ginger is abundant in our savoury dishes. This syrup would be an amazing way to infuse my favourite flavour into something a bit sweeter. I can definitely forsee drizzling a touch of this on some vanilla bean ice cream, and better yet, as a sweetener for my chai!ReplyCancel

  • JoeyfromSCOctober 5, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    That looks amazing! drooling haha

    the pumpkin-filled brownie from Blissful Brownies is my FAVE item in their! wow!

    Thanks for the chance!:)


    Joey J.ReplyCancel

  • FayeOctober 5, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    I would be thrilled to try all of the things in the box, but the ginger syrup sounds amazing! I love ginger, and have never seen anything like this!ReplyCancel

  • DorotheaOctober 5, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    The Crispy Chocolate Gingersnaps certainly have me excited – the name alone reminds me of my favorite holidays and foods – I just love, love, love everything about the upcoming season!ReplyCancel

  • Julie @BananasForBourbonOctober 5, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Pumpkin! pumpkin-filled brownies for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • InnkeeperVAOctober 5, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    as an innkeeper maple syrup is always on my fave list! I will FALL for anything Fall. :)ReplyCancel

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and YogaOctober 5, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    The ginger syrup sounds awesome and what a beautiful pie it is.

    And congrats on your Foodbuzz nomination!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin HOctober 5, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Pumpkin filled brownie? Yes please! The rest of the goodies are quite enticing as well.ReplyCancel

  • GenevieveOctober 5, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    I love the idea of adding sage to your apple pie. I actually just made my first pie from scratch tonight too (testing out a recipe for Thanksgiving) – I’m a bit afraid to cut into it to see if it turned out!

    I would love the maple syrup in that gift box, as I have recently begun using the good stuff…but I’m most intrigued by the ginger syrup!ReplyCancel

  • VeronicaOctober 5, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! Each item is so unique and sounds lovely! I am especially excited by the sound of “rich pumpkin-filled brownies”. One word – wow.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ pão e queijoOctober 5, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Your pie looks amazing! What a unique combination of flavors. The gift box is simply stunning, I would love EVERYTHING!!! But if I had to choose one thing I’m most excited about, I think it would have to be the sweet ginger syrup… so fun!ReplyCancel

  • JennieOctober 5, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    The pumpkin filled brownie sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Anne@frommysweetheartOctober 5, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    My mom used to make the pretty traditional apple pie. It was good. But I love the addition of sage and brown butter here! It just looks beautiful! (And my pie crusts made with lard have never come out quite as good as the ones I’ve made with just butter!)ReplyCancel

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviarOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    This is so cool sounding! I love apple pie and use apples and sage often with pork but it never occurred to me to use them together in pie. Awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetOctober 5, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Hey Bri! The pie looks fantastic! Hope you’ll come and share it on our blog hop http://bakerstreet.tv/2011/10/01/apple-blog-hop-cream-cheese-apple-tart/ReplyCancel

  • liam silvesterOctober 5, 2011 - 11:10 pm

    everything in the box looks tasty!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethOctober 6, 2011 - 12:05 am

    Absolutely the maple syrup. I can’t live without the stuff! I love the idea of adding herbs to dessert. Apple and sage seem like a natural marriage. Add brown butter into the mix? I’m sold!ReplyCancel

  • AnnOctober 6, 2011 - 1:04 am

    The pie is amazing….and I’m glad you found a pie crust recipe that suits your dietary needs! Thank you for the giveaway – as soon as I saw the oat cookies with cranberries I KNEW what excited me most! Beautiful recipe and photos (as always).ReplyCancel

  • CorrieOctober 6, 2011 - 1:13 am

    I adore adore all things ginger, so I’m super excited about the ginger syrup! Pick me, pick me! :PReplyCancel

  • ShelleeOctober 6, 2011 - 6:42 am

    My head is spinning with the possibilities of the ginger syrup!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaOctober 6, 2011 - 6:53 am

    That ginger syrup sounds phenominal. We have pancake day here every Saturday and I would love to pour that on a pile of warm pancakes. I bet it would be good mixed with some of the blueberry syrup I made this summer.ReplyCancel

  • Jason PhelpsOctober 6, 2011 - 9:49 am

    You had me at sage & apples in a pie. I’ve not actually done that, although that flavor combo shows up elsewhere in my kitchen!

    Pie crust is an interesting animal. I’ve been making pies for a long time, and have fleeting memories of the 300 or so we made in 2004 & 2005 for a cancer fundraiser!

    I did a series of experiments in January (in the blog of course) before a local pie competition and learned a few things. Lard crusts are great, if of course you eat lard, but only for savory pies, not sweet ones. A combination of butter and shortening is my favorite, and all butter crusts don’t work well. All shortening are much more common and seem to work ok, but to me lack flavor.

    I also learned from the winners of the competition that cooking your apples before making the pie is a key to it being cooked well in side when you can only see how well it is cooked outside in the final stage. With that knowledge I’ll be back in 2012 to try again for some apple pie cred!

    Oh, and your pies are always going to be prettier than mine. But you know me and I’m figuring that isn’t a news story.


  • Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}October 6, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Beautiful pictures as always :) The Lark cookies sounds absolutely heavenly!ReplyCancel

  • JanOctober 6, 2011 - 11:04 am

    I’ve never heard of ginger syrup and would love to try itReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sis BoomOctober 6, 2011 - 11:29 am

    I simply HAVE to make this pie. Have. To. And even though you hold your fork funny I would be ALL OVER that Ginger Syrup if I should win it. And if I don’t win it, i will have to make it. lol. Loving your blog btw. (Come visit some day!)


