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...
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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Spiced Pickled Grapes

Spiced Pickled Grapes

At the risk of sounding like a Portlandia sketch, I am a little obsessed with pickling. You take something yummy, plop it in some vinegar, sugar and spices and it tastes even better. And lasts longer! Win-win, right? When Matt and I lived in Brooklyn, we used to go to...

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Creamed Pearl Onions

Creamed pearl onions is one of those holiday dishes that seems so unnecessary… until one year you don't make it and everyone gets mad and you realize it's a tradition for a reason, damn it. There's something about that soft (but not too soft) texture and that simple,...

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Crispy Pork Belly with Soy Honey Glaze

Crispy Pork Belly with Soy Honey Glaze

I may have mentioned that Matt and I went to the UK last summer and ate a lot of pork belly.  It was consistently one of the best dishes we had all over several parts of England and Wales. If there's one thing the British know, it's how to make excellent crackling...

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Sesame Roasted Pears

Sesame Roasted Pears

Roasted pears become even more delicious with a drizzle of sesame oil and sesame seeds. Perfect as a side for pork belly and rice!

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That’ll do, hen.

That’ll do, hen.

It's been an exciting sort of week in the world of chickens around these parts. First, we started getting eggs last weekend. I might have mentioned in our first chicken post that we weren't exactly sure how old our hens were, but breath was baited, fingers were...

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Aw, nuts.

Aw, nuts.

I like to tell people that growing up in England, and particularly in the Garden of England™ that is the Kent countryside, you naturally absorb, as if by osmosis, an understanding of the ways of nature. You find yourself in easy harmony with the plants, and the...

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Farro Salad with Roasted Grapes and Baby Kale

Farro Salad with Roasted Grapes and Baby Kale

  A long, long time ago, on my first "grown-up" trip, I was at a tiny little restaurant in Florence, Italy, when a waiter asked me if I was a fan of "Farrah". "Um, huh?" I asked, eloquent as always. "Farrah, you like?". "She's... ok, I guess". I was very confused as...

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Concord Grape Gimlet

Concord Grape Gimlet

We were at the Cold Spring Market last weekend and one stall was totally buzzing. Literally. Like, full of bees. Of course I sent Matt over to check it out (I've mentioned before that if there is a stinging insect in a 5 mile radius, it will get me). It was concord...

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