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  • Nelly RodriguezMay 8, 2011 - 12:03 am

    You need to do some sort of photography exposition in Boston, ASAP. A wonderful, not so silent but oh so gorgeous Sunday post.ReplyCancel

  • EthanMay 8, 2011 - 2:20 am

    Thanks for the tour of Hoboken! I could go for one of those burritosReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 8, 2011 - 6:29 am

    It’s great to see a place through the eyes of your lens. Especially one that I had preconceived ideas about it. And now thoroughly put to rest with these beautiful pictures.

    It looked like the perfect spring day where everybody was out enjoying the weather and the company they were with. Yourself included.

    Another great SS! Happy Mother’s Day to the women in your life.ReplyCancel

  • AdrianaMay 8, 2011 - 6:35 am

    And looks a relaxing peaceful sunday too.
    Delicious. Thanks. Beautiful pics.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisMay 8, 2011 - 6:59 am

    hi Brian

    although I do live in Jersey, I have not been to Hoboken in decades, I had no idea it changed so much. Your photographic journey as usual sparks my interest to get out an explore! Thanks so much for taking us on a tour of the new Hoboken, looks like a day trip is in order!

  • MichelleMay 8, 2011 - 8:16 am

    My best friend lives in Hoboken so I’m always there. Love this neighborhood!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 8, 2011 - 8:16 am

    I love grabbing my cup of coffee and scrolling through your Silent Sunday post. Such a relaxing and fun way to start my day.ReplyCancel

  • Marian (Sweetopia)May 8, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Morning Monsieur!
    I love it – Silent Sunday… A picture is worth a thousand words… (again, sorry, had to say it). Thank you for sharing and look forward to more. xoReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsMay 8, 2011 - 8:35 am

    I like those duo sephia benches shots. Such a pleasant day to spend with your sister and her family. Pre Mother’s Day celebration for her:).ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)May 8, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Great tour of the city I lived in for almost 3 years!ReplyCancel

  • Michael RichardsonMay 8, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Very nice shots. Makes me want to jump the river. Burrito makes me hungry.ReplyCancel

  • The Yummy MummyMay 8, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I love Hoboken…even though I’m a little older than 20-something. Beautiful photo essay.ReplyCancel

  • JamieMay 8, 2011 - 9:07 am

    I have never been to Hoboken but I know how it has grown since so many New Yorkers have moved there. I’d love to go exploring…ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieMay 8, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Beautiful photography, beautiful family, beautiful day!ReplyCancel

  • BukycooksMay 8, 2011 - 10:36 am

    Wow…Hoboken has changed. I think it’s awesome when when these cities come to life again. Enjoy your Sunday.ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 8, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Brian, you are my favorite photographer :)ReplyCancel

  • MiriamMay 8, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Hoboken’s certainly changed a bunch – and for the better! Have been hoping to try The Cinnamon Snail for a while – great to know it does not disappoint. Great photographs too!ReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 8, 2011 - 11:31 am

    I love your silent Sundays! Great pics and the food sounds awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 8, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love your silent sunday too!ReplyCancel

  • JeanMay 8, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    I’ve never been to Hoboken but something tells me you’ve captured well some of the city’s best attributes. :-) Great images!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 8, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some ‘boken, especially when there aren’t too many Hobos around.

    Nueva Jersey es el estado de jardines.ReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 8, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Heck – I think you could photograph anywhere in the US and make me want to go there!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESMay 8, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    great job – makes me want to visit!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMay 9, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Such beautiful photos once again! I just LOVE Silent Sundays. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie@browncookieMay 9, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    Beautiful photos! They are also perfectly sized for your blog. You have to teach us how you do that! JulieReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 9, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    I love how they are both Eric:D This makes me want to visit Hoboken…especially the Cinnamon Snail:)Such pretty photos!ReplyCancel

  • sarabeth levineMay 10, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Your were almost in New York. Hope you will come and visit next time. As usual your photos are a tell all and that vegan looks delicious.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 10, 2011 - 8:32 am

    (a) Why have I never been to Hoboken?

    (b) Next time you are THAT close to NYC…we need to have another date. Just saying.

    (c) GORGEOUS photos! That burrito looks incredibly delicious, mostly due to your stellar photography skillz.ReplyCancel

  • RainaMay 10, 2011 - 10:30 am

    Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a great place to visit:)ReplyCancel

  • EgleMay 11, 2011 - 12:06 am

    I just found your blog. I can’t believe myself how it happened that I’ve never seen this gorgeous blog before? It’s crazy. Nonetheless I’m so happy that I stopped here, the work you’re doing it’s just amazing. keep doing it guys.
    From now on you have one more committed reader :)

    Take care, EgleReplyCancel

  • LirenMay 13, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    Beautiful images, they make me homesick. I caught the early transformation of Hoboken before I left NY, it really has changed incredibly. And what a cute coincidence that you both married Erics!ReplyCancel

  • ElleMay 19, 2011 - 10:01 am

    I swear I read “dogs were being walked” as “dogs were naked.”

    Whaa? Double take! Thinking, of course they’re naked! They’re dogs! giggle.ReplyCancel

We walked into my parents’ house this past Sunday and were greeted not by my mom and dad, but the wonderful aroma that can only be produced when butter, flour, and sugar are mixed together.  With that first breath, I let out a hearty sigh.  This is what I connect to home, to comfort, to knowing that everything is okay in this world.

On that morning, four generations, which included my grandparents, mom and dad, my sister, her husband, and their one-month old daughter, gathered for brunch.  We consumed heaping servings of blintz souffle and bagels with smoked salmon, and platters of sliced ripe tomatoes and cucumber.

Looking around the table, everyone was bubbling with joy. The women in particular seemed to be glowing.  The week before Mother’s Day, it’s understandable why they would be.  In past years, it was just like any other day.  But this year is different.  With Ayla, the new addition to the family, it seems just a bit more special.

Following the main meal, we all moved ourselves to the back patio, where we sat on wicker furniture and enjoyed our last sips of coffee.  My grandmother held her great-granddaughter in her arms, just as she held me when I was Ayla’s age, and gave her a gentle kiss on the top of her head.

To end the afternoon, my mom made a gorgeous sour cream coffee cake, a recipe which came from Ina Garten.  This is one darn good coffee cake.  When I suggested to my sister that we split a piece (surprisingly, I was full… a rare occurrence), at first she said ok.  After the first bite, however, that slice was hers.  There was no way she was going to allow me anywhere near her plate.