  • Trevor Sis BoomOctober 6, 2011 - 11:29 am

    P.S. I found you through your Heart of Darkness post. Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • MirkaOctober 6, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    As a True French Canadian, I love me some maple syrup! The one from Sweet Brook Farm looks awesome! :D

    Keep up the great work on the blog!ReplyCancel

  • naomiOctober 6, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Great looking pie, Brian! That crust looks perfect.
    And I am definitely most interested in that ginger syrup. I never such thing existed, but I’m thinking I really need that for my baking pantry!ReplyCancel

  • RachelOctober 6, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Most excited about the pumpkin brownie! And I also can’t wait to make this pie with the apples I just got in my CSA.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyOctober 6, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    I am amazed, Brian, that you made a beautiful crust on your first try last year! I had such miserable luck with my first attempts that I totally gave up on them. And this pie, oh em gee, it’s just perfection. (I am going to pass on the gift box. Making so many treats already in preparation for the holiday season that I don’t need anymore! :)ReplyCancel

  • JenOctober 6, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    I love your pictures! Pumpkin filled brownies sounds amazing =)ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgOctober 6, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Ok so here’s the thing. This pie looks scrumptious and the giveaway sounds fun but where did y’all get that shirt?? Is that your husband or you in the shots? Either way I want that shirt. It’s adorable.

    And that ginger syrup has me all tingly with excitement. Why didn’t I know such a thing existed?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern BitesOctober 6, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I adore sage but I am terrified of using too much after a massive Thanksgiving stuffing fail! A little fresh sage goes a LONG way haha

    I didn’t get a chance to meet you and say ‘HI!’ last night at the bloggers bash but hopefully next time I will! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SternOctober 6, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    That ginger syrup sounds like a perfect ingredient to bake my own brownies,cookies and especially to heat and use over fall compote.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SternOctober 6, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    One more thing about your crust…it is perfect and can only be slightly better using very chilled liquid…just had to share…it is the cooking teacher in me….ReplyCancel

  • SippitysupOctober 6, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Ginger Syrup! Also, I just made my first pie using solidified coconut oil. Every bit as good as lard IMHO. GREGReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessOctober 6, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Your crust looks perfect! I see many more pies in the future. I never heard of Eat Boutique before. This gift basket looks wonderful. Love this giveaway and am craving a slice of your PIE (my favorite pie is apple, btw)xoReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsOctober 6, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Bri, This pie looks so darn good & honestly I don’t even love pies, but saying that pretty please send me a slice! lolReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 6, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    That is one seriously stunning pie. And, I am intrigued by the addition of sage. I have to try it!ReplyCancel

  • CoriOctober 6, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    Brian, this pie looks amazing. Apple pie is one of the few things I bake regularly, so I am definitely going to have to try this.

    That box is full of yummy fall yumminess! For sure, the #1 thing on my list in there is that amazing-sounding maple syrup (I checked with the roomie, and he agrees. A rarity!). A quality maple syrup is a special treat, indeed — a really delicious syrup so far outpaces it’s supermarket counterparts that it’s worthy of the #1 box ranking in my house.

    Thanks for the fabulous posts and this great giveaway!!!

    Cori :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThompsonOctober 7, 2011 - 12:45 am

    I’m really excited about the ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • ChauOctober 7, 2011 - 1:00 am

    Most definitely the maple syrup! :)ReplyCancel

  • joOctober 7, 2011 - 1:18 am

    There is no choosing. I want this pie as a first course, a spoonful of that maple syrup, stir some ginger syrup into tea, dunk in a lady bird cookie…followed up by that pumpkin filled brownie and a chocolate gingersnap. My birthday is next week and this is what I’m wishing for. :)ReplyCancel

  • Christopher NguyenOctober 7, 2011 - 8:50 am

    My favorite Fall/Thanksgiving dessert? PUMPKIN PIE.
    What am I known for being? A CHOCOHOLIC.

    So what’s my favorite item in Eat Boutique’s Fall gift basket?
    Definitely Blissful Brownie’s Pumpkin-filled brownie: that sounds like perfection!

    Great post by the way! That pie looks deeeeelish!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraOctober 7, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Maple SyrupReplyCancel

  • KarenOctober 7, 2011 - 9:35 am

    the Lark cookies…not only because they sound delicious, but my daughter’s name is Lark!ReplyCancel

  • CharOctober 7, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Ginger syrup for me. Who knew there was such a thing?ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet ToothOctober 7, 2011 - 9:40 am

    What a beautiful pie and this gift basket looks awesome! I would be most excited about the chocolate gingersnaps! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley ROctober 7, 2011 - 9:43 am

    What a wonderful box! I think I would love the cookies since ginger snaps and chocolate are two of my favorite things. But what really intreges me is the Ginger syrup. I was thinking wouldn’t it be wnderful to use it to make ice cream and serve it with the cookies. You could really dress up, cottage cheese with a drizzle, or punch up hot cocoa. Oh, I’m getting excited at the thought of all I culd do with it. Please,let it be me. : 0ReplyCancel

  • SandyOctober 7, 2011 - 9:46 am

    The ginger syrup is definitely interesting!ReplyCancel

  • Jan ROctober 7, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Ginger syrup for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara BlackwellOctober 7, 2011 - 10:08 am

    The pie looks lovely – I will definitely try it for Thanksgiving.

