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.

Mustard and Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash stuffed with Farro and Winter Greens

Mustard and Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash stuffed with Farro and Winter Greens

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!

Mustard Glazed Butternut Squash Stuffed with Farro and Winter Greens

Opposites attract in most walks of life, and recipes are no exception. Our favorite dishes are flavored with a careful balance of sweetness and spice. We’ve infused a mix of winter vegetables and farro with sweet maple syrup and spicy mustard, to make a really delicious and easy vegetarian dinner for a cold evening.

Why do winter-season dinners feel more of a challenge to put together than summer ones? The days are darker, the evenings draw in, there isn’t quite as much fresh local produce at the store or farmer’s market, and maybe we don’t have the energy to get as creative as we’d like. But here’s the key: sticking with simple ingredients such as hardy winter squash, healthy farro and fresh greens, and then packing them with winning flavor combinations will reward you with a dinner as healthy and delicious as it is straightforward.

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A Very Nerdy Hallowe’en

A Very Nerdy Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en is a very exciting time over at the Nerds residence. You see, one of us (EMILY) not only grew up on horror movies but also, you know, HAS HER BIRTHDAY on October 31st, and the other one of us (MATT) has a fondness for Edward Gorey and M R James, and has...

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Baked Chicken with Honey and Soy

Baked Chicken with Honey and Soy

This recipe combines my three favorite things. It's fast, it's cheap and it's delicious. And easy. I know that's four but I don't have time for semantics. I'm in a rush here! (I'm not really, but one of the best things about this recipe is that, other than mixing the...

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

We put together two different versions of salsa verde with some tomatillos, avocadoes, garlic and spices, and pretended to be into sports just to hang this article on a game theme! Hint: we are not into sports. I've always envied people that were really into watching...

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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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