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...
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

A simple, healthy Thai shrimp salad with an authentic sour-savory-spicy-sweet combination of fresh lime juice, fish sauce and chili paste, showered with fresh herbs and crunchy roasted peanuts.

Summer is almost done but we are officially in the middle of a heat wave. You know those shots in movies of a long, empty road, heat lines shimmering up from the pavement? Maybe a tumbleweed blows by, lazy and misshapen? That’s our living room right now. In this case the “tumbleweed” is Arya, our rescue dog who, for a pup who lived her first year on the streets of West Virginia, is hilariously particular about the range of temperatures she finds acceptable. 70º – 75ºF is fine, but a few degrees in either direction and get ready for dramatic sighs and woeful glances.

I hear you, puppy. I’m hot too.

Arya, hot and cranky

Arya, hot and cranky

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Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Garlic

Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Garlic

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! If you're looking for a quick,...

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Butterscotch Pudding: A Love Story

Butterscotch Pudding: A Love Story

This post is kind of dedicated to two people, and the first one is me. At the age of, oh, about 12, I don’t think there was a single thing in the world – except perhaps, mashed potatoes – that I loved with all my heart more than butterscotch flavored Angel Delight....

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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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