    The most delectable item in the box? Absolutely the ginger syrup…. I recently watched Chef Jamie Oliver’s show on strawberries….He trimmed the tops off strawberries then lined them up (top down) in a casserole, drizzled them with vanilla bean infused ginger syrup, heated them for 3 minutes under the broiler and finally served them up with ice cream and crushed shortbread cookies. This box has a great start on this little feast….if only you could include Jamie…then it would be perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda CruzOctober 7, 2011 - 10:25 am

    The Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies look sooo good! What a beautiful array of items for any kitchen lover!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!October 7, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Oh – those flavours together in the apple pie!!! Awesome. Browned butter rocks my world. And isn’t it funny how our parents’ fears infect us… My mom always told me as a kid how Very Dangerous it was to make caramel – and to this day i have issues with making it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl BunnellOctober 7, 2011 - 11:00 am

    It all looks amazing, but you can never have enough real maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • DonnaOctober 7, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    They had me at chocolate gingersnaps and then the ginger syrup put me over the edge! Cute little box to win!ReplyCancel

  • charlie girlOctober 7, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    I’d have to say I’m most excited about the ginger syrup. How interesting, and I love ginger, I can imagine a whole bunch of things to use it with, but mostly apples, as I live in Washington State, and in season. I’ve got a basket full waiting right now~!ReplyCancel

  • alyce@culinarythymes.comOctober 7, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing. Got a ton of sage in the herb garden. Perfect use for it!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineOctober 7, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • HannahOctober 7, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    I’m most excited about the maple syrup — I LOVE maple syrup. I’d just have to try and control myself!ReplyCancel

  • yossy | apt2bbakingcoOctober 7, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    That ginger syrup has my name all over it.
    p.s. Great shirt!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie MOctober 7, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    The pumpkin-filled brownie is beyond intriguing! My two favorite things, pumpkin and chocolate, combined into my favorite baked good, brownies!! Very exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • Athena ROctober 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    What a delicious looking pie! I would love to try the ginger syrup.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa GOctober 7, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    The pumpkin filled brownie!ReplyCancel

  • SueOctober 7, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Wow! Pie looks great, and the gift box is an amazing set of treats. Yum. I would definitely choose the maple syrup since we use that weekly with our homemade multigrain buttermilk pancakes! But the cookies would be a close second.ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ Boston RookieOctober 8, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Yum, pie!! I’d choose the maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • KathyOctober 8, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I thought the ginger syrup was intriguing and nicely packaged. There are so many uses for ginger, so this is a great product. I am interested to try your apple-brown butter-sage apple pie recipe!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherOctober 8, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    So hard to choose a favorite gift box item, but I’d have to go with the ginger syrup.I’m sure it would make for a lovely fall cocktail!

    Also, thank you for posting this pie recipe. I’ve never made brown butter before, but will be trying this out along with a traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantryOctober 8, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    My mom never made pie and she didn’t have a good reason either. It is a revelation when you finally make it for the first time, though–especially a really good recipe. :)

    The gift box looks amazing! I think the ginger syrup is most intriguing to me.ReplyCancel

  • DeeElleOctober 9, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Oh, my goodness! The ginger syrup! So many interesting things to try: glazes and frostings, muffins, scones, cookies, not to mention blueberry-ginger-cinnamon rols, lemon-ginger shortbread; apple and ginger glazed pork loin, grilled swordfish with citrus-ginger chutney!
    Thanks for the wonderful post and the opportunity to participate.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:07 am

    “brown butter anything…” SO TRUE.

    Most excited about that Maple Syrple :)

    Love you. Love pie. Love A Thought for Food.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia PelhamOctober 9, 2011 - 11:55 am

    I can’t wait to try that pie recipe. I am usually hopeless with pies, but that one looks like it would be delicious even if it turned out in a more deconstructed form ;)
    I would love to try that maple syrup in the gift box. Growing up as an American in Europe, maple syrup was one of the things we did without, and so when we found an inn owned by a Canadian couple in the Ardennes in Belgium, it was so exciting to taste real maple syrup again. That rare taste is one of the things I remember well from my childhood. So, in my mind, maple syrup is one of those things that deserves to arrive packaged in a beautiful bottle, and tucked in a wooden box like a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Dustin RennellsOctober 9, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    i’ve been trying to perfece joanne chang’s coco lime cooler from myers + chang, so the ginger syrup is on my must have list. i saw this gift box at twelve chairs and fell in love!ReplyCancel

  • Ash K.October 9, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    I’m most excited for the chocolate gingersnaps! I love gingersnaps but chocolate gingersnaps sound amazing!ReplyCancel

  • mary jane s.October 9, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Since we are in winter already here almost 300 days of rain, and now they say (meterologists) a brutal winter of ice, snow and maybe a big storm that will be the most recorded snow..I am definitely excited about the Maple Syrup, it will go on all my pancakes and waffles I can make with this grill I have outside our home in the patio when the electricity goes out..we would have food and it will be hot, with no electricity in our home the Maple Syrup will taste fabulous! Love your blog a lot, get great food ideas, use them, they are healthy and not complicated! thanks for a wonderful giveaway..happy columbus day, happy halloween, happy veterans day and then thanksgiving and christmas and hanukkah!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Chambers-GoldbergOctober 9, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    I May already be too late to the party but just stumbled upon your site. GINGER SYRUP!! Although everything else looks especially tasty, the ginger syrup would force me to become creative on my own…something I’m usually scared of doing. ;)ReplyCancel

  • KitaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    I have been dying to see this post since you mentioned baking this pie on twitter. This pie sounds like it was long worth the wait (though, I can see there being some residual childhood apprehension – I totally get that!). My father has made the same apple pie for years, and everyone claims it to the be the best. I don’t want to make the best apple pie – because I will never be able to make one just like his. So, it’s time for me to start looking at new recipes.
    The ginger syrup sounds rather interesting looking at the box. Though the packaging on everything is beautiful and incising.ReplyCancel

  • CandiceOctober 10, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    The ginger syrup…wow! I’d love to try that! and I’ve had brownies from Blissful Brownies and they’re nothing short of amazing. Pumpkin filled brownies–what a great fall treat.

