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Peach Lillet ice cream feeds friends, ego

Peach Lillet ice cream feeds friends, ego

By Scott Greenberg | September 14, 2014

We do it for the love, right? That’s why we wake up at odd hours of the morning to start marinating something delicious or stay up late to get those little silvery ball things to look just right on top of our red velvet cupcakes. We do it because we...

Cheap ingredients create rich-tasting grapefruit blondies

By Scott Greenberg | September 7, 2014

Cheap beer doesn’t have to taste cheap, and fruity beer doesn’t have to taste like a juice box, especially if you bake with it. These beer blondies are made with a cheaper, grapefruit beer and are so tasty that everyone, even beer snobs, can enjoy...

This has caffeine and alcohol, but unlike the Red Bull and Vodka they pair well with each other

The Cowboy drink is making me a hypocrite

By Scott Greenberg | April 21, 2014

I’m a hypocrite.Yes, despite the (no doubt sparkling) image of me you have in your head, it turns out I’m absolutely full of crap. Because for years I’ve railed against the pink-tinged nightmare elixir of the spring break gods: the Red Bull and...

Your newest novelty: strawberry pound cake with Lady Gray whipped cream

By Scott Greenberg | March 31, 2014

Ah, the pound cake: the paradigmatic example of Americans taking something functional and messing it up.For those of you unfortunate souls who don’t know, the reason why a pound cake is called a pound cake is because the total weight of the combined...

Pretty simple crinkle cookies

By Scott Greenberg | March 17, 2014

You know those old-time grocery-store ads where the chicken would look way too plasticky, and there’d be five perfectly atomically lined up sprigs of asparagus next to it? Yeah, you do. There was always that one weird, lonely sprig of parsley on top,...

Manhattan: the good drink

By Scott Greenberg | February 24, 2014

A good drink talks to you, and a good drink listens. It tells you when you’re done, when you’ve had too much, when to have more. A good drink thinks. It’s not mindless, not easy. You don’t make it in a keg or a cooler or a plastic bowl with a...

Lose your mind with these Russian tea cupcakes

By Scott Greenberg | February 17, 2014

I’ll admit: Cupcakes are pretty mindless.I know a lot of bakery upstarts and soccer moms and frosting jockeys are gonna get all angry when they read that because “I’ve been working on these red velvet cupcakes but they’re blue instead of red and...

Screwdriver gets an update

Screwdriver gets an update

By Scott Greenberg | February 10, 2014

The screwdriver is a drink so bad, so uninspired, that its name describes the only time it’s acceptable to drink one: when all you have is a gross, rusty screwdriver to stir your drink with. That’s a fact, by the way.The drink was invented when a...

Margarita kicks frozen margarita into cold

By Scott Greenberg | January 27, 2014

Lemme educate you on something real quick.A frozen margarita isn’t a real margarita. A frozen margarita is something fat and/or boring people order at a T.G.I. Fridays because they want a vaguely tequila-tasting glass silo full of sugary lime water....

Quinoa: Not just for vegans

By Scott Greenberg | January 21, 2014

Yes, yes. I can hear the groans through my feeble little internet speakers.And it’s a shame, really, because I’d do the same thing if I read a boring-ass title like Roasted Vegetable Quinoa. Really, I would. Sounds like something an event organizer...