We’re Matt and Emily Clifton. We live in Beacon, New York, with our dog Arya, cats Trixie and Ziggy, and variable numbers of chickens (the count is currently 10). We moved up from the Big City to get a little more space. Once we had a yard, we found we really enjoyed gardening; once we had a decent kitchen, we found we really enjoyed cooking things, feeding our friends, and writing about it. We’ve also written two cookbooks: Cork and Knife, and The Ultimate Dutch Oven Cookbook.
I love to cook and feed people and then take photographs of them when they’re too full to run away from me.
I was born and raised in New York City and was exposed to a lot of different food cultures as a kid (though I was weirdly picky). I hated mashed potatoes but I loved kimchi. Hated fish, loved escargot. Weird, I know.
Now that we live in the Hudson Valley I love to experiment with local, seasonal produce and see what kind of Nerdy spin I can put on it. My goal is to take simple, accessible ingredients and turn them into something delicious that anyone can make, regardless of skill level. All the recipes on this site are ones that we’ve cooked and enjoyed for ourselves, our friends and our family.
In real life I’m a film/TV editor which just might be the most fun job in the world. Occasionally it can be the most annoying job in the world which is why I really appreciate it when I get to take a break and do my other favorite things which is cook, take photographs and write.
While I love great food, I don’t always have the energy to be creative in the kitchen.
A lot of the time, I feel like the dopey husband in Barefoot Contessa, always presented with something delicious at the end of the program and marveling at his wife’s prowess. Then, occasionally, I’ll leap into action at 10pm, yelling “Dammit, I’m going to make tiramisu!”.
I love making carby breakfast things – waffles, muffins, and healthier things like smoothies or chia-seed tapioca. I’m also a dessert hound; I’ve rarely met anything sweet I didn’t like. I love discovering new ways to think about and explore food and culinary methods, like taking a cheese-making or fermentation class. My nerd credentials are pretty sound, but my knife skills could always use some work.
In real life I muck around with computers but there’s almost nothing I love more than getting dirt under my fingernails in the garden.
Arya is our General Manager, Floor Cleaner and also our legal representation. (Note: we need new lawyers.) Here are a few words from her:
“ARYA 1 GUD GIRL DOG. ARYA NOT DO THOSE GARBAGE CRIMES” (turns to camera) “LOL I DONE ALL THEM”
We love sharing our favorite recipes, cocktails, garden escapades, chicken adventures and Hudson Valley hijinks. And we love hearing from you about cooking, chickens, life, or anything at all! Questions? Comments? Just want to say hello? Email us!
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