8 Tips for Making Macarons

Bonne Maman Jams, a Le Creuset Teacup/pot and home made macarons.Mother’s Day is coming, and brunch is traditional for many family celebrations. Even if the meal isn’t technically a brunch, daintier foods tend to prevail. And what’s more dainty forRead more…

Ranch Dip Spice Mix

So far, I’ve made two recipes from Milk Bar Life by Christine Tosi. One was a lemon bar recipe that started with a box of lemon cake mix. And then there was this herb and spice mix for making aRead more…

Pasta Puttanesca

Long, long ago, I worked for a family company that had the bad habit of building its empire by buying similar family companies. Inevitably, we’d acquire one or two family members who were contractually obligated to get a paycheck, butRead more…

Super-Fudgy Brownies

I recently reviewed Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen over on Munching on Books, but I wanted to share a recipe as well. These brownies were super-fudgy, just like the recipe said. They’re rich and dense and soft and chewyRead more…

Polenta with Shishito Peppers and Cheddar

I might have mentioned – like a billion times now – that I really like polenta. And grits. So this time around, I decided to throw some peppers into polenta. I had just gotten a rather large bag of shishitoRead more…

Green Olive and Pimento Bread with a Hint of Cheese

I’ve been on a little bit of an olive binge lately, so it was inevitable that some would fall into a loaf of bread. I had my choice of a few different types, but decided to use green olive stuffedRead more…

Irish Farewell – a cocktail

Apparently there’s something called the Irish Goodbye, which, according to the folks at Smirnoff, is “a famed Irish tradition by ducking out of a party, social gathering or very bad date without bidding farewell.” I’m not Irish, but I’ve doneRead more…

Home Made Irish Cream Liqueur

I’ve seen a ton of recipes online for home made Irish Cream Liqueur (like Baileys) and they all have similar ingredients. Most of them include heavy cream. Which is rich and tasty, but … do you really have a useRead more…

The Perfect Chai

Like Indian food? Want to make it at home? The Cafe Spice Cookbook touts 84 “quick and easy Indian recipes for everyday meals,” and the chef who wrote the book says that ingredients are readily available. That’s good news, becauseRead more…

Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Olives, and Farro – and a review of Blue Apron

Roasted salmon, plated.I’ve been curious about services like Blue Apron for a while. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s a meal service that ships to customers on a weekly basis. But it’s not prepared meals. It’s all of theRead more…

Bread Machine Dark Rye with Caraway

If you were here, you’d never believe this bread came out of a bread machine. Seriously. If it wasn’t for the hole in the bottom of the loaf where the paddle was embedded, no one would know. It’s that good.Read more…

Homemade Sour Mix

I’ve been making a lot of cocktails lately, so it makes sense that I’d want to make my own mixers. I have a soda siphon for making fizzy water, and I’ve made flavored simple syrups. But for some reason, IRead more…