Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Whiskey Caramel Popcorn

Drunken Cracker Jacks. That is the best way to describe this mixture of spiked caramel coated popcorn and peanuts. It’s like the sailor on the Cracker Jack box had a little too much to drink and the prize is that he was drinking whiskey.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crispy Fried Pierogi

If there was ever a way to make pierogi better, this is it. Pieorgi, half moon-shaped potato dumplings, are a perfect comfort food; with a little browned butter sauce and a little sour cream on top, you’re set with a meal that tastes like it’s straight out of somebody’s grandmother’s kitchen. Panko breading and deep-frying add even more “comfort” to the traditional recipe, transforming the dumplings into crispy hand pies that are great for snacking and sharing.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fava Bean Bruschetta

I’ve been on the lookout for fava beans just to make this bruschetta recipe, so when I finally spotted the massive pods at the store I scooped them up as fast as I could.  I had a vision of bright healthy green beans piled on a crostini and simply no other bean would do. Favas deliver an idyllic blend of nutty taste, buttery texture, and beautiful lime green color that requires very little doctoring. But favas are not the kind of bean you can just pop out of the pod and into your mouth; some work is required to get to the prize inside.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Apple Cider Beignets

Fall is officially upon us, which means that it’s all pumpkin everything from here until the last turkey is carved. Yes, there will be plenty of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beers, and pumpkin whoopie pies to get excited about, but let’s not forget about everyone’s other favorite fall food—apples! While many can’t wait to get their hands on the first pumpkin latte of the season, I look forward to the sweet flavor and mulled spice aroma of warm apple cider.