Truffles. What's All The Fuss About?
As with many produce items truffles have a season. It’s a short one and that adds to the scarcity of supply. The white Alba truffles are foraged in October to December. The black Perigord is dug up December through March. Summer truffles have a season as well but they aren’t as flavorful as the winter truffles. T
Novo Cucina. A review.
Stepping inside you won't see a hint of what used to be, as it should be. Wonderfully airy and a striking decor. Gelato case (do not miss the gelato here as it is without question the best I've had anywhere), open kitchen with countless mounds of fermented dough portioned out to cook to order, chipper tidy staff and an incredibly welcoming indoor with outdoor seating type area.
May Barilla Goodness Oh My! Thanks Degustabox!
Barilla's American line of Mulino Bianco cookies and breadsticks: Ultra crunchy and tomato basil seasoned breadsticks are great with a cool drink or cocktail. There are a handful of cookie varieties and this month the classic shortbread style, galletti was included. Melt in your mouth crunch and large sugar crystals for extra texture. YUM. Crunch addiction solved! For now anyway.
Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide non profit comprised of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.
No fat crispy roasted potato technique
This is inspired by Serious Eats tip of alkalizing the cooking water to change the texture just like we do with pho noodles. Baking soda changes things. Note: MORE IS NOT BETTER. We're not adding oil to ours like they do. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. We can get plenty of flavor and crunch without that useless ingredient.
Crickets and Caramel are what this months' Degustabox is all about
I didn't know this but Cafe Bustello comes in single serve instant espresso pouches. This is so great because I use it to enrich recipes. Brownies, chili, banana nice cream, home healthy frappucinos in my nifty new vitamix and even to adult up a cup of hot cocoa.
Conch Heaven. A review.
I am from South Florida and seeing conch outside of the super southeast coast is unheard of. I had to check it out for a taste of home. Truth be told it's more notably a Carribean native shellfish but it makes its way to Miami fairly effortlessly. If you've never had conch I don't know what you're doing with your life.