Fresh-baked summer strawberry shortcakes

Few things remind me more of summer than fresh fruit. When strawberries are at their best, you can smell their sweetness by just walking pass the fruit stand displaying them. And that can only mean strawberry shortcake is going to happen. Near our former home in Southern California, there were vast strawberry fields in the…

Cutting carbs? Try our Zoodles alla Checca

Need a recipe that is healthy, tasty and takes 15 minutes to make? Try our go-to, Pasta alla Checca. Tomato, basil, parmesan and garlic is the classic combination of flavors that makes up this savory pasta dish, and it always just feels like summer to us. The first time I remember making this was with…

Red beer with a Colorado vibe

Before we moved to Colorado 10 years ago, we’d never heard of a red beer. Our initial reaction when our friends offered one was something like, “Wait, you want to make a bloody mary with beer? Dood!” Clearly, we came to Colorado with a lot to learn, because red beers have become a common part…

Air fryer arancini: When the leftovers beat the original

Last night’s risotto becomes this night’s tasty side dish We suspect arancini – Italian fried rice balls – were invented as a way to dress up someone’s leftover risotto. At least, that’s how we discovered them. And our air fryer makes them easy and a bit less caloric – and still pretty delicious. (Or fry…

You would not have known this burger was meatless

We had our first Beyond Burger. Consider us blown away. Have you heard of Beyond Burgers? They’re entirely plant-based, but I hope that won’t cause you carnivores to move on from this post. Because what we tasted yesterday was pretty revolutionary. To be clear, if you read this blog, you know we’re hardly afraid of…

A favorite reborn: risotto with anchovies and capers

We turned a beloved pasta dish into a delicious risotto loaded with flavor and umami We’ve had a secret fave pasta recipe for years. It’s secret because, even though we entertain a lot, we can envision friends and family turning their noses up at the ingredient list. (ANCHOVIES! GASP!) It’s also an easy weeknight meal…

Get your BBQ game right with this basic potato salad

With spring comes months of barbecues, picnics and other outdoor parties, and a crowd favorite side dish for any such events is a good, basic potato salad. Potato salad can be jazzed up with all sorts of great ingredients, but sometimes simple is just better. One recipe we have been making for years is a…

Basics: Make your own simple syrup. Please.

I used to work at a liquor store, and I was continually amused at how often I would see people buying bottles of simple syrup. As they were content to pay $7.99 for a 12-ounce bottle, I wanted to scream “It’s just sugar water!” That probably wouldn’t fall under best retail practices, but still. You…

Happy National Cocktail Day. Let’s celebrate

Someone named March 24 National Cocktail Day, and that’s just not a date we can let go by uncelebrated. So we pulled out our copy of “The PDT Cocktail Book,” the beloved bartending guide that arose from the equally beloved speakeasy in New York City. The book is loaded with mixology advice and great recipes….

Gold Rush cocktail

The Gold Rush cocktail comes from PDT, the famous New York speakeasy. It’s a delicious mix of bourbon, honey syrup and lemon juice and is a lesson on how a few good ingredients can come together to make something great. You can find this recipe, along with a lot of great mixology advice and other…