Merry Mix: a better way to Chex Mix

My family makes this savory snack mix every winter. It’s perfect for parties, there’s no measuring, and it can be made for gluten-free eaters with a couple simple modifications. Bonus: no half-used bags of Wheat Chex!

Chewy Salted Butterscotchies

These easy cookies are chewy, buttery, caramely, and addictive. Add ice cream and you’re in trouble.

Boiled Cider (a.k.a. Apple Cider Molasses, Cider Syrup, Bottled Autumn)

One ingredient, one pot, and a few hours are all it takes to stock the most amazing natural syrup (a sweetener, a topping, a baking ingredient, a glaze, a beverage concentrate) in your refrigerator for an entire year. Give boiled cider a try now while fresh cider is still plentiful!

Make-Ahead Taco Salad: Perfect for lunch or dinner

The other day, I posted this on Facebook: Fact: Taco salad is the best salad. Not a single person dissented; many agreed quite vocally. Seriously, what’s not to love? Taco salad can feel somewhat virtuous (though frequently it’s far from it), it’s a little more kicky than your usual garden greens, and it’s fairly customizable. One [...]

Chicken Piccata

This is a recipe I knew before I met Heather and, had she not been a strict vegetarian at the time, one that I no doubt would have made to woo her. It’s delicious, impressive, and very easy to prepare. If you make this for the lady or gentleman of your fancy, it could very [...]

Chicago Dogs: Improved

Can you improve on the glory that is the Chicago-style hot dog? I can, and I did.

Penne with Two Tomatoes & Mozzarella

So, listen. Heather will probably post some recipes on this site that require dedication, skill, and a certain amount of culinary prowess. Hers will be the recipes of a woman who practically grew up in the kitchen. One who, taught by a master cook, constantly challenges her palate and her skill set, always combining fresh [...]

Ginger Ale: Now with Real Ginger

I like the burn. I like a ginger ale that doesn’t just politely ring your doorbell but instead bashes in your front door, shakes the rain off its coat, and leaves muddy footprints in the entryway. This is a soda I know I can bro down with—not just a delicately flavored vehicle for sugar and empty calories, but a soda that feels like a full-bodied treat, loaded with nuance and spice.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Laziest Gift Ever

Making vanilla extract is quite possibly the easiest kitchen DIY project there is. Give it a shot!

Finger Lime Curd: Quite Literally Bursting with Citrus Flavor

Finger limes: The best, weirdest little fruit you’ve probably never had.

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