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  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteMay 4, 2011 - 6:38 am

    Mmmm – I have made a version of a very similar coffee cake and you’ve reminded me that I need to make it again. Lovely post – and Ayla is adorable!!! I see many hours ahead of her in the kitchen with Uncle Brian!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 4, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Congrats on the Saveur honor!ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 4, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Welcome to the world, baby Ayla! Your sister will be celebrating her first mother’s day this Sunday, how exciting. That photo of your grandmother is adorable: I would print and frame those photos for her :DReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 4, 2011 - 7:07 am

    I love stories wrapped around food. Mutliple generations of family that gather together and share moments in time and food is exactly what I mean! Great post and pictures as usual. Love the cake! I see you take after your mom, like me!ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkMay 4, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Coffee..cream and a touch of magic from your Mother! What else one needs for a perfect recipe. Love the cake and the lovely family meet. Baby Alya is so cute..hugs and kisses to her. And congrats for winning the feature on Saveur, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitMay 4, 2011 - 7:26 am

    I can feel the warmth and love oozing out of this post. What a beautiful family weekend of joy and great food, but you make me miss my Mom.ReplyCancel

  • Maris (in Good Taste)May 4, 2011 - 7:37 am

    Congratulations to you on the Saveur honor! You are lucky to have such a warm loving family.ReplyCancel

  • GailMay 4, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Please move in with me and chronicle the rest of my life with your photography. Please?ReplyCancel

  • Maggy@ThreeManyCooksMay 4, 2011 - 7:41 am

    Oh wow! That looks so delicious. Who doesn’t love coffee cake? Love your photos, Brian – what a beautiful baby she is!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats again on being featured on Saveur! And congrats on being a new uncle, your niece is too sweet for words. You have a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleMay 4, 2011 - 7:52 am

    How wonderfully comforting and like my own family. What a beaautiful day that you shared with us. Perfect early morning treat. If only I had the coffee cake to accompany it…PS…you are always suppossed to take the blame for eating the cake, lol!ReplyCancel

  • paul jennetteMay 4, 2011 - 7:53 am

    What a wonderful post! Congrats on the new little one, you have a beautiful family! There is nothing like the comforts of going home, especially when there are great aromas coming from the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezMay 4, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Baby Ayla is adorable! God bless her! Something I love more than cute babies? Well, ok maybe JUST as much as cute babies, is coffee cake. Must make some soon!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 4, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Ina’s recipe is my favorite for this classic. Your mom sounds so wonderful every time you write about her. Ayla has made your warm and loving family even more so.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelMay 4, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Mmm delicious! Coffee cake is such a fav when done right. And Ayla is SO precious!ReplyCancel

  • Sense of Home KitchenMay 4, 2011 - 9:44 am

    The coffee cake looks delicious and now I am off to read the interview, thanks for the link.


  • GeorgieMay 4, 2011 - 9:50 am

    Family time is my “favorite” time of all. Especially little babies – they smell almost as good as cake, most of the time ;) My husband is going to love this recipe, my mama too! Have a wonderful holiday with your family!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 4, 2011 - 9:53 am

    It’s precious seeing baby Ayla surrounded by all that love. She is one lucky baby that will soon be enjoying Uncle Brian’s delicous food. And her grandmother’s delicious cakes! Tell your mom I know where you got your baking talent from and that her coffee cake is gorgeous:)ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethMay 4, 2011 - 10:07 am

    What a lovely post Brian! And dear god I could go for some of that coffee cake right now.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 4, 2011 - 10:19 am

    What a wonderful gathering – the coffee cake looks delicious, and Ayla is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESMay 4, 2011 - 10:24 am

    Ayla is beautiful, the photos are beautiful and that cake is beautiful!! i have that recipe and need to make it again – i usually save it for the holidays but think i need to re-think that!!!ReplyCancel

  • foodwandeingsMay 4, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Bri, Such a wonderful mother’s day post. Ayla, is so cute. Love that pic when I think your sis is holding here and her fitss are up. Love coffee cakes with sour cream and these are my favorites with tea. I would definitely give it a try. Congrats on Saveur:).ReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 4, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    You do have some pretty darling ladies in your life! And that cake? What a treat!ReplyCancel

  • RochelleMay 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Beautiful photos of your niece! She’s too cute and it must have been wonderful to share such a day with good family and good food.

    P.S. I’m going to have to make this coffee cake, it’s got me drooling!ReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferMay 4, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    What a lovely post, Brian. Your niece is simply beautiful. Wishing all the moms in your family a wonderful Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • RLV @ bittensweetblog.comMay 4, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    Congrats on Saveur! You deserve it! And I love that picture of Ayla & her great-grandmother. What a great photo!ReplyCancel

  • IrvinMay 4, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Awww! Congrats on both the Saveur Magazine and your niece! Being an uncle is the best, and she’s utterly precious. And, of course, now I want some coffee cake. You can feel the love just surrounding you in those photos. Happy Mother’s Day to your family!ReplyCancel

  • MollyMay 4, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    With your thoughtful prose, lovely photographs and appreciation of all things delicious (did you say blintz souffle, bagels and lox on top of this scrumptious-looking coffee cake?) your honor by Saveur is truly deserved. Anya is very lucky to have such a wonderful family to grow up in. (And I must admit, I’m a little jealous you still have a grandmother, you lucky duck!)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyMay 4, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    What an unbelievably sweet story. And what an adorable little niece you have! Keep me away from that coffeecake. :)ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaMay 4, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    This is one of Ina Garten’s recipes that I love the most. I have made it several times and it’s incredibly. Congratulations on being interviewed by Saveur–what an honor! I really enjoyed reading your interview. And congratulations on becoming an uncle–an even bigger honor. I’m an aunt to two nephews (both 3) and it’s so much fun. You are going to have a blast!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMay 4, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    You have such a wonderful way of describing your family moments. GREGReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoMay 4, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    cake looks fabulous
    lovely pictures
    congratulations to you :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 4, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    oh my!! Yum This looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • EthanMay 4, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    How cute is Ayla?!
    Congrats on the Sauveur shout-out, nice to see someone getting their due, totally well-deserved!ReplyCancel

  • SaraMay 4, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Sour cream and coffee cake are magic words for my ears! And if you show me pictures like this, you can bet I’m going to try this soon! Congrats for the interview, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • LirenMay 4, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Oh Brian, Ayla is just so sweet! I feel as though I am in the room with you family, witnessing your mom plant a smooch on Ayla’s baby-sweet forehead. The smell of babies (and coffee cake) is intoxicating. I’m so glad you are able to enjoy these special moments with your family – treasure them always :) And congratulations on the lovely recognition from Saveur. It was a wonderful interview!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda @zomppaMay 4, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    Oh, she is too adorable!!!!!!!!!!! How nice to be surrounded by wonderful aromas and family. Beautiful cake.ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodMay 4, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    A beautiful post, as always… and a beautiful cake to follow. Looks like you have an amazing family!ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodMay 4, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Ah where are my manners!?! CONGRATS on being featured on Saveur!!ReplyCancel

  • ChrisMay 4, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    This warmed my heart! Not having a large family, I love reading about gatherings like this.
    The cake looks perfectly irresistible. I can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 5, 2011 - 6:54 am

    There’s nothing like a gorgeously photographed and beautifully written post like this to get me all sappy and emotional first thing in the morning. :P Truly, though the photos of all four generations of women and your sweet words about your mother – just perfect! Plus a slice of delicious coffee cake…I couldn’t think of a better way to start my day!

