The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm

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  • Custom cooking classes, shopping, tasting, museum tours, slide shows, and gallery talks are among the offerings for groups and tours visiting Hunt Hill Farm.

    Located in the Litchfield Hills of western Connecticut, Hunt Hill Farm has been the location of the Silo since 1972 - a combination cooking school, art gallery, and gourmet kitchenware/food store. Now operating under the auspices of the Hunt Hill Farm Trust as a non-profit organization for preservation, the farm is also host to the Skitch Henderson Museum and Hunt Hill Farm Land Preserve.

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    From corporate team-building classes, bridal and baby showers, and private functions to meetings, bus tours, and birthday classes – for children and adults - we’ve done it all! Let our experienced staff work with you on creating the perfect event here at our one-of-a-kind location.

    To set up an event at the Silo, please, contact
    “” “Kate Vengrove, or please call (860) 355-0300.


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      1998 Catherine Titus Felix, CCP based on a recipe from Le Cordon Bleu, London

      I have loved this recipe since I first learned it as a student at Le Cordon Bleu.  It makes a great Hors d’oeuvres, and is a nice little munchy at tea. Mrs. Patmore would have sent these up with the salad course or as an after-dinner savory to offer with Port. Similar recipes appear in almost all my 19th and early 20th century cook books.  Use the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find (I Love Tillamook or Cabot’s private reserve)

    • 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 stick (3 ounces) cold sweet butter, cut into 8 chunks
    • 1 cup lightly packed grated sharp cheddar cheese
    • A fat pinch of salt
    • 1/8 tsp dry mustard
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese OR
      1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts

    • Place rack in center of oven and Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a heavy baking sheet with baking parchment.

    • Combine flour and butter in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    • Add cheddar cheese, salt, mustard and paprika, pulse until all ingredients are evenly combined and mixture comes together.  Wrap pastry with plastic film and refrigerate for ½ hour.

    • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/ 4 inch.  Prick all over with a fork.  Brush pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and or nuts.

    • Cut into strips, lengthwise, then cut across to make rectangles or diamonds.  You could also cut the pastry with decorative cutters and re-roll the leftover dough once (but don’t top with more nuts or cheese) The dough can also be piped through a flat piping tip.

    • Transfer the cut pastries to the baking sheet and bake in center of pre-heated oven for about 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.

    • Transfer pastries to a rack to cool.  When cool store, wrapped in layers of waxed paper either in a cookie jar or in plastic bags.  May be made 3 days ahead and kept at room temperature.  Freeze for longer storage

    Tuscan Flatbread with Anise & Grapes


    From Chef Daniel Rosati

    2 ounces fresh yeast or 3 packages active dry yeast
    2 cups warm water

    1/2 cup olive oil
    5 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    2 ½ pounds red seedless grapes, stems removed
    1 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon Anise seed

    Place the yeast and water in the bowl to a stand mixer. Whisk until well blended.

    Add the 1/2 cup olive oil, flour and 1 teaspoon salt.

    Attach dough hook and blend until a smooth dough is achieved.

    Remove bowl from machine and cover with plastic wrap.  Let dough stand in a warm area of the kitchen until doubled in bulk.

    Combine grapes, sugar and anise seed in a bowl, set aside until needed.

    Lightly oil a 15” x 11” jellyroll pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 3 or 4 turns. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces.

    Roll 1 piece of dough just large enough to fit the pan, and pat the dough in the rest of the way to fill the pan completely. Sprinkle half of the grape mixture over the dough. Repeat with second piece of dough.

    Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Place the dough in a warm area of the kitchen until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350o.

    Place dough in preheated oven and bake until golden. Serve warm.

    Tyler Florence’s Apple Charlotte with Cinnamon Sabayon


    From The Food Network

    Total Time: 50 min.
    Yield: 4 individual cakes.
    Level: Intermediate.


    For the filling:
    1/2 stick unsalted butter
    4 medium Granny Smith apples
    1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
    1 lemon, juiced
    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    For the batter
    2 large eggs
    1/4 cup whole milk
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, for greasing ramekins
    2 tablespoons sugar, for ramekins, plus extra for top
    20 slices brioche bread, crust removed
    Cinnamon sabayon, recipe follows


    Begin by making the filling. Set a large saute pan or roasting pan over medium heat and add butter. Peel and cut cheeks off apples then cut into 1/2-inch chunks. Once butter has melted and just starting to foam, add apples, scraped vanilla bean and pod, lemon juice, and brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat well and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until apples are just tender and liquid has evaporated. The sauce will caramelize slightly and should be a nice, rich dark color.

