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...
The Monarch: A Brown-Sugar Bourbon Cocktail with Thyme and Lemon

The Monarch: A Brown-Sugar Bourbon Cocktail with Thyme and Lemon

It was such a contrast coming home! Not only had the weeds almost taken over, but our tomatoes were ripening, the sweet autumn clematis had burst into flower on the fence, and, most happily of all, monarch butterflies were feasting on the milkweeds that had seeded around our front gate. Also waiting for us on the porch: bottles of Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage Distillery for us to try. We couldn’t wait to start experimenting, and we already had inspiration for the cocktail’s ingredients from our floral herb garden.

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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!

Brown Sugar Bourbon Cocktail with Lemon and Thyme

Inspired by the sweet nectar of summer flowers, we created a cocktail in partnership with Heritage Distilling’s Brown Sugar Bourbon, combining its notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with added fresh thyme, lemon and elderflower liqueur. It’s tart, herbal, and beautifully smooth, luscious and very drinkable. After all, don’t we all deserve a little sweetness in our lives?

We recently returned home from a trip to the UK, where the summer has been defined by an extended heatwave and low rainfalls. The fields, normally so green, were markedly more brown (so much so that they’re revealing buried archaeological features), so whenever we encountered wildflowers, we made an effort to stop and appreciate them. The nodding pink heads of rosebay willowherb, one of the few flowers to really appreciate and thrive in the heat, were everywhere bordering the country lanes we drove down. We also saw amazingly beautiful heathers blanketing the high coastal hills of Exmoor.

 

It was such a contrast coming home! Not only had the weeds almost taken over, but our tomatoes were ripening, the sweet autumn clematis had burst into flower on the fence, and, most happily of all, monarch butterflies were feasting on the milkweeds that had seeded around our front gate. Also waiting for us on the porch: bottles of Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage Distillery for us to try. We couldn’t wait to start experimenting, and we already had inspiration for the cocktail’s ingredients from our floral herb garden.

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Crispy Shrimp Cakes – Thai Style

Crispy Shrimp Cakes – Thai Style

We made these again and finally took pictures so I'm re-posting. I also changed the recipe a little, adding a bit of cornstarch to the batter and reducing the panko.  I used to make a similar kind of cake with salmon which was delicious but a little trickier to...

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Pickled Cucumber and Avocado Salad

Pickled Cucumber and Avocado Salad

I've already admitted that I've become obsessed with cucumbers since discovering my dog loves them so much. I love them in cocktails, dipped in Feta-Yogurt Sauce, even just plain. But lightly pickled with rice vinegar and sesame oil is my all time favorite. This is an...

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Vietnamese-Style Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese-Style Dipping Sauce

I'm not sure what it is about fish sauce but it's kind of like flavored crack to me. It's salty and fermented and shouldn't be addictive but I'd sneak this sauce into rehab and drink it in the bathroom if I had to. What? Stop looking at me like that. [It's worth...

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Garden Fall Wrapup

Garden Fall Wrapup

It's October, and the bulk of the vegetable garden is finished for the season. Of course, our herbs are still going strong on the deck, and we're still pulling out ripened tomatoes, but the soil beds are now empty. For our first year, we didn't do too badly. Here's a...

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Herbed Lamb Burgers with Feta-Yogurt Sauce

Herbed Lamb Burgers with Feta-Yogurt Sauce

For me, lamb is definitely hit or miss. I either really enjoy it or really, really, really don't. There is very little middle ground. If it's too gamey, I don't like it. Overcooked, blech. Undercooked, even worse! Needless to say, I've made some expensive lamb...

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Perfect Poached Eggs

Perfect Poached Eggs

Maybe it's just me, but for years I was completely intimidated by the idea of poaching eggs. I could make them pretty much any other way but poaching... um, no.  I  attempted it a few times and ended up with watery egg drop soup. Gag. The thing is, I really...

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Kale and Walnut Pesto

Kale and Walnut Pesto

  Today we're making kale and walnut pesto (inspired by The Hop's Kale and Almond Pesto), to go with our Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Kale Walnut Pesto. Even if kale is not your favorite thing, this is a good way to try it because it's so good for you, but also...

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Creamy, Soft Polenta

Creamy, Soft Polenta

This polenta is meant to have a soft, porridge-like consistency. We used it for Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Kale Walnut Pesto but it would be great with any kind of stew, as a substitute for mashed potatoes or noodles.   What you're looking for is course,...

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Brunch at The Hop. Finally.

Brunch at The Hop. Finally.

I'm embarrassed to admit it but Matt and I have lived in Beacon for over a year and we just made it to The Hop for the first time. It's shameful, I know. If you haven't heard of it,  it's kind of a craft beer mecca, half store, half gastro-pub. They have a tiny bar...

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Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Kale Walnut Pesto

Inspired by The Hop's amazing dish (theirs has lamb sausage, kale almond pesto and poached eggs), here is our simplified recipe. Use whatever sausage you like  (turkey, pork, lamb or chicken would all work well) or add some drilled tofu for a veggie version. The only...

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