Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

I’m so glad I got over my hatred of mushrooms. Between you and me, I don’t think I really had an issue with their taste or, as I often complained, their spongy consistency.  The real reason, I’ve come to accept, was because my sister loved them so much. Therefore, I had to hate them.  Makes sense, right?  The funny thing is that I ate everything as a kid.  I never turned away food.  Except, that is, if it contained mushrooms. I’m not sure when I decided how silly it was that I said I didn’t like them. I guess I started giving them a chance as a teenager, especially when I stopped eating meat. Their texture, the umami notes… all the things I missed from eating a steak… I found I could get all of that from mushrooms.

Sometimes the best dishes come when focusing on a single ingredient. I started with an assortment of fresh mushrooms and built off that.  A bit of butter and red wine helped to build a flavorful and very satisfying sauce.  The creamy polenta, rich and comforting. Nothing wrong with a little fat this time of year.  We’ll get back to salads later.  Right now, this is what we need.

Polenta + Stewed Mushrooms

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarFebruary 17, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Your photos always make me want to jump through the screen. These mushrooms look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • MariaFebruary 17, 2014 - 9:19 am

    One of my favorite meals!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanFebruary 17, 2014 - 9:22 am

    This is my kind of food. I love polenta!
    Beautiful photo as always, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)February 17, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Mmmmmmm :) Perfect comfort food!ReplyCancel

  • NaomiFebruary 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    I totally agree – some of the best dishes are built focuse on one ingredient. I absolutely love this! Mushrooms are a fav of mine so this is happening in my soon.ReplyCancel

  • annie @ chase that i loveFebruary 17, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Supreme comfort food. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisFebruary 17, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    gorgeous as always! ReplyCancel

  • EileenFebruary 17, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    This sounds like such an amazing dish for a cold and snowy winter day! I would absolutely end up putting a fried egg on top and calling it lunch. :) Yay!ReplyCancel

  • MonetFebruary 17, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Only you, my dear, could make poltena and mushrooms look so sexy! I mean seriously…this looks better than the five chocolate cake recipes I’ve been staring at today! Thank you for sharing this lovely vegetarian meal. I hope you are doing well!ReplyCancel

  • LirenFebruary 18, 2014 - 12:21 am

    I’m chuckling at the little Brian’s rationale for steering clear of mushrooms — my children are the same! What one loves, the other hates. In my case, my daughter loves mushrooms, my son hates them. Ha! I’m so glad you have developed a love for them, and this is my kind of meal. So creamy and comforting!ReplyCancel

  • Helen @ Scrummy LaneFebruary 18, 2014 - 4:09 am

    What a lovely simple recipe! I think any mushroom-hater has a good chance of learning to like them if they risk deviating from the boring white ones. Oh, and love your photos!ReplyCancel

  • bev @ bevcooksFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:46 am

    I want to live inside your camera. And mouth.ReplyCancel

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  • FrancescaFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    You have a few of my favorite things mingling together here. Wine + mushrooms.. count me in!ReplyCancel

  • cheriFebruary 18, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    I’m so glad you like mushrooms because now we have a recipe for this dish. Beautiful pics!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 19, 2014 - 7:57 am

    I’m definitely working on my mushroom aversion…as it turns out I like the more expensive mushrooms way more than the cheaper varieties lol. This ragout over polenta looks pretty dreamy. My kind of comfort food.ReplyCancel

  • MimiFebruary 19, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Beautiful! Love the photographs!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingFebruary 19, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Love, love LOVE mushrooms! I’ve been thinking about making polenta lately so this is so timely!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)February 20, 2014 - 8:09 am

    I’ll take a million bowls of this. THANKS! :) Looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • Michael LewickiFebruary 20, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Beautiful stuff, Brian! Love the action shots, specifically. Missed your space.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 20, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Wine, mushrooms and butter? Count me in.ReplyCancel

  • KateFebruary 20, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    I have two younger brothers. The middle one and I were extremely picky and managed to make the youngest extremely picky by making fun of his food. Oops. I have mixed feelings about mushrooms, especially after eating so many lentil mushroom meatballs last winter (recipe testing took forever)… but I want to say that I would love this dish! It’s just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreFebruary 22, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    I love this type of comfort food. Layered flavors and so satisfying!ReplyCancel

