Thursday, September 10, 2015

And the Winner is...Brandied Apricot-Almond...Delight!

      In August, we published Andrew’s take on one of Martha Stewart’s many versions of the regrettably named “Slab Pie”.  I felt strongly that the nomenclature of this pie didn’t do justice to the results: the season’s best stone fruits under a blanket of flaky pastry in a size perfect for a crowd larger than any regular pie can serve. I am happy to tell you that many of our readers submitted some really thoughtful answers.  I so appreciated the time you took to submit your suggestions and, in some cases, the research you did before you wrote us.  I thought I’d share them all with you and explain how we got to the winning name.  We’re using it for this recipe for another wonderful stone fruit dessert from Fine Cooking Magazine…Brandied Apricot-Almond Delight.   So here are your suggestions in all their glorious inventiveness:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The 40th Hampton Classic and Andrew's Best Classic Recipes (Including a new one for Brownies that just can't be beat.)

Karen Polle rode "With Wings" to victory at the Hampton Classic Grand Prix
18 Year Old Victoria Colvin won our hearts! 

Last Sunday’s Grand Prix Day at the Hampton Classic was its 40th Anniversary. What started out as a truly local event has now become a major stop on the Equestrian circuit.  Participation can affect Olympic status for the riders.  Horses come from all over the world.   This year, there was horse and rider from Argentina and the winner of the $250,000 Grand Prix was Karen Polle, a Japanese citizen riding a Japanese horse called “With Wings”.   And of special interest to us was a very winning young rider named Victoria Colvin.  18 year old Victoria rode more than one dozen horses in the show.  On it’s last day before the Classic, Victoria won first, second, fourth and fifth places in the Hermes Junior /Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.  Just before that she took home the championship ribbon in the East Coast Young Jumper Championship for 7 Year Olds.  Her horse was Austria 2, owned by Take The High Road LLC of New Jersey.  And why was she our personal favorite? Because she stayed at our house while pursuing her Hamptons Classic ribbons.  Well done, Victoria.  But Grand Prix Day isn’t just about the horses.  Not by a long shot.