    Congrats on the Saveur feature Brian! You deserve it and I am SO thrilled for you!ReplyCancel

  • AshMay 5, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Congrats for the saveur feature!! Awesomeness!
    What a great post! And that Coffee cake looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsMay 5, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Are you tring to give me baby fever?! Ack! Kudos on the Saveur feature! Cake looks delish! :)ReplyCancel

  • My Man's BellyMay 5, 2011 - 11:13 am

    It really is the simple things in life that are the best…ReplyCancel

  • BukycooksMay 5, 2011 - 11:31 am

    That is one of my favorite coffee cakes recipes. Ina doesn’t make too much that isn’t wonderful. Congrats on the beautiful new addition to your family. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | VinoLuciStyleMay 5, 2011 - 11:43 am

    What a lovely story about your family Brian; it is amazing how a new baby makes everything wonderful. Love your coffee cake so much that I’m not promising to make it. I’m making it in about 5 minutes. Business associates coming over for a meeting…I have to serve something and this appeared. Now enough of this typing stuff; I have to get baking!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 5, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    Lovely post and cake. And congratulations on the honor, friend. :)ReplyCancel

  • LizMay 5, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    What a lovely post…and gorgeous family photos. That coffee cake looks irresistible!!!ReplyCancel

  • EileenMay 5, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    What a great celebration! Your pictures depict such happiness, and that cake looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 6, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Wonderful post! Nothing is better than sharing great food with family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • saltyseattleMay 6, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    God how I wish you were my uncle too!ReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 6, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    I love all the family photos. Sounds like it was a great day! That coffee cake looks killer!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's KitchenMay 6, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    I will say it again – congratulations to your family! What a special special gift she is!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 6, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    Welcome to the world little Ayla! What a lovely way to spend the day, four-generations together in one place, a new cuddly babe, and coffee cake! OMG, I love coffee cake, and have not had in years. I want now!ReplyCancel

  • CristinaMay 7, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    Brian: Your niece is beautiful – congratulations to your sister and family on a new addition and generation. =) And…another congratulations for your blog being featured on Saveur…a true, well deserved honor.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • lyndsayMay 8, 2011 - 12:33 am

    CONGRATS on the Saveur feature! Your blog is truly splendid… and I love any cake that involves sour cream, and streusel for that matter!!

    Such sweet photos too.


  • JamieMay 8, 2011 - 9:09 am

    A new baby and a coffee cake? Now that is what I call the perfect day! You do have such a wonderful family and that shows in these photos. Now I need to make this cake. I am THE coffee cake nut!ReplyCancel

  • Morel Mushroom and Brie Tart «May 8, 2011 - 9:40 am

    [...] couldn’t help but find a festive taco, burrito, or enchilada recipe, or a tasty Mother’s Day coffee cake or [...]ReplyCancel

  • MeganMay 8, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Such a beautiful post and a beautiful cake! And congrats on being featured on Saveur!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckMay 9, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    What a lovely, lovely post. You painted a picture of peaceful family time so beautifully. And it sounds as though that coffee cake was a big hit.

    Congratulations on the Saveur interview!ReplyCancel

  • KitaMay 9, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Congratulation on the Saveur love. I noticed the badge on your site and smiled. I’m glad you’ve made the list – you deserve it.

    This coffee cake looks beautiful and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 10, 2011 - 1:46 am

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some coffee cake! (especially when it’s sour creamy!)

    ¡El uso de signos de exclamación es a menudo innecesario!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }May 11, 2011 - 12:21 am

    What a great way to spend Mother’s day. I am impressed with the four generations all in the same room to celebrate! This coffee cake looks and sounds simply divine. A must make for me! Enjoy your week! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 12, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    This sour cream coffee cake looks amazing… It reminds me of one that my grandmother used to make. I have the recipe, but I’ve never made it. I think I’ll have to give it a try now. :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] Recipe: Sour Cream Coffee Cake May 4, 2011 … We walked into my parents' house this past Sunday and were greeted not by my mom and dad, … [...]ReplyCancel

  • Barbara BakesMay 17, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    Congratulations on your well deserved recognition, The coffee cake looks fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Pretty. Good. Food.May 18, 2011 - 12:55 am

    Mmmm, who doesn’t love coffee cake?! Add sour cream and you’ve got a party!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicMay 18, 2011 - 7:34 am

    I adore that cake! Oh so moist and rustic :-). And the family pictures are gorgeous. Bookmarking this to make early next week! Thnx for sharing Brian :-)ReplyCancel

  • [...] proud uncles of two very adorable girls.  Jordan will be turning two at the end of this year and Ayla, my sister’s daughter, was born this past March.  Now that they are in our lives, I enjoy watching them eat their first foods, seeing their likes [...]ReplyCancel

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  • foodwanderingsMay 1, 2011 - 12:04 am

    This is really nice to see this photo composition. I remember you talking about this place last year when you were going to the Cape. Seems like sucha terrific place!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezMay 1, 2011 - 12:06 am

    This is now on my New England Bucket List! At the Club we ordered bread from them, but nothing compared to this heavenly variety! French Onion Soup looks fantastic, you captured the best part: the cheese pull :) once again, gorgeous pictures darling!ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 1, 2011 - 12:12 am

    I would love to visit Pain D’Avignon someday. Everything looks delicious, want a slice of that pizza right now. I should stop saying “love your photos” but that’s the truth :)ReplyCancel

  • SusanMay 1, 2011 - 12:19 am

    Truly lovely! Bonne Dimanche!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ DimpleArtsMay 1, 2011 - 2:22 am

    Beautiful Photos!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 1, 2011 - 6:28 am

    My heart is palpitating. Just a little. All that bread!!!ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameMay 1, 2011 - 7:43 am

    Amazing photos. I felt like I was in Paris, for a moment. (And was miffed that I had not heard of this place in Boston … until I saw it wasn’t in Boston .) Another tasty reason to head to the Cape this summer.ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 1, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Your last shot with the cappucino and pastry is my fave. Reminds me of a shot my daughter took at a little cafe in Paris as we enjoyed coffee and dessert back in 2007. Wish I was at the Cape today to have some of the European flavor.ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksMay 1, 2011 - 8:53 am

    This will be a must visit when we finally make it up to your part of the world. I little bit of Paris…my kind of place. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelMay 1, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Once again and as always – love the pictures! That place looks and sounds like heaven :)ReplyCancel

  • Toby T. HillMay 1, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Thanks for taking these wonderful pictures! I like to think my food looks great, but these pics could not have shown it off any better!!!! Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 1, 2011 - 11:19 am

    I have had the pleasure of enjoying their breads. The Whole Foods in Bellingham carries it in limited qunatities but can special order it in with advance notice. I drive there specifically for it as no other location near me has it. I have served it at all the major functions I have hosted or catered for. The response is always phenomenal. Thank you for sharing them with the rest of the world in such a beautiful way.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 1, 2011 - 11:23 am

    I could really use a place like around from my corner. I’d be there bright and early on Sunday mornings with my paper and something new on the menu each time. Love this shop! And beautiful images that tell the story perfectly, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Parsley SageMay 1, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Love Silent Sundays. That spoonful of French Onion Soup just made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)May 1, 2011 - 11:59 am

    These are beautiful and peaceful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodMay 1, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Your photos are amazing – so authentic and beautiful! I want to be there right now!ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesMay 1, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    aaah…silence is golden! (Could you please tell that to the bagpiper who is currently below my Edinburgh hotel room window?

    But seriously, I love the look of this bread — and the pizza looks pretty good too! TheresaReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 1, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Another beautiful silent Sunday. I especially love the very first photo. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyMay 1, 2011 - 3:53 pm


    And I almost feel off my chair when I scrolled down to the french soup. *heavens* I swear I could taste it.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 1, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    Your pictures are so good and this post has left me incredibly hungry!ReplyCancel

  • rebeccaMay 1, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    wow what a place looks like ParisReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferMay 1, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    Gorgeous. And that french onion soup? Oh my.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 1, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some pain, especially when it isn’t sadomasochistic.

