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...

Our Kitchen Renovation

Hello, friends. You might have spotted that we haven't posted for quite a while now — the fact that we still have our Thanksgiving 2019 post on the front page is a constant source of embarrassment to us — so let me explain what's been going on. You'd better sit down,...

Creamy Cheddar Polenta with Sausage and Charred Ramps

Creamy, cheesy Cheddar polenta with charred ramps (wild garlic) and grilled sausages: a dish made for Spring. The sweetness in the corn pairs beautifully with extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and a topping of garlicky grilled ramps is as delicious as it is simple. If ramps...
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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Butternut Squash Polenta

Butternut Squash Polenta

Somehow polenta has gotten the reputation of being difficult to cook. That you have to stand over it and stir and stir, and if you stop for even one moment, your lovely silky cornmeal will turn into a brick of yellow concrete. To that I say "pshaw!" [Matt says: I...

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Polenta With Sausage and Onion

Polenta With Sausage and Onion

This is the topping that we made to go on the Butternut Squash Polenta. It's one of those really satisfying, but incredibly simple recipes that barely takes any prep. Once you've got the polenta going, you can relax, have a little wine (since you've already opened it...

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Spring Salad with Eggs

Spring Salad with Eggs

When it comes to things like fashion*, I've never been accused of being too colorful. As a born and raised New Yorker, my idea of wearing a rainbow consists of black, dark gray, heather gray, and maybe, if I'm feeling particularly spring-like, medium gray. (*One...

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Pulled-Pork Sandwich with Pickled Onions and Radishes

Pulled-Pork Sandwich with Pickled Onions and Radishes

I'm not going to tell you that slow-roasting a pork shoulder is the quickest path to dinner - far from it - but, for a weekend cooking project, it definitely pays off in spades.  There are actually two different cuts that get called pork shoulder: “Boston butt” and...

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Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Guys, I'm seriously worried that I might actually be living in a Portlandia sketch. Sometimes I watch it, and I laugh and laugh and then look around nervously to see if anyone is giving me the "um, that's you" side-eye. I think it was the Battlestar Galactica episode...

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Sweet & Sour Pickled Radishes

Sweet & Sour Pickled Radishes

These pickled radishes are my go-to if I’m making tacos, quesadillas, or really any kind of  sandwich. They are so quick and easy and are just the perfect thing to perk up anything slow-roasted or long-simmered. Best of all, they’re ready in under an hour and last for weeks.

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Brownie Bites with Vanilla Mascarpone Filling

Brownie Bites with Vanilla Mascarpone Filling

Brownie bites? Oh, they're just delightfully cute bite-size versions of brownies, in sandwich form, with a vanilla mascarpone cream filling. Why do you ask? Why is a teeny-tiny version of just about anything so much more fun than a regular-sized version of that same...

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Potato, Spinach and Cheese Frittata

Potato, Spinach and Cheese Frittata

You know those times when you look in the fridge and think, "meh". You might have a little bit of this and a little leftover that but seemingly not enough of any one thing to actually make something? Well, that's me about 75% of the time. While I definitely get...

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Nerds with Knives: Year One!

Nerds with Knives: Year One!

  Well, well, well. And they* said it wouldn't last. (*Me, I said that. It was me.) I'm so very happy to be wrong! It's been a full year of Nerds with Knives (actually a bit more than a year but what is this "time" concept anyway, and why are such slaves to...

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Roasted Sunchokes with Garlic and Herbs (Jerusalem Artichokes)

Roasted Sunchokes with Garlic and Herbs (Jerusalem Artichokes)

Roasted sunchokes (also called Jerusalem Artichokes) make a fantastic side dish. They're creamy on the inside with crispy edges and a mild, nutty flavor. They also happen to be packed with vitamins. A couple of weeks ago, Matt's sister Hayli got us tickets to see Asaf...

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