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Vanilla and Spice Nuts

May 19th, 2012  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Nuanced Nuts, Succulent Spices

Vanilla and Spice Nuts

Every year around Christmas I make spiced nuts. LOTS of spiced nuts. Everyone gets a jar — family, friends, co-workers, third cousins three times removed… For about a week in December every flat surface in my apartment is covered with cooling spiced nuts. I make lots of different varieties — some sweet, some fiery hot, […]





Early Girl Tomato Sauce

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Honorable Herbs, Tomatoes

Early Girl Tomato Sauce

I lack self control when it comes to buying vegetables from Mariquita Farms. In no way, shape, or form did I need twelve pounds of early girl tomatoes. But something — my vision of delicious ripe tomatoes paired with a lack of





Zuni Inspired Ricotta Gnocchi

July 12th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Cheese, Delectable Dairy, DIY Food Projects, Weekend Projects

Zuni Inspired Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta, ricotta, ricotta.  So versatile, so simple, so delicious when done well, and so awful when done wrong.  For most of my life I hated ricotta, thinking it too rubbery and tasteless.  That is, until I tried (quote unquote) REAL ricotta.  Not the stuff from the grocery store, but the artisan cheese that is traditionally […]





Fresh Buttermilk Cheese with Lemon and Thyme

March 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Cheese, Delectable Dairy, DIY Food Projects, Fantastic Fruits, Honorable Herbs, Lemon, Thyme

Fresh Buttermilk Cheese with Lemon and Thyme

There is no cheese that I enjoy more than high quality, handmade ricotta. For years I poo-poo’d it because all I had ever tasted was the shelf stable, strangely homogeneous, fairly tasteless, mass-produced grocery store variety. And then a few years ago…





Homemade Tempeh

June 9th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, DIY Food Projects, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Most Popular, Weekend Projects

Homemade Tempeh

When I try to explain what tempeh is to a person who isn’t familiar with it, it never ends up sounding very appetizing… well, it’s cooked, hulled soybeans that have been mixed with a special mold spore and incubated for about 24 hours until a thick layer of white mold grows throughout the beans…





Sundried Tomato and Fennel Sausage

April 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Fennel, Garlic, Homemade Sausage and Meat Cookery, Honorable Herbs, Sausages, Meats, Succulent Spices, Thyme, Tomatoes, Veritable Vegetables

Sundried Tomato and Fennel Sausage

Sometimes you find an ingredient that just inspires you. Usually for me it’s not something that’s exotic or expensive, but rather something that is of such high quality or is so fresh…





Homemade Celery Salt

March 31st, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Most Popular, Succulent Spices, Weekend Projects

Homemade Celery Salt

Hands down, my favorite breakfast is two soft boiled eggs, a touch of butter, a piece or two of good ham or salami, a nice warm crusty roll or some dense wheat bread, and a cup of strong coffee with real cream…





Homemade Garam Masala

March 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, DIY Food Projects, Most Popular, Succulent Spices

Homemade Garam Masala

The range of culinary emotions I’ve experienced living here in Germany for the past three months span the whole gamut: rage that I cannot find dried ancho chiles, miso, or beef other than stew meat or flank…





Homemade Gravlax

December 2nd, 2008  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Dill, DIY Food Projects, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Sausages, Meats, Weekend Projects

Homemade Gravlax

I can’t believe how easy it is to make gravlax. Or let me rephrase that statement — I can’t believe it’s so easy to make gravlax, and it’s taken me until now to try it!





Homemade Turkey Stock

November 28th, 2008  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Homemade Sausage and Meat Cookery, Honorable Herbs, Parsley, Sausages, Meats, Veritable Vegetables, Weekend Projects

Homemade Turkey Stock

Somehow I ended up with a large turkey carcass in my refrigerator at the close of yesterday evening. Funny, since Thanksgiving was not at my house, and I was not in charge of cooking the turkey…




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