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Sticky Gochujang-Honey Chicken

What happens when you marinate chicken in gochujang (spicy Korean chili paste), honey, ginger and garlic? Deliciousness, that’s what. Sticky Gochujang-Honey Chicken is our newest weeknight favorite: a little sweet, a lot spicy and just plain tasty. 

Holiday Recipe Roundup 2019

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without egg nog, baked brie, roast pork, and all the favorite dishes we’ve collected in this recipe roundup! 

Chocolate Frangelico Mousse — a Christmas Peek from Cork and Knife

Chocolate frangelico mousse is our favorite way to treat our holiday dinner party guests. Light, fluffy chocolate mousse, flavored with nutty Frangelico liquor, and topped with whipped cream, toasted hazelnuts and chocolate flakes? It must be Christmas. 

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Ultimate English Toffee

Ultimate English Toffee

It’s Christmas, so it’s time for toffee! English toffee, that is, made the proper, scientific way, and coated with either milk chocolate and almonds, or white chocolate and pistachios. Or both! A double-whammy of sweet holiday delight.

We couldn’t let Christmas come and go without reposting this. It’s one of our earliest posts, but one of our very favorite recipes and something we make every single year for family parties. It just may be the toffee of your (my) dreams and while I may be indulging in a tiny bit of hyperbole, once you try it, you’ll know that I might be dramatic, but I am not a liar. In the past, I proclaimed this Salted Caramel Sauce the best thing ever and I stand by that. It’s just that there’s room on the pedestal for that sauce’s cousin from across the pond, real English toffee.  

FACT: This toffee is so good, it caused this face from Loki, this one from Arya, and best of all, this one from Matt. Okay, nerd business done.

While other toffee types are available, this toffee is hard and brittle, and thin enough that you won’t need a tiny hammer to break it up.

Why This Toffee Works

I’ve made a lot of toffee recipes over the years and this one is by far the tastiest and the easiest. It not only has a really nice balance of sweet and salty but a clever secret. The addition of a very small amount of corn syrup pretty much eliminates the danger of the sugar crystallizing (this has happened to us a few times, and can be a real bummer). This problem is caused when the sugar crystals start a chain reaction of crystallization (the process of sugar particles clinging together) which makes the mixture grainy. Once it happens there’s not much you can do about it, but there are a few things that will help prevent it from starting.

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Chicken Baked with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Baked with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

If you're anything like me, you start the week with grand plans (and a long list) of all the things you're going to get accomplished. Paint the porch. Just in time for Halloween! Work on the novel. Duh, I'll just wake up an hour earlier! Train the dog to stop losing...

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Toasted Orzo with Sage

Toasted Orzo with Sage

Looking for an easy, healthy, quick side dish? We here at Nerds with Knives central casting have just the guy for you. This orzo is so good that we've made it two nights in a row. And you know what? I'm probably going to make it again tonight and I'm not ashamed to...

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Strata with Corn, Scallion and Cheddar

Strata with Corn, Scallion and Cheddar

A strata, or bread pudding, is one of the best options when you want all the breakfast things in one pan. Our version is made with fresh corn, chopped scallions, and cheddar. Best part? You can have it any time of day, not just for breakfast! We had only lived in...

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Simple and Delicious Fried Rice

Simple and Delicious Fried Rice

I might have mentioned that we've had a lot of company this summer. Like, a lot. And while we both love entertaining and cooking for a crowd (seriously, we're so, so nerdy about it), it can be quite draining. So now that summer's over and we're back on our own, all we...

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Puy Lentils with Spinach

Puy Lentils with Spinach

We love this Puy lentils with spinach dish, a balanced recipe full of healthy pulses and colorful spinach greens. It’s an ideal side to a meat dish but can be enjoyed as a filling lunch.

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Crispy Spiced Duck Legs with Thyme

Crispy Spiced Duck Legs with Thyme

Ultra- crispy duck legs are much easier to make than you might think. Spiced with fennel and thyme, they'll make your dinner party guests very happy.  Last week we threw a little dinner party. Nothing fancy, mind you. Matt's lovely sister Hayli and her delightful...

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Baby Back Ribs With Coffee-Honey Barbecue Sauce

Baby Back Ribs With Coffee-Honey Barbecue Sauce

Cork and Knife Our new cookbook is out very soon — 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! You, yes YOU, can make oven-baked...

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Blackberry-Ginger Fizz

Blackberry-Ginger Fizz

A blackberry ginger fizz is a great cocktail for using up your late summer blackberry haul. Add ginger beer and elderflower and enjoy! There are times in every person's life when you have to make the hard decisions. When you find yourself at a crossroad. Do...

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Easy Baked French Toast

Easy Baked French Toast

Hello gang! Ready for some French toast? I do like to think of us as a gang, by the way: we, the writers of this madcap screed, and you, our wonderful readers. Not a particularly effectual gang, I have to admit, not a gang to strike fear in the hearts of our enemies,...

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