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...
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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Salted Caramel Brown Sugar Pots de Crème

Salted Caramel Brown Sugar Pots de Crème

Go ahead, call me a curmudgeon, a cynic, an eye-roller. A grump, a sourpuss, a grumbler. A killjoy, a grouser, a mutterer. A crab, a sorehead, a miserablist. A gloomy Gus, a doubting Thomas. Go on, I can take it.  The truth is, I think Valentine's Day is a crock of...

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Braised Short Ribs with Beer and Hoisin

Braised Short Ribs with Beer and Hoisin

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! One of the few benefits of living...

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Asian Cabbage and Fennel Salad

Asian Cabbage and Fennel Salad

I'm calling this a salad even though it's technically more of a "slaw". Unfortunately, Matt despises that word and I don't want him to make that "Um...ew" face that I find hilarious except when it's directed at my beautiful Asian slaw. Excuse me... salad. What words...

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Caramelized Onion, Olive and Goat Cheese Tart

Caramelized Onion, Olive and Goat Cheese Tart

This tart is the delightful bastard child of the classic french Pissaladière which is a deceptively simple combination of sweet onions, briny olives and salty anchovies. Now, most people would scoff at the hubris required to take an elegant, timeless recipe and...

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Our winter warmer — Maple-syrup Old Fashioned

Our winter warmer — Maple-syrup Old Fashioned

When it's dark at 4.30pm, your drafty home refuses to get above 55F, and there's ice on the INSIDE of the windows, what do you do to warm up in the evening? You could make a big fort in the middle of your living room with every blanket you have in the house. You could...

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Crispy Risotto Cakes with Taleggio Cheese

Crispy Risotto Cakes with Taleggio Cheese

What can you do with leftover risotto? Risotto cakes can be put together without a lot of bother, just add stinky cheese and breadcrumbs and fry them up! A perfect lunch with a side salad. There are a few things I make almost exclusively because I want to do something...

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Basic Risotto

Basic Risotto

This is a basic recipe for one of the best comfort food dishes of all time, Risotto. You could flavor this recipe a hundred different ways but I love using it to make Crispy Risotto Cakes with Taleggio Cheese. Honestly, I'm not sure why people make a big deal about...

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Chickens, a winter update

Chickens, a winter update

A lot of people have been asking me how our chickens have been coping with the winter weather. To be honest, I had been a little worried about keeping them safe through the cold months. We're not exactly Minnesota, but we do get snowy winters. Last year the snow...

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Shrimp and Lobster Risotto with Peas

Shrimp and Lobster Risotto with Peas

You don't need to break the bank to make a luxurious dinner. Shrimp and Lobster Risotto packs a ton of flavor into a comforting rice dish.   For years my best friend, Heather, and I would hang out on New Years Eve at one of our apartments (usually on the Upper West...

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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Oatmeal Lace Cookies. So pretty. So crispy. They get their name from the fact that they are so delicate, you can almost see through them - like lace. Fancy! These oatmeal lace cookies have always had a hallowed place in our holiday gift-bag lineup, along with pecan...

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