23, Jan 2016
Banana Bread

From this Stonyfield recipe. I decreased the sugar and added mini chocolate chips. I think I’d also increase the cinnamon and add a little nutmeg and clove. I like this one because it uses yogurt, though the consistency isn’t ideal. Ingredients 3/4 c Greek Plain Yogurt 1/2 c sugar 1/3…

25, May 2015
Fake Shack Burger

I made this fake Shake Shack burger recipe (from Epicurious by way of Smitten Kitchen) and it was about perfect. I did it on a cast iron griddle on the grill, which saved a lot of kitchen cleanup.

24, May 2015

This recipe from Southern Living made great limeade, though at current lime prices I’m not sure it’s worth it. Ingredients 1/2 c water 1 c sugar 1 tbsp grated lime rind (about 2 limes) 1 1/2 c fresh lime juice (about 12 limes) 7 c ice water Directions Grate the…

26, Feb 2014
Cookie Dough

One of the best things about making cookies, for me, is picking at the dough. But it has raw eggs in it, which you’re not supposed to eat, so I decided to come up with a better recipe for cookie dough. I decided to make them as freezer cookies —…

1, Dec 2013
Pecan Pie

I’ve been craving pecan pie, and thanksgiving was the perfect excuse to make one. The last time I made a pecan pie, it involved a whole lot of corn syrup. I wanted to skip the corn syrup, so I looked around for recipes and ended up finding this one. It…

28, Jul 2013

Another iteration of this recipe. The main change is that I left out the pretzels and instead used 1 tsp of very coarse sea salt (which results in occasional salt-crunch-bombs as you chew). I also sprinkled a little flaky sea salt and turbinado sugar on top. Baking time was more…

21, Apr 2013
Kung Pao Chicken

This is from Fuchsia Dunlop. This came out very good when I made it, though I would add the scallions later so they retain more fresh crunch. I’d probably also try it with celery and carrots, as some restaurants do. Ingredients 2 boneless chicken breasts (~2/3 lb), cut in 1/2″…

4, Mar 2013
Grilled Lemongrass Pork

This is based on the lemongrass pork chop recipe in Charles Phan’s Vietnamese Home Cooking. I haven’t tried it with bone-in chops but it is amazing with pork shoulder. The fat really crisps up well and it acquires an amazing glaze from the sugar. Good with a salad, in banh…

20, Jan 2012

I made another try at these blondies, with some hints from this attempt and a little influence from the Momofuku cookie. The result was almost perfect. I think next time I won’t bother with chocolate-covered pretzels, just using plain ones, and I’ll add espresso beans or chocolate-with-espresso-beans for a little…

3, Jul 2011
Ethiopian Lentil Soup

This is based on E’s basic lentil soup recipe. I wanted to alter the flavors, and went a little Indian influence and a little Ethiopian. Ingredients 1/4 lb bacon, diced 2 c diced yellow onion 2 carrots, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 c cauliflower, chopped 7 c chicken stock…