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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...

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...