Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Strawberry Heart Gummies

Valentine’s Day is one of the sweetest days of the year. Not just because of the love and kisses, but because of the chocolates and candies that accompany them. Smart valentines know that the best way to their beloved’s heart is through their sweet tooth. Give ‘em some sugar this year with a batch of homemade heart gummies. All it takes is four ingredients, a few surprisingly simple steps, and a small heart cutter.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

I may not know who is playing in the Super Bowl besides Bruno Mars for the halftime show, but that doesn’t matter; it is the biggest snacking day of the year and I plan to take full advantage of it. I’m really not sorry to say that the only pig skin I’ll be concerning myself with this Sunday will be on my cocktail weenies. Here I took two game day favorites, Buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers, and put them together for one ultimate snack. Forget the teams, this wins the Super Bowl.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Feta & Olive-Stuffed Soft Pretzels

After the last few posts, I might as well start calling this blog “Recipes I Make with Things I Find in my Fridge.” Now that I think about it, I do that a lot. When I have an idea for a recipe, I will often find a way to make it with ingredients I have on hand instead of buying them. I find inspiration in what is already in front of me rather than going out to the store and looking for it. It’s not just “making do,” it can really get your creative juices going, and it’s also a great way to not be wasteful. Maybe I’m really practical. Or maybe I’m just really lazy. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ham & Cheese Strata Muffins

Last week we had a bit of a blizzard here in New York, and now we are experiencing what the weather man is calling a “polar vortex.” I always thought “winter blast” sounded pretty dramatic, but this time they added a whole new level of crazy. I don’t care what they call it, it all translates to “it’s extremely freakin’ cold outside,” which means that I’m trying to say inside as much as possible.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Marinated Roasted Peppers

It’s been proven time and time again: the simplest things are often the best, especially when it comes to food. Freshly roasted peppers are a prime example. Naturally sweet and slightly smoky, they need little more than a splash of quality olive oil and minced garlic to amplify their already-delicious flavor. Lemon zest and chopped fresh parsley are added to the above for Mediterranean-style marinated peppers that would taste great on a sandwich, but are just as well eaten by the spoonful – which is most likely what you will end up doing. To serve as a starter, lightly buttered toasts are the perfect platform.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Heart Cookies

Who says that hearts are just for Valentine’s Day? When turned upside down, a heart can also be a Santa face. While I’m sure there is no shortage of Santa cookie cutters this time of year, hearts are always in season—you may even have a heart in your collection already. This is a cute and creative way to transform plain old sugar cookies into sweet, smiling versions of the jolly old elf we all know and love.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mini Twice Baked Potatoes with Chorizo

Everybody already knows that you can’t go wrong with anything that is potato. Put two favorite potato side dishes like potato skins and mashed potatoes together and it’s just double amazing. Topped with crispy chorizo and chopped chives, these mini twice baked potatoes are a pass around snack that no one will want to pass up.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Polenta Triangles with Brown Butter Mushrooms, Sage & Goat Cheese

I love polenta. It’s simple peasant food and it’s very versatile. It can be dressed up or dressed down, slopped onto a plate, or chilled and cut into various shapes for a pretty presentation. One of my favorite ways to enjoy polenta is grilled. It’s an easy way to incorporate flavor as the char and smokiness pair naturally well with cornmeal. I planned on grilling these but ended up sprinkling the tops with grated parmigiano reggiano and hitting them with a flame from above, broiling them instead. Which, BTW, loosely translates to, “It was too cold outside to grill.” Grill them if you please, but the golden, crispy, cheese crust that results from broiling is a pretty delicious alternative.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pop Rocks Truffles

Though these white chocolate truffles sparkle like gems, they act more like firecrackers. One bite into the smooth, delicate white chocolate ganache and you are quickly surprised with the familiar snap, crackle, and pop of Pop Rocks candy. Like bubbles of champagne, this sweet indulgence is fit for a celebration, which works perfectly because it just so happens to be my birthday this weekend.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Italian Stuffed Cherry Peppers

These spicy stuffed cherry peppers are a revisit from one of the first posts I ever wrote for my blog Cook’s Book. They and all of the things they are composed of—provolone, spicy sopressata, garlic—are truly among my absolute favorite things. Inspired by an Italian deli counter staple I have enjoyed for ages, to me they are a perfect food, which is why I believe they deserve another chance in the spotlight.