It will transform the most basic desserts into sophisticated recipes.
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Proceed with caution and try not to eat these in class or your workplace -- no one's a fan of stinky lunches.
If you order an ordinary chocolate milkshake or banana split when the same menu includes tobacco-scented sodas and peppercorn floats, does that mark you as cowardly and dull -- or very brave?
Give in to the glaze.
With my first taste of fresh pasta, freshly harvested vegetables barely blanched and dressed with luscious and fruity extra virgin olive oil, I thought I'd never be the same. Well, indeed, I wasn't.
Every fall, as the sugar content of the grapes at Rocky Hill Farm in Sonoma becomes ideal, a group of old friends gathers for the harvest -- not to make wine, but to make balsamic.
There are numerous labeling conventions, numerous methods of production, numerous claims of authenticity, and a boggling range of quality and price.
If you have never savored the rich, tender, beefy (never gamey) flavor of a lamb loin chop, you are missing what I consider to be the best nugget of red meat in the world. Period. Really.
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