    I’m also going to try this pie recipe this afternoon. Thanks for the great recipe/instructions!ReplyCancel

  • SusanOctober 10, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    I see I’m late for the giveaway but wanted to comment anyway since I just discovered your blog; Googled for recipes with apple and sage, since I suddenly have an abundance of both! This pie looks amazing and appears to be worthy of my first pie from scratch, which I think I’ll make this weekend.

    Those gift boxes are super cute! The ginger syrup in the fall box would be my pick, as I’m currently expecting my first baby and having lots of fun with syrups and other flavorings to make water more exciting to drink :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann D.October 10, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    It all looks wonderful, but I think the ginger syrup looks amazing. I really want to try that!ReplyCancel

  • MeganOctober 11, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    You had me at brown butter! I’ve never thought of adding sage to an apple pie, but 1) I love the look of the sage on top of the crust and 2) I love sage. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • SookOctober 11, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    What a fantastic looking pie!ReplyCancel

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  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Brian – this pie could seriously not look more amazing. It’s pie perfection!ReplyCancel

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  • KimberliOctober 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Oooh! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! My inner recipe head is spinning with possibilities!!!
    And your pie looks delish!!ReplyCancel

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  • Boulder LocavoreNovember 9, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Some things are worth waiting for and if you had to wait to make a pie, this one is worth it. Simply perfect Brian. The flavors sound a sophisticate’s take on an American staple. So glad you shared it for the TG LinkUp. You’ll make many people very happy! Beautiful photos as always.ReplyCancel

  • RoseNovember 18, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Cherry-wood smoked salt – I’m swooning. Nothing could add a chef-level panache to an already great recipe more than a special salt. This bespoke salt curls around your mind like the smoke from a woodstove, intoxicating and warming.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pane SchaffnerNovember 13, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Brian: I have always loved the combination of apple and sage (I bake a cake with these ingredients, mine has oive oil instead of butter: http://www.ztastylife.com/2011/11/torta-di-mele-con-olio-salvia-e-limone-lemon-olive-oil-sage-cake.html). Your pie looks so incredibly beautiful and would fit wonderfully on a country-side Thanksgiving table.ReplyCancel

  • Z Tasty LifeNovember 13, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Brian: I have always loved the combination of apple and sage (I bake a cake with these ingredients, mine has oive oil instead of butter: http://www.ztastylife.com/2011/11/torta-di-mele-con-olio-salvia-e-limone-lemon-olive-oil-sage-cake.html). Your pie looks so incredibly beautiful and would fit wonderfully on a country-side Thanksgiving table.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie MayOctober 7, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    The different sugars look so interesting.. and yummy.ReplyCancel

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  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 2, 2011 - 12:27 am

    Looks like a fun place, love your photos. Great hanging light bulbs!ReplyCancel

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    Funny. I don’t remember anyplace like this when I lived in Ohio. :-DReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarOctober 2, 2011 - 8:41 am

    The photos here are beautiful! I need some wine now.ReplyCancel

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    Looks very visit-able. Nice post!ReplyCancel

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    I love discovering places like this. Where the heart of the purveyors are evident in everything they do. I’m finding a wealth of companies locally. Now I just need to find the time to visit them, sample their wares and tell their story; that’s the best part!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 2, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    very cool. These pictures are incredible! I feel like i’m thereReplyCancel

  • CourtneyOctober 2, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Love your photos. Wine one is my favorite of this post – looks like an amazing place.ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlOctober 2, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Love it. Especially the row of wine glasses… pouring the red wine. Makes me wish I was back in Napa!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 2, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    I’ve had mead on a few occasions. Love the pictures of the meadery. And the glasses all lines up. Another lovely Silent Sunday, B!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)October 2, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    beautiful photos. gorgeous wine glasses thanks for sharingReplyCancel

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    I so enjoy this series and especially like the shot of the glasses lined up.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESOctober 2, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    nice, nice, nice Brian!!ReplyCancel

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    What amazing photos and I LOVE this series! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    MMnn. . . I LOVES me some Meadery.

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    Amazing pics. Love the row of wine glasses. Now – if only I could learn to do that! Great post.ReplyCancel

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    Would absolutely love to try a less-sweet mead. I’ve only had it a couple times in my life, and am almost certain that it was pretty terrible quality. Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

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  • Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas!October 5, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Go Bucks! I just ran across your site and had to say thank you for talking up my home town. We have so much to experience here in CBus (as we affectionate term Columbus), especially in the food and alcohol arena!ReplyCancel

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    As always, I just had to stop by and say how much I love your photos. I’m especially fond of the one with all of the wine glasses lined up. Just stunning!ReplyCancel

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    Don’t believe I’ve ever had mead, let alone visited a place where I could sample a whole range of meads!! :o) Lovely!ReplyCancel

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Coming up with the right recipe for a guest post can be a challenge.  When Kulsum asked me to write a piece for her beautiful blog, Journey Kitchen, I was at a loss for what to make.  She did, however, request that I provide a chocolate recipe and I wanted to indulge her as best as I could.

