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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

I don’t make nearly enough cookies – I tend to get distracted by fussier desserts like tartlets and cupcakes. I forget that the humble chocolate chip cookie can easily measure up against its fancier cousins, and sometimes even surpass them. Okay, I’m lying. That’s not the real reason I don’t make cookies. The real reason[click for recipe and more]

Meyer Lemon Basiltini

Meyer Lemon Basiltini

As much as I love basil vodka, it’s not something I’d ever want to take shots of, or even drink on the rocks. It’s too strong, and (perhaps more importantly) I am far past the age where I can do shots in any sort of dignified manner. If, however, you wish to take shots of[click for recipe and more]

Basil Infused Vodka

Basil Infused Vodka

Basil vodka was my very first at-home liquor infusion (although I posted about my second first). You’ll know everything you need to about the results by the simple fact that I haven’t stopped since. I infuse everything now – vodka, oil, vinegar, shampoo…it’s become a bit of an obsession, all because this first infusion turned[click for recipe and more]

Steamed Artichokes

Steamed Artichokes

Last week, I had dinner with my mom. We walked to the grocery store together, less to shop than to get out and enjoy the balmy March evening (ignoring the fact that March evenings aren’t supposed to be balmy). As background, my mom (and most of my family) lives just outside the third-rudest city in[click for recipe and more]

Rustic Hand-chopped Pesto

Rustic Hand-chopped Pesto

Okay, I normally don’t use words like “rustic” to describe recipes. In my kitchen, it’s a running joke that if something turns out edible but supremely unattractive, it gets classified as “rustic.” The banana bread that overrose its pan and spilled over the sides? Rustic. Mushroom gravy that tasted divine but looked like something you’d[click for recipe and more]

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