It was touch and go for a while but we made it! The big move, that is. Lots of late nights, lots of family and friends, lots of hard cider and beer (just being honest here). I'm still pulling together the behind-the-scenes areas but we are getting there. If I do say so myself, I think the store looks great! I was trying for an uncluttered, modern look with touches of nature thrown in and I think we've achieved just that. We are working on adding some inventory bit by bit but we have a great selection of essentials for the kitchen and for entertaining. Pictures to come shortly (I hope).
"Dishwashers are death to a kitchen knife. Dull knives are far more dangerous than sharp ones. And most electric sharpeners make terrific doorstops." Eric E. Weiss
We all know that having sharp knives is essential to home cooking, and we use them every day for countless tasks. When it comes to keeping them sharp, many of us feel uneasy with such a precise task. Did you know that we offer knife sharpening here at The Well Tempered Kitchen? Our very own Gail Montgomery carefully hand-sharpens each knife to a fine edge, ensuring that your chopping, slicing, and dicing can continue effortlessly.
We'll be offering a knife-sharpening special for the first two weeks of November - for every two knives you get sharpened, we'll sharpen a third for free! Call us here in Camden if you have any questions, otherwise swing by the store to drop off your knives!
Act now and be sure to take advantage of this great deal!
The chill in the air confirms it: fall is here. The vegetables of summer start receding into memory once again, squash and sage slowly replacing tomatoes and basil in our hearts and kitchens. Something about the depth of flavors in a caramelized onion or a roasted root (parsnips are my favorite) helps ease the transition from long sunny days into evenings beside the fireplace. It's a time for simplicity of flavors, and I find myself increasingly drawn toward simple, hearty foods.
One of my favorite fall meals is so versatile it can be served at a formal dinner or spooned into mugs, it can be a main entree or a filling side dish, you can dress it up or down and adjust the recipe to accomodate all sorts of dietary needs (I've even made it for vegans!)
What is this dream dish? How could something be so complex and at the same time perfectly simple?
Risotto. Creamy, savory, sweet, wonderful risotto. Now, at first you may shy away because, like me, you watch too much "Top Chef" or "Hell's Kitchen" and you have heard that there is a right way and a wrong way to prepare it, but I'll let you in on a little secret: you really can't mess it up. If you're a perfectionist, you may have to make a few batches to find your ideal texture and consistency. But after a while you'll be surprised how quick and easy and - maybe most importantly - how impressive this dish can be.
The best method I know of for a perfect risotto starts with the perfect pot. My first choice is this beauty, from French company Emile Henry. I find that toasting the arborio is an important step. Again, trial and error is the best way to learn how to achieve the perfect golden color on the grains before adding butter or oil, followed by onion or shallot, and eventually stock, wine, cheese, spices - really whatever flavor combination you find inspiring in the moment!
This link will lead you to a basic recipe - this one with a decisively springtime flavor profile. The great thing about a simple recipe like this is you can drop the asparagus in favor of something you can pick up today at the farmer's market. Be sure to choose a good cheese - it's an essential element and can add real depth - you almost don't need to add anything else!
I'd love it if you would share your favorite flavor combinations with us! I'm always inspired by the ingenuity of my fellow home chefs!
This past Sunday we were thrilled to host our first ever Humble Pie contest! We had an amazing assortment of submissions for our judges to sample, ranging from the traditional (at least five varieties of apple pie) to the eccentric (Who's ever heard of beer pie? It's delicious, by the way)
Our big winner for the day was Liz Coldren of Camden, whose entry of a beautiful Flemish Beauty Pear and Apple Pie with a puree of Cranberry Orange took the prize for Best Overall. Congratulations to our other winners, Jennifer Nichols and Debbie Dayton!
And it wouldn't have been a competition without our wonderful judges, Josh Hixon, Flint Decker, Cathy Ames-Cruz, and our own Gail Montgomery. We were also grateful to Seth from Youthlinks for stopping by and acting as tiebreaker!
All of the funds we raised this weekend will benefit Youthlinks in Rockland, ME.
Photo courtesy PenBay Pilot