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...
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Black Rice

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Black Rice

Mushroom Soup with Black Rice

Delectable, creamy winter soup created from a blend of mushrooms, herbs, and wild rice — this is our choice for an easy and healthy vegetarian or even vegan supper that highlights the variety and richness of the fungi kingdom.  

Happy new year, friends! I feel that we need to start this post with an apology for the irregular and infrequent nature of posts over the last few months of 2018. We have been trying to post a new recipe every week, but our time has been taken up by a secret project that we’re very excited to tell you about in the spring. In the meantime, we’re going to make a resolution to try to get back up to our regular posting schedule. And like all new year resolutions, it may crash and burn, but we are keeping optimistic heads on our shoulders.

For our first entry into the year’s culinary adventures, we’re showcasing mushrooms. The cold months can prove a challenge to someone looking for fresh, local, and healthy produce, and most varieties of mushroom are available all year round. They’re gorgeous, they’re really good for you, and we’d like to show you how we make them into a warm, creamy, incredibly silky soup that is as tasty as it is beautiful. For a soup this rich, there’s remarkably little dairy involved (and even that much is optional). And the only gluten is in the breadcrumb topping, so that’s easily avoidable as well, making this an easy vegan and gluten free meal.

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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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Sea Salt, Oatmeal and White Chocolate Cookies

Sea Salt, Oatmeal and White Chocolate Cookies

I don't remember having cookies when I was growing up in Britain in the 1970s. I don't mean to say that they didn't exist; in all probability they were around, but in the country's crowded biscuit industry, with its Bourbons, its  Garibaldis, and Custard Creams, its...

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Classic Tomato Soup

Classic Tomato Soup

Recently I had one of those nights when I came home late and exhausted and all I wanted to do was flop down on the couch and watch something fun on TV (current obsessions: House of Cards, True Detective, Ripper Street, The Americans and don't even call me on Sunday...

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Bread.

Bread.

  The first thing that every schoolchild learns about King Alfred is that he burned some loaves. The history books clearly could not come to an agreement on what Alfred actually looked like, but they all agreed that he was a big old loaf-burner. [gallery columns="4"...

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Yes, these chocolate truffles are decadent and luxurious but they’re also dead simple to put together and they make an impressive dessert for a group or an intimate dinner for two.

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Noodles With Ginger, Pork (or turkey) and Bok Choy

Noodles With Ginger, Pork (or turkey) and Bok Choy

Okay, as those of you who live on the east coast of the U.S. know, winter has decided to be extremely, um... generous with us lately. In fact, we are pretty much being bent over it's knee and spanked like a naughty toddler. We still have a foot of snow on the ground...

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Pasta With Butternut Squash and Bacon

Pasta With Butternut Squash and Bacon

Down side: Polar Vortex Episode 2 (The Revenge of  Polar Vortex) will not go away and this latest storm dumped another FOOT of snow on us. We had a burst pipe, a flooded (frozen) basement and our street looks like a luge track from Sochi. Up side: Pasta with a creamy,...

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