  • danielleFebruary 26, 2014 - 11:06 am

    This sounds so good – pinning!ReplyCancel

  • 15 Different Polenta SpecialitiesMarch 10, 2014 - 3:42 pm

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  • Betsy GinaMarch 10, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    Thanks I love Polenta Americans aren’t so familiar with Polenta , I’m Italian Family ReplyCancel

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

The more I talk to people about the house we just purchased, the more it hits me: oh my gosh, I’m an adult. Actually, it’s not the purchasing of the house that makes me feel this way, but all the other things that come with it. Getting quotes for refinishing the floors.  Finding someone to take down wallpaper and paint the walls. Then there’s the furniture we’re ordering. Eric and I haven’t spent much money on furniture for our current place, instead decorating with what we’ve acquired over the years. Nothing matches. And most of it’s from friends or CraigsList. It’s time to upgrade a few items. We’ll find out in the next week or so when we’re actually moving, at which point the packing process will begin. In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed tossing out stacks of papers we no longer need. And cords to electrical devices that we’d gotten rid of a while ago.

So, here’s the backstory on why I’m providing a recipe for sous vide salmon.  The whole thing started a few years ago, when Eric and I went out to a restaurant to celebrate my birthday.  On the menu was a salmon entree with beet and crème fraîche. This was the first time I’d been served fish so perfectly prepared… it actually felt like it was melting in my mouth.  I asked the server how it was prepared, at which point he described the sous vide process. And my mind was officially blown.

Ever since then, I’ve dreamt of recreating that dish. Or, at the very least, something resembling that dish.  A few months ago, I decided to reach out to one of the leading producers of sous vide water ovens, SousVide Supreme, to see if they’d be willing to let me test out one of their units. Last month, I heard back from them saying they’d be happy to send one over. Now, I was thrilled… but Eric was elated (he’s been eying a few recipes for sous vide steak and smoked brisket).

So the unit arrived and I got up the guts to take the thing out of the box. Now, I’m terrible at following directions and often ignore the instruction manual. But, in this case, I decided to read up.  To my surprise, the process seemed simple enough: vacuum seal the ingredients you want to cook, fill the unit with water, add the ingredients, set the temperature and timer and let it go.

When preparing the fish for the vacuum sealer, I lightly seasoned the fillet with Kosher salt, though a slice of lemon might work nicely in there as well.  You really don’t need to do much and, when working with fish, I’d recommend keeping the seasoning to a minimum. Sauces and additional spices can always be added later. Though my roasted beet sauce was was different than the restaurant’s and I used Greek yogurt instead of crème fraîche, the meal was superb. This definitely won’t be the last time I use the machine. In fact, I’m already brainstorming other recipes.

SousVide Supreme has also been kind enough to provide a $50 off coupon for a water oven to readers of A Thought For Food. During the check out process, just be sure to include this code: ATFF50.

Notes on discount code: Limit of 1 discount per order. Discount expires on 2/28/2014. Discount applies to SousVide Supreme and SousVide Supreme Demi water ovens, but does not apply to promo packages. Offer valid only at Sousvidesupreme.com website and for US orders only. No adjustments to previous purchases. Free Shipping applies to US mainland orders only for standard delivery. 

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Sous Vide Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce

Disclosure: While SousVide Supreme did provide a unit, I was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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  • annie @ chase that i loveFebruary 11, 2014 - 7:23 am

    I don’t have a sous-vide cooker, but I am loving that beet sauce. I bet it would be so good on some toasty flat bread.ReplyCancel

  • Sini @ my blue&white kitchenFebruary 11, 2014 - 7:34 am

    One just has to love this dish. Perfection.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 11, 2014 - 7:41 am

    First of all, I LOVE the new header! The handwriting-ness of it is such a nice touch.

    GAH SOUS VIDE. That salmon does look pretty perfect.

