September 27, 2016

Figs. They’re savory, saucy or sweet and it seems they offer something for everyone. The leaves covered Eve; the fruit became the center of a beloved sandwich cookie. They’re in the bible, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and soon they’ll even be appearing on the menu at Heartwood Provisions. What makes figs so…

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December 29, 2015

Each year after the ball drops in Time Square, fireworks finish bursting in the sky, and the dust settles, Americans begin avowing change. They resolve to lose weight, to learn something new, to save money, and live life to the fullest. To all of these we have a solution: Start smoking. We aren’t talking cigarettes…

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December 15, 2015

With its easygoing nature, panna cotta—Italian for “cooked cream”—makes for a spectacular holiday dessert. The essence of simplicity, it can be altered to suit any occasion—built savory with cauliflower and morels in spring, created to uplift with spices and citrus in winter, or made sweetly with vanilla and strawberries in summer. Panna cotta provides a…

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November 10, 2015

The stretch between roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie—the weeks between now and Thanksgiving—is ripe with opportunities to work with pumpkin. So, we tapped Chef Varin for a gourd-ish twist on desserts for the holiday season. He gave us an alternative to the standard pumpkin pie recipe: an effortless pumpkin cake. “As summer winds down and…

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