Pique (Puerto Rican Style Hot Sauce)

Spicy hot is how things are around here. From the weather to the produce to the activity level, everything packs major heat these days. My garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment since cucumbers are about done and tomatoes are just gearing up, but the jalapeño plants are ready to go, [Read On]

Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat [Read On]

Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries and Boozy Cherry Molasses

Cherry season usually gets away from me.  It seems like I find out cherries are on about twelve hours before the end of the (what feels like a twenty four hour) season.  I usually manage to get one or two glorious pounds.  We dispatch of those quickly with a manic eating and pit spitting binge [Read On]

Homemade Ghee (Clarified or Drawn Butter or Beurre Noisette)

Welcome to part III of the series of component dishes (Part I, Candied Jalapenos, can be read here! And Part II, Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa [Raita] can be read here!)  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost three weeks after eating it.  In the next post, [Read On]

Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa (Raita)

Welcome to part II of the series of component dishes (Part I, Candied Jalapenos, can be read here!)  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost two weeks after eating it. While you can definitely buy Greek yogurt from the store to complete this dish, the homemade variety is so [Read On]

Candied Jalapenos

  This last week, my baby brother Luke told me admiringly that I had finally done it. “To which it do you refer?” I inquired. “IT!” said Luke. Luke was referring to this. This sandwich blew my mind. It was the perfect sandwich. I do not use the phrase ‘perfect sandwich’ lightly. It is a [Read On]

Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle [Read On]

Homemade V-7 (not 8) Garden Vegetable Juice Blend

A few weeks ago, my mom made the trek out to Michigan to visit her sisters (my aunties) and my Grandma. One night while Mom and my baby sister were out there, the Shaffer girls (because that’s what they become when they’re all together again) and Grandma gathered around the kitchen table to talk food [Read On]