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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spicy Roast Turkey Breast with Honey Butter Glaze

OK, I've had a zillion requests for this, mainly from my Homemade Deli-Style Roast Beef recipe. That's this thing here (if you like roast beef, I highly recommend it, both for flavor AND cost cutting...

How to Cook Perfect White Rice on the Stove

Let me get this out of the way right now: I could live on rice. Some people love pasta (meh). Some people love bread. I love rice. Always have. I've had so many folks ask me about...

Mint Simple Syrup

If you've ever planted mint, you know that it grows like mad and spreads like wildfire. I always put it in pots because it's so invasive. Plant mint right in your yard and by the...

How to Make Mayonnaise

Once you have homemade mayo, you won't want to go back to the jarred stuff. Trust me. I don't really even like mayo that much and I was tempted to eat this by the spoon. My...

How to Make Homemade Pie Crust

There are times when it's easier to use pre-made or frozen pie crust. Wait, what? Go on: Scold me if you want. When you've already been going for 12 hours by the time 6 pm rolls around, sometimes convenience wins. That said, when I do have the time, I definitely always make my own crust. Nothing compares.
fresh ricotta with lemon

Homemade Ricotta

The idea of making cheese at home is kind daunting. There's talk of rennet and starters and thermometers and precise temperature readings. Make no mistake, I'll get to major cheesemaking. One of these days. Luckily, making...
toasted bread with homemade butter

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Making your own bread is also really easy to do. It takes a few hours to make bread from start to finish, but most of that is for the actual rising and baking. There's very little real hands-on time. This recipe makes two one-pound (i.e. standard size) loaves of bread.

Pecan Scotch Compound Butter

You know how when you go to a fancy steakhouse and your steak comes with a sumptuous hunk of cold, creamy butter on it? And it's just starting to melt and mingle with the meat's perfectly charred crust to make a mouthwatering, on-the-spot sauce? Compound butter is like that, but better.

Neverending Vanilla Extract (Make Your Own!)

Here's how to make your own vanilla extract. All you need is a nice bottle, your favorite vodka, and a few vanilla beans. You just can't beat the flavor—and a bottle makes a great gift for anyone who likes to bake.

Basic Cooking: Perfect Mashed Potatoes

I could eat bowls of buttery mashed potatoes for dinner—which is probably why I don't make them too often. (Hello, carb coma!) There are a zillion recipes out there for making mashed potatoes. Here's...