What I didn’t know, however, was that I was going to be making THE BEST CHOCOLATE PUDDING RECIPE!!!!!!  It’s the kind of dessert that you share with your significant other in a romantic setting (or, as Eric and I did, on the couch watching episodes of Friday Night Lights) because it is so decadent and you feel just a little naughty as you shovel each spoonful into your mouth.

I expected nothing less than greatness when I saw Joanne Chang’s proclamation in her Flour Bakery Cookbook that this was the most delicious chocolate pudding recipe she’d ever had.  And she’s right.  This is perfection.  It doesn’t get better than this.  Now, go get the recipe (and read my guest post) over at Journey Kitchen.

Also, I wanted to share some exciting news with everyone!  One of my photographs is going to be used on the cover of the new cookbook by James Beard winner, Clifford A. Wright, entitled Hot and Cheesy (great title, right?).  You can preorder the book (and see the cover) on Amazon!


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  • Sanjeeta kkSeptember 28, 2011 - 7:07 am

    It certainly looks the most gorgeous chocolaty pudding!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKSeptember 28, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Love puds. And this does look rich and decadent. Beautiful, Brian. Heading over for the recipe now!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethSeptember 28, 2011 - 8:01 am

    Brian!! Congrats on the photo! That is fantastic news, you must be thrilled!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESSeptember 28, 2011 - 8:05 am

    would really like to have some of this now . . . as in for breakfast now . . .ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaSeptember 28, 2011 - 8:22 am

    This look so good, Brian. I love the Flour Bakery cookbook, and I love that you chose such as a classic dessert. A huge congrats on the book cover photo–that is amazing, but very well-deserved! Gorgeous photos, always. xoReplyCancel

  • SukainaSeptember 28, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Congratulations Brian on your cover shot. Looks soooooo good! And so does this comforting chocolate pudding!ReplyCancel

  • Mary at n00bcakesSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:02 am

    This cookbook is currently sitting on my shelf! I’m super excited now – I love pudding, and now have your extra blessing on how delicious it is. Thanks for reminding me I have this!

    Also, congratulations on your photo; how very exciting!ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate PriestessSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Any advice about the recipe? Any steps that were a challenge?ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Congrats on the cover shoot dear! It definitely portrays the hot and cheesiness! And chocolate pudding is one of my favorite things, so will need to get this recipe and check it out!ReplyCancel

  • KitaSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Oh wow! This is a post packed with awesomeness! Amazing pudding, mentions and a book cover! How excited you must be!!! I would be bouncing off the walls.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:57 am

    Brian, Congratulations on your book cover photo – and what a gorgeous photo! Though, I’m totally smitten with this pudding and may ask to borrow the recipe for one of the pies I’m taking to #PiePartyLive. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MeganSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:57 am

    That pudding looks incredibly decadent. Is it bad to admit I want some for breakfast?

    Congratulations on the book cover!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelSeptember 28, 2011 - 10:19 am

    I need some right now! Do you deliver? :) I actually have that cookbook but must have missed this recipe. Congrats on the cookbook cover!!ReplyCancel

  • JoySeptember 28, 2011 - 10:37 am

    I am inlove with this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlSeptember 28, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    This looks beautiful… and delicious! Congrats on the book cover- so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • EthanSeptember 28, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    umm, amazing news on the book cover!
    oh yea, the pudding looks good too;)ReplyCancel

  • KristinSeptember 28, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    That looks amazing! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher NguyenSeptember 28, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Holy crap that looks so good! I’m just a huge chocoholic. No big deal at all.

    And congrats on the book cover!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 28, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    omg love this!!!ReplyCancel

  • KimberleySeptember 28, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    How exciting about the book cover! Congrats, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 28, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Congratulations on the book cover Brian! That’s fantastic news!ReplyCancel

  • Cucina49September 28, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    The pudding does look good–and congratulations on the wonderful opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsSeptember 28, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Congrats on your photo – that is awesome!! This putting looks amazing! I love a rich, chocolately, creamy pudding.ReplyCancel

  • WenderlySeptember 28, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous! And congratulations love!! So excited for you!! Heading over to your guest post now!…ReplyCancel

  • VijithaSeptember 28, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Sinfully delicious!ReplyCancel

  • carolineadoboSeptember 28, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    I’ve been craving something chocolatey & I think this will hit the spot!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Congratulations on your photo being chosen for the book cover! That is purely awesome news.ReplyCancel

  • Tara @ The Butter DishSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Be still my butter melted heart!!! Tie me up and hold me down because I’m diving into a vat of this.

