Cool Stuff – Food + Drink
“Tipsy Watermelon Salad”

Most people think that you need a lot of land around you to grow watermelon because their vines need to spread out. But watermelon varieties are available in dwarf sizes and don’t require the land you might think you would need to grow them. There are also an amazing range of things you can do with all of the watermelon that’s in season right now–both sweet like this watermelon agua […]

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“How to Make Sprouts”

Last night, I harvested the kale I’m growing in the planter box I tried out this year. Since I didn’t have a lot of growing space this summer, I went with all sorts of containers, and I have to say it’s been rather fun to harvest jalapeños and tomatoes and radishes and herbs and now my second round of kale. I had nothing green to eat in the refrigerator last […]

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“Summer Pudding”

I was recently looking for a warm weather dessert that didn’t require a lot of baking time or fancy cooking equipment and came upon the idea of a summer pudding. I had made small versions of this recipe way back in culinary school and haven’t made it at all, I don’t think, in the years since. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t require you to heat […]

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“Buttered Radishes”

I recently had a biiiig party and the first thing I served was buttered radishes. I was actually sort of surprised by how much people loved them, I thought it was just a quirky thing that I liked a lot and wanted to add a whimsical touch to the dinner. But the truth is that buttered radishes are so simple yet so exotic. The peppery fresh flavor combined with that […]

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“Tarragon Panna Cotta”

What’s your favorite dessert? I lean toward the creamy ones, light and creamy with mild sweetness that allows the other flavors to come through. My grandmother used to tell me to cut the sugar in a recipe by half at least, in order to accentuate the other flavors, and that’s a motto that I’ve lived by when cooking. So today I thought I’d share one of my favorite dessert recipes […]

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“Wine Wednesday: The Best Canned Wines”

If you’ve noticed I haven’t written a post for the last 2 months, please let me assure you, it’s because I was doing some very important research for this blog. That’s right. Summer is a comin’ and we wanted to make sure that you were prepared for the beaches, the boats, the hikes, the backyard BBQs. All the best summer moments deserve wine. And sometimes on these adventures, the bottles […]

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“15-Minute Homemade Butter”

Everyone has a guilty pleasure. Mine is butter. I like it salty, sweet, herby, garlicy, with a bit of cinnamon and honey perhaps on some warm bread. I have a butter keeper that I love and it sits on my counter and I look for excuses to scoop out of it. I love the grass-fed butter that is bright yellow. It’s not always easy to come by, but it’s out […]

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“How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker”

One of the stories my dad tells me most often about his childhood memories at Tulipwood, is the sound of his grandmother’s ice cream being churned in the kitchen. It was a loud sort of affair, perhaps the first invention on the way to today’s modern ice cream makers. I like to think of her, my great grandmother, making a custard on her stove and then deciding what she was […]

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“Easy Homemade Quiche Perfect for Brunch”

I recently found myself hosting a last minute brunch and decided to whip up a quiche with the ingredients in my refrigerator. I loved how it turned out so much that I wanted to share it with you in case you find yourself with some impromptu guests. It had a wonderfully custardy texture which is always the goal with quiche, and sometimes hard to achieve. The key is in the […]

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