Simple, simpler, simplest kitchen projects turn you into an artisanal baker, brewer, butcher and canner.
Home-baked classics like macaroons are more popular than ever as cooks rediscover and master old favorites.
In fact, all kinds of artisanal and heirloom techniques are finding their way into home kitchens once again. Hungry for creamy fresh ricotta? Curious to sip sweet and strong plum-infused brandy? Get a headstart on kitchen projects large and small with A Country Cook’s Kitchen, a friendly, easy-to-use companion.
A Country Cook’s Kitchen collects dozens of projects that turn you into a person who preserves lemons, makes salt beef, bakes jellyrolls and shapes chocolate truffles.
Products like these carry gourmet prices in the store but are completely doable in a home kitchen.
There’s something for every ability. Cooks with a fear of commitment can try a one-stepper like pickled red cabbage. Terrine of duck is a multi-day challenge for cooks who love a long, thoughtful effort with an impressive result.
Find your kitchen style with these three easy, easier, easiest kitchen projects.
—By Nicki Pendleton Wood
Love a good scone? Editor Jill Melton has a recipe or two for you!
Read about how Ireland's best-known cooking teacher makes and serves scones (hint: lots of butter involved!)
Macaroons are traditionally made on rice paper, but if it is difficult to get hold of, you can line baking sheets with parchment paper as an alternative.
Clementine marmalade makes a particularly good filling for these springy muffins, but any citrus flavor works well.