Tag Archives | Winter 2013-14 Recipes

Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


By Jean Yves, Chef and owner,
Lenox and Great Barrington

Jean Yves, a classically trained pastry chef, started at age 14 in Paris, graduated from Ecole Jean Ferrandi and settled with his wife, Yulia, in 2010 in the Berkshires by way of Long Island. He owned and ran five pastry shops in Long Island and produced desserts for outgoing flights from the JFK airport, including Air France. They are pleased to have left city life for the Berkshires, where they can enjoy all we have to offer.

1½ cups pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 Berkshire apples, peeled and diced
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°.

Butter and flour an 8-inch round baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the first 8 dry ingredients (flour through salt.) Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute, then gradually add the brown sugar and continue beating on medium-high speed until well blended and light, about 2 minutes.… Read the rest

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Six Depot Chocolate-Hazelnut and Sea Salt Cookies


By Principal Baker Sascha Woolfe
West Stockbridge

1 egg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1–2 tablespoons Six Depot espresso, finely ground, to taste
½ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup Nutella (hazelnut/chocolate spread)
Six Depot sea salt, coarsely ground

Yields 1½ to 2 dozen cookies

Combine egg, brown sugar, espresso and flour.

Add Nutella and stir until well incorporated.

Refrigerate mixture for 10 minutes, then spoon about 1-teaspoon-sized balls onto oiled parchment/baking sheet.

Bake at 325° for 8–10 minutes; remove even if centers look a bit underdone. This will result in the chewiest, loveliest texture.

Sprinkle generously with sea salt while still hot.

Wait until cool, then devour.

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The Miller


Compliments of Gregg Charbonneau
Lee, Lenox and Boston

This is an old favorite that we learned from chef Michelle Miller 20 years ago when she had the Boiler Room Café in Great Barrington. (These days, she’s founder and owner of Bola Granola.) We call it The Miller in her honor.

Place 1 or 2 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream* in a small bowl or coffee cup. Pour a shot of single-malt Scotch or a great bourbon over the top and dust with coarsely ground Barrington Coffee Italian Roast. You won’t be sorry.

* There’s no shortage of wonderful local ice cream available in the Berkshires: Bart’s Homemade, Golden Organics, Highlawn Farm, Maple Valley, Soco Creamery—all available at Guido’s. Gould Farm, available at their farm store in Monterey.

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Braised Lamb Shank with Roasted Vegetable Risotto


By Peter Platt, owner and executive chef
New Marlborough

Chef Peter Platt’s lamb shanks at the Old Inn on the Green are a favorite. The setting is one of candlelit rooms in a 250-year-old inn in New Marlborough. The dining rooms are elegant yet offer an intimate dining experience. His menu indulges in tastes of the season, often locally foraged and sourced from farmers Peter knows well. This recipe is rich with deep flavors from the stock and the braising of the lamb, and a risotto with roasted vegetables that comforts hearty appetites in winter

Lamb shanks are one of the cuts of meat that benefit most from long, slow braising. Don’t omit the step of turning the shanks every half hour; it causes them to caramelize even as they braise. If the braising liquid seems too reduced at the end of the cooking process, stir 1 cup of water into the liquid before straining.

Serves 6

6 lamb fore shanks (Chef uses “fore” shanks rather than the rear shanks because they are, as a rule, meatier.)
Coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups veal stock
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup demi-glace (a veal stock that has been reduced by half)
½ cup olive oil
1 whole head garlic, cut in half
2 spring fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 325°.… Read the rest

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Duck, Goose, Goose—Three Ways


By Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier
at The Orchards Hotel, Williamstown

Preparation requires two stages, three weeks apart.

Although stage two of this recipe is made with goose, duck can be substituted.

Serves 6


2 duck breasts, skin and excess fat removed and reserved
3 ounces kosher salt
1 bay leaf, crushed
3 tablespoons pickling spice
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix all ingredients together and rub VERY generously over the duck breasts. Wrap in cheesecloth and put in a pan large enough to fit a foil-wrapped brick on top of each breast. Place pan in refrigerator for three weeks, draining pan of liquids every 2–3 days.

The breasts will feel hard and well-pressed when properly cured.

Wipe breasts with warm damp cloth.

Wrap in new cheesecloth and refrigerate until ready to use.

Render skin and fat:

Cut reserved skin and fat into medium-sized pieces and put into a small, heavy-bottomed pot. Add ¼ cup water and simmer over medium heat until water evaporates and skin pieces are crisp and have released all their fat, about ½ hour. Store released fat in refrigerator for later use, in Stage Two.


1 whole small goose, available fresh from Climbing Tree Farm from March to October.… Read the rest

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Potato Tobasi Gratin


Courtesy of Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown CricketCreekFarm.com

4 pounds red potatoes, sliced thinly in circles
2 cups Cricket Creek Farm Tobasi*, diced
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
½ teaspoon salt (to taste)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil

Scrub and thinly slice the potatoes. Set them aside in a bath of cold water.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut the Tobasi into small cubes and set aside.

Combine the milk and butter in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. Slowly heat over a mediumlow flame, stirring frequently, until the butter melts. Be careful not to scald the milk by allowing it to boil.

