Caramelized Apple, Shallot and Cheddar Tart

Puff pastry tarts with a creamy Cheddar spread, topped with sweet caramelized apples and shallots, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Sweet apples and tart Cheddar cheese? A marriage made on a local farm.

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.

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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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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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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