Spike Gjerde

Be sure to use a cast-iron skillet for this recipe; it maintains heat and will result in beautifully caramelized honey and well-cooked brussels sprouts. If you’re in a hurry, don’t worry about separating their leaves—the dish will still taste great.
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Spike Gjerde, the James Beard Award–winning chef at restaurants like A Rake’s Progress in Washington, D.C., and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, approaches local sourcing with religious fervor. He forgoes olive oil and lemons, using locally grown and pressed oils and vinegars in their place. His team dries mint, lavender, peaches, and cherries—and even makes garlic powder. He refuses to buy from distributors, even when they buy from local growers, because he wants every penny to go the farm. “A lot of people say, ‘Wow, this is harder than I thought.’ Then they just call [giant distributor] Sysco. But it’s why we’re doing it,” Gjerde says. “Our job is to get more value back to growers.”This recipe, from A Rake’s Progress, is inspired by Gjerde’s relationship with local makers and purveyors. Hoshigaki are Japanese persimmons that have been dried and massaged to evenly distribute their sugars. Gjerde shaves them and scatters them over baked ricotta to make an indulgent but healthy snack. Order hoshigaki from penrynorchardspecialties.com. Love ricotta? Try more Food & Wine ricotta cheese recipes
Herb Oil
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Spike Gjerde, the James Beard Award–winning chef at restaurants like A Rake’s Progress in Washington, D.C., and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, approaches local sourcing with religious fervor. He forgoes olive oil and lemons, using locally grown and pressed oils and vinegars in their place. His team dries mint, lavender, peaches, and cherries—and even makes garlic powder. He refuses to buy from distributors, even when they buy from local growers, because he wants every penny to go the farm. “A lot of people say, ‘Wow, this is harder than I thought.’ Then they just call [giant distributor] Sysco. But it’s why we’re doing it,” Gjerde says. “Our job is to get more value back to growers.” This recipe, from A Rake’s Progress, is inspired by Gjerde’s relationship with local makers and purveyors. Try drizzling this brilliant-green oil over everything from avocado toast to salad.
Spike Gjerde, the James Beard Award–winning chef at restaurants like A Rake’s Progress in Washington, D.C., and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, approaches local sourcing with religious fervor. He forgoes olive oil and lemons, using locally grown and pressed oils and vinegars in their place. His team dries mint, lavender, peaches, and cherries—and even makes garlic powder. He refuses to buy from distributors, even when they buy from local growers, because he wants every penny to go the farm. “A lot of people say, ‘Wow, this is harder than I thought.’ Then they just call [giant distributor] Sysco. But it’s why we’re doing it,” Gjerde says. “Our job is to get more value back to growers.” White Rose Miso makes a sweet potato miso that Gjerde loves to feature; substitute red miso if you can’t find it. This pork shoulder makes an impressive meal for very little effort. If your shoulder comes pre-tied, untie before rubbing with miso, then re-tie.
Maryland-Style Crab Cakes
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These luscious crab cakes are proportionally perfect: heavy on glorious hunks of crab, light on bread crumbs. And instead of frying the cakes, Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen serves them “brold” (Baltimorese for “broiled,” he says). “I can’t overemphasize how important it is to use fresh, carefully processed meat from blue crabs,” he adds. Slideshow:  Quick Fish RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde combines salted yogurt, olive oil and herbs to make a fresh, pretty and simple sauce for roasted beets. Slideshow: More Beet Recipes 
Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes
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"I add everything from fresh blueberries to chocolate chips," says Spike Gjerde of the delicious crumb coffee cake he will serve all day at his upcoming Baltimore spot, Artifact Coffee. "Of course the cakes are great with just diced apple, too." More Breakfast Pastries
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Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes
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"I add everything from fresh blueberries to chocolate chips," says Spike Gjerde of the delicious crumb coffee cake he will serve all day at his upcoming Baltimore spot, Artifact Coffee. "Of course the cakes are great with just diced apple, too." More Breakfast Pastries