Cook Spotlight

boulangere

By • May 16, 2011 • 115 Comments


One anticipates elegant simplicity from a cook with a French name that translates to an essential aspect of quotidian life: "baker." And, like the starter of a great loaf of bread, boulangere has a knack for consistently producing delicious and delightful boulangerie: Put Some Spring in Your Bread; Cream Scones, Sweet or Savory; Power Bread ... there you have it.

Nevertheless, this Montana-based culinary veteran (a chef and caterer -- she's a pro) is no stranger to the worlds of savory and unleavened. In fact, twisting a classic or two has led her to some real home-cooked brilliance (and her winningest recipes): her Cappuccino Cheesecake, a salute to coffee and the vintage dessert, is divine, unexpectedly nuanced and subtle. Her Winter Spring Summer Fall Chicken Mousse reinterprets sophisticated French technique for, literally, year-round cooking.

Perhaps most of all, we love boulangere's narrative recipe-naming style: obviously, the simple recipe of egg, tomato, herbs, and cream that she entered in this week's contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner should be called Use the Good China Eggs, Homage to Richard Olney. Then there's My Sister's Famous (well we love it) Tartar Sauce -- nothing like a little honesty and a teaser that makes you want to give the dish a shot. We do and have yet to be disappointed!

See boulangere's profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Lima beans - my mother terrorized us with them. They were like eating cooked chalk.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    I could eat pasta every night, but I'll also put anything I can get my hands on into or on top of bread

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    A good sharp knife

  • Your ideal meal:
    One eaten with a good book and without a cat on the table

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I'd love to learn to roll sushi

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Usually 3 at a time

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    6

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    I'm working on being generally less peeved. It's a work in progress.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    With spring on the horizon, I'm spending time with The Herbal Kitchen by Jerry Traunfeld, very smart, gentle guy with an exquisite palate.

 

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

boulangere, you only joined us about 3 months ago--is that right?--but I remember thinking when you posted your first recipe, that woman is a FORCE. That you're also fun, funny and generous has been to the greater good for all of us in this amazing community. It's so nice to see you in the spotlight, and I only wish I were close enough geographically to consider coming to one of your classes...I'd be there in a heartbeat.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

If I were closer, you'd be my optometrist in a heartbeat, and hardlikearmor would be my veterinarian. Yes, I joined recently, but had kept an eye on this amazing site for a few months before signing on. You are SO kind and emblematic of all that is kind and generous about food52. Thank you so much. And if you can't have fun with food and laugh at yourself, well, . . . . .

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

And thank heaven I'd had my roots recently done.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I wish I lived in Montana I would be in your class, but food 52 is the next best thing you liberally dispense knowledge and bolster our confidence. Thank you.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I wish you lived in Montana, too! That way we could cook together. If one day there is a Pulitzer Prize for websites and if I were a betting woman, my money would be on food52. What it does for all of us is nearly unquantifiable.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

A day in the kitchen with you would be such a learning experience.
I agree Food 52 is the best. Its such a tremendous outlet for those just starting to dabble in the culinary arts and the experienced cook/chef. I'm with you if they handed out pulitzers I would vote for food52.

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about 3 years ago RIPNGUITAR

Your knowledge, taste and flare for the art of cooking are impeccable. It's awesome to watch you in the kitchen. I'm inspired by your wisdom, enthusiasm and determination. As a Teacher, You fill me with the desire to succeed. The Knowledge and the skills you instilled into me, My mind reels at the possibilities. I thank You.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

As you are all a constant source of inspiration and admiration to me.

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about 3 years ago lmayb6

Thank you for being such an inspiration. It is an honor to be in your class and learn from you on a daily basis, congrats on a much deserving spotlight.:)

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you so much. It is I who is blessed to teach you.

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about 3 years ago Waverly

Love seeing you at work decorating what I know has to be a delicious cake - so nice to see you in the spotlight!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, thank you!

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about 3 years ago monkeymom

boulangere, you've blown me away with some of your foodpickle answers. I've learned so much through them! Thanks so much for taking all the time to share your knowledge!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You're making me blush! Thank you so much!

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Great to 'learn' more about you, boulangere!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you very much.

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about 3 years ago Daphne

Such fun getting to know you here, boulangere! can't wait to try your recipes when we get our kitchen put back together! Thank you for all your clever contributions!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you so much - and how is your kitchen coming along?

