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Creamy Mushroom Soup with Black Rice

Delectable, creamy winter soup created from a blend of mushrooms, herbs, and wild rice — this is our choice for an easy and healthy vegetarian or even vegan supper that highlights the variety and richness of the fungi kingdom.  

Ultimate English Toffee

It’s Christmas, so it’s time for toffee! English toffee, that is, made the proper, scientific way, and coated with either milk chocolate and almonds, or white chocolate and pistachios. Or both! A double-whammy of sweet holiday delight.

Real, Homemade Egg Nog

Rich, creamy, and unapologetically boozy, this is an egg nog whose virtues are sung by poets. Probably. Once they’ve had a few. 

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Black Rice

Delectable, creamy winter soup created from a blend of mushrooms, herbs, and wild rice — this is our choice for an easy and healthy vegetarian or even vegan supper that highlights the variety and richness of the fungi kingdom.  

Ultimate English Toffee

It’s Christmas, so it’s time for toffee! English toffee, that is, made the proper, scientific way, and coated with either milk chocolate and almonds, or white chocolate and pistachios. Or both! A double-whammy of sweet holiday delight.

Real, Homemade Egg Nog

Rich, creamy, and unapologetically boozy, this is an egg nog whose virtues are sung by poets. Probably. Once they’ve had a few. 

Easy Creamed Corn with Basil

Easy Creamed Corn with Basil

Easy Creamed Corn with Basil

Easy Creamed Corn with Basil is a summer staple in our house. These sweet kernels are just barely simmered in a sauce made from silky mascarpone cheese, a little half and half and not much else. Add a sprinkle of fragrant basil and you’ve got a simple, supremely summery side!

When summer corn is at its sweetest, it doesn’t take much to make it shine. A quick steam, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, maybe a slick of good cultured butter is all that’s needed, and often not even that. But towards the end of the season our taste buds (and our teeth) need a break from gnawing kernels straight from the cob. That’s when we make this Easy Creamed Corn with Basil. Almost as quick as a simple steam, this method brings out the best in the corn, keeping the kernels crunchy, but bathing them in a silky, creamy sauce that’s the work of minutes.

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.

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.

Brussels Sprout Pizza with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Brussels Sprout Pizza with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Brussels Sprout Pizza with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

A delicious rustic-style pizza with caramelized balsamic-glazed red onions topped with a layer of crispy, golden brown brussels sprout leaves. Mozzarella and goat cheese add richness and tang. 

If, like me, you get a lot of your culinary inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram (I admit it, I’m completely addicted to both), you might well think that pumpkin and squash were the only vegetables available from September through November. Not true!

Don’t get me wrong, I love squash and that high-pitched squeal you heard was probably me squee-ing with excitement when the first delicatas arrived at the farmer’s market but a girl’s gotta mix it up a little, right?

Thus, our Brussels Sprout Pizza with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese was born.

Cheese and Blueberry Blintzes with Blueberry Preserves Syrup

Cheese and Blueberry Blintzes with Blueberry Preserves Syrup

Cheese and Blueberry Blintzes with Blueberry Preserves Syrup

Sweet, fruity, cheesy blintzes are a great Mother’s Day treat for the Mom in your life. But let’s face it, they’re equally awesome as a weekend splurge you can make for yourself!

Breakfasts at the Nerds household are probably a lot like breakfasts at your house. During the week, we never have time to indulge in anything luxurious – it’s grab-a-slice-of-toast, open-a-yogurt, pour-a-quick-coffee time. So the weekend is when we really get to enjoy ourselves. And when it’s a special weekend like Mother’s Day, we really feel like going for the luxury option. These blintzes … well, let’s just say, if they were on the breakfast-in-bed menu at a classy hotel, I would not look at anything else. No, not the pancakes. No, not the eggs benedict. Well, maybe the eggs benedict, but I’d ALSO order a round of these blintzes. But here’s the thing – I’ve never seen them on a hotel menu, and maybe I’m going to the wrong hotels. but that’s all by-the-by because I’m making them at home now. And yes, they are as good as they look.

Stir Fried Farro with Garlicky Kale and Poached Egg

Stir Fried Farro with Garlicky Kale and Poached Egg

Tender stir fried farro, garlicky sautéed kale, and a perfectly poached egg. If that’s not a good breakfast, we don’t know what is. This simple, healthy grain bowl is packed with everything you need to start your day off right. 

Breakfast isn’t typically an ideal meal for slow food. Our modern lives pack our days with tasks demanding attention: we have kids to get to school, work deadlines to meet, errands pulling us in twenty directions. But while a cup of coffee and a quick carbohydrate filler, like a bowl of cereal or piece of toast, may get us up and out of the house quickly, they hardly constitute a satisfying and well-rounded meal. That’s why when we’re able to, dedicating a little more time to a breakfast that actually provides a whammy of flavor, as well as going some way to fulfill those balanced-food-groups and five-a-day promises, is a worthy goal.

Note: This recipe is part of our series with Serious Eats.

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