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Country Ham and Pickle Sliders

You may be wondering what I’ve been leading up to this whole week, posting such seemingly boring recipes as homemade mustard and green tomato pickles. I fully admit to outright imitation, this recipe more than inspired by a dish enjoyed at Husk restaurant. Respectfully so, of course. While all the dishes I’ve tried and thoroughly...

Pickled Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes and pickles probably aren’t two things that are often thought of together. Green tomatoes = fried. Pretty much. I mean, what else do you do with them (of course, green tomatoes not to be confused with tomatillos which make for some excellent salsa verde, green tomatoes are literally unripe tomatoes). And pickles, well,...

Homemade Peach Mustard

Have you ever made homemade mustard? Have you ever even thought about making homemade mustard? Well not only did I think about it, I did it, and now you’re probably thinking about it too. You’re welcome. Because seriously? It’s so easy you’ll be shocked. The idea for the fruit mustard came from a dinner in...

Warm Gnocchi and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Let’s end tomato season with a bang. No, not that kind of bang. Because I originally wanted to deep fry some gnocchi until it was light and crispy (I was going to call this my gnocchi panzanella and swap crispy gnocchi for toasted bread cubes). Turns out that’s not quite as easy as it sounds....

Chocolate Lavender & Earl Gray Bundt Cake

If Taylor’s whiskey bundt cake was the manliest of bundt cakes (if one could ever call a bundt cake manly, that is), then this is definitely the girly version. I guess purple flowers or whatever make lavender seem feminine. However, that doesn’t mean that boys can’t enjoy lavender-scented sweets sometimes too. Likewise for girls and...

Homemade Horchata

Hello, horchata. You sexy thing you. Horchata is a traditional Spanish or Latin American beverage, made from soaked nuts and/or rice and seasoned with cinnamon. Almond and rice or just rice is probably the most common iteration, although it can also be made with barley, sesame seeds, or tigernuts (whatever those are, but I bet...