Recipes from Craftsman and Wolves: Apple Gruyere Scone, Cocoa Carrot Cake with Cocoa Crumble


Several recipes from my favorite bakery, Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco, have been published on-line.  These include a previous iteration of the cocoa carrot muffins, in cake form, and a sweet-savory apple gruyere scone.  Both are delicious and definitely worth doing.  I am hoping for the pear-yuzu croissant, the Rebel Within, and Valrhona chocolate chip cookie recipes to someday be published.  Note to Chef William Werner: cookbook, please!

Cocoa carrot cake recipe here

Apple gruyere scone recipe here

Other William Werner recipes on-line:

– Thai scones and Chocolate coffee eclair on the Starchefs site here.

– several recipes on Food and Wine, including chocolate peanut butter shortbread sandwich cookies recipe  here.

– update December 2014: C&W made it to the cover of the annual Bon Appetit Christmas issue with five recipes for Christmas sweets!  Link here.  And, the Valrhona Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe was finally published in 7×7 magazine here!

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Recipe Review: Sambal Chicken Skewers


Sambal Chicken Skewers

Sambal Chicken Skewers

I always look forward to the grilling issue of Bon Appetit that arrives every July.  Last year’s Grilled Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken was absolutely delicious and one of the best recipes I have made in the past couple years.  In 2013, the cover recipe is for Sriracha-Glazed Sambal Chicken Skewers.  Sriracha is a fiery, vinegary hot sauce – a thick, Asian version of Tabasco.  Chicken is marinated in sambal oelek (chile and garlic paste), sriracha, fish sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar.  The marinade is then reduced to a basting sauce that is applied to the chicken as it grills.  This is very good recipe and is quite spicy with a lot of flavor.

Cost: about $10

Level of difficulty: moderate

Deliciousness: great (3.5 out of 5 stars)

Make again: yes

Link to recipe here.

Recipe Review: Spiced Salmon Kebabs


Spiced Salmon Kebabs

Spiced Salmon Kebabs

Bon Appetit has a couple of winning recipes in the June 2013 issue.  The Spiced Salmon Kebabs are fresh, healthy, easy and perfect for summer.  Salmon pieces are threaded on bamboo skewers, alternating with thin slices of lemon, which adds bright acidity and complements the spice mixture of cumin, sesame seeds, oregano, and red chile flakes.  Instead of grilling, I put the kebabs in the broiler for 2-3 minutes, then flipped them over for another 2-3 minutes.  This is also perfect timing to broil some pencil-thin asparagus on the side.

Time: about 20 minutes

Cost: about $12

Level of difficulty: easy

Health: pretty healthy

Taste: great (3.5/5 stars)

Make again: yes

Link to recipe here.

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