    ¡Viva el pan! ¡Viva!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleMay 2, 2011 - 7:12 am

    I have been here twice, IN AWE. Sigh…you have an eye for seeing the world in a way no one else is able. Take a bow.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia from Z Tasty LifeMay 2, 2011 - 8:35 am

    these photo provide such a warm inviting feeling to this place. My favorite is the first one, with the rain drops on the window: gives such a sense of longing for a slow food day in any given European town/city.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 2, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Lovely photos! I’d happily take a cup of soup and one of those Apricot Hazelnut Tarts!ReplyCancel

  • Marie the EpicureanPiranhaMay 2, 2011 - 10:44 am

    “…the timeless art of bread making is both revered and respected…”

    I could see this from the beautiful photos of your breads, and the way in which they’re presented. This is how I love to bake bread as well, as my grandmothers used to do! You have a lovely website, and your recipes tantalise the tastebuds ~ shame you are located too far away for me to visit (I live near Montreal (Qc) Canada)!

    Lovely to meet you and congrats on being featured in today’s Top 9 on Foodbuzz!

    ~ marieReplyCancel

  • sprinkling of sugarMay 2, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Your photos have such a magical way of transporting anyone anywhere. SO beautiful to see. Thanks for sharing them!ReplyCancel

  • katMay 2, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    I can just smell it!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 2, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Brian, I love your silent Sundays. They are actually perfect. We don’t spend much time in Hyannis, but next time we get there, I am adding this as a must stop. Everything about it sounds perfect, from the fresh baked breads to some relaxing jazz. Thanks for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 2, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    ps…. that French onion soup looks insane! I want to remake!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ the happy homeMay 2, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    stunning, brian! what a beautiful set.ReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 2, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Love your photos, Brian! They bring the food alive beautifully. I have a serious weakness for bakeries, and this one looks wonderful, especially the bread.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 2, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Congrats on this beautiful post on Top 9. LOVELY place and I would visit the Cape just to pop in here for some delicious bread:)(That soup looks amazing!)ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 2, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Simply breathtaking photos!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 2, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    awesome post and cool shots!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMay 3, 2011 - 10:58 am

    All of your photos are just gorgeous. I so want to eat here, all of the food looks amazing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mikaela CowlesMay 3, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    I feel as though I should plan a vacation centered around food. Visiting all the places I read about when I think look good. I can imagine this taking some time. Perhaps I shouldn’t. Hum…ReplyCancel

  • ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    I say this all the time when I look at your photos but I have to say it to you know – I absolutely adore them!ReplyCancel

  • Ché @ Knight at the RestaurantMay 4, 2011 - 10:10 am

    Beautiful photos!! I feel the intense need to eat at this lovely place…ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 4, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    I’ve actually been to Pain D’Avignon! :)

    Though, I don’t have beautiful photos like these. You have an incredible talent… I just LOVE your photos.ReplyCancel

  • SebMay 4, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    I wish we had a bakery like that near us. Great photos.ReplyCancel

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It wasn’t until about six months ago that I started to purchase cookbooks.  Prior to that, the only books in my collection were the few that my mother and Eric purchased for me; a limited selection of the essentials: The Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and The Cake Bible (which, shamefully, I have yet to dig into).  There are plenty of cookbooks that I’ve flipped through at bookstores, that I look at merely for their drool inducing photos (which we aptly refer to as “food porn”).  But there are others, like the ones I just listed, that I enjoy because of how eloquently they describe the cooking process.

What separates these books from others are how they inspire people to experiment in the kitchen.  Those books— classics, if you ask me— can create cooks out of those who have never picked up a knife.

The books that I have acquired since then (mostly as birthday or holiday gifts) I hold dear to my heart.  They range in region and themes, focusing on everything from baking to cocktails.  There was Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery Cookbook, Abby Dodge’s Desserts 4 Today, John Besh’s My New Orleans and many others.  All of these books have challenged me in various ways.  On one hand, Flour has become my resource for more complex baking techniques, something I’m just beginning to dabble in.  On the other, Abby’s book brings things to a more basic level and shows how, really, just a few ingredients are all you need for a wonderfully decadent dessert.

Overall, this is an incredibly exciting time in terms of cookbook writing.  Voices are strong, the quality of production is exquisite, and the recipes speak volumes about the constant shift in how people cook.

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  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenApril 27, 2011 - 6:16 am

    mmmmm! I want! And that picture with lime slice in your hand makes me want to steal the fries and lime from you. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleApril 27, 2011 - 6:19 am

    I have a lot of cookbooks that have been gifted to me and I actually rarely use most of them since I usually head to the internet to find recipes and inspiration. You’ve reminded me to take a look at them again!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 27, 2011 - 6:41 am

    I love parsnips so I am sure I’d love these! Great choice of seasonings.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 27, 2011 - 6:52 am

    I agree those books you mentioned are such great resources for someone who wants to learn how to cook, they provide a good foundation on which to build from. I’ve been hearing so many good things about Heidi’s book as well, I’m going to check it out as soon as I can. The fries look so good!ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoApril 27, 2011 - 7:11 am

    I’ve only ever used parsnips for soups and stews. This not only takes them to another level altogether, but gives me some ideas for that bourbon-smoked paprika the husband just got for me. Hmmm….ReplyCancel

  • IlkeApril 27, 2011 - 7:18 am

    I have heard about her book and have visited her site a couple times, I am embarrassed to say I have forgotten about it for a while. Thanks for reminding her with beautiful fries! Improvising is the best friend of a cook, sometimes. I am sure they turned delish!ReplyCancel

  • ChrisApril 27, 2011 - 7:25 am

    Yum. Yum. Yum. I have been hooked on parsnip fries since I first made them several years ago. When the ‘snips are a little skinny, I go for chips, too! :)
    Love the addition of the Chili pepper…ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyApril 27, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Mmmmm, sounds like such a savory & tasty treat!ReplyCancel

  • Maggy@ThreeManyCooksApril 27, 2011 - 7:47 am

    I am firmly of the belief that parsnips are one of the most under-appreciated veggies in the world. My husband actually loves them, so we eat them quite a bit! These will be great this summer with a burger or *anything* off the grill :) Great photos too!ReplyCancel

  • YuriApril 27, 2011 - 8:20 am

    I love cookbooks, the new bookshelf in the middle of my living room [I don't know where to put it] is proof of my addiction. I too own Rose’s Cake Bible [also her Pie Bible and Heavenly Cakes] and I’ve only used her cream cheese pie crust recipe. I do read them and looking at my bookshelves makes me really happy :DI think you should write a cookbook too. I would buy it just for those lovely photos!
    Yay for oven fried fries. That means you can eat a double portion of them!
    Happy Wine Wednesday, Brian :)ReplyCancel

  • Richard HaberApril 27, 2011 - 8:22 am

    As one of the recently converted to a more vegetable far less red meat diet, I am constantly being delighted by the wide variety of flavors that vegetables provide, flavors that are lost when they are relegated to ‘side’ dishes. We have been roasting sliced parsnips (and other root vegetables) and eating them as snacks for a while now. The sweetness that blooms from the carmelizing of the sugars is better than candy and better for us too.

    Thanks for the recommendation for Heidi’s book, checking it out now…ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsApril 27, 2011 - 8:45 am

    I love parsnips. Somehow they are under the radar. I wonderr why?! Aren’t oven fries the best?! Crispy outside soft inside, So delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelApril 27, 2011 - 8:56 am

    I’ve never had a single parsnip in my life so I haven’t a clue what they compare to, if anything. They look tasty! but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say they’re probably way too healthy for me lol ;)ReplyCancel

  • DaisyApril 27, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Love the cookbook roundup! You must get into Stir (Barbara Lynch!) if you haven’t already. Paging through that book is pretty magical.

