how-to

Basic Toffee

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, cubed 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, rum flavoring or dark rum Directions: Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine butter, sugar, water, and salt in a small pot over medium heat. Stir ingredients frequently over […]

How-to: Caramelize Onions in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients 4 pounds sweet or yellow onions (or a combination of yellow, sweet, white and red) 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional) Directions: Peel and slice the onions in ¼-inch slices. Separate them into rings. Thinly slice the butter. Place the onions into a 4-quart slow cooker. Scatter […]

How-to: Sweet & Savory Blue Cheese Boards

You can’t beat a cheese board for holiday entertaining! Litehouse approached me to create a cheese board using their center cut cheese, which is cut from the center of a cheese wheel that has been aged 100 days,  and I jumped at the chance. I love having snacks for dinner and assembling […]

Soft-Candied Cranberries

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cup frozen or fresh cranberries 2/3 cup water 1 1/2 cup sugar Directions: Place the cranberries, water, and sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the juices from the cranberries are fully released and the mixture thickens, […]

How to: Oven Roast Hatch Green Chiles

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how rainy it has been this summer but its true (according to the Washington Post, we’ve had 300% more rain this summer than average) and it has really affected my cooking and recipe development. In years’ past, we’ve gone to chile roasting events and […]

6 1/2 Minute Soft Boiled Eggs

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add as many eggs that can safely fit on the bottom of the pan. (I use my spider to lift them in and out of the water carefully). Keep the water at a slow boil for 6 1/2 minutes then place in […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons hot Mexican-style chili powder 2 tablespoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon ground chipotle 1/2 tablespoon ground cayenne 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated onion 1/2 tablespoon Mexican oregano 1 teaspoon ground jalapeno 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper pinch salt Directions: Mix all ingredients in […]

How to: Steam Artichokes in the Instant Pot

Ingredients: 2 large artichokes 1 cup water, vegetable stock or white wine Directions: Peel the stems of the artichoke. Remove the outer, tough leaves from the artichoke. Cut the top 1/2 inch or so off of the artichoke to reveal the choke. Place on the rack or in a steamer […]

How to: Roast Beets

you need: beets, greens removed* baking sheet foil Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Pull off a length of foil that is twice the length of your baking sheet. Line your baking sheet, allowing half of the foil to hang off the end. Place the beets on the foil in a […]

Fauxtisserie Chicken

Ingredients: 6 lb roasting chicken 1 tablespoon paprika 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 2 lemons, quartered 1/2 head garlic 3 onions, peeled Direction: Mix the spices together. Set aside. Cut the end […]