Archive | April, 2012

We’ve Moved! Friends, Please Re-Subscribe!

16 Apr

Hello friends,

Big news– Yolo and Maroon have taken the leap and migrated to a self-hosted blog:

We’re still working out the kinks, but we’ve got big hopes for our new site. Lots of new recipes, tales of adventure, and Maroon’s strange movie-inspired fashion & beauty posts are up and on the way.  Recently, we’ve enjoyed Lapin a la Moutarde for Easter, Akabanga Carrot Soup and harrowing tales from Maroon’s recent trip to Saratoga Springs where she took zero pictures of cows and lots of pictures of men in spandex…

Re-join the par-tay. Please be ever so kind as to re-subscribe to our blog by visiting our new site where you can either re-enter your email address OR click here to follow us through Bloglovin’.

Thank you and we send you hugs!

Yolo & Maroon


Homemade Maple Vinegar

1 Apr

Dear Yolo,

My absolute favorite thing that came from making homemade red wine vinegar is the one we made after it, maple vinegar. It makes food taste incredible and is fairly easy to make as well. The idea came originally from the book Ideas in Food, which anyone and everyone interested in the process of cooking should read. It is an ongoing experimental process with food by Chefs Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot.

You need to start with some really good quality Grade A maple syrup. It’s expensive, but it is the best and substitutions really fall short. The list of the ingredients you’ll need are:

3 1/2 cups homemade red wine vinegar

3 cups grade A maple syrup

1 1/2 cups dark rum (gosling’s or any you approve of)

3/4 cup filtered water

Combine all and store in a dark place for a few weeks. Transfer as needed to a bottle with a pour spout or stopper and use on whatever you like (the recipe makes quit a bit). Maple vinegar can lift an ordinary pork tenderloin to heights of amazingness. I love it on pan roasted carrots and brussels sprouts. It gives many ordinary foods that extra umami flavor.  I’ll post some recipes in the future.

If you don’t feel like going through the process of making your own or you want to try a store-bought version first, you can always buy some at Dean and Deluca:

John Boyajian’s Malple Vinegar $8.50 for 8 oz.

Or you can go the more exotic and gourmet route and purchase some from Mikuni Wild Harvest (all of their products look pretty awesome):

Tonic 03: Maple Matured Sherry Bourbon Oak Vinegar $22.95 for 400ml




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