    And I am SO excited for you and your new (REAL! ADULT!) house!! That is just too exciting.ReplyCancel

  • KulsumFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Congratulations on the new house. I know the feeling of ‘adult’ that comes with it. Exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:42 am

    I’m in LOVE with this salmon. And beet sauce, too? Perfection.

    So happy for your new house!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:46 am

    congrats on the house :) sous vide sounds so much fun, the salmon looks perfect.ReplyCancel

  • NaomiFebruary 11, 2014 - 11:37 am

    I’ve yet to try sous vide. But after this, I’m thinking I need to —STAT!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisFebruary 11, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    absolutely gorgeousReplyCancel

  • TieghanFebruary 11, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    I am a huge fan of salmon this looks incredible!! cant wait to try the beat sauce too!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:26 am

    I’m really excited about trying sous vide – expecting my circulator any day and salmon was one of the first things I was going to try.ReplyCancel

  • Mimi RippeeFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    I’m glad you bought a sous vide. I’m officially addicted to mine. Beautiful salmon. I need to play with fish more.ReplyCancel

  • Greg HenryFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    There’s a sous vide machine out in Palm Springs at the place we stay, so I play with it when I’m there. It’s really ideal for large dinner parties because you can make the entree and let it sit at the perfect temp until serving time. I will say make sure you strain any juices from the bag before you use them to make a sauce and the proteins seems to build up in a granular way. GREGReplyCancel

  • Toni DashFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    I’ve been fascinated with the sous vide method (blame it on Top Chef) and the machines. I loved reading your tale of using yours and certainly the salmon speaks to the process in its beauty!ReplyCancel

Edible Boston: Drinks Issue - Booze Époque (photographs by Brian Samuels - A Thought For Food)

Edible Boston: Drinks Issue - Booze Époque (photographs by Brian Samuels - A Thought For Food)

Edible Boston: Drinks Issue - Booze Époque (photographs by Brian Samuels - A Thought For Food)

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  • Ashley - Baker by NatureFebruary 6, 2014 - 11:09 am

    That cocktail is calling my name!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley ManilaFebruary 6, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    So much beauty in this post! And booze. I LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • MonetFebruary 6, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    Love the colors in this shoot, Brian. What a bright place to visit on a very very cold day. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend! Now pour me a drink!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanFebruary 6, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    These photos are so fun. I love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • SpencerFebruary 8, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Wow, the dish looks so exciting and i am now feeling so hungry! Any chance to taste such a food?ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 8, 2014 - 7:54 am

    I love the floral touches on these! So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette's Healthy LivingFebruary 11, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Gorgeous photos Brian – always love how you tell a story without words.ReplyCancel

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

I’m pretty good at keeping secrets.  However, this one was hard to hold in. But now… finally… I can make the announcement: after months of looking at properties, Eric and I have purchased a house. Our home.

Since the fall, our weekends have been spent going from open house to open house looking at places, many of which were out of our price range or in a bad location or in complete disrepair. Eventually, we got pretty good at going through these quickly, but it took a lot of time and energy and left us feeling like there wasn’t much on the market.

A couple of weeks ago, we were sent a listing from our agent that looked promising.  The location was great and the pictures presented it well enough (though you can never tell how a place is until you’ve seen it in person… photos can be deceptive). As soon as we saw the house, though, we knew it was the right one for us and immediately got an offer in.  That weekend was a roller-coaster of emotions; the excitement of waiting to hear if our offer had been accepted, the let down when we heard that we’d been outbid.  By the time Sunday came around, we were totally exhausted and spent the afternoon distracting ourselves from thinking about houses for a bit.  We ran errands and got makings for a nice dinner.  That evening we cozied up on the couch with Maki and zoned out on some TV. And that’s when we got the call informing us that the initial offer had fallen through.  Were we still interested in the house?  Yes… yes we were.

Everything since then has gone smoothly. The report from the inspection presented exactly what we’d expected.  The house was in wonderful condition and was obviously well loved.

We now begin the process of packing and figuring out what we take with us and what’s left behind.  Until now, I’ve just been relishing in the excitement of purchasing a home, planning exactly how we’ll decorate each room (Eric’s been a sport and has gone along with most of my ideas). But there’s lots of work to do and the time between now and the closing will be here before we know it.

