Frozen Vanilla Bean Custard

Ice cream season is upon us. The weather is warm enough that I’ve started making ice cream regularly. I have recipes that I like, and I also like creating my own recipes. But I also like trying new recipes fromRead more…

Picadillo Tacos

A while back, I made a recipe from the cookbook Melissa’s DYPs. At that time, I didn’t happen to have any actual Dutch Yellow Potatoes (that’s the DYPs in the book title), so I used regular potatoes. The recipe workedRead more…

Chef Watson Salad

Your robot masters have arrived, and they want to cook dinner for you. Yep, it finally happened. I am the proud owner of a cookbook written by a non-human. A robot, to be exact. His name is Chef Watson, andRead more…

Shishito Guacamole

There was an avocado sitting on the kitchen counter, glaring at me accusingly. I had plans for it the day before, but plans fell through. I knew that if I didn’t use it soon … like now, it would beRead more…

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…