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about 3 years ago Daphne

It's coming along... all the suggestions from the replies on foodpickle have been so helpful. Our twenty somethings have weighed in from a distance too. " Mom, keep it simple, all you need is fire" and " Lets look at flea markets for old cupboards, cabinets and hardware, instead of ordering all the manufactured new stuff" Meanwhile, we put down some plywood on top of the subfloor, pulled in a pastry table to the center of the room to sit around and we're happy campers using the outside barbeque, rain or shine!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Necessity is . . . . sounds very intimate. I love the all you need is fire!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I'm so happy to see you spotlighted here!! I love your recipes and always look forward to seeing what you're cooking each week. Keep 'em coming!!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You are so very kind!

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats on the spotlight article! Very well deserved. You are an inspiration to all of us food52 readers. I love your food pickle contributions almost as much as your yummy recipes...but I really appreciate the encouragement and enthusiasm you provide. Keep it coming!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Food52 inspires us all.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

@lorigoldsby - just want to mention that I love that profile photo with your new BF Martha! :)

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Definitely one for the scrapbook - its cover!

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about 3 years ago Brokenfoodie

Well Deserved my friend! What's the best about you? Your sense of humor radiates throughout your kitchen and creations. Congratulations!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'll be seeing you this afternoon, missy.

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about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YAY Boulangere! Such a well deserved spotlight. Wishing I were in Montana or the PNW too, for a meet-up feed-up ... lacking that I certainly do love your recipes, headnotes, comments, Pickles, and everything!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, thank you! Speaking of pickles, those onions of your are freaking amazing.

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about 3 years ago ChefMommy

Congrats!! This is amazing!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm certainly amazed.

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about 3 years ago betteirene

Forgot this part. . .sorry. Congratulations! Woohoo!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Too much!

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about 3 years ago betteirene

Me too, me too!. . .and there's more of us around the Sound: Syronai, lapadia, ChefDaddy, Abra Bennett, hardlikearmour is nearby (Portland)--Yes, let's do something!.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

If the time is right for me, I'm up for it!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

How great is that!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Yay, boulangere! So happy to see you in the spotlight. It is so well-deserved. You are such a great and generous presence on food52. I love your wise and witty responses on food pickle. And your imaginative and delicious-sounding recipes always make me hungry. I would so love to take one of your cooking classes. I'm not sure if I could swing it, but it would be so great if a PNW meet-up could be arranged. (Did I see Seattle mentioned below?) How awesome it would be to meet some of the talented and wonderful food52 cooks who live in this neck of the woods (figuratively speaking!). Please keep me posted on the plans!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Ditto!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

It's a promise!

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about 3 years ago kmartinelli

Great, much deserved spotlight! Your recipes are always an inspiration.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You are very kind.

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about 3 years ago thirschfeld

It is so wonderful to see you in the spotlight and so great of you to share your wonderful recipes with all of us. It is a wonderful community and we are lucky to have you as part of it.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

thirschfeld, you have no idea what your affirmation means. I am the fortunate one to be among you. I and the 3 cats milling around the keyboard, expecting dinner.

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Woohoo!! So much fun! Top to bottom, boulangere ROCKS! Great spotlight!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Let's raise a glass!

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about 3 years ago SKK

Boulangere, what class are you teaching? I want to register!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You live in Seattle, right? Well, I'm thinking we need to arrange a meetup this fall (September?) and cook together. Are you in?

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Alternatively, come to Montana, stay in my house, and we'll cook together.

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about 3 years ago SKK

Would love to come stay with you and learn from, prep for, cook with you! And I live in Seattle. And would come to a meet-up. Whoopee - having it all. Yes, I live in Seattle with family in northern Idaho and Montana.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh we are so on! Seattle, yes! Where in Montana and Idaho do you have family? I'm sensing some seriously great food and friends and stories here.

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about 3 years ago SKK

I have family in White Bird, ID and Helena MT - also had a place on Big Mountain. Defintely stories and sources of seasonal great food. A lot of history. Many moons ago (like that term better than years) would haul peaches over the LoLo and sell them in Missouia right off the truck.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh man, I want to come too, even though I don't live even remotely close by!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Aw, me too! I'm definitely not close, but the PNW is as close to me as anywhere else...

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, boulangere! And I live in Seattle, too, so would love to join a meet up and cook.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

We've got some serious planning to do.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

LOVE your photo, BlueKaleRoad!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm giving a lot of open to the public one-day classes in August, and I would LOVE for any food52ers who want to come to Montana to come and stay with me, and help me teach some very fun classes. I'll be working on them this weekend and will post them to anyone interested. Leave your interest here, and we'll be talking. Tease, tease: I'm very close to Yellowstone Park. Field trips can be arranged.