    Parsnip fries look awesome! way to improvise!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezApril 27, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Cookbooks are my life also! I enjoy looking through them before bed, somehow it relaxes me to sleep better (or dream about bacon!) Amazing pictures as always darling!ReplyCancel

  • TerraApril 27, 2011 - 9:43 am

    I am in love with this recipe, seriously!!! I had to share the link, just too good to not share:-)
    Take care,

  • MollyApril 27, 2011 - 9:54 am

    I received Heidi’s cookbook for my birthday last week, and, no joke, read this recipe during my morning commute on the bus today. I can’t wait to try this one in particular and am delighted to know parsnips work, too.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieApril 27, 2011 - 10:12 am

    What an awesome recipes for such a neglected but yummy vegetable. Oh’ and now you can add “nudie Foodies” to your list of cook books ;)ReplyCancel

  • MaggieApril 27, 2011 - 10:47 am

    LOVE. PARSNIPS. In any form. Mashed, roasted, you name it. We’ve got some really good Hungarian Paprika that’s spicy and smoky and I bet it will be delicious on these! Thanks, Bri!ReplyCancel

  • Franklin from Dine DelishApril 27, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Yum! These look so interesting and delicious. Amazing jobReplyCancel

  • TaniaApril 27, 2011 - 11:04 am

    I’m rotten at using parsnips. This just might make me better at it though. :)ReplyCancel

  • knitstamaticApril 27, 2011 - 11:14 am

    Parsnips are so undappreciated. Really I hope your wonderful post inspires people to give them a try. And they are great fried!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethApril 27, 2011 - 11:34 am

    Heidi has such fantastic veggie recipes. Love the chili lime comboReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferApril 27, 2011 - 11:45 am

    I don’t have Heidi’s book yet, but it sounds like I need to buy it ASAP. The parsnip chips sound amazing, Brian. You know, I hate cooked carrots, and I’ve always avoided parsnips because of their resemblance to carrots. Do they taste like them?ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 27, 2011 - 11:56 am

    I love your dedication to only what you get with your CSA bundle. This will be the perfect recipe to turn on our family to parsnips. I’ve worried that their bite would be too much but how could anyone not love them as fries. Glad that you’ve starting collecting cookbooks – sometimes mine make better reading than the stack on my bedside table.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 27, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Love parsnip and turnip fries. So simple and so good. I’m excited to check out Heidi’s new book. I bought her first book Supernatural Cooking a few years back and it’s a staple read that I turn to regularly for inspriation. Love her easy, delicious, natural recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Sippity SupApril 27, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    There is a great casual restaurant in Hollywood (Lucky Devil??) that does these too! I haven’t been in ages. But boy do I have a hankering to go there now. GREGReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 27, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    This looks great! what a fun post!ReplyCancel

  • MeganApril 27, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Love your modifications! (And P.S. There’s a great spice shop in Truro!)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ DimpleArtsApril 27, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Great idea for modification! Maybe I should be eating more vegetables, I don’t think I ever ate parsnips:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodApril 27, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    The photos are making my mouth water… this looks fantastic. Parsnip fries are my absolute favorite. Can you believe that I wait till a big holiday to eat them?! What the hell is wrong with me? Thank you for the inspiration…parsnips are going on that grocery list!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenApril 27, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    I’m a huge cookbook collector and I’ve been eyeing Heidis book recently! This recipe looks amazing, I’d never think to make parsnips into fries.ReplyCancel

  • Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesApril 27, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I think I would have picked up the book just for this recipe. You said these were crispy? I’m in! I’m relatively new to parsnips ( a few years) but I love their flavor. Great job improvising with what you have. I think I’ll pick up Heidi’s book anyway–it will complete my collection of her books. Thanks for sharing this. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kimmy @ Lighter and LocalApril 27, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    I love the spiciness of parsnips. They’re such a fun and forgotten root veggie. I have about 5 cookbooks to buy in my amazon queue right now, and Heidi’s is on the list. I can’t wait to get it!ReplyCancel

  • Josie Lee SuskáApril 27, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Adore parsnips!!! And I might just have to get my hands on Heidi’s cookbook as well. I’ve found myself slightly resisting (something to do with a distaste for following a trend. I know, how adolescent!) But your post has def made a point- If everyone’s raving, it must be worth it’s salt!ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaApril 27, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Love how you improvised one of Heidi’s recipes, Brian. I love parsnips and this is a great recipe. I bought Heidi’s book as well and am in love with it. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynApril 27, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Yum, what a great improvisation on Heidi’s recipe. Her blog was one of the first I started looking at when I turned to food blogs. Cookbooks, now those I have in spades, and I receive more every Christmas from my parents-in-law, avid cooks themselves.ReplyCancel

  • EthanApril 27, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    these look great and it’s always more fun to use what you have in the kitchen. They make me want to try making yuca fries which I fell in love with at a Columbian restaurant once.ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)April 27, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. Looks terrific!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneApril 27, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve been a cookbook addict since birth but I’ve become much more selective about which ones I’ll actually spend money on and Heidi’s is just gorgeous! I’m fairly certain I didn’t realize just how much I adore parsnips until our dinner the other day, but now i’m hooked! Need to try these!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessApril 27, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    I adore parsnips and need to try your recipe for parsnip fries. This looks fantastic. Love all those books and Heidi’s book is one I still need to get to add to my evergrowing collection:)ReplyCancel

  • jaclynApril 27, 2011 - 8:27 pm

    i ADORE parsnips. seriously, they’re my favorite vegetable, ever. during the winter, i eat roasted parsnips like they’re going out of style, and these fries look like a delicious addition to my parsnip repertoire.

    on a related note, i adore super natural every day. it’s a gorgeous, soulful book, and a great addition to my huge cookbook collection. once you start buying them, you never stop. it’s a delicious addiction!ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyApril 27, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    I love parsnips too! But I must confess that I’ve been disappointed by them in their oven fry form. I agree with you, though, Heidi is an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • TrishApril 27, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Funny you posted this. I’ve had Parsnip Chips on my to-make list for a while now. My old Irish cookbook gave me the idea. Your fries, though, sound very yummy. Love the addition of lime.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKApril 27, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    Love, love this Bryan! I too have been hearing all the buzz and I’m glad you took the plunge. If this recipe is any indication, it’s a winner! Love the photos and the twist!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }April 27, 2011 - 11:05 pm

    Great photos!! I love these fries and how simple they are to make. I yet to dig into my John Besh and Flour cookbooks that I purchased a while ago – you have refreshed my memory and will dig them out. Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanApril 28, 2011 - 1:05 am

    MMMnnnn!. . . I LOVES me some parsnips.

    Papas Fritas no es lo mismo de Pápas Fritos.ReplyCancel

  • JackieApril 28, 2011 - 5:51 am

    I loves me some parsnips, too, especially when they’re thin and baked! Yums =)

    I find it hard to stick to a recipe, actually, I always end up making my own tweaks. Though I may follow a book the first time round, after that I just do it from memory and taste. Except for baking, because if I did that I’d fail miserably at it!

