58.4 F
Salem, MA
Friday, September 30, 2016

Basic Homemade Chicken Stock

There are a lot of methods for making chicken stock. Some folks make it in the slow cooker. Some folks make it in the oven. This is one of the ways that I make...

Fresh Herb Compound Butter

Compound butter is a fabulous finishing touch. This is a quick and easy way to add a lot of extra flavor to steaks, chicken, fish, or even rice and pasta. What is compound butter? Compound butter...

Porcini Powder (a.k.a. The Secret Weapon on My Spice Rack)

Powdered porcini mushrooms are one of my favorite secret weapons in the kitchen. It's an almost instant way to add an incredible depth of earthy flavor to meats, veggies�and just about everything in between. Today's...

Make Your Own Deli-Style Roast Beef

Forget the deli. Make your own roast beef at home. It's simple and typically way more economical than hitting the deli counter every week—plus, you can personalize your roast beast with whatever flavors you...

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

I learned to cook from my mom, who works a certain kind of magic in the kitchen. Of all the things I've learned from her, how to make homemade Irish cream liqueur may not...

Fiery Green Hot Sauce

What do you get when you combine mashed chilis, white vinegar, and a little salt? A homemade hot sauce with super-fresh, vibrant flavor that beats the pants off of anything store bought. At least...

Basic Cooking: How to Make Espresso on the Stove

Now, I know that I'm treading on hallowed ground for some, discussing how to make espresso. Like beer and good wine, espresso is one of those things that folks are very particular about. (Espresso afficionados...

Basic Cooking: The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs? How about *hardly* boiled eggs? Now that's more accurate. (And that's also the secret to perfectly cooking them.) I make hard-boiled eggs the way my mother does. And she uses the same basic...

Basic Cooking: How to Test a Cake for Doneness with a Toothpick

Years ago now, I used to hang around a little cafe that a friend of mine owned. One day, she charged me with keeping an eye on a couple of cakes that were in the...

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows (And Then Dip Them in Chocolate)

Hello, Willy Wonka! Making candy is just delightful. There's no two ways about it. And making marshmallows? From scratch? That's downright magical. I mean, take a handful of regular old ingredients through a few very...

Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

What's for Dinner?

Have a Little Chocolate

Our Most Popular Recipes