Add the Tobasi cubes to the sauce about ½ cup at a time, stirring frequently, until all the cheese has melted. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If the cheese sauce seizes up, just reduce the heat and add a little more milk while stirring.

Drizzle a little olive oil on the bottom of a 9- by 12-inch casserole dish.

Arrange the thinly sliced potatoes in 1 layer, overlapping the edges like shingles. Pour a small amount of the cheese sauce over the first potato layer and repeat until you’ve made as many layers as possible and still have about a scant cup of sauce to drizzle over the top.… Read the rest

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Brisket à la Rouge


By William Merelle, owner and executive chef,
West Stockbridge

Chef William Merelle from the Pyrenees and his wife, Maggie, are the owners of Rouge Restaurant and Bistro in West Stockbridge. They’ve created a welcoming spot for locals and tourists, with a menu featuring appetizers of escargots or mussels and entrees of free-range duck or baby back ribs. Once in a while, brisket is offered as a special.

2 ounces grapeseed oil
1 (10-pound) brisket
2 Spanish onions, peeled and washed
8 medium carrots, peeled and washed
1 cup peeled garlic cloves
4 cups veal stock (or chicken stock with dry veal stock added)
8 cups water
Salt and pepper, for seasoning

Preheat oven to 350°.

Season brisket heavily on both sides with salt and pepper.

In a large roasting pan, preheat grapeseed oil and sauté the brisket on both sides until golden.

Remove brisket from the roasting pan and set aside.

Dice the onion and carrots into 1-inch pieces. Add the vegetables and garlic to the roasting pan and cook until browned.

Add the veal stock and the water, and place the brisket back into the roasting pan.

Cover and bring it to a boil (use heavy foil if no cover is available).… Read the rest

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Chicken Liver Mousse


By Terry Moore, Owner and Chef,
South Egremont

Terry Moore’s Old Mill in South Egremont has attracted locals and tourists for decades. The restaurant feels like the 1800s and its menu ranges from steaks and chops to shrimp curry and rainbow trout. Terry often lists his chicken liver mousse on the menu of first courses. It’s a classic, comforting appetizer especially popular during the holiday season. P

2½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 pound chicken livers, rinsed and drained
1 large egg, beaten
Salt and white pepper
1 ounce brandy
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
Pinch of nutmeg and ground clove

Preheat oven to 300° and place roasting pan with 1 inch of water on rack (water bath).

Chill 6 (4-ounce) ramekins and then brush liberally with melted butter.

Put chicken livers in blender and add the egg, salt, pepper, spices and brandy.

Blend until very smooth and then add remaining melted butter.

Pour equally into ramekins and place in water bath; bake about 30 minutes (top of mousse should be firm to the touch).

Allow to cool in water bath and then transfer ramekins to refrigerator.

To serve, run paring knife around perimeter of ramekins and invert onto plate.… Read the rest

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Broiled Sunchokes with Kielbasa, Green Beans, Blue Cheese and Herbs with Crispy Onion Salad


By Chef Josephine Proul

Chef Josephine Proul, chef at Local 111 in Philmont, New York, is young and adventurous. She enjoys combining fresh, seasonal ingredients from local sources, such as the Berkshire pork chop with apples and cabbage slaw, or fish with lentils and kale. She’s provided a recipe that’s a take on the classic holiday dish of green bean casserole with fried onions on top. In this recipe Jo uses sunchokes, otherwise known as Jerusalem artichokes, which are readily available at markets. They look like small potatoes and are crunchy with a slight artichoke taste.

1 medium sweet onion, prepped and fried*
¼ pound gluten-free flour (Chef uses a 50/50 blend of rice and corn flours.)
Canola oil for frying
1 pound sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes)
Salt and pepper
6 sprigs fresh thyme
½ pound kielbasa
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
6 tablespoons olive oil
½ pound green beans
¼ pound blue cheese (Chef uses Great Hill Blue Cheese.)
1 sprig tarragon, chopped
Oregano, parsley and fresh herbs

Preheat oven to 375°.

Fry onion as described below and set aside.

Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil for blanching.

Wash and cut the sunchokes in half.… Read the rest

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This recipe makes 80 crepes but can easily be halved or quartered. This dish is such a family favorite we usually make all 80 and freeze some for another time.

12 large eggs
4 cups flour
4 cups water
8 tablespoons melted butter (cooled)
Beat eggs, flour and water until smooth, then add the melted butter. Cover batter and refrigerate overnight.

I happen to be lucky enough to have my grandmother’s well-seasoned cast-iron crepe pan, but a nonstick crepe pan will do as well. Using a well-seasoned crepe pan or nonstick 5- to 6-inch frying pan, heat pan on low-medium flame, brush pan with canola oil or melted butter. (I usually do a tester before I really get started to make sure pan is hot enough, etc.)

Then ladle ½ cup of batter into the pan and swirl it so it spreads onto the entire surface. Cook until the edges start browning and top seems dry.

Loosen the edges (I use a fork but a spatula would do the trick as well). Then flip the crepe and let it cook for a few seconds. (I find this is a feel sort of thing—you just can tell when it’s ready!)

You can make these up to three days ahead.… Read the rest

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