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Peach Passion Jam

It all started with a doughnut. A milk-chocolate and passionfruit doughnut, to be exact. I’d had passionfruit before, but it never really crossed my mind. Maybe I knew it would be so hard to find and unconsciously avoided it. But after one bite of that doughnut, I was madly, obsessively, in love. The infatuation held...

Kitchen Basics: Salsa Verde

Salsa verde (quite literally, ‘green sauce’) is a green salsa made from tomatillos in place of the usual red tomatoes. Don’t let the name fool you, however, as tomatillos are not simply an unripe or green tomato. In fact, the two fruits are only distantly related. While they are both members of the nightshade family...

August Kitchen Challenge Results: Tamales

Lesson #1: Just because a recipe is on the internet does not mean you can trust it. There’s nothing more disappointing then following a recipe from a source you THINK is trustworthy (I’m looking at you, PBS) only to discover there is clearly something missing. And I’m talking about 2-3 CUPS of liquid, not minor...

Tart Cherry-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

I thought I had Brussels sprouts down. I though I’d already discovered the definitive recipe, the one Brussels sprout recipe to end them all. And don’t get me wrong, they’re damn delicious. Even haters would gobble them up without a second thought. And then I made these, and everything I thought I knew about Brussels...

Asian Plum Sauce

Have we ever talked about baker’s instinct? You know when you’re baking cookies, chilling on the couch while they bake, and happen to stand up 9 seconds before the timer goes off? Or when you, on a whim, dip your finger into the cake batter before pouring it into the pans, only to realize you...

Food Blog Forum: Asheville 2014

I’ve been starting at these photos for days. Sifting through 400+ images and trying to narrow them down. Trying to find the words to express just what this event meant to me and how rewarding it was to be a part of it. Honestly, the pictures do a better job. Food Blog Forum Asheville was...

Seared Scallops with Basil Olive Oil Pistou

You may be wondering why I misspelled pesto. Thanks for feeling the need to kindly correct one of my regularly occurring typos (ahem, MOM), but in this case it’s unwarranted. Pesto and pistou are actually distinct things. Similar, yes, but not simply a misspelled version of another. Pistou is essentially a pared down pesto, looser...

Bittersweet Chocolate Bourbon Tart

I just got back from Food Blog Forum in Asheville, North Carolina (full recap coming as soon as I can wade through all my photos), and by just I mean nearly two weeks ago (my how time flies). Overall an amazing event, one to remember, but without a doubt one of the highlights of the...

Shrimp Rolls with Herb Brown Butter Mayo

This is a poor-man’s lobster roll. Not that we’re poor, and not that shrimp is really all that cheap, but it’s a heckofa lot cheaper than lobster and much easier to prepare too. So maybe it’s more of a lazy-man’s lobster roll than anything. Poor and lazy aside, what makes this shrimp roll spectacular is...

Ginger Melon Sangria

This is a summer sangria if I ever saw one. All that’s missing from this picture is a lounge chair and a warm summer breeze. The thought of three colors of melon floating in a bubbly, boozy sea is what inspired this recipe. Or maybe I just needed an excuse to actually use my melon...