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Last Updated Dec 19, 2014 08:53AM

$27 • When Provisions’ caramelized black cod was served to our table, I took a video of it. But it wasn’t a fiery bananas foster flambé presentation that inspired me. Instead, it was the delicate fluttering of bonito flakes quietly rehydrating themselves in the steam rising from the cod that held me transfixed. Fortunately, the tender and slightly sweet fish stood up to the show and encouraged me to dig into the chewy gnocchi dotting the bowl as well as the braised chard, earthy shiitake mushrooms and finally the carrot …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Blue Cattle Truck Vanilla is shipped from Veracruz, Mexico, and bottled here in Springville. Finished bottles on the line are ready to be boxed and shipped for the busy Christmas gift and baking season. Owner Molly Anderson started importing traditional vanilla from Veracruz 17 years ago,  selling it at boutiques and craft fairs. Today the product is sold across the U.S. and Canada. It has won numerous awards as well as praise from celebrity chef such as Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay. From bean to bottle, versatile vanilla is the flavor of the season
    Vanilla is one of the most popular flavorings in the kitchen — especially during the holidays. Delicate and sweet, it makes desserts, drinks, breads a...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Chris Barlow of Beehive Distilling samples a new small batch of premium gin with a blend of seven botanicals rested in hand-charred French oak barrels. Food briefs: Utah-made whiskey and gin making a splash, food safety tips for the holidays
    Sugar House malt whiskey sells fast Sugar House Distillery sold out of its new 100% Malt Whiskey in a single day last week, said distillery owner Ja...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows lobster manicotti fra diavolo in Concord, N.H. If lobster is too much trouble, or not in the budget, just substitute cooked and peeled shrimp. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Go Italian this Christmas with lobster manicotti
    A robust Italian dinner feels just about right for Christmas. It’s rich and comforting and — particularly in the case of our lobster manicotti — decad...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows 48 hour mustard marinated pork tenderloin roast in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows 48-hour mustard marinated pork tenderloin roast in Concord, N.H. Pork tenderloin one of the most tender cuts of pork, making it perfect for roasted slice-and-serve bliss. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Healthy roast for the holidays? With pork, easily
    Winter calls for savory roasts that fill our homes with luscious aromas that promise a comforting meal to bring the family together. The problem for t...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:30 pm   |     |   Share


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  • This July 21, 2014 photo shows bacon apple baked pancake in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)This Dec. 1, 2014, photo shows bacon apple baked pancake in Concord, N.H. The baked pancake was inspired by an upside down cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A pancake that has it all for Christmas breakfast — bacon, apple and sugar
    Like Thanksgiving, Christmas is one of those holidays that requires aroma. On Thanksgiving, we need the house to smell of turkey and stuffing and swee...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows Christmas gingerbread trifle in Concord, N.H. Gingerbread is an iconic flavor, and aroma, of Christmas. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Dressing up a basic gingerbread for Christmas
    Gingerbread is such an iconic flavor — and aroma — of Christmas, yet it can be a letdown as a dessert for the big day. It’s mostly because a gingerbre...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows coconut pie in Concord, N.H. The coconut is processed with a bit of butter to help bind and brown it. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas
    Coconut is my family’s must-have sweet during the holidays. Usually we have a fresh coconut cake, but my mom has been known to sneak a Mounds bar — he...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows slow roasted standing rib roast with bearnaise sauce in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows slow roasted standing rib roast with bearnaise sauce in Concord, N.H. The reduction for the bearnaise sauce can be made while the roast is in the oven, then finished when the meat is resting. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Holiday recipe: Go low and slow for a rib roast that stays rare
    Here’s my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year’s holiday meal, which will feature a big standing rib roast. Everyo...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 12:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 17, 2014 photo shows sweet potato and salmon hash bake in Concord, N.H. This dish can be baked the day before, then reheated in a 350 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch
    Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brun...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Paul Fraughton  |  Tribune file photo)  
Conforming to Utah's most current liquor laws, a frosted glass curtain hides a portion of the bar at Brio Tuscan Grille at Fashion Place Mall. A new poll says that most Utahns would like to do away with the so-called BYU study shows Mormons, conservatives also dislike ‘Zion Curtain’ liquor law
    Once again, a survey shows that the majority of Utah voters believe restaurant employees should not have to mix and pour cocktails in a back room — or...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Dish of the Week: Wasatch Brew Pub’s buffalo burger
    $15 • I’m fond of telling anyone who will listen about the health benefits of bison. The caveat is that this leaner meat is all too often dry in clums...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Emily Park, pastry chef at Caffe Niche, poses for a portrait with German anisplatzchen at her home in Salt Lake Cityon Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Utah pastry chefs share Christmas memories, recipes
    Long before they became pastry chefs, impressing us with chocolate tortes, crème brûlées and bread puddings, Adalberto Diaz Labrada, Courtney McDowel...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows smoky sweet potato latkes in Concord, N.H. Sweet potato latkes are delicious and crispy and perfect accompanied by unsweetened applesauce and plain Greek yogurt or sour cream. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Make better latkes for Hanukkah with a quick boiling water bath
    During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really onl...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows, from left to right, white chocolate peppermint eggnog, light and airy eggnog and classic eggnog in Concord, N.H. A great eggnog requires few ingredients, but it's safer to cook the eggs, which also ensures the eggnog develops a thick, rich texture. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Eggnog: Once-a-year things must be the very best
    Eggnog is a funny thing. We crave it for one month a year, then never think about it again. And when we do crave it, we love to pretend that this sinf...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows foolproof holiday butter cookies in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Dorie Greenspan demystifies the cut holiday cookie
    Around the world, it’s time for holiday cookies: German springerles rolled out with patterned rolling pins; Dutch speculoos as tall as St. Nick and as...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • Food briefs: Finca opens in downtown Salt Lake
    Utah chef earns silver at Culinary World Cup Peter Sproul, co-director of Utah Valley University’s Culinary Art Institute, won a silver medal at The ...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 07:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 10, 2014, photo shows Madeira braised chicken with mushroom gravy in Concord, N.H. The braised chicken that gets a ton of flavor by cooking in a bottle of Madeira, a fortified wine from Portugal. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Making a speedy dinner out of a slow-braised bird
    We don’t often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be no go for a ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows sweet and spicy cracker bark in Concord, N.H. It's easy to elevate a holiday party spread beyond a bowl of mixed nuts, grapes and a wedge or two of cheese, by using a few more creative offerings. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Here are 10 ideas for easy holiday party snacks
    Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all, most peo...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Chop of the Day (pork chop pictured) at The Brass Tag, a new restaurant inside the Lodges at Deer Valley. Dish of the Week: The Brass Tag’s pork chop
    $32 • This is pig cooked to perfection — thick, pink and juicy with a bone that deserves to be gnawed. Comes with a seasonal vegetable, plus a choice ...
    Updated Dec 05 2014 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mushroom Trio and Potato Hash at The Brass Tag, a new restaurant inside the Lodges at Deer Valley. Restaurant review: Tony, casual and wood-fired, too, at Deer Valley’s Brass Tag
    Deer Valley • My first visit to The Brass Tag restaurant in Deer Valley reminded me of that old TV show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” First we...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows gold bars in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipes: Holiday cookies inspired by Twix, peppermint patties and other candy bars
    So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie?...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:16 am   |     |   Share