Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers

Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers

I love sweet-and-sour cucumbers. Whenever we go to a Thai restaurant, I pretty much eat all the cucumbers that come on the side, and drink up the juice afterward before I even start my main course. Sometimes I let Dino eat a few, too. So putting something like this together at home is nice, because I can make a lot and then I have enough to share. You know, because I’m generous like that 😉 This is a super quick way to make a crisp and tangy accompaniment for any meal. Continue Reading →

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar

I needed vanilla sugar to make these fantastic Naughty Rhubarb Scones, and I didn’t have quite enough on hand. Making your own vanilla sugar is really easy. You’ll get better results with a good quality vanilla bean (I like Penzeys Madagascar). This stuff tastes better if it has a chance to sit for at least a couple days, but it’s just fine right after you make it. It’s great sprinkled over fruit or even in your morning coffee. Continue Reading →

Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers

Memorial Day: Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers

We fired up the grill late Monday afternoon, and made a super simple but delicious dinner. Dino grilled up two packs of Italian sausages – one sweet and one hot, along with some bell peppers (one red and one green) and two white onions. He sliced the veggies thickly and used the grill tray, which kept them from falling through into the fire. He grilled some corn on the cob, too, and toasted the potato rolls before assembling the sandwiches. They were wonderful! Continue Reading →

Mai Tai

Supper Club: Mai Tai

We wanted to have a cocktail to go with our Supper Club dinner. I’ve never made a Mai Tai before, and thought this recipe looked like it would be a hit. It’s very fruity (read: you forget that you’re basically drinking a glass of rum) and tropical. This was a … Continue Reading →

Ginger-Lime Syrup

Ginger-Lime Syrup

This is one of the recipes that I’ve been developing with a friend of mine for a new project. I’m going to make the big announcement in about a week and a half. It’s pretty exciting stuff! This syrup has a lot of uses, and I can’t wait to show them off! It’s sweet, spicy and a bit sour, and totally rocks! Continue Reading →

Zucchini Pickles

I got a zucchini from a friend’s garden a few days ago, so when I saw this listed in the “New uses for zucchini” section of the current issue of Cooking Light, I knew I wanted to try it out. This was a great chance to use my mandoline – … Continue Reading →

Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu

This recipe is great! And it actually makes enough to have a little bit leftover. Usually, even when tofu recipes serve four, the two of us can eat it all no problem. This was really great over rice. I garnished it with some freshly snipped chives and chive blossoms from my garden. Yum! Continue Reading →