One of my earliest childhood memories was baking apple pie with my Nanny. But it wasn’t just about learning her baking secrets (like a splash of OJ in the crust), it was the passing-down of a family recipe without anything written down, just the experience of baking together, grandmother to granddaughter. Today, every time I bake a pie, I think of her. I’m an experimenter in the kitchen, so my latest creation involves adding homemade caramel to my apple pie. And if you’re wondering, my Nanny would not approve! But, she’d applaud the effort and I know after one bite, she’d agree it’s delicious.
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I’m a Jersey girl and one thing I know for sure, when it’s hazy, hot and miserable outside, there’s fresh corn to be had. That’s right, it’s in heaping piles from farm stands to supermarkets along with giant trash cans so people can peel away the husks and inspect the kernels. It’s not unusual to saddle up to the corn heap, elbow out your neighbor, rip apart the corn and only buy the good ones. I on the other hand grab and go because this time of year there’s really no bad corn. When I can’t eat one more perfect ear, I make griddle miso corn cakes. They’re as easy as pancakes and the miso gives them a burst of flavor that’s a great addition to any meal.
The French call it Bouillabaisse, the Italians call it Cacciucco and here in New Jersey, it’s simply All-American seafood stew. Why All-American? Because local is best, especially when it comes to seafood. That means little neck clams from Maine, mussels from Connecticut. Cod, squid and shrimp from the Atlantic Ocean somewhere off the coast of our great Garden State. It may not be as glamorous as the coast of France, but it’s just as fresh and robust with the same briny flavors. Don’t forget a loaf of crusty bread for dunking.