    Jax xReplyCancel

  • PeggyApril 28, 2011 - 5:53 am

    Oh yum! I always love baking up some parsnip fries – I love the touch of lime juice and smoked paprika… will definitely have to try that combo next time!ReplyCancel

  • MeetaApril 28, 2011 - 7:50 am

    I love parsnip and make oven roasted fries very often from them. Much better that potatoes!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 28, 2011 - 10:48 am

    I haven’t had parsnips in forever. These parsnip fries are calling my name, they look sooo good. I can’t wait to try these out! :)ReplyCancel

  • Evan @swEEtsApril 28, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Believe it or not I’m not even sure I know what a parsnip tastes like! But that doesn’t mean I’d love to find out with this recipe :) They sound delicious! I hope the cook book bug doesnt bite you like it got me.. I have so many cook books I don’t know where to begin sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • kickpleatApril 28, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    I just discovered your site through Saveur and it’s a beauty. I’m hoping to get this cookbook for my birthday and I can’t wait to dive in (her first one is also lovely). I’m a parsnip fan and they are so delicious roasted. Love the idea of turning them into fries! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshApril 28, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    These sound absolutely scrumptious. I’ve been attempting to make 20 vegetable dishes this year and I’ve stalled at #4 – might have to give this one a try!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionApril 28, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    These look just amazing! I have to give these a try ASAP. Love your photos, as always. :)ReplyCancel

  • GwenevereApril 29, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Back when I used to travel, my collectable souvenir of choice(ex: shot glasses, spoons, bells etc) was a local cookbook. I had forgotten about it until I read this post. If I ever travel again, I’m going to pick up my old collection but this time, I’ll read the books a little more closely and make sure SOME of the ingredients can be purchased back home. (Conch is not readily available outside of the Caribbean…go figure.)ReplyCancel

  • The Mistress of SpicesApril 29, 2011 - 6:47 am

    Gorgeous photos and lovely recipe! We have lots of parsnips sitting in our freezer from the winter, so I will definitely have to make these!ReplyCancel

  • Lubna KarimApril 29, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Wow….love that….simple but yum recipe……ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeApril 29, 2011 - 9:19 am

    These do look tasty. I’ll bet I could get my 14 yr old to eat these if I served them as “faux” fries. I’ve just become familiar with 101 Cookbooks as well. Looks like I’ll probably be buying it too!ReplyCancel

  • BigFatBakerApril 29, 2011 - 9:50 am

    I saw nelly’s tweet about these a few days ago and I have parsnips on my list for the next shopping trip. The sounds so fabulous, and a perfect first introduction to parsnips! Great job and congrats on top 9 :)ReplyCancel

  • Sense of HomeApril 29, 2011 - 9:55 am

    I just received my copy of Super Natural Everyday in the mail yesterday. I agree with you, Ms. Swanson’s book is stunning, and this is an exciting time in cookbook writing.


  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the TableApril 29, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Veggie fries are my favorite “treat.” I love anything Heidi creates, too! Cant’ wait to get my book in the mail.ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleApril 29, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Read the cake bible!!! You wil love it. I forget about parsnips. My nanny made them mashed. These look way better!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleApril 29, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Hey ur top nine too!!! Buzzed ya!!!ReplyCancel

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  • wizzythestickApril 29, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Don’t have turnips or parsnips but I do love making chips with other local root veggiesReplyCancel

  • Jen @Tiny Urban KitchenApril 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful! I love the sweet taste of parsnips, but I never ever considered making a fry out of it. Great way to improvise. :)

    P.S. I had a CSA last year too so I know exactly how to feel! I actually decided not to sign up for one this year because I missed browsing the farmers markets!ReplyCancel

  • CicciaApril 30, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Here in Sicily we don’t get parsnips, but I’ve eaten them in New York, where I grew up. Parsnip fries must be delicious. I found you through my friend cakeduchess. Greetings from Trapani, Sicily.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkMay 1, 2011 - 2:21 am

    Very true, Brian..will be a great way to introduce veggies which are otherwise categorized in their Yuk dictionary. The book is now on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Xiaolu @ 6 BittersweetsMay 1, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    I adore parsnips though I only realized it in recent years. This looks divine. You guys are making me want to buy this book so badly ;pReplyCancel

  • Maria @ ScandifoodieMay 1, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    I adore Heidi’s new book, her recipes are right up my alley! These fries sound incredibly tasty, I can’t wait to try this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 2, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Parsnip fries. WOW! I have made fries from potatoes, celery root, sweet potatoes, etc…. but never considered parsnips. Guess what is getting added to my cooking list now!!ReplyCancel

  • katMay 2, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    Yum, baked parsnips, especially good if you get the sweet overwintered ones….ReplyCancel

  • KiwanaMay 2, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    I will be trying these this week! They sound delish.ReplyCancel

  • ElleMay 3, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Nice improvising! And I think I need to get her book now. I love her blog, so it seems a natural step.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    You are so right Brian. This is such an exciting time in cookbook writing. And you just reminded me that I must had this one to my list, especially now that it got your stamp of approval.ReplyCancel

  • Kitchen ButterflyMay 15, 2011 - 11:43 am

    I actually feel lucky….as I have a box of parsnips and have been wondering exactly what to do with them. I have leftover limes too…from some dessert I made so this is perfect! Thank youReplyCancel

  • parsnip chipsJune 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    [...] idea was pretty original at first but I have since spotted a yummy rendition on Brian’s blog. Hope you like [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Crispy Baked Parsnip Fries A little sweet, a little spicy and with just a hint of lime – perfect for summertime. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] idea was pretty original at first but I have since spotted a yummy rendition on Brian’s blog. Hope you like [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] kids love fries so why not make these baked Parsnip Fries from A Food for Thought seasoned with a little chili powder or smoked paprika. Parsnips are a good [...]ReplyCancel

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  • Nelly RodriguezApril 24, 2011 - 2:02 am

    You must get tired of reading and listening to people say how gorgeous your pictures are, but as you know, I don’t care: your photographs are gorgeous. Thanks for bringing a little of the Cape into my Sunday! You pup is adorable, and I can see she doesn’t want to pose! Cute!ReplyCancel

  • TerraApril 24, 2011 - 2:04 am

    Sounds like a a relaxing, and lovely place! Love your photos:-)
    Take care, TerraReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanApril 24, 2011 - 2:46 am

    Mmnn. . . I _ _ _ _ _ me some Sunday. . . Especially when it is silent.

    El Amor de Domingo, es um amor puro.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneApril 24, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Cape Cod looks so gorgeously peaceful! Well, except for Maki on Sunday mornings. It’s just because she doesn’t like awkward silences. I can tell.ReplyCancel

  • MaggieApril 24, 2011 - 7:52 am

    so tranquil! With fog settled in all around me north of Boston, I love looking at your photos. Happy Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoApril 24, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Oh, I miss the Cape! You’re just making it worse! xoxReplyCancel

  • merry jenniferApril 24, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Gorgeous photos, Brian. I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but I’d love to visit there sometime. How lucky you and E and Maki are to have a place there to spend some downtime.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleApril 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • LizApril 24, 2011 - 8:39 am

    I’m in love with Maki! Lambeau sends her sniffs and greetings~ReplyCancel

  • EileenApril 24, 2011 - 9:29 am

    What a terrific way to spend any morning. Love your photo’s. Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 24, 2011 - 9:36 am

    Looks like true bliss. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsApril 24, 2011 - 9:51 am

    So charming. The pup has grown up so much & loving it on the Cape I see:).ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 24, 2011 - 10:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your Cape house with us. Reminds me how relaxing a Sunday should be and to go explore the outdoors with puppy-like enthusiasm.ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksApril 24, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Maki is precious! Can’t wait to see your photos from the Cape this Summer! Enjoy your day. :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKApril 24, 2011 - 10:54 am

