Salted Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Is it possible for a cookie made without butter or flour to be the most delicious cookie we’ve ever tasted? The answer is a resounding YES. With only 3 essential ingredients: peanut butter, eggs and brown sugar, these cookies are practically a miracle. Crisp on the...

Our Kitchen Renovation

Hello, friends. You might have spotted that we haven't posted for quite a while now — the fact that we still have our Thanksgiving 2019 post on the front page is a constant source of embarrassment to us — so let me explain what's been going on. You'd better sit down,...

Creamy Cheddar Polenta with Sausage and Charred Ramps

Creamy, cheesy Cheddar polenta with charred ramps (wild garlic) and grilled sausages: a dish made for Spring. The sweetness in the corn pairs beautifully with extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and a topping of garlicky grilled ramps is as delicious as it is simple. If ramps...
Nettle, Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic-Brown Butter Croutons

Nettle, Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic-Brown Butter Croutons

Cork and Knife

Our new cookbook is out now — and its focus is one of our favorite ingredients: booze! We show you how to use the cooking properties of beer, wine, bourbon and more to make your dishes pop!

Nettle, Leek and Potato Soup

Healthy but not abstemious, our Nettle, Leek and Potato Soup bursts with Spring flavors. You can keep it vegan, but a swirl of rich crème fraîche and crunchy brown butter-garlic croutons are a delicious addition. And if a few violet blossoms happen to fall in the bowl for garnish, so much the better. You can also use spinach in place of the nettles.

Spring is here, and one of the first areas of the garden to poke up green leaves is the stinging nettle patch. If you can avoid the sting, the nettle is one of the healthiest, most delicious perennials that’s super-easy to propagate — and is the superstar of this soup, made with leeks, potatoes, and the green, green nettle. 

There’s no getting around the fact that the stinging nettle is the unloved weed, the lurking Triffid, the snarling Caliban, if you will, of the British landscape. If you thought otherwise, let me show you the plant in its natural habitat:

Wild nettles growing up an English phone booth.

But despite its rather unprepossessing appearance, its urban ubiquity, and the unpleasant electric-shock feeling of walking into one, nettles are one of the most nutritious and tasty spring greens you can cook with. Last spring we made a nettle risotto with garlic and taleggio, and this year we’re combining nettles with leeks and potatoes to create a rich, green soup, sprinkled with brown butter – garlic croutons and wild violets from the garden. 

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Chicken, Leeks and Spinach in a Creamy Wine Sauce

Chicken, Leeks and Spinach in a Creamy Wine Sauce

Tender boneless chicken, spinach, mushrooms and leeks cooked in a creamy wine sauce. This looks and tastes fancy, but it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  In our ongoing quest to resurrect interest in under-appreciated vegetables, I present this week's subject:...

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Steamed Mussels With Wheat Beer and Basil

Steamed Mussels With Wheat Beer and Basil

There are very few foods that deliver as much bang for your buck as fresh mussels. They are crazy cheap and when cooked well, one of the most delicious proteins that can be plucked from the sea.

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Creamy, Homemade Aïoli (Garlicky, Lemony Mayonnaise)

Creamy, Homemade Aïoli (Garlicky, Lemony Mayonnaise)

I'm totally the type of person who, if it were socially acceptable, would outfit everything in my house with 'the clapper'. In fact, if someone invented one that cooked dinner and made cocktails, I'd be flamenco-ing myself silly. What I'm saying is, I don't really...

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Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes

Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes

These coconut key lime cupcakes titillate your tastebuds with light, tropical flavors and look pretty dang party, too. It's hard for me to believe but it's true; today is the 3-year anniversary of Nerds with Knives. I know we act immature, but we are, in fact,...

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Pizza Chicken (with Pepperoni and Basil)

Pizza Chicken (with Pepperoni and Basil)

Chicken dinner, meet pizza night. Chicken sautéed until golden brown and baked with marinara sauce, gooey mozzarella cheese, spicy pepperoni and fresh basil. For the sake of clarity and because I really, really like you guys, I want to acknowledge that this title...

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Sweet and Spicy Korean Cocktail Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Korean Cocktail Meatballs

These Korean cocktail meatballs, sweet and spicy, are so tiny and cute and delicious you might forget there's even a game on.  It's no secret that I'm not really a sports person. I'm the type of nerd who avoids sports bars at all costs. And if I was forced to go to...

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