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...
Real, Homemade Egg Nog

Real, Homemade Egg Nog

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Real, Homemade Egg Nog

Rich, creamy, and unapologetically boozy, this is an egg nog whose virtues are sung by poets. Probably. Once they’ve had a few. 

LTRs (long-term readers) of this site may remember this recipe from a few years back, but we’ve updated the recipe and pictures so it’s like a whole new article! (It’s mostly the same old article.) Casual droppers-by (CDBs) won’t know any better, so for you, here’s our Christmas present to you: egg nog made proper.

If you’ve never had real, homemade egg nog, I can understand why you might be wrinkling your nose and shaking your head right now. Most mass-produced versions are pretty horrible. In fact, the only store-bought version that doesn’t make me gag is from Ronnybrook Farm, which while delicious, also costs a friggin’ fortune. You’d need to take out a bank loan if you wanted enough for a party.

Surprisingly, real egg nog is actually very easy to make and it’s a shame that so few people do it. Fortunately for me, my mom makes a killer egg nog so I know how good it can be. This version is unapologetically rich and boozy in the most wonderful way. In fact, Matt and I had a little tree-trimming party the other night and just about everyone who claimed not to like egg nog ended up slurping up several cups full. Needless to say, a lot of fun was had.

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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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Miso Glazed Crispy-Skinned Salmon

If you've never cooked with miso, this is a fantastic recipe to start with. While many Americans are probably familiar with miso in it's soup form, it's also a fantastic ingredient in all kinds of dishes, from savory to sweet. It's great in salad dressings, drizzled...

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Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake

Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake

Hazelnut cheesecake with praline crust is a crowd-pleasing dessert that will make your dinner guests love you until the end of time, or until the end of the cheesecake, whichever comes first.  I'm pretty sure Matt moved from London to New York mostly for the...

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Cranberry Sauce with Cointreau

Cranberry Sauce with Cointreau

A cranberry sauce holds the Thanksgiving dishes together but you don’t want to spend too much time on it. Our recipe is quick and delicious.

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Make Ahead Turkey Gravy with Calvados (Apple Brandy)

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy with Calvados (Apple Brandy)

For the last few years, my Thanksgiving philosophy has been "Everything that CAN be made ahead SHALL be made ahead". I developed this philosophy (religion?) several years ago when Matt and I decided to make Thanksgiving for 13 people in our teeny, tiny Brooklyn...

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Turkey Stock for Gravy

Turkey Stock for Gravy

Ask me what my favorite Thanksgiving recipe is. Go on, ask. Fine, I'll tell you anyway, but it might just blow your mind (not really, but just go with me here). It's home-made turkey stock. Well, it's really the gravy that is made with that stock but I'll get to that...

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Custard Tart with Pear and Ginger

Custard Tart with Pear and Ginger

  A simple-to-make holiday dessert tart which disguises itself on the table as a fancy restaurant-style dish, this custard tart with pears is flavored with a warm ginger note. We all have our culinary strengths and weaknesses and I freely admit that making pastry is a...

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Seriously Lemony Lemon Bars

Seriously Lemony Lemon Bars

No matter what the time of year, we could all use a bright citrusy boost every now and again. Enter these extra-lemony lemon bars – packed with gumption and vitamin C to ward off all that scurvy, me hearties.

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Pork Belly Bánh mì Sliders

Pork Belly Bánh mì Sliders

What to do with leftover pork belly: Make Bánh mì sliders! I've mentioned before that I occasionally do a very shameful thing when I buy too many vegetables.  Since I'm already over-sharing, I might as well admit to another terrible habit. I really enjoy cooking for...

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