    In a shallow dish, make the batter by combining eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk until fully combined.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and generously butter and sugar 4 (1-cup) ramekins.

    Invert a ramekin, or use a round cutter, on half of the bread slices to use as a guide to cut out circles. These will be the bases and top of the charlottes - you should have 8 in total. Cut the other slices of bread in half lengthwise.

    Working with the circles. lightly coat in the batter and place in the bottom of each ramekin. Lightly dip the other rectangles of bread in batter as well, then use them to line the walls of each ramekin - standing them upright around the perimeter leaving an overhang that you will later use to fold over and seal the charlotte. It should take about 6 strips per ramekin. Fill each mold with apples and some of the caramel from the pan. Fold over the edges to seal it up completely and sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.

    Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. If the tops brown too quickly, cover loosely with foil. When done, the bread will have puffed up slightly, the edges will be brown and the sugar on top will have caramelized. Allow to cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto individual plates. Serve with cinnamon sabayon.

    Cinnamon Sabayon
    6 egg yolks
    1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
    1/3 cup calvados or apple liqueur
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
    Splash water
    To make sabayon, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set over a pot of boiling water on low heat, i.e. a double boiler. Whisk (you can use an electric whisk to make it easier) until the mixture becomes light and fluffy and the volume almost doubles.

    Sara Moulton-Inspired Start-of-Fall-Tart


    Serves 8

    1/2 recipe Basic Pie Pastry Dough (recipe follows) or use store-bought pie shell instead of homemade dough. Just let it soften enough so you can ease it into the tart tin

    3 large tomatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices-if you can still find yellow tomatoes, add them for color.
    Kosher salt for sprinkling
    ¼ C pesto
    1 C coarsely grated sharp white cheddar cheese
    1/2 C fresh corn kernels
    1/2 C butternut squash, sweet potato or regular potato, small dice, sautéed ahead
    Butcher’s Best Broccoli-Rabe Sausage, cooked and sliced thinly
    Lemon zest, optional
    2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Roll the dough into a 1/8-inch-thick round on a lightly floured work surface. Transfer to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, cut off any excess dough from the edge, and prick the bottom lightly with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line the pastry shell with foil and fill with pie weights, dried beans, or rice. Bake in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes.

    Carefully remove the weights and foil. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more or until light golden. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

    Turn up the oven to 400ºF. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and drain in a colander for 10 to 15 minutes. Spread pesto over the bottom of the shell and sprinkle the cheese over it. Arrange the tomatoes over the cheese in one overlapping layer.  Sprinkle with squash/potato and corn. Bake until the pastry is golden brown and the tomatoes are very soft, 35 to 40 minutes.

    In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, basil, thyme, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste to blend. Sprinkle the pie with this mixture while hot and spread out gently with the back of a spoon.

    Serve the pie hot or at room temperature. Great for a lunch or light dinner with a side salad.

    Basic Pie Pastry Dough

    Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon table salt in bowl of food processor. Add 12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces. Pulse once or twice to blend.

    Add the butter and process until blended, about 20 seconds. Add 4 to 6 tablespoons ice-cold water to form a soft dough. Add another teaspoon of cold water if the dough appears to be too dry.

    Turn out onto a floured work surface and work gently into a rough ball.

    Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour. (The pastry dough can be made up to a day in advance or kept frozen for up to a month.) Makes enough for two 9-inch tart shells or a double crust.

    Chilled Thai Carrot-Coconut Soup


    Chilled Thai Carrot-Coconut Soup
    (serves 8)

    1 onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    3 T peeled grated fresh ginger
    1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
    1 fresh hot pepper, seeds and pith removed, minced. Start with a half. Add more if you like it spicy
    1/2 tsp ground cardamom
    2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
    6 cups vegetable stock or water—enough to cover carrots by at least 2 inches
    1 can of coconut milk
    Grated zest of 2 limes
    Salt and pepper to season
    To finish: splash of fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh mint; sauteed chopped shrimp

    In a soup pot, saute in a little vegetable oil until softened, but not browned, the onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chili and cardamom. Add the carrots and the stock. Cook at a low boil until the carrots are cooked through.

    In a blender or with a hand immersion blender, puree. Add a little stock if it’s too thick.  Add one can of coconut milk and lime zest. Chill.

    When cold, check seasoning and finish with a splash of lime juice. Stir in fresh cilantro, basil and/or mint. Top with chopped shrimp if desired.