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...
Spiced Rosemary Old-Fashioned

Spiced Rosemary Old-Fashioned

Cork and Knife

Our new cookbook is out now — 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!

Spiced Rosemary old fashioned

As the weather turns chilly, we want a cocktail that will warm our cockles, and this Spiced Rosemary Old Fashioned is the perfect drink to take us straight through the holiday season. We took Heritage Distilling’s Elk Rider Rye and mixed it with a syrup flavored with maple, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper and rosemary. It makes you feel like you’re sitting next to a roaring Yuletide fire, even if it’s still October.

A Very Spirited Advent Calendar

Tired of the same old miserly chocolate slabs in your advent calendar this year? Don’t worry, our pals at Heritage Distilling have you covered. If there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s drink – so we couldn’t be happier to try out their 2018 Spirits Advent Calendar, with enough mini bottles of bourbon (or other spirits) to make it through to Christmas Eve.

We used the spicy, peppery Elk Rider Rye in our cocktail, but it would be equally good with Elk Rider Bourbon. You also get to try our other favorite, the Brown Sugar Bourbon, which we love on the rocks (or in our version of a Whisky Sour). Look for that recipe, and other cocktail suggestions at the bottom of this post. 

The spiced syrup: cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, rosemary and maple.

Our simple syrup is packed with the flavors of rosemary, cinnamon, star anise, pepper and maple. This sweet, herbal infusion pairs perfectly with a smooth bourbon or rye, and just a dash of citrus in the form of orange bitters. 

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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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Pecan Crescent Cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies

We make these pecan crescent cookies every year as a Christmas treat – the melt-in-the-mouth, nutty, crumbly treats will please any crowd.

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White Bean, Roasted Garlic and Feta Dip

White Bean, Roasted Garlic and Feta Dip

It's party season which, yay!!! So much fun. But also, boo!!! So much work. That's why it's great to have a few easy, fast and inexpensive recipes to fall back on when the hungry hordes arrive (auto-correct keeps changing hordes to whores. So if your house is full of...

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