Amidst all the house activity and photo projects, I spent a little time digging into some recipe development. While we’ve been seeing a lot of root vegetables and citrus, there have also been substantial amounts of greens in our CSA box.  Now, if you’ve never had dandelion greens, you should know that they’re bitter. Like, really bitter. Which I don’t have a problem with, but I just wanted to prepare you.  I’ve seen a lot of recipes that call for sautéing them, and while that’s fine, I really had my heart set on a salad. I found that by dressing the greens and letting them sit for a little bit, it cures them and removes some of that bitterness. The dressing is sweet as well and, once the whole salad is topped with bright citrus, you almost enjoy the bite from the greens.

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad // A Thought For Food

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  • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)February 3, 2014 - 5:40 am

    So VERY exciting Brian – congrats :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Baker by NatureFebruary 3, 2014 - 7:46 am

    SO exciting! Congrats on your big buy :) And this salad is gorgeous! I love dandelion greens and citrus, so it’s a must make.ReplyCancel

  • MaryFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Congrats on the house! It’s a big step, but one that is so worth it!

    Regarding your greens glut – when looking for another cooked option, may suggest this one, from my incredibly un-updated blog – based on a Deborah Madison recipe: http://cooking4theweek.blogspot.com/2010/07/use-your-booty-torta-derbe.html Delicious, and it uses a crap load of greens, all types.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda@themoonblushbakerFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Your first house! Wow that is a mile stone and a half. I hope the rest of goes more smoothly.
    I must find these dandelion greens; they sound divine in this citrus salad.ReplyCancel

  • TieghanFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:50 am

    So exciting! Congrats to you guys! I cannot wait for some photos!

    And this salad is so pretty! I love the wintery citrus flavors!ReplyCancel

  • olgaFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:52 am

    huge huge congrats! btw, things move SO much faster with a home purchase than a coop? Our thing took 6 months! super happy for you guys! xxReplyCancel

  • NaomiFebruary 3, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Congrats to you two! So great and exciting.ReplyCancel

  • annie @ chase that i loveFebruary 3, 2014 - 11:09 am

    I love a fresh, citrusy salad. Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingFebruary 3, 2014 - 11:54 am

    Congrats on the new house! That’s amazing! And this recipe looks delicious– the citrus makes me hopeful for summer!ReplyCancel

  • Gintare @GourmantineFebruary 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    House hunting can be such a long and straining process (experience talking here), nice yours is with a happy ending. Congrats and all the best of luck with moving :)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynFebruary 3, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    I can honestly say I have never tried dandelion greens. They certainly make a pretty salad? So glad you got your dream house!ReplyCancel

  • LirenFebruary 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Brian! So thrilled! That roller coaster of emotions and the flurry of activity that accompany buying a house is crazy, I’m amazed you were able to get anything done in between the excitement. I hope to see it in person one day ;) The house sounds wonderful!

    This is my kind of salad, Brian. I often see dandelion greens but for some reason have never prepared them at home. This will remedy that.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingFebruary 3, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Congratulations on finding a new home! The first time I had dandelion greens, I was surprised by their bitterness. I’ve yet to try them in a salad, but I love how pretty your winter salad is.ReplyCancel

  • angela@spinachtigerFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    I love dandelion and happy to see someone make it look so pretty and refreshing.ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!February 4, 2014 - 10:29 am

    thanks for a great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlFebruary 4, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Last night I put grapefruit in my salad in your honor. This looks outstanding!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisFebruary 5, 2014 - 1:40 am

    great looking OMGReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 5, 2014 - 4:56 am

    How exciting, congrats on finding a house! I know how hard finding that special place can be along with the ups and downs of waiting for you offer to be accepted. It must feel great to finalize everything and call it yours!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaFebruary 5, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Congratulations on your new home! I’m excited for you :)ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupFebruary 6, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Thrilled for you guys. I think buying a house was the best financial decision Ken and I ever made. Congrats. GREGReplyCancel

