Just when you thought you’d mastered the oeuvre of berries and cream -- berries and whipped cream, Eton Mess, strawberry shortcake – along comes Scottish Cranachan. With a name like Cranachan, it wisely promises nothing. But then you notice that in among the thicket of ingredients lurks whisky, and even stranger, rolled oats. Before you know it, you’re toasting your oats and whipping cream with whisky, and violently mashing raspberries, all in the name of curiosity – of expanding your horizons. And soon enough, you end up with a berries and cream that’s rough around the edges, unapologetic for it, and even a little willful. A queen would kick it out of her palace, but you can savor it spoonful by spoonful from your very own kitchen.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.