    Have the recipe in hand (thank you amazing guest host goddess) and nothing is gonna stop me now!!.ReplyCancel

  • JulieDSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Beautiful! And congratulations, that’s huge, Brian! Well-deserved…truly!ReplyCancel

  • Tara @ The Butter DishSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    um…..that’s Guest Host GOD… Brian is the God..not a goddess. A little wee bit carried away with the typing. Chocolate pudding…we can blame the pudding. ☺ReplyCancel

  • LucianaSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    Congrats on the book cover photo! This Chocolate Pudding looks delicious and the photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 28, 2011 - 10:58 pm

    Such cool and exciting news about the cover shot for the book!! Congrats:) This pudding looks decadent and oh so good:)ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicSeptember 28, 2011 - 11:34 pm

    What a good looking pud! Love the photos and heading over to Kulsum’s now!ReplyCancel

  • AnnSeptember 29, 2011 - 12:48 am

    The pudding looks amazing and CONGRATULATIONS on having your photo used for the cover! How cool are you?!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum@JourneykitchenSeptember 29, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Thanks for the beautiful guest post Brian.I can’t wait to make it myself!ReplyCancel

  • veronica gantleySeptember 29, 2011 - 7:18 am

    You should have named it the best picture ever. Lovey, just lovely. I will have to make this and see for myself it it is the best ever. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetSeptember 29, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Congratulations on your photo!!!ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoSeptember 29, 2011 - 7:52 am

    I’ll definitely go check out this recipe, Brian. But first, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Awesome news and couldn’t happen to a nicer and more talented friend! xoxReplyCancel

  • BestfoodiesSeptember 29, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    I have always been impressed with your pictures and your blog so I am not at all surprised you have a feature photo…congratulations. The pudding does look decadent and wonderful. You are an inspiration to foodie bloggers!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicSeptember 29, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Joanne Chang is always right! Congrats on the book cover!!ReplyCancel

  • naomiSeptember 30, 2011 - 12:52 am

    Okay, if you are saying this is the best pudding ever, I”m giving it a go-for sure! I love pudding. It’s one of those simple desserts that is good for anytime.

    And crap-AWESOME, AWESOME news about the cover. I’m so excited for you and its so well deserved on your part! You’re a great photographer!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraOctober 1, 2011 - 10:28 am

    I have Chang’s book. You are so right, it’s fabulous! Now I’m going over to your guest post, but I know this has to be THE best chocolate pudding on earth!
    Kudos on the cover!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 1, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Congratulations Brian! That is a beautiful image and only cheesy in a good way, what a great accomplishment my friend!
    Now lets get to your chocolate pudding, it does look so chocolaty delicious, I may have to save this recipe to teach my girls!
    On my way over to check it out

  • SandiOctober 2, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Lovely pictures, no wonder you’re going to be on the cover of the book…congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 4, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some puddin’. . . especially when it’s in my belly.

    ola puddinReplyCancel

  • SandraOctober 4, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    Congrats on the book cover that’s a great picture. And this is a great pudding recipe.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I don’t normally go crazy over chocolate pudding but since you, one of my foodie authorities, called it the BEST chocolate pudding, Iwill certainly give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • normaNovember 15, 2011 - 5:13 am

    You make my mouth water.ReplyCancel

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  • YuriSeptember 25, 2011 - 8:26 am

    Love the skillet sign! Don’t tell me you ate all that food by yourself :) everything looks so good…ReplyCancel

  • LizSeptember 25, 2011 - 8:45 am

    I want that omelet covered in mushrooms….mmmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomSeptember 25, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Breakfast is my favorite meal! I would LOVE a place like this!!
    Beautiful pictures too!ReplyCancel

  • KitaSeptember 25, 2011 - 9:27 am

    I love the font they chose for their logo. That is awesome. Great shots as always!ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksSeptember 25, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Love the skillet above their door. Too fun.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisSeptember 25, 2011 - 10:43 am

    your images as always are beautiful, and that restaurant looks so inviting from the sigh outside to the wonderful assortment of delicious foods they served! Columbus certainly contacted the right person for this series, great job Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 25, 2011 - 11:50 am

    fabulous photos!! great looking postReplyCancel

  • Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)September 25, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Oh man, that was one great breakfast! Your pictures are almost as good as everything tasted!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteSeptember 25, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    I really enjoy this format, so fun to just look at food pictures without the text sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensSeptember 25, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    I love seeing simple food so well prepared. These dishes look so goodReplyCancel

  • LirenSeptember 25, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    Perfect shots – this would make a breakfast lover out of anybody!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezSeptember 25, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    Love the name of the place and I am definitely a breakfast foodie lover! Gorgeous pics as always dear…ReplyCancel

  • Alan CookeSeptember 25, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    That officially made me hungry! looks like a great place.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKSeptember 25, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Brian, love this posts on your Columbus trip. Only wish I had been there. That huge skillet ouside as the sign is pure genius. Love that. As much as I love some of that food on your table. It all looks so bloody good. Helps that your pictures are always beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • MonetSeptember 25, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    Columbus? All-expense paid tour? You are amazing, my friend, and I’m thrilled for you! What a fun experience. You know I’m very much a breakfast person, so I was drooling..and I’m such a sucker for a big plate of eggs. Much love, sweet man!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckSeptember 25, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    What a spread! I adore breakfast foods and I would happily visit this restaurant everyday. What a great sign they have.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsSeptember 26, 2011 - 12:37 am

    OMG – I am not a breakfast person either but I definitely want to try this out when I get back there this year. YUMMY!ReplyCancel

  • Elies_LieSeptember 26, 2011 - 10:23 am

    If all that food is a breakfast then count me in!!
    Loves all the pic un this post, lovely! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsSeptember 26, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    I completely skipped over the Columbus part. Guess, I will have to wait to go to Columbus to try the Skillet!!! Lovely photos ….ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicSeptember 26, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    Hearty and comforting. Lovely photos Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Soong-KroegerSeptember 26, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos. What a beautiful blog you have here.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 26, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    I love going out for breakfast or better yet, brunch! Skillet…love the name and the sign. Lovely photos.ReplyCancel

  • KristenSeptember 26, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    Oh my goodness…what a feast! I adore their sign outside. So clever!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineSeptember 27, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • LucianaSeptember 27, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    I love your photos! Your blog is amazing! Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • foodlvrSeptember 27, 2011 - 9:27 pm

    great photo essay. Makes me want to eat breakfast! Very professional photos! Congrats on the Top 9.ReplyCancel

  • naomiSeptember 30, 2011 - 12:47 am

    Brian, you are such a good photographer-you know I love this series of yours! Stunning set of photos.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 4, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    MMMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some skillet!. . . especially when it’s my home-skillet.