  • KaseyFebruary 6, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Woohoo! Congratulations, Brian! I hope we’ll get to see some pics of it :) I’m not normally a fan of dandelion greens (they’re so bitter and spicy!) but I keep telling myself I need to give them another try. The photos alone make me wanna.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary AdventuresFebruary 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    I have never had dandelion greens before. This looks refreshing! Congrats on the new house!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEFebruary 19, 2014 - 1:57 am

    Congratulations on your new house! that’s very exciting! I am currently sitting among boxes from our impending move, just keep your goal in site and it becomes a lot more fun! This salad looks delicious, I’ve tried something similar with watercress, but I am going to have to try and find some dandelion leaves!ReplyCancel

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Maki looked up at me with her dark brown eyes.  I know this look well. It’s the one telling me she desperately wants a nibble, a lick… anything. She came over to me as soon as I’d taken the mackerel out of their paper.  “No.  It’s not for you.” I told her sternly.

Blank stare. Licks lips.

“No. Now, go away.”

Cocked head. Blink, blink. Licks lips.

As I stuffed the mackerel with fresh herbs and lemon, my pal sat patiently beside me.  Shortly after I placed them in the oven, the whole house began to fill with a soothing aroma that only roasted dishes can provide. It’s the comfort one feels when they smell wood burning from a fireplace on a crisp winter night.  It was all I could do from sticking my head in there.

The wait was worth it. By the end, the fish was sizzling.  I let it cool for a minute and then carefully pulled back the skin to reveal the meat.  I went in with my fingers, not caring if I burned them.  The first bite reminded me that fish prepared simply is often the best; that uncomplicated meals can be the most flavorful.  A small, but important, revelation.

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

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  • LirenJanuary 27, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Your Maki would get along well with my Wilbur. It’s nice to have a pal in the kitchen isn’t it?

    This is just beautiful, Brian. The mood, the dish, the simplicity of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 27, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    The purest freshest ingredients yield such beautiful and delicious results every time!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEJanuary 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I love how beautiful and delicious simple fresh food is.ReplyCancel

  • alison @ Ingredients, Inc.January 27, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    that is SO gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.January 27, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    This is just stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 27, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    That sounds like the perfect meal. When can I come over?ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 27, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Wow, I am in awe over this dish. It is simply stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi RippeeJanuary 28, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Wish I could get fish like that… Simple yet perfection!ReplyCancel

  • KaseyJanuary 29, 2014 - 12:24 am

    So beautiful! I love roasting whole fish (even if it can be a bit of a production to serve). The most delicious meals, I’ve found, are the simplest.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:15 am

    That’s definitely a lesson we would all do best to remember! The mackerel is just stunning in it’s simplicity.ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Horbund - mmwineJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Beautiful presentation on this roasted whole mackerel recipe!

  • MonetJanuary 30, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Oh Brian, this is just beautiful. I want to print one of these photographs off and put it in my kitchen. For reals! And congratulations on the house, my friend! Thank you for sharing your work with me, my friend. It always inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • Greg HenryJanuary 31, 2014 - 2:00 am

    Cat? Right? Not dog… GREG (Great story telling. Less is more)ReplyCancel

  • Judy LynessFebruary 1, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Great recipe, stunning photography, thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni DashFebruary 1, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    I want to say the same soppy thing whenever I read your posts Brian; they are SO beautiful! The photos with the salt, your sweet dog oh-so-hopefully waiting, how gorgeous you can present a fish with grizzly little teeth. I can’t ever stand the wait until your next entry.ReplyCancel

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  • ShainaFebruary 2, 2014 - 11:37 am

    I love the simplicity of this dish. Gorgeous photos, equally lovely prose.ReplyCancel

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  • Bev @ Bev CooksFebruary 3, 2014 - 9:23 am

    I’ve always wanted to do this! Now that I have ALL this time on han – oh. hmmm.

    (yum, dude. for real.)ReplyCancel

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Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Ten years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I first moved to Boston. The night my father and I drove through town, the car packed so tight we couldn’t see out the back window, I remember how struck I was by this city; how beautiful it was, despite the frigid wind and piles of snow. As we made our way down Commonwealth Avenue, which looked majestic decorated with white lights, I knew this was a place I could call home.

