Finding the absolute best ingredients such a big part of Chef Antoine Westermann’s culinary career and the main drive behind all of his expertly crafted dishes. His relationship with farmers and purveyors are critical to his work as a chef. While visiting one of his providers in New York, the French chef describes his efforts to find the best local ingredients for his restaurant.
How to Make a Scotch Blossom
Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.
Blend Your Own Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
It's not just fish sauce.
How to Make the Perfect Pepper Blend
Is it possible to improve upon something as simple as black pepper? It is! In this CHOW Tip, John Birdsall shows you how to make an easy blend of black pepper, white pepper, and allspice that'll bring heat, sweetness, and complexity to your pepper mill.