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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Blueberries are a miracle of color. When first picked, their skins are mottled blue with a hazy white film (also called the bloom, a natural sunscreen that protects the berry and keeps them from spoiling). All the pigment (and beneficial nutrients) resides in the skin, much of the tang and tannin too. The flesh inside...

August Kitchen Challenge: Tofu

I’ve been wanting to make tofu for quite some time now, ever since I heard a piece on Splendid Table about it. Before that, I didn’t even know homemade tofu was an option. Before you go running for the hills, hear me out. Apparently homemade tofu is an enlightening experience. I mean, have you ever...

Blueberry Almond Tart

The other morning Taylor and I awoke feeling rather blue. Not because the cats decided to use our bodies as early-morning spring boards; rather, we had blueberries on the brain. That’s the best kind of blue. So, in spite of the heat, we put on our grubby clothes, loaded up on bug spray, and headed...

July Kitchen Challenge Results: Bagels

Everybody loves bagels. You guys are no exception, making this month’s challenge the most popular one yet! It’s a good thing, too, I was worried you guys would never forgive me for the whole mozzarella thing. But seriously, how can you not love bagels? Sesame seed or poppy seed or everything, smothered with cream cheese...

Fig, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Salad with Fried Shallots

Well that’s a mouthful. In more ways than one. Shortening the ‘name’ of this recipe would be doing a disservice to one of the amazing ingredients it contains. Figs? Majorly important. Bacon? Always. Blue cheese? Yep. And the fried shallots? Anything but an afterthought. It’s salty and sweet. Fresh and tangy. Soft and crispy. Meaty...

Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothies

Folks, we have a serious crisis on our hands that involves a nationwide shortage of almond butter. Oh, the horror! Trader Joe’s has taken to rationing the precious (and pricy) jars, ever since the widespread recall last fall, which apparently wiped out much of the supply. And since almonds only grow so fast, it’s taking...