There are a number of moments that have had an impact on my life, but it’s hard to think of anything more profound than my move to Boston. This city has challenged me and embraced me. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  I know, I’m sounding totally sentimental. And if only you could see me now, holding a tissue, dabbing tears from my eyes.

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

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  • KristenJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Beautiful post & beautiful recipe! Boston is lucky to have you!ReplyCancel

  • NaomiJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Looks like it was a great move for you. LOVE these scones—they look and sound delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda@themoonblushbakerJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Wow That is some move, but you have achieve so muchs ince then. It is nice to reflect sometime son where we have been, are now and going. No need to say sorry.

    Simply gorgeous scones!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Wow – 10 years sounds like a long time, definitely long enough to call home! I’ve always wanted to visit Boston. It sounds gorgeous and your description of it is lovely. I also love these biscuits :)ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Sounds like it was the right move for you!

    Love the scones. The flavors and photos are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

    10 years in Boston! Sounds like it’s really been the right place for you. Love the sage in these biscuits!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ simple bitesJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:19 am

    I can’t wait to visit Boston – and you! Beautiful post and lovely biscuits. Oh how I wish I had a few this morning.ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 22, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    I adore Boston, and I’m so happy you’ve found such a wonderful place to call home. The biscuits are gorgeous, too, and the combination of sage and apple with the cheddar sounds delightful.ReplyCancel

  • LirenJanuary 22, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Aw, Boston is a special town for a special guy. Amazing how ten years goes by in the blink of an eye!

    Hope you’re staying warm, Brian. With a kitchen warm from baking and these delicious biscuits, I imagine you are :)ReplyCancel

  • Mimi RippeeJanuary 23, 2014 - 1:03 am

    See are absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • With A SpinJanuary 23, 2014 - 2:23 am

    Lovely biscuits. I’ve been to Boston once and love the city.ReplyCancel

  • SiniJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:32 am

    What a wonderful love letter to Boston and a tempting recipe. I would love to serve them with a bowl of steaming soup.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 23, 2014 - 8:24 am

    It is crazy how vastly one single event can change your life so much. These scones are going to change the way I eat soup. I can see these pairing perfectly with a warm bowl.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey | Kitchen SerendipityJanuary 23, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Beautiful post Brian and you KNOW I love Boston. It will always be home. And I must try these – fabulous images! You make them look delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthJanuary 23, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Boston is a beautiful city and I am so glad you are able to call it home :) Cheers to many more years and memories there.ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Curly Girl KitchenJanuary 23, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I would eat hot biscuits with every meal if someone would let me. I think the next time I make biscuits, I should try them with apple.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    It’s so wonderful that Boston has had such a profound affect on your life. Love how warm and cozy these biscuits sound!ReplyCancel

  • Toni DashJanuary 24, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    I’m speechless. Your posts are more like a love poem to food than a mere recipe. Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • SoniJanuary 25, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Gorgeous looking biscuits!Been looking for a good recipe and this looks like the one to try!Love the apple and sage in there too.So yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jodee WeilandJanuary 25, 2014 - 11:01 am

    These biscuits look so good! I love the ingredients and great flavors. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 26, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    It’s Sunday morning and now all I want is one of these biscuits. (And I just had a huge bagel). You can tell I’m a carb girl! Thank you for sharing these Brian. I’m sending these to my mom in hopes she’ll make a batch for our brunch next weekend!ReplyCancel

  • WinnieJanuary 26, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Stunning, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Russell at chasingdelicious.comJanuary 27, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Oh my gosh I want a million of these!ReplyCancel

  • francescaFebruary 5, 2014 - 3:27 am

    This looks so yum. Hallo Saturday morning breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Averie @ Averie CooksAugust 8, 2014 - 2:47 am

    Brian these look crazy good! Wish I was nibbling on them now! pinnedReplyCancel

  • Bibs @ TasteometerAugust 8, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Sometimes a savory biscuit makes a refreshing change. I Love sage and grow it in my garden so I’ll have to try these soon.ReplyCancel

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