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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...

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. 

Summer Berry Tart with Lemon Mascarpone Cream

This Summer Berry Tart with Lemon Mascarpone Cream is supermodel gorgeous, rich and creamy, balanced by the bright citrusy flavor of lemon curd. And super-duper easy to make!

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Aviation Cocktail with Homemade Violet Syrup

Aviation Cocktail with Homemade Violet Syrup

Cork and Knife

 

Our new cookbook is out now — 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!

 

Aviation Cocoktail with Violet Syrup

We give the classic Aviation Cocktail a modern twist with our own homemade Violet Syrup. A mix of gin, lemon juice, violet syrup and maraschino cherry syrup, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. The syrup is also great mixed with Champagne, or with club soda. 

One thing we should mention upfront, if you haven’t gleaned it already from our occasional disorganized garden posts, is that we’re not really “lawn people”. We do have, behind the house, a stretch of grassed yard, but it’s not flat (so we can’t put tables or chairs out there), it’s kind of public (we live on a busy road with a lot of hiking traffic), it does nothing for the biodiversity of the area, and we hate mowing it. In short, it gets a little neglected. And because of that benign neglect, we have areas that sprout whatever the hell they want to, and luckily for us, in early spring, that’s violets. Lots, and lots, of tiny, pretty, violets.

Violets for Syrup

So in our ongoing quest to rid our garden of weeds — by eating them — we bring you homemade Violet Syrup, possibly the prettiest concoction ever. And we’re using that syrup to create a version of the classic Aviation cocktail, which just happens to be perfect for a celebratory Mother’s Day brunch!

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Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

These salted caramel peanut butter bars – in bite-size form – are about the best way to win over someone’s heart, kidneys or spleen. They’re that good.

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Moving from Jetpack Subscription to Mailchimp

Moving from Jetpack Subscription to Mailchimp

A year or so ago, we were experimenting with recipe plugins. This is a whole article (or series) in itself, so I don't want to bog this post down too much with detail, but essentially we were planning to switch to a plugin which used custom post types for each article...

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Test Tech Tip

Test Tech Tip

This is the first tech tip in the series. Just a test! Hopefully nobody will see this, but if you DO see it, let me know!

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Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up 2017!

Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up 2017!

When I was growing up, an “annual” was a comic-strip-based holiday gift that kept you chuckling for about a day and a half before being stuffed into a cupboard and forgotten about. I like to think our annual Thanksgiving roundup follows that tradition. 

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Croque Madame (Le Creuset Style)

Croque Madame (Le Creuset Style)

The croque madame is a quintessential dish in the French culinary canon. What is essentially a ham and cheese sandwich, this beauty is elevated by two generous layers of creamy béchamel, broiled until bubbly and golden, and topped with a perfectly fried egg. With a little help from our friends at Le Creuset, we’ve used both their new recipe book and their bakeware to put together a perfect brunch dish.

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Crispy Buffalo Shrimp and Creamy Blue Cheese Grits

Crispy Buffalo Shrimp and Creamy Blue Cheese Grits

Shrimp and grits is a Southern standard which we in the Northeast are delighted to adopt. We tossed crispy shrimp with spicy, buttery buffalo sauce, and cooked up corn grits with plenty of salty, crumbly blue cheese. A match made in heaven! (Well, South Carolina.)

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