Dec 202011
Zimsterne (Star-shaped Cinnamon Cookies from Alsace)

I first tried Zimsterne on Christmas Eve morning in 2009, having purchased a bag of the appealing little star-shaped cookies the day before from a bakery off the cathedral square in Colmar, a canal-filled city in the Alsace region of France. I had no idea what they would taste like, but found their chewy cinnamon qualities an immediate delight.  It may be true that I ate the whole bag, it being Christmas Eve– an excellent excuse for such an indulgence. I returned to the States from that holiday determined to recreate the little star-shaped cookies I’d tried.  It took a […]

Sep 222011
The National Heirloom Exposition

Last week I attended the National Heirloom Exposition, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA.  The expo is a celebration of all things traditional, heirloom, and heritage in the realm of fruits and vegetables.  I was there on Wednesday the 14th, when Alice Waters was the keynote speaker.  She was delightful– her speaking style was entertainingly personable, she was humble, and she shared stories and insights I’ve not run across elsewhere– not in her cookbooks, nor on the Chez Panisse website, nor any of the other places I’ve followed her over the years.  She insisted that the […]