July 18, 2016

This refreshingly boozy patio sipper is essentially Hendricks Gin, the cocktail. It's got a little rose water, a little fresh juiced English cucumber and a few unusual ingredients to spice things up. 

I'm not typically a fan of cucumbers in food—they strike me...

January 12, 2016

Hoosier pie, aka Indiana Sugar Cream pie, is one of those simple staples born out of necessity. Containing just a few basic ingredients, this indulgence was invented for lean times when all you had around was a dairy cow, some sugar and a sack of flour. But despite its...

December 29, 2015

It's been a bit too long since my last post, but I've got a pretty exciting excuse: Alex and I recently launched a boutique catering business, Wild Plum Events & Eats, and we've been awesomely, exhaustingly busy this past month! From holiday soirees to classes to...

September 4, 2015

I'm a mega fan of good, fresh octopus. Sadly, it's hard to find done well around these parts. Octopus generally shows up as a chewy, cold cost-saver on a chef's special sushi plate. Which is a tragedy because when it's cooked right, it's oh-so tender and buttery....

August 17, 2015

Bacon Tomato Toast is one of my absolute favorite things to eat in the summertime. It's a bit like a deconstructed BLT, but the focus is more on the T than the B.

 

It's super simple to make: Dice up some fresh garden tomatoes, toss them with slivers of crisp, smoky...

July 18, 2015

Last weekend, Alex and I took a trip to McCall and foraged buckets of plump huckleberries, fat from all the warm summer rain. Everywhere we turned in the damp mountain forest, there was another huckleberry bush drooping under the weight of its abundant berries. It was...

June 24, 2015

According to Italian tradition, June 24 is the best day to make nocino, a lightly sweet, bitter black liqueur made from unripe green walnuts. This day is said to be the prime time to pick walnuts for nocino-making because they haven't yet formed their hard interior she...

June 19, 2015

A couple of months ago, Alex and I started a regular dinner party with another couple. Every two weeks, one couple hosts and cooks dinner for the other. It has turned out to be such an enjoyable undertaking and a great chance for us all to catch up.    

 

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June 15, 2015

Last night, I hosted an Idaho Potato Vodka tasting for an upcoming article in the Boise Weekly. I used the tasting as an excuse to whip up some Russian-themed snacks, including smoked steelhead trout and cream cheese on rye-caraway crackers and crispy potato latkes wit...

June 11, 2015

I repurposed the leftovers from our Barbecue Chicken Dinner Party and made an epic salad for lunch yesterday. It had all the hearty awesomeness of a Cobb salad, with some extra crunch from fresh local veggies and a wonderfully creamy dressing.

 

I fried up a couple piece...

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