New England Clam Chowder Lite

It’s odd that clam chowder is one of my favorite dishes. I didn’t like fish or seafood as a kid and though I like clams now, I wouldn’t go out of my way to order them in any other form. Something about the brininess of the clam juice and texture of the meat, combined with […]

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

One of my cooking goals is to be able to make my own recipes; I’m pretty successful at modifying an existing recipe, but, until today, I hadn’t tried creating something new from scratch. I knew I wanted to use up some cream cheese nearing its expiration date and I’d recently read about cream cheese cookies, so that sounded like a promising start. Looking through my pantry, I found a bottle of unused almond extract which inspired me to make almond cookies.

A Tale of Two (Chocolate) Mousses

Chocolate mousse is, hands down, my favorite dessert. Not only is it dark chocolate–and don’t let anyone tell you it should be otherwise–a properly made mousse has a silky fluffiness that melts on the tongue and fills the mouth with happy goodness. For years, I’ve been using the recipe from Simply Recipes (one of my […]

Whole Wheat Tortillas

These tortillas are really easy to make and taste better than any I’ve bought except maybe Trader Joe’s. Given how cheap Trader Joe’s tortillas are, these probably aren’t cost-effective, but they’re still fun, easy to make and of course you can extend this basic recipe to make your own flavors. I think a thyme and […]

Mozzarella Cheese

Photo courtesy of Matt Maier Recipe: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/diy/how-to-make-mozzarella-cheese-home-hacks-107601 I love all cheese, but especially mozzarella cheese. I love it as tender slices in caprese salad, as pearls nibbled straight out of the container, and even as processed string cheese during lunch. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, but what it lacks, it makes up for in […]

Campfire Portabellas

One night on a week-long camping trip last year, Matt and I found ourselves with two hungry bellies and a cooler full of odds and ends: pre-sliced swiss cheese for our lunches on the trail, a can of Guinness that had escaped earlier consumption, and some portabella mushrooms that I remember having a vague thought […]

S’mores

Photo courtesy of Matt Maier Recipe: Graham Crackers from Martha Stewart’s Cookies, Toasted Coconut Marshmallow Squares Difficulty: easy, but time-consuming Cost Effectiveness: probably as expensive as camping S’mores, but way WAY tastier Result: awesome S’mores. Just the name conjures up (hopefully recent) memories of sitting around a campfire with family or friends, laughing, relaxing, setting […]

Candied Ginger

Recipe: Alton Brown Difficulty: easy Cost Effectiveness: well worth the money, especially if you can get cheap bulk ginger Result: awesome One of my favorite things about living in the Bay Area is Ranch 99. For those of you not from the area, it’s an Asian supermarket that has pretty much any product you’d need […]