    Love these beautiful pictures. Nothing says family more than breakfast together and play time with the pup. What a special spot to spend time together in. Love this Silent Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • GailApril 24, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Beautiful, Brian. I’m on Fire Island and it’s like that here now. Quiet, eery, empty. The roar of the ocean is the only sound floating in the air.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESApril 24, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    sigh . . . i can hear the ocean if i get my mind quiet enough . . . thank you for taking me there . . . happy sigh . . .ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ ScandifoodieApril 24, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Gorgeous photos and Maki is just too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Parsley SageApril 24, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    I’m loving the morning Maki had. No wonder she was eyeballing you to hurry up with breakfast! Lovely photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | VinoLuciStyleApril 24, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    I am as ready as your pup to break free of winter and romp! She is adorable and I’m ready to show up on your doorstep.ReplyCancel

  • KristenApril 24, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    I love Nelly’s comment and agree – I’m going to say it again. Simply stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 24, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    What a beautiful place, I can just imagine spending a lazy afternoon in that hammock. Enjoy your weekends!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelApril 24, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    Always love your pictures and so jealous of having a place to visit on the Cape – enjoy! :)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynApril 25, 2011 - 7:35 am

    Can I come? Please? It looks so gorgeous, I am wild with jealousy.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ A Cambridge StoryApril 25, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Aw, sweet pup. Our dog also strongly prefers that we play with her – even inside – and will be pretty clear in telling us!ReplyCancel

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  • MeganApril 25, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    I love this… and wish I were back on the Cape.ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleApril 26, 2011 - 12:49 am

    I didn’t want the photos to end. I wanted them to go on and on and on. YOu get lots of this, but your photos are the second best thing to actually being there. WOW!ReplyCancel

  • kitaApril 26, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    Lovely photographs. I love the pic of the trees and sun.ReplyCancel

  • ASHLEAApril 26, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Ah, how refreshing are those pictures. I visited your lovely little destination a few summers ago and it’s just as wonderful and breathtaking as those photos.ReplyCancel

  • DaisyApril 27, 2011 - 9:18 am

    picture perfect :) their place is going to be a great escape this summer.ReplyCancel

  • Marian (Sweetopia)April 27, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    Brian; what a blog of veritable beauty! I’m happy to have found your ‘home’ on the web; am in awe of your photography… if only I could do it half as good as you do!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionApril 28, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    I absolutely ADORE Cape Cod. We’ve gone to the Cape for our vacation the last few years, but don’t think we’ll make it up there this year. Loved living vicariously through your photos.ReplyCancel

  • ElleMay 3, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I love Maki–she’s adorable! Amazing photos, as always, Brian!ReplyCancel

Leaning over the kitchen sink, my mother and I would stand side by side, laughing and sharing stories from our day, as we trimmed big bags of green beans.  I must admit that the painstaking process of going through all of those haricot verts, breaking off their woody ends, was not my favorite thing in the world.  But spending time with my mom and having those memories of us bonding in such a simple, delightful way, is why I have a special place in my heart for green beans.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been seeing a lot more of them in our CSA box.  The experience of cleaning them isn’t the same without my mother standing next to me, but the process always reminds me of those wonderful moments.

When cooking green beans, I’m a firm believer (and I’m sure many would agree) that the crunchier they are, the better.  When preparing them, I tend to toss the green beans into boiling water for just a couple of minutes and quickly throw them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

This leaves the hue of the beans vibrant and does not result in them being limp, as you will often find them when dining out.

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  • Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 20, 2011 - 6:24 am

    What a nice memory! These look delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkApril 20, 2011 - 6:24 am

    I like the way you enjoy bonding with your mom sharing such mundane things in kitchen! Love the idea of beans and vinaigrette…will be a great summer salad as well.ReplyCancel

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteApril 20, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Simple is sometimes the best. What a gorgeous spring dish!ReplyCancel

  • fooddreamerApril 20, 2011 - 6:37 am

    I love crisp, lightly cooked green beans and your vinaigrette would really complement them. Great photos, too!ReplyCancel

  • Judith KlingerApril 20, 2011 - 7:03 am

    A perfect meal…gorgeous!
    It drives me insane that the Italians cook their beans until they are mush…you don’t need teeth. I tried doing crunchy beans when we had the restaurant, and the Italians wouldn’t even touch them. sigh.ReplyCancel

  • PrabsApril 20, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Nice memories. I am trying out this beans salad for sure!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKApril 20, 2011 - 7:26 am

    Brian, simple can be outstanding. These look outstanding. I could see myself sitting down with a bowl of these and drfiting away.

    And I can just see you and your mom working shoulder to shoulder. Love.ReplyCancel

  • LizApril 20, 2011 - 7:35 am

    I remember doing this as a child, too! What a lovely dish…perfect for Easter!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleApril 20, 2011 - 8:12 am

    My mom has a huge vegetable garden and I have similar memories of trimming green beans. Your post today brought a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitApril 20, 2011 - 8:29 am

    I was just thinking you have gone healthy on me and then BAM! Thank goodness for your love of wine and cheese. Charming thoughts on you and Mom.ReplyCancel

  • YuriApril 20, 2011 - 8:53 am

    When I was a child, my mom taught me to snip both ends and remove the fibrous string from the sides. At first it was fun but then it became a chore. I love green beans, simply steamed or sauteed Japanese style with some dashi and soy sauce. Lovely photos and recipe, Brian. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezApril 20, 2011 - 9:15 am

    I do agree, the crunchier the better! Love the pictures, as always ;)ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 20, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Love your salad as much as my mom’s. The almonds are such a great idea. That’s how mom taught me to cook veggies and it’s perfect for crispy, colorful salads.ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsApril 20, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Green beans are a staple in our house. This is a good summer recipe as the weather is warning up, even in MA:) Yes, it welcomed us last weekend with pleasant temperatures!! Pretty dish and pretty weather!ReplyCancel

  • KarenApril 20, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Such a lovely way to dress up green beans! I just stumbled upon your beautiful blog and can’t wait to read more.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicApril 20, 2011 - 10:17 am

    I love green beans and can’t wait for my farmers market to start soon. Great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoApril 20, 2011 - 10:20 am

    flavourful way to have beans looks deliciousReplyCancel

  • missiApril 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

    We should probably eat some beans, cheese and bread and drink some wine on our back deck very soon! Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Marmande in the KitchenApril 20, 2011 - 10:56 am

    I agree with you on liking green beans crunchy. I love the bright dressing and almonds!ReplyCancel

  • Franklin from DineDelishApril 20, 2011 - 11:01 am

    This green bean recipe sure looks good. Good enough as a side dish, or on its own. :)ReplyCancel

  • ShannonApril 20, 2011 - 11:07 am

    this sounds delicious, and i love the memory that accompanies the green beans :)ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupApril 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

    I typically am in the “crunchy camp” too, but green beans are also good charred and a bit burnt and wilty! GREGReplyCancel

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 20, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Yum! Love the idea of a sweet and tangy green bean!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 20, 2011 - 11:49 am

    Fabulous one. This is right up my alley! Great recipe and photos!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | VinoLuciStyleApril 20, 2011 - 11:52 am

    I said it on Twitter and I mean it. Lemon and mustard…love them alone; even more together. Fabulous and simple dish; what more could I ask for?ReplyCancel

  • katApril 20, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Oh that would be good with our ham for EasterReplyCancel

  • SuesApril 20, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    I love simple side dishes and green beans are one of my favorites. These look delicious! I agree with you- the crunchier the better! :)ReplyCancel

  • MeganApril 20, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    I would like to be basking in the sun with a big bowl of green bean salad, a glass of wine, and a platter of soft cheeses and rustic bread. :) That sounds perfect!ReplyCancel

  • sophistimomApril 20, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Ooh, that mustard looks divine. I want a jar of it.ReplyCancel

  • Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesApril 20, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    First of all, I love your cutting board! It’s a beauty!

