Thursday, March 11, 2010
Pot O' Gold
At first, you might think this post doesn't relates to my theme. However, for me, the release of John Barricelli's The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
I first heard of John Barricelli when we lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He was the pastry chef at the Elms Inn, one of the best places to eat in Ridgefield. He was "lured away from the restaurant world" by Martha Stewart and set up her set kitchen and became an invaluable member of her staff. He went on to host Everyday Food and Everyday Baking on PBS. He opened his dream bakery in South Norwalk, Connecticut in 2005. I'm disappointed that we moved from Connecticut in 2001 and I have not had a chance to visit the bakery.
I admire John's approach so much because it comes from tradition; a family of bakers and recipes that are well-tested. His recipes are easy to create and the results, which I can attest to, are perfect. This morning I made the Macadamia Butterscotch Bars for two reasons. First, I love Blondies and this recipe has a different twist, adding dried tart cherries and substituting macadamia nuts for walnuts. Secondly, I thought it was a nice "jumping off" point to trying everything in book.
The result was...well unbelievable! (I have made a request in to John to ask if I can share this recipe, but haven't heard back yet since the release date of his book was this week and there are lots of promotional parties going on.) Yum!