Capturing California Citrus: Candied Blood Orange Peel

Moro Blood Oranges

Last Wednesday morning, as we received our weekly delivery of California produce, the wind was picking up and the clouds were grey and churning – a sure sign of snow on the way. As we hurriedly brought in the fresh greens, jewel-like lemons and first-of-the-season strawberries, the juxtaposition between the impending New England storm and spring produce from California was increasingly apparent. Unpacking a box of Moro blood oranges from Rancho del Sol, I was immediately hit with a rich, balsamic fragrance that was only matched in richness by the oranges’ bright ruby appearance. Having yet to preserve any of this season’s citrus fruit, I immediately decided to snap up a pound to juice and candy. Continue Reading »

Introducing Tyler: Cheesemonger, Teacher and Cave Manager!

Many of you may be familiar with Tyler as part of the two-man team behind our BBQ grill this past summer. Not many though, will be familiar with his behind-the-scenes role as Cave Manager.

An Autumnal Taste Test: 10 Apple Varieties and 10 Apple Crisps

Emily, produce buyer and home chef extraordinaire, brought the apples: 10 different kinds, most of them heirloom varieties. I represented for the bakery and turned each variety into an individual mini-crisp and sliced extras for a “raw” tasting. Our goal? To find out which were the best baking and which were the best eating apples.