    No preguntes lo que tu sartén puede hacer por ti, pregunta qué puedes hacer para su sartén.ReplyCancel

  • EviOctober 9, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    The skillet sign is so original, if I had a breakfast restaurant- I’d definitely “borrow” the idea!ReplyCancel

  • normaNovember 15, 2011 - 5:22 am

    Looks like a good place to chow down.ReplyCancel

Sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with a creative dish.  I’m finding that I’m hitting a routine again where I’m making the same dinners over and over again and, well, it’s getting a little boring.  When this happens, drastic measures must be taken.  Ignored are the boxes of pasta in our pantry.  The same goes for couscous and rice.  Then I look to see what’s left.

I reached my breaking point one recent night.  We happened to be particularly low on ingredients. The shelves in our cabinet were stocked with just a few cans of garbanzos.  The fridge was filled with greens, including two heads of cabbage. Oh, and a massive bag of carrots.  A bean salad, maybe? Naaaaaaah.


When I’m in a rut, I tend to refer to my handy dandy Cuisinart food processor for some guidance.  I’m telling you, friends, I don’t know what I’d do without this thing.  I’ll use mine at least three times a week to make anything from pesto to cookie dough (easiest way to make shortbread).

So, I glanced over at the little guy with pleading eyes. HELP ME! And then… vwahla!  Falafel.  Within 30 minutes I had a satisfying, vegetarian meal.  And it didn’t involve pasta.  Or couscous.  Or rice.  Just beans, shredded carrot, and some fresh herbs and spices.

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  • YuriSeptember 21, 2011 - 12:40 am

    Twitter has been full of great recipes today, first the green tea mille crepe over at @zenchef and now this… Love the purple cabbage cups and the *baked* falafels :)ReplyCancel

  • VijithaSeptember 21, 2011 - 12:44 am

    I love falafels and like the twist with cooked garbanzo beans. I tried making falafels with black eyed peas and Indian lentils. Serving it in a cabbage cups is a great idea. Baked ones are healthier and it will be South beach friendly too. I am going to try it for sure.ReplyCancel

  • RosaSeptember 21, 2011 - 1:24 am

    Falafels are so delicious and so is tahini dressing. Your recipe is fabulous! I love those purple cabbage cups. Creativity usually comes when there’s a lack of ingredients…



  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 21, 2011 - 2:48 am

    I love that these are oven baked. So fast and healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingSeptember 21, 2011 - 6:28 am

    I’ve found that sometimes it is the instances where I have few ingredients to work with when I get the most creative. This falafel recipe sounds great; and I’m completely with you regarding my food processor: I use it practically every day and couldn’t imagine my life without it ;).

    I need to try these!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:12 am

    I love this recipe, and I love any reason to use my food processor! I agree with Sylvie – I love that these are baked. I think I could make these, Brian :) Lovely, lovely photos (particularly the top photo – stunning).ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:35 am

    I have been wanting to make falafel, but didn’t know where to start, thanks so much for sharing your recipe and that outstanding tahini dressing! I know my girls will love it!ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Baking the falafel is not only easier than frying … but with my birthday coming up soon it will leave plenty of space for cake. Can’t wait to try this out!ReplyCancel

  • GailSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:50 am

    BAKED falafel! FABULOUS, Brian! I’m adding this to winter roster of meals. xoxoReplyCancel

  • MeetaSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Love falafel – food I grew up on living in the Middle East for most of my younger years. I have a recipe on the blog too, like that these are baked. Hope you had a great Birthday Brian!ReplyCancel

  • thelittleloafSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:02 am

    I love inspirational moments like this – wonderful creations from store cupboard staples! These look absolutely delicious – and love that they aren’t deep fried either.ReplyCancel

  • CandaceSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:04 am

    I had no idea that making falafel was so easy and that they were baked make them even better. These look absolutely fantastic and I love the lemon tahini dressing! I’m going to check my kitchen to see if I have everything to make these. If not, they are going on the menu plan for sure. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I can’t wait to make these!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:32 am

    I’d have to agree that my food processor is one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • natalie (the sweets life)September 21, 2011 - 8:32 am

    falafel has been on my ‘to make’ list FOREVER and i still haven’t gotten around to it. yours look wonderful!

    ps. i share the love for the food processor!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 21, 2011 - 8:33 am

    fabulous as always!ReplyCancel

  • Anita MenonSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:46 am

    looks so good. One of my go to foods in the vegetarian department.ReplyCancel

  • nicoleSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:46 am

    we have several cans of garbanzo beans in our cabinets. I am going to have to stop getting take out falafel and make it myself one day.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My KidsSeptember 21, 2011 - 9:06 am

    This looks amazingly delicious. I cannot wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • The Tiffin GirlSeptember 21, 2011 - 10:27 am

    Baked falafels are a genius idea! I make them often, but I flatten them into patties so I can stuff them into pita pockets.

