Caramelized Apple, Shallot and Cheddar Tart

Puff pastry tarts with a creamy Cheddar spread, topped with sweet caramelized apples and shallots, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Sweet apples and tart Cheddar cheese? A marriage made on a local farm.

Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Pudding

A little spicy, a little sweet and a lot delicious, this Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Pudding is our most-requested side dish ever. We use two kinds of cheeses — extra-sharp cheddar and pepper jack — to give it loads of flavor. Make it with fresh summer corn when it’s in season, but it’s just as good with frozen corn the rest of the year. 

Thai Basil Gimlet

Thai basil adds spicy, anise-like notes to a gimlet. Together with lime, elderflower liqueur, and good quality gin, the Thai basil gimlet is a cool twist on an elegant classic that we can sip while enjoying the color and scents of our summer herb garden.

Blood Orange and Hibiscus Curd Tart with a Gingersnap Crust

Blood Orange and Hibiscus Curd Tart with a Gingersnap Crust

Blood Orange-Hibiscus Curd Tart

Our ruby-hued blood orange and hibiscus curd makes a delicious and luscious filling for this beautiful seasonal tart. The crust is made from crushed gingersnap cookies, and couldn’t be simpler. With a great balance between sweet, tart and spicy, this is a real showstopper of a dessert.  

When blood oranges are in season, we just can’t get enough of them so when we found a local shop selling a big bag of them for under 5 bucks, we knew we couldn’t pass them up. But what do you do when life gives you lem… oranges? Make curd! 

We are legit curd crazy in this house. Curds with knives, they call us (no one calls us this). Lemon curd is pretty much a bi-monthly event in our kitchen. We’ve made blueberry-lemon curd, strawberry curd, even rhubarb curd. In fact, it was our experience with rhubarb curd that led us to add an extra ingredient, hibiscus, to our blood orange version (more on this later in the article). 

Blood Orange-Hibiscus Curd Tart

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A lovely day in Cold Spring, NY

A lovely day in Cold Spring, NY

A couple of weekends ago, Matt and I spent a wonderful afternoon discovering treasures in an absolutely lovely Hudson Valley town, Cold Spring, NY. "Wait," says a person with GoogleMaps, "Isn't Cold Spring literally the next town over from Beacon, where you live and...

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Blueberry, Oat and Almond Crumb Bars

Blueberry, Oat and Almond Crumb Bars

These blueberry crumb bars with oats and almonds are a perfect bake sale recipe and our favorite way to use up summer blueberries. A few years ago while we still lived in Brooklyn, Matt and I belonged to a CSA. If you're not familiar with it, CSA stands for 'community...

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Chicken with Lime, Garlic and Cilantro

Chicken with Lime, Garlic and Cilantro

Chicken with lime, garlic and (optionally) cilantro is one of our favorite — and easiest — dishes. The acid in the citrus balances out the chicken and creates a tart sauce right in the pan.  In the 1970s, the Upper West Side of Manhattan where I grew up was a true...

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Five-Layer Magic Bars

Five-Layer Magic Bars

Five-layer magic bars made with coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and toasted pecans held together by condensed milk on a graham cracker crust. I sometimes have a tricky time starting these posts, and true to form, for this recipe I got stuck on the very...

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Bulgogi (Korean Grilled Beef) Lettuce Wraps

Bulgogi (Korean Grilled Beef) Lettuce Wraps

Bulgogi is a Korean dish of meltingly tender, thinly-sliced beef seasoned in a delicious soy and sugar marinade. We serve it in lettuce cups with lots of bright vegetable side dishes.  I was a pretty picky eater as a kid. If I could smother something in ketchup it was...

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Radishes Drizzled with Sesame Oil and Maldon Salt

Radishes Drizzled with Sesame Oil and Maldon Salt

Sometimes the best approach to fresh produce is to treat it lightly in the kitchen, and let its natural flavor shine. This is how we love to eat radishes: a little sea salt, a little sesame oil, and that’s it.

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Insanely Delicious Key Lime Pie

Insanely Delicious Key Lime Pie

It's possible that I have scurvy because recently I cannot get enough citrus. And not like regular old lemons and grapefruits. Fancy fruit. Last week it was kumquats. This week, key limes. The fact that they are both adorably wee versions of regular-sized fruit may...

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