Vegetable Broth

Vegetable Broth

Making a batch of vegetable broth is a great way to use extra veggies before they go bad and capture in-season flavors for use throughout the winter. I always try to keep a few jars of it in the freezer as a base for lentil, chicken, or bean soups, which we eat all winter long. Making a batch takes less than an hour of active prepping, cooking, and cleaning time, makes the house smell great, and tastes better than what you can buy in the store. (If you are wondering about the difference…

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Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Fall has arrived here in NY. With a cool breeze coming through the window as I write this, I can't think of anything more fitting to imbibe than a rye old fashioned. There are more variations of this drink than there are grains of sugar in it, but here is my favorite: Rye Old Fashioned 2 oz Rye whiskey 1/4 oz simple syrup 3 dashes of orange bitters 1 homemade maraschino cherry 1 orange peel 1 large ice cube (I use this mold and this kit.) Combine the simple syrup, bitters,…

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Note: I revisited this recipe a year later and made it even better. Check out the new version. This is one of our favorite condiments for tacos and it makes a great snack with chips. It is very easy to make and keeps for at least a week in the fridge. Salsa Verde 1lb of tomatillos, husks and stems removed 1-2 jalapeños 1 onion 1 bunch cilantro Juice from 1 lime 1 tsp salt Put the tomatillos, jalapeños, and onion in a medium saucepan, cover with water, the bring to…

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How To Take Care Of Your Cutting Boards

How to Take Care of Your Cutting Boards

It is easy to forget about your wooden/bamboo cutting boards, but you need to keep them up if you want them to last. If you don't, they will dry out, crack, and absorb unwanted food smells. Here is what you need to do. Get some food-grade mineral oil. This great 16oz bottle is under $10. Wash your wooden/bamboo cutting boards with a little bit of soap, rinse them with hot water, and stand them up to dry. Apply the mineral oil to the cutting board and rub in with a…

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Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

In my opinion, the king of all summer drinks is the Negroni, which is said to have been born in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender at Caffe Casoni to replace the club soda in an Americano with gin. The result is boozy, bitter, and wonderful. The simple equal-parts recipe of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is a great base for young cocktail artisans to experiment with. Here are some ideas: Add a few couple of dashes of orange bitters (my preferred recipe) Try different gins Swap Aperol for…

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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

I don't remember the first time I tried pimento cheese, but I do remember when I realized how delicious it is. The two summers I lived in Atlanta could be summed up as an extended tour of the city's pimento cheese offerings. Pimento Cheese 1lb grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup mayo 6.5 oz jar of pimentos (I used this Goya jar) 5-10 dashes Worcestershire sauce 2-3 dashes of hot sauce 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder Drain and dice the pimentos, then mix everything together in a non-reactive bowl and let…

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Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

During the hot days at the end of summer, my go-to liqueur is Campari, a potable bitter aperitif made from bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit. It is bright red and deliciously bitter, which is much more refreshing in the hot sun than sweet, sugary drinks. I'm sharing two Campari drinks this week and three next week. Campari Soda is one of the simplest Campari cocktails to make. Mix 2oz of Campari with soda and ice in a highball glass, then garnish with a lemon. Since its alcohol content is only 24%, once mixed…

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Melon Granita

Melon Granita

Granitas are a perfect way to use up ripe, in-season fruit and make a refreshing dessert. I bought a golden honeydew at the grocery store, but didn't get around to cutting it up and eating it until it was so ripe that it wouldn't last long after being cut up. I settled on making a granita, an Italian ice-based flavored dessert that has varying consistencies across Italy. I searched through David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop (one of the best frozen dessert recipe books out there) and came across this recipe for…

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Tipple Tuesday: Watermelon Refresher

Tipple Tuesday: Watermelon Refresher

Keeping with last week's theme of local in-season ingredients, this week's tipple was inspired by the beautiful watermelons available at last week's farmers' market. Notes Be sure to wait until the watermelon is ripe and flavorful before you use it for this cocktail, otherwise you won't taste it. I used IKEA's elderflower syrup. You could use 2:1 simple syrup instead, but the elderflower gives it a wonderful flavor. The fresh mint is a must, but you could substitute lemon juice for the lime juice depending on your preference. A floral…

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Sous Vide Corn On The Cob

Sous Vide Corn on the Cob

Do you want incredibly easy, delicious, self-buttering, minimal clean-up corn on the cob? If you have a sous vide circulator, look no further. Take 2-4 shucked cobs of sweet corn and seal them in a bag with a few tablespoons of butter. Or, if you don’t have a vacuum sealer, put them in a ziplock bag and use the water displacement method to remove the air before sealing it. Cook them in your sous vide water bath for 30 minutes at 182F (83.3C). Take the bag out, cut it open, and serve!

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