    I usually make tzatziki sauce, but I’ll have to try your sauce next time. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Beth MichelleSeptember 21, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Your falafel looks so yummy! I love how you used cabbage in place of pita bread. I will have to try that sometime. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsSeptember 21, 2011 - 11:47 am

    I have never tried Falafel before, but it sounds wonderful! The Tahini Dressing sounds like the perfect pairing for this. Seems like you might be out of your rut!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicSeptember 21, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    I love falafel but never made it myself. Awesome job coming up with this!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKSeptember 21, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Brian, I love love love falafels. But I rarely if ever make it. I also get in a rut and it’s so good to come up with new, delicious ideas! Likee this! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieSeptember 21, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    This is “really” good stuff! You have the most interesting presentation and the food and photography is constantly gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ A Cambridge StorySeptember 21, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Love that you served this in cabbage! I think random inspiration prompted by an empty pantry is the best kind!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteSeptember 21, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    I’ve never made falafel before, but I love that these are more healthy and baked.ReplyCancel

  • MargaretSeptember 21, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    I love that this was created out of what was in your pantry. I think when we are left with limited ingredients we often come up with the most creative dish. These falafels look delicious. Btw, I love the picture of someone holding your food. I assume it’s E? I’d love to be your hand model one day! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Easy Peasy OrganicSeptember 21, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    My life seems suddenly devoid of Cuisinarts …ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinarySeptember 21, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    I think I come up with some of my most creative dishes when I’m forced to use limited ingredients on hand. That being said, I seldom think of them as something photo or blog worthy since there were just a quick mesh of ingredients; not something I’ve planned. I should revise that way of thinking maybe? I know this sure looks good!ReplyCancel

  • Hester aka The Chef DocSeptember 21, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    Oh fab, Brian. I like that you bake the falafels instead of fry them. I’d like to try this healthier alternative. Thanks for sharing the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionSeptember 21, 2011 - 8:51 pm

    Oh, this dish sounds amazing… I often get in a rut and have trouble getting out. Getting out the food processor is a brilliant idea. Especially if it yields a dish like this :)ReplyCancel

  • Lora ~ cakeduchessSeptember 21, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    I love falafel and never thought of adding carrots to batter…so healthy and delicious. I get in a rut and challenge myself to make something totally different and it is always so refreshing:)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Falafel is one of those things that I crave…every second of every day. I love that you served it in those gorgeous cabbage cups! Such a beautiful meal…I would never believe that it was a clean-out-the-pantry type of endeavor.ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum@JourneykitchenSeptember 22, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Gorgeous. Being born and brought up in Middle East its no suprise I love falafels but your lemon tahini dressing got me drooling!ReplyCancel

  • KitaSeptember 22, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love my food processor either! These falafel look beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa {With Style and Grace}September 22, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    this recipe looks incredible. must make!ReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferSeptember 22, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    I’ve had falafel, but I’ve never made it. Yours is the first recipe that had me *really* wanting to make it. And believing I can.
    Thanks, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    I love falafel as street food, but now I may need to try it at home.ReplyCancel

  • Kim BeeSeptember 23, 2011 - 12:15 am

    Congrats on top 9! This is really out of this world. Great recipe and wonderful pics.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 23, 2011 - 7:01 am

    This sounds delightful! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • AprilSeptember 23, 2011 - 9:22 am

    congrats on the top 9! I actually added this to my to do list a couple of days ago :)ReplyCancel

  • HollySeptember 23, 2011 - 9:52 am

    I never knew how easy falafel is to make. I know I have a can of garbanzo beans lying around, and I’ll definitely be trying this!ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerSeptember 23, 2011 - 10:36 am

    Brian, this entry is a terrific routine-breaker! MY area is devoid of good falafel houses, so to have this accessible recipe brings it straight to my kitchen – thank you for sharing it. I appreciate the baked falafel vs. the commonplace fried versions. Congratulations on making the Top 9. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • saraSeptember 23, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    love love love. the food processor is a god send, I’m not sure what I was doing without one for a few years. The dressing, in cabbage, mmm my favorite kind of meal.ReplyCancel

  • JennSeptember 23, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    This sounds super refreshing, I think I will try it this weekend! And I love that these are baked instead of fried :)ReplyCancel

  • ChristineSeptember 23, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • SharonSeptember 24, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Love falafel but never tried making at home, you have inspired to now though!! I happen to have some cans of garbanzo beans laying around so looks like could go on next weeks menu!! Love the idea of the cabbage cups, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • CurtSeptember 25, 2011 - 9:38 am

    This sounds very good. I like all the cumin in there. Even 1 teaspoon can go a long way.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsSeptember 26, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    I have falafel on my to-make list; just never get around to it. You have made it look so easy, that now I am inspired even more.ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicSeptember 26, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Lovely recipe! Love the opening shot, so fresh and inviting!ReplyCancel

  • RanjaniOctober 9, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    What a perfect impromptu meal!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 22, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    MMMNNNN. . . I LOVES me some falafel.

    No estoy seguro si hay una differencia entre Chick Peas y Garbonzos.ReplyCancel

  • normaOctober 27, 2011 - 6:56 am

    Congrats on Foodbuzz. I remember the first time I had Falafel. A little joint right across the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan about 20 years ago and it is still one of my favorite to go dishes.ReplyCancel