About Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer

Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are the founders of Canal House. Together they create seasonal cookbooks for which they do all of the writing, recipes, photography, design, and production. They're also 2013 James Beard Foundation nominees for their cookbook, Canal House Cooks Every Day, and for their Bon Appétit video series, “The Seasonal Cooks.” Prior to starting Canal House in 2007, Hamilton worked at Saveur as the test kitchen director and food editor. Hirsheimer is a co-founder of Saveur and served as its executive editor.

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail Recipe

Bitter. Sweet. Floral. Herbal. Citrusy. Elegant. Classic. Fizzy. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little cocktail. Cin cin.

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Grilled Lamb Chops Recipe

After grilling up these lovely little lamb lollies, we finally understand why so many folks use “lamb chop” as a term of endearment.

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Compound Butter

Nothing says “I love you” like sharing the magnificence of steak bathed in a puddle of melting butter. Consider it Cupid’s little helper.

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Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Barely a recipe, this weeknight salvation is more like a simple blueprint for eating in season. Amen to that.

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Apple Cake

What’s easy peasy to make, lovely to look at, even lovelier to taste, and certain to impress? This cake.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato | Gelato di Gianduia

We’re food folks, not number crunchers. But perhaps our most favorite equation ever? Chocolate + hazelnuts = gianduia.

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Fresh Whole Milk “Ricotta”

Remember that nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffett sitting on a tuffet? We only recently realized how savvy that sassy gal was, relishing her whey.

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Ricotta Cheesecake from Rome’s Jewish Quarter

This is prettier and more puddinglike than we’re accustomed to in a cheesecake. But no complaints here. None whatsoever.

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Rhubarb and Tequila Cocktail

Stunning and sophisticated, this cocktail relies on rhubarb for tartness, orange for intrigue, sugar for sweetness, and tequila for an afternoon nap.

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