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Perfect Classic Glazed Meatloaf

Classic doesn’t have to mean boring. Perfect meatloaf should be tender, juicy and packed with savory flavor. Extra points if it’s brushed with a sweet/tart glaze. This is a dish that’s equally adept at making your kids jump for joy as your (adult) dinner guests.  

Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

This Thai-influenced dish delivers big flavor for very little work. Tender oven-baked chicken or turkey meatballs, simmered in a delicious coconut milk-based red curry sauce. Packed with ginger and garlic and showered with fresh herbs, this is a crowd pleaser.

Half-Baked / No-Bake Blackberry-Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake

We call this "half-baked" instead of "no-bake" cheesecake, because the Graham cracker crust gets a few minutes in the oven, but the filling is the real prize: whipped vanilla and blackberry batters swirled into a beautiful pattern. Using freeze-dried berries lends...

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Roasted Beets and Whipped Feta Tart

Roasted Beets and Whipped Feta Tart

Roasted Beet and Whipped Feta Tart

This simple, elegant tart has a layer of creamy whipped feta cheese topped with lightly marinated roasted beets. A puff pastry shell makes it a breeze to prepare, while a scattering of fresh mint and crunchy pistachios adds crunch and freshness. 

We’ve been finishing up a few projects here at Nerds with Knives, which is why you might not have seen a new post from us for (checks watch) six to eight weeks. One of those projects is, we’re thrilled to announce, our new cookbook, Cork and Knife, which will be published in six days! You can follow the link to read all about it and pre-order. Please check it out!

In the meantime, our summer garden has been producing some delicious harvests, and this week we’d like to talk about our beets (that’s beetroots to you in the U.K.). There’s a reason why beet and goat cheese salads have been ubiquitous on menus for as long as we’ve had menus to peruse: it’s a fantastic combination. But like any classic pairing, the devil is in the details. I adore beets, but they often need a little coaxing to bring out their best flavor. They are referred to as having an “earthy” flavor by those who love them, and “like dirt” by those who don’t. That earthiness, which is found in many root vegetables like carrots and potatoes, is produced by a compound called geosmin.

(Nerd note: geosmin is also found in one of my favorite scents, and favorite words, petrichor – the smell of the earth when it just starts to rain.) Acids break down geosmin, which is why beets are often paired with a tart vinaigrette. Tart cheeses, like chèvre, feta and some blues are a tasty foil to that sweet earthiness. 

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Chioggia beets minutes after being pulled from the garden.

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Strawberry Lemon Curd

Strawberry Lemon Curd

Strawberry Lemon Curd: A balanced spread, not too sweet, not too tart, that lets all the fruit shine through. It’s what fresh strawberries were meant for.

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Kimchi Pimento Cheese Patty Melts

Kimchi Pimento Cheese Patty Melts

A classic American sandwich, with a twist: Kimchi Pimento Cheese Patty Melt. It’s a thin burger topped with caramelized onions, served on griddled rye bread slathered with spicy Kimchi Pimento Cheese. A happy, if messy, marriage between a burger and a buttery grilled cheese sandwich, this is the ultimate five-napkin dinner. 

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Kimchi Pimento Cheese

Kimchi Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese doesn’t have to be eaten in a sandwich – and neither does it need to contain pimento. Say what?! Before you flay us alive for our heresy, let us hurriedly explain that we replaced the pickled pepper with fermented home-made kimchi. And we, frankly, think it’s even better. 

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Easy Home-made Kimchi

Easy Home-made Kimchi

Kimchi is an essential staple in Korean (and Korean-style) dishes, and we always have a jar on hand. It's cabbage and other vegetables fermented in a spicy, garlicky brine and it's just delicious. The process of making it at home might seem intimidating,...

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Sesame Noodles with Crispy Baked Tofu

Sesame Noodles with Crispy Baked Tofu

Revenge doesn’t have to be the only dish best served cold. We combine crispy baked tofu pieces with cold sesame noodles in a spicy peanut sauce for a fantastic dinner or picnic dish.

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Nerds Road Trip from New York to Florida

We took a couple of weeks vacation to get out of cold and snowy New York, and drove down through the Carolinas and Georgia to spend a week in sunny summery Ana Maria Island, Florida. And we want to tell you all about the sights and more importantly, the food.

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Classic Stone Soup

Classic Stone Soup

A tasty, hearty, and yet simple and no-frills soup, created with nothing more than a carefully-selected local stone and water. On the blog we get a lot of questions about how to combine various ingredients that you might have in your pantry. Last week we had a...

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