Recipes

Stop and taste the roses: Rose butter is butter, but better

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  Let’s talk about butter. If you are a butter lover such as myself and you have never had homemade butter, your culinary horizons are about to broaden. Making butter is incredibly easy. What you’re doing is separating the fat and the water content of milk. The fat goes on to be delicious butter, ready to be spread on toast […]

Sweet, tart and upside-down: Citrusy-caramel flavor is top billing in this fruity cake

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Most of you have heard of pineapple upside-down cake, but upside-down cakes are a fantastic way to showcase nearly any fruit. The combination of butter, sugar and fruits in the bottom of the pan allows for rich caramelization in the hot oven, not to mention jaw-dropping presentation. This recipe combines brown and white sugar creating a lighter caramel flavor that […]

Just roll with it: Lamb lumpia rolls pack all the flavor of gyro in a dippable snack

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Food trends are some of the most fun trends to watch. In the ’50s and ’60s, the trend was to make everything possible in gelatin, and usually with hotdogs. About 10 years ago, the trendiest of restaurants were all about deconstructed foods, like “tacos” served bite by bite on skewers. Those fads might seem a little ridiculous in retrospect, but […]

Spring chicken: Discover the light, lemony pleasure of avgolemono

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Spring is a fantastic time to be in the kitchen. The promise of seasonal produce brings a renewed sense of creativity to my cooking. The changing weather (especially here in Virginia) allows for a lot of variety in our meals, with some days requiring a stick-to-your-ribs dish to warm up from a chilly rain, while balmy, sunshiny days call for […]

From Japan, with flavor: Exploring the robust, salty magic of miso toast

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Recipes are created in a variety of ways. There are generational favorites, passed down from kitchen to kitchen with well-worn hands teaching eager young ones the tricks of the trade. Some recipes are born of necessity when meals to feed many had to be created with ingredients to feed only a few. Some come to existence when an unexpected substitution […]

Bringing back the bacon: A good old-fashioned candied bacon cocktail

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Some recipes stick around and resurface because they are just that good. Candied bacon is one such recipe, and it is here for round two as the finishing touch on a rosemary smoked Old-Fashioned. An Old-Fashioned is one of my favorite drinks. It’s smooth, not too sweet and simple enough to allow the quality of the liquor to shine. This […]

Smoked salmon flatbread brings your favorite brunch flavors to the dinner table

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We all have foods we’ve avoided since childhood. Whether it’s a texture, a flavor or a dreaded weeknight dinner that was overserved to you growing up, these are ingredients that never quite make it into your adult repertoire. However, every now and then there is a food that we despised growing up only to realize we absolutely love it as […]

No-risk bisque: On cold days, this creamy vegetable soup hits the spot every time

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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it’s time to settle in for the quieter part of the year. It’s cold outside, some of us are hoping for more snow (it’s me, I LOVE snow) and the days are short and often gray. But the slowed pace is welcome and perfect for a book and some homemade […]


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