Apple Cider Caramels

Recipe from King Arthur Flour Ingredients 2 cups (454g) heavy cream 1 cup (312g) light corn syrup 2 cups (397g) granulated sugar 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, salted or unsalted 1/2 cup (170g) boiled cider *see note below 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg *I made my own…

Butter Pecan Hedgehogs

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com Makes approx 40 cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups cake flour 1 cup chopped pecans For Topping: 6oz (ish) chocolate chips or other melting chocolate 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans Directions Preheat oven to 325F In a large bowl, cream together…

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Easily my favorite new cookie of 2019!  I have yet to find a person who can just eat one. 🙂 Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction Ingredients 2 and 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened…

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

Recipe from Kitchn Makes 2 to 3 cups 9 oz water (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 4 liquid ounces egg whites (from about 3 large eggs) 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Pinch salt 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Instructions Place the water, sugar, and corn…

Clotted Cream and Scones

Homemade Clotted Cream Ingredients 2 pints Heavy (whipping) cream. *not ultra-pasteurized.* I used the fresh cream that comes in a glass bottle. Directions This process will take about 24 hours, but is very hands off. Pour the cream into a baking dish with a lid.  If you don’t have a lid, cover tightly with foil….

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies These are a favorite at Christmas parties every year.  I found them originally on Pinterest, and have been tweaking them every year to improve the process.  Here are the basic steps: Make the peanut butter cookie dough.  I suggest using this recipe. When the dough is done, scoop the dough out…

Russian Tea Cookies

Russian Tea Cookies Recipe from AllRecipes.com Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons…

Royal Icing

Royal Icing Recipe from Alton Brown 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites* (see note below) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (measure it *after* you sift it) In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is…

Super Apple Pie

Recipe from Alton Brown FOR THE CRUST 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 ounces vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 5 to 7 tablespoons applejack or apple brandy (calvados) 12 ounces all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 1 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar FOR THE FILLING 4 1/2 pounds of…

Pie Crust

Recipe from Alton Brown Makes 1 pie crust. Ingredients 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) butter, chilled 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lard or vegetable shortening, chilled 6 ounces (approximately 1 cup) all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling dough 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1/4 cup ice water (or an aromatic liquor…Whiskey, Rum, Applejack) Approximately 32 ounces of dried beans,…

Pan Seared Pork Chops

Recipe by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt Found on Serious Eats INGREDIENTS 2 bone-in pork rib chops, preferably blade-end, 1 1/2 inches thick (12 to 16 ounces each) 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced 8 sprigs fresh thyme DIRECTIONS 1….

Lemon Chicken & Spaghetti Squash

Recipe found on Buzz Feed INGREDIENTS 1 spaghetti squash Olive oil Sea salt, to taste Black pepper, to taste 2 chicken breast, cut into 1-2 inch pieces (can be made with pre-cooked chicken in a pinch, but works best with raw chicken) For the sauce: 1 medium yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 3…