    Green beans are such a flexible veggie–they go so well in many dishes but are always perfect as the star of the show, the way you’ve presented them here. I can imagine the lemon-mustard vinaigrette bringing their fresh flavors even more. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanApril 20, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some beans, especially when they muster the troops.

    Frejoles son un fruto musical.ReplyCancel

  • This brings back memories of my grandmother sitting on her back porch snapping the ends off beans in the southern summer heat. And although I’m hesitant to admit it, the vinaigrette is a great improvement on her somewhat overcooked recipe! But the memories are precious to me.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESApril 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    simple dishes tend to be my favorite and a big plate of green beans with this vinaigrette is just the ticket. and yes, the snappy, crunchy green beans!!ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaApril 20, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Love this recipe! Proof that the simpler the preparation, the better so that the inherent taste and qualities of the main ingredient shine.ReplyCancel

  • Jun BelenApril 20, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    “Laugh and smile and take a deep breath.” I should be doing more of this. Thank you for the reminder. Lovely bowl of crunchy green beans!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsApril 20, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Oh, I love simple green bean dishes; crisp, flavorful, and light. This would be great with asparagus as well.ReplyCancel

  • MeganApril 20, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    The crunchier the better for sure! This recipe sounds wonderful … love all the flavors in there. And that’s such a sweet memory. I have memories like that of frying eggplant with my mom.ReplyCancel

  • SajiApril 21, 2011 - 12:22 am

    Love green bean salad…This looks yumReplyCancel

  • EthanApril 21, 2011 - 12:47 am

    Green beans, green bowl, green stripes on the bowl. Everything looks great!ReplyCancel

  • LanaApril 21, 2011 - 2:34 am

    When I was growing up, the only green beans I ate were cooked all the way through. But, they were made into a stew, or a creamy side-dish, and they tasted really good. I still prepare them like that once in a while, but I have also learned to like my beans crunchy and vibrant.
    Your approach is just fine with me, even though I have never tried pairing them with coarse-grained mustard.
    I really like your recommendations for serving:)
    My girls love to cut the green beans with me – that’s one of the few chores that they run to accomplish enthusiastically:)ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 21, 2011 - 4:18 am

    One of my favorite ways to eat green beans! I’m a little mustard obsessed, I’ll put it on pretty much anything and the whole grain kind is wonderful in salads.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneApril 21, 2011 - 6:36 am

    It’s so funny, I have very distinct childhood memories of prepping green beans as well…except they give me traumatic flashbacks of having to trim bazillions of them…which is probably why I don’t cook with them that much. I much prefer your childhood memory, sounds incredibly more soothing than mine. I love the vinaigrette on this green bean salad…definitely the perfect simple way to end a stressful day.ReplyCancel

  • DeebaApril 21, 2011 - 7:22 am

    I often think my lad will have thoughts like yours when he grows up, keeping in mind the amount of time he hangs around the kitchen! I absolutely love the connect, and the recipe. I often do beans the way I do a char grilled broccoli salad from Ottolenghi. This is a nice refreshing change. I think I should have a stab at making mustard as well… you’ve inspired me back!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee @KudosKitchenApril 21, 2011 - 8:24 am

    Food and memories just go hand and hand. Love that you shared about your mom. Your beans looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • KateApril 21, 2011 - 8:56 am

    I love this post for so many reasons! The green beans looks wonderful and I couldn’t agree more with you about sitting down with friends and family and a big glass of wine after a long week. My mom is my best friend and I will always treasue the moments that we spend together – even the ones that might seem not as important because those are the ones that you end up remembering the most. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Joan NovaApril 21, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Lovely and nostalgic post…and good bean treatment too.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshApril 21, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    Green beans are one of the select veggies I genuinely enjoy. I also have similar memories of preparing them with my mom! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessApril 22, 2011 - 8:48 am

    What sweet memories. I was just watching my MIL breaking the ends off the beans just the way her mom does. Sitting at the table w/a tea towel in her lap catching the ends, one after the other, as they break off. Beautiful, as always.ReplyCancel

  • JudyApril 22, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Congratulations on the Top 9 – it’s annoying that it won’t let me buzz again to get more votes.ReplyCancel

  • JoyApril 22, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    beautiful post Brian — and congrats on the Top 9. I use to be in charge of cleaning the beans when I would cook with my mom — she’d usually be chopping. This recipe really made me miss her, thank you for the beautiful reminder how fortunate we are to have such incredible mothers.

    Have a wonderful weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisApril 22, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    I think that is the key, when things do get bad just remember how good life can be…..
    I am very envious that you have your CSA already, my farmers market opens up next week, and although there won’t be much local produce, I can’t wait to just stand in the center of the market and revel in the season!
    Your green bean salad sounds like a wonderful dish to sit outside with and a nice glass of wine would just be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • KitaApril 22, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    Green beans are my all time favorite vegetable. I love them. So crunchy and delicious. These look beautiful with the lemon-mustard vinaigrette.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 22, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Green beans are one of my absolute favorites and I buy lots of them from the Farmer’s Market. This dish is just gorgeous and it looks so flavorful. Love the addition of the almonds. And once again just stunning photos! :)

    Congrats on the Top 9!!ReplyCancel

  • TraciApril 22, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    This dish sounds like the perfect spring side dish. I agree with you on the beans – the crunchier the better! Can’t wait to try this and several other recipes of yours. Great blog!ReplyCancel

  • EvaApril 22, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Loved the recipe. Green beans really are versatile!

    In fact, I bought some off the back of a truck and whipped up a curried vegetable dish that came out really well:

    Love your blog!

    Keep up the great work.


  • kitchenarianApril 23, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    I love crunchy green beans and being from the south I have eaten too many overcooked versions. Great post. I also grew up “snapping the beans” as my mother always called it. Great memories.ReplyCancel

  • Patty HApril 23, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    What a nice, light and simple dish to eat all by itself or even to compliment a nice grilled steak- – I’ll definitely have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Debi (Table Talk)April 27, 2011 - 10:49 am

    I picked a good day to catch up—trimming green beans congers up all kinds of good summertime memories, from picking them from our garden and feeling their fuzzy skins between my fingers, to sitting with a colander by my side as I tossed them in for rinsing.
    Love the Dijon vinaigrette you’ve dressed them with!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole FranzenApril 28, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Yum, love green beans and making it with a mustard vinaigrette, so fresh nom nomReplyCancel

  • ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    Love this simple preparation Brian. And you’re right – limp beans are the worst.ReplyCancel

  • saraMay 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    i will say that my greens always come from some sort of lettuce, kale, cabbage family, but lately I’ve been thinking of green beans. LOVE LOVE mustard and lemon, especially with a nice crisp bean. Oh can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • ravenouscoupleSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    this sounds like a wonderful side for any dinnerReplyCancel