Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Cambridge Cooks Cambridge Cooks

Photos: Debra Pearlman

Greetings to all you culinary artists. Cambridge Cooks has been on a bit of a hiatus but is ready, willing, and able to share your favorite recipes, kitchen secrets and must haves.

I'm addicted to cooking shows. I watch for good recipes, but I also watch for all the wonderful cooking gadgets and utensils I absolutely need. The right size grater, a specific type of ricer, or maybe you just must have a blast freezer-- what ever it is, having just the right tool for the job is essential to creating culinary perfection.

As the Village where Pie a la mode was invented, Cambridge, NY really knows how to put on a spread. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I know you have a particular dish that just can't be omitted from the menu. Along with your favorite recipes, share your kitchen must-haves and sage advice. Email suggestions to debra@pearlproductionsllc.com.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sage advice. Pretty funny.

But speaking of pie "a la mode". I have many times driven through town and wondered about the sign.

"Home of pie a la mode."

Just what is pie a la mode? (Is it just a dollop of vanilla ice cream?)

Who invented it?

Was it an employee of the hotel?

And what does "a la mode" mean?

Is there a real back story? Or is it more along the lines of "George Washington slept here" or "world's best coffee"?

Anyone know?

11:59 AM  
Blogger Debra Pearlman said...

dear Anonymous,

As I understand it, back in th late 1800's a regular visitor to the Cambridge Hotel asked for apple pie with a scoop of ice cream. This became a staple for many guests who stayed at the Hotel.

Once back in NYC the Hotel regular was at dinner at Delmonico - the swanky steak house for all the gliterati of NYC. The customer asked for a slice of apple pie with ice cream and when the ladies at the next table saw the desert they thought it looked wonderfully cute and said, "Look, it's pie a la mode." The translation of a la mode is the fashion has...so pie a la mode is that the pie has fashion (or in it's day, was wearing a stylish hat).

10:07 AM  

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