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.

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...
Everything-Seasoned Gougères with Scallion-Cream Cheese Filling

Everything-Seasoned Gougères with Scallion-Cream Cheese Filling

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!

Everything-seasoned Gougeres

When you want the flavors of an everything scallion-cheese bagel without all that doughy heaviness, gougères are your new best friend. They’re crisp and airy baked cheese puffs, which we sprinkle with everything seasoning and fill with whipped scallion cream cheese. Perfect finger-food brunch!

Just like in Seinfeld’s “The Muffin Tops” where Elaine sets out to prove that nobody really wants to eat a whole muffin, we’re largely in the camp that believes that nobody really wants to eat a whole bagel. And judging by the range of “bagel-light” hybrids (flagel, crogel, and the like), we’re not alone. Bagels are big. They’re doughy. And even though they’re inevitably filled with something delicious, you still have to bite through an inch of starch to get to the stuff inside. In our opinion, the crust flavor and the filling are the selling points of a bagel, so if we can get those flavors in something more delicate, let’s do it. So we turned to the airy cheese puffs known as gougères to see if they could replace our morning favorite.

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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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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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