This week it's the story behind the wine world's most revered and feared critic. One bad review from him can take a wine down. He's Robert Parker, Jr. and his power is both rare and absolute. We'll find out what shapes and informs his legendary palate. Look for the 7th and latest edition of his classic Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide in bookstores now.
Who but the Sterns would go for apple pancakes with potato pancakes on the side? They're at the Northside Grill in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Christopher Kimball of America's Test Kitchen stops by with this year's crop of top kitchen gadgets just in time for holiday gifting.
Food scientist to the pros and award-winning author Shirley Corriher is back and she's talking cookie control - what we need to know for successful baking that no one else tells us. Her wonderful book, BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking, is hot off the press.
Tea merchant Bill Waddington shares some interesting tea customs, and Hillary Carlip (www.hillarycarlip.com), author of A la Carte: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers, lets us in on an unusual kind of culinary collectible.
This is not your grandmother's lentil soup. Light and fragrant with two kinds of coriander (ground and fresh), this soup's citrus finish is a modern take on a very old idea. True to tradition, there is no meat. Get the full recipe
Striking snow-white and black, these wonderful cookies are slightly crunchy on the surface but gooey chocolate inside - oh, yum! Get the full recipe
Great breakfasts were the discovery of the Sterns' latest foray to Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of Michael's alma mater.
At the Northside Grill it was pancakes: apple oat bran with big chunks of caramelized apples that Michael ordered with a "side" of crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the inside potato pancakes! Jane says spend the extra dollar or so for real maple syrup. The coffee here is fair trade organic.
At Zingerman's Next Door, which adjoins the legendary Zingerman's Delicatessen (where there are so many good things to eat it could make you dizzy), the excellent coffee is strong and the assortment of pastries will put you in a quandary. Chocolate cherry bread is unusual and delicious and the fabulous sticky buns have cherries tucked inside instead of raisins. This is Michigan, after all.
Leave room for Jane's favorite Dobos Torte, or a piece of the flaky and perfect apple strudel.
1015 Broadway Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Zingerman's Delicatessen and Zingerman's Next Door
422 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Those who know Lynne well know she's not one for lots of kitchen gadgets. To her, they're a waste of money. When Christopher Kimball of Cook's magazine and PBS's America's Test Kitchen stopped by the studio recently toting his picks for the top five gadgets of the year, he was determined to change Lynne's mind about kitchen toys. Here's what he had in his bag. Any of them would make a fine holiday gift for a cook on your list. But did he win Lynne over?
Tea is a national beverage in nearly every country and all have a different way of drinking it. Tea merchant Bill Waddington, owner of the TeaSource stores in Minnesota, revealed some interesting add-ins you might find in your tea cup depending on the country you're in.
TeaSource Web Site: www.teasource.com
752 Cleveland Avenue South
St. Paul, MN 55116
St. Anthony Shopping Center
2908 Pentagon Drive NE
St. Anthony, MN 55418