Last weekend, my parents came down to Philadelphia. Since I live right near the Italian Market, and we’re a family of cooks, Fante’s was a must-see on our list. As it so happened, the lovely Rose Berenbaum was having a book signing for her newest book, The Baking Bible (October 2014, HMH).
My mom has been a fan of hers since her huge hit, The Cake Bible , came out in 1989. It took the American culinary scene by storm and won over the hearts of bakers across the country, as well as winning the James Beard Book of the Year award. Her detailed, well-constructed and meticulously researched recipes are especially appealing for novice bakers. Most importantly, they yield delectable results!
We introduced ourselves, and started talking butter. We were happy to learn that she’s a big believer in using organic sweet cream butter, and likes the Organic Valley brand (one we recommend as well). She also emphasized the importance of knowing the fat content of baking butter, as apparently just a few percentage points more or less can throw off a recipe. It turns out that she also likes using cultured butter for the depth of flavor it brings to a recipe.
After talking a bit more about Switzerland – we loved hearing how Rose made the wedding cake for Rudolf Sprüngli, the head of Switzerland’s iconic chocolate company, Lindt & Sprüngli – it was time to continue our exploration of the Italian Market. Di Bruno’s Brothers was calling, and we needed to get our cheese fix! Rose wished us the best of luck with our endeavor, and happy baking. Thanks, Rose!!
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The other afternoon, I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with one of my favorite local chefs, Luke Venner. I got a chance to hang out behind the scenes, whip up some bomb butter and chat all things Churncraft.
A few weeks ago, a jury of 39 design experts from around the world met in Germany to judge more than 5’500 product innovations from 54 countries. After careful evaluation, the jury paid tribute to Churncraft’s design with the coveted Red Dot distinction. The Churncraft butter churn will be exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, along with the other winners.