My brother emailed me mid-breakfast to say: he and [my 7 year old niece] Lily were enjoying my homemade granola—and Lily would like the recipe. I had given all of my siblings a little stash of homemade goodies for Christmas, and my homemade granola was part of each gift. This versatile granola recipe with raisins… [more] is not only easy to make, but I venture to bet: better than any store-bought
2 cups simple syrup
6 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
2 cups vodka
2 cups brandy
1 vanilla bean
1 large cinnamon stick
4-6 whole cloves
4-6 whole allspice
Makes 1 quart Brandied Cherries… [more].
Bring sugar and water to boil, then boil 1 minute. Place cherries, vodka, brandy, 1 cup of the simple syrup and allspice, if using, in glass/ceramic storage container of at least 4 quart capacity. Cap
I confess this is just one more reason I love jars… [more]… and making fun food-inspired gifts for my friends. Could this one really be that easy? How did it take this long for me to start making my own vanilla extract? Synonymous with ‘where have you been all my life?’ I have a hunch I will never go back… to buying super expensive bottles of vanilla extract from nearby
I love herb blends! Here I am, situated in Italy—with no thyme. (Couldn’t resist the cheesy pun, however, I actually haven’t found fresh thyme easy to find in Tuscany). I love thyme, as does Mario Batali… [more]in his Italian Cookbook (Molto Italiano). That might feel like a side-note to you, but it is my main thumb-through cookbook during this year-abroad-in-Florence. So when one of his recipes calls for fresh
In Florence and around Tuscany, you can buy packages of [dried] herb blends at butcher shops, grocers, farmer markets and even souvenir shops. There are 2-3 varieties that consistently show up at the register, on a nearby shelf or in cute little 3 packs to take home for your friends—a little gift from your trip to Italy.
This easy little blend, I use often. I can go to any butcher,… [more]
Many of these are so easy to put together, and if you are like me with a smaller budget this year: you can spend more time making something with your
Oh dear. Apparently I have a recent affinity for rubs. It isn’t that they are new to me, but most likely because I find them 1. tasty, 2. efficient, and 3. perfect little gifts.
They are tasty because they add layers of flavor to any number of proteins. Or you can toss a teaspoon or two of a spice rub into some olive oil to make a quick marinade or… [more]
1. Make it.