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Woman In A Sweater Eating Soup

What? No recipe?

Cooking by the seat of your pants can be liberating. All you need to do is open your fridge or freezer, pull out the items that inspire you and just go! Sam Sifton from NYT (New York Times) Cooking is a true cooking maestro and renegade. He pens a no-recipe recipe every Wednesday. He creates and shares his recipe in paragraph form. No list of ingredients, no specific measurements, and no step by step instructions. He wants you to improvise,…

Steak Prepared In A Bag For Sous Vide Cooking

Do you Sous Vide?

What is Sous Vide? Don’t be intimidated by the French words. The literal meaning of sous vide is “under vacuum.”  According to Bon Appetit: “At its most fundamental level, sous vide cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. …The water never comes to a boil. Yeah, it's pretty low-key. A sous vide machine uses a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature,…

Fig and Fennel Vodka.

When the weather gets cooler, it’s time to take your weekend cocktails up a notch. I love Prosecco and that is no secret but adding a little of your homemade Fig & Fennel Vodka makes it fall-like and sublime! Originally published online By FOOD & WINE, March 2006. What you need: 18 ounces vodka 1/2 pound dried Black Mission figs, quartered 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced Options for add-in’s: Whole vanilla bean or a drop or two of pure…

Walnuts On Maple Syrup On White

Maple Pecan Bourbon Blondies

It’s October and fall is in full color. Each year, I try and convince myself that I can actually bake. This year was no exception, but the outcome was near catastrophic. I decided to make a healthy Cranberry Orange Bread made with Greek yogurt, vanilla Stevia, and wheat flour. Notice my use of the past tense… made. This ‘thing’ was a brick- inedible and seriously dangerous. If I wrapped it in a sock and swung it like a “sweeney,” I…

Pumpkin Risotto with lobster, candied pecans, a smidgen of maple syrup and shaved Parmesan.

Chip and I recently experimented with a basic pumpkin risotto recipe amped up a notch, as usual, to add some extra goodies. We tried this as a dry run for an upcoming visit with friends.  This is sweet and savory and just perfect on a fall night with friends. We loved the outcome and hope you will too. What you need: Note: This recipe allows for 4-6 servings. We cut it in half for just the two of us.  5…