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...
The Notorious F.I.G. – a Fig and Rye Valentine’s Day Cocktail

The Notorious F.I.G. – a Fig and Rye Valentine’s Day Cocktail

A beautiful, balanced and sophisticated cocktail that pairs rye whiskey, Campari and sweet fig jam. Fresh lemon juice and lemon bitters add a bright, citrusy note. This is what we’re drinking on Valentine’s Day… and as often as we can after that. 

We’ve officially been seriously flipping busy lately. Besides our day jobs — did we mention we have day jobs? sadly this blogging lark doesn’t keep us in dog treats, cat ointment or chicken vests — we’ve been working extremely hard on a super secret Nerds with Knives-related project that we’ll tell you about in detail in a couple of months.

All of this to say that it had been so long since we’d gone out to dinner — food that somebody else plans and cooks and hands to us —that when we finally ventured out to Heritage for Matt’s birthday, we had kinda forgotten how the whole thing works. We poked and flapped the menus in front of our faces as though they were coded missives from another planet.

We sat, glassy-eyed and startled, as a waiter explained specials. When the delicious food arrived on our tables, we started discussing how we were going to photograph it before realizing that, actually, we weren’t obliged to. And then we actually were able to relax and start having a good time, and it was in no small part due to the delicious Fig and Bourbon cocktail we picked out from the drinks menu. This recipe is our loose interpretation of that cocktail, made with Valentine’s Day love. We call it “The Notorious F.I.G.”

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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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The French Blonde (or Red Head)

The French Blonde (or Red Head)

Back when Matt and I lived in Brooklyn (a.k.a. before we moved to Beacon, went insane and thought it would be wise for two freelancers to try and buy a house), we occasionally went to a lovely little restaurant called Buttermilk Channel. If the name sounds familiar,...

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Summer Pasta With Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Summer Pasta With Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Is it just me or has this been a weird summer? It has, right? I feel like it took me until late June to even dig through my closet to find a pair of sandals. Then it got really hot for maybe twenty minutes, and now it's chilly again. Matt and I were sitting on the...

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Roasted Figs Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Serrano Ham

Roasted Figs Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Serrano Ham

An easy and elegant appetizer of roasted figs stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in Serrano ham. Finished with fresh thyme, a drizzle of honey, and a few toasted almonds. I know, I know, you're thinking,"Emily, when did you become a member of the Royal Family cos,...

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our recipe for chocolate chip cookies comes with a bit of history, a Cookie Monster / Tom Waits mashup, and our usual nerdy tips for the tastiest cookies.

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Orzo Salad with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Olives and Feta

Orzo Salad with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Olives and Feta

A simple orzo salad with tasty colorful summer produce of zucchini and tomatoes, tossed with olives and feta cheese. Delicious and healthy! Happy July 4th! Of course, this blog post is pre-recorded, so you're probably reading this on July 6th, (or August 23rd if...

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