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Fall back into summer with Nectarine Cobbler

Fall back into summer with Nectarine Cobbler

By Scott Greenberg | September 23, 2014

I never had a good sense of timing, which is something you absolutely need if you’re going to be boiling things long enough for them to become tasty, but not so long that they spill over and cover your legs in molten flavor-lava.Unfortunately for me,...

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...

Turn dream cake into a delicious reality

By Scott Greenberg | September 2, 2014

I can’t get the cakes I make to look like the ones in my head.In there, there’s no effort. I sweep my hands across the counter a couple of times like a weird little frosting magician and there’s a cake. As soon as I try to make a cake in real life,...

Butter up your crab cakes

By Scott Greenberg | August 25, 2014

Did I see a bunch of ingredients, turn the other way, make a vegan raw green bean salad thing and call it a day? Of course not. You know me too well for that. I put a giant crab cake on a giant buttery slab of bread and added other stuff. Sweet, buttery...

Squid ink pasta, Black Sabbath make for an interesting meal

Squid ink pasta, Black Sabbath make for an interesting meal

By Scott Greenberg | July 13, 2014

If you want to try some actual Italian food, consider the delicious squid ink pasta with breadcrumbs, anchovies, and sautéed scallops.Here’s what you need:- 1/3 cup olive oil- 12 anchovies (about one tin)- 6 garlic cloves- Red pepper flakes- 1 cup...

The Pastel: A drink worth its name

By Scott Greenberg | July 6, 2014

Naming drinks can be a catch 22. Either you come up with something that describes it perfectly but makes you sound like a jerk, or you go with something generic like Grapefruit Gin Spritzer which sounds like it belongs at a book club.It’s even more...

Strawberry shortcake recipe sheds light to sorbet/sherbert debacle

Strawberry shortcake recipe sheds light to sorbet/sherbert debacle

By Scott Greenberg | June 29, 2014

One of the first lines of the Wikipedia article for sherbet pretty much sums it up: “Sorbet is often confused with Italian ice and often taken to be the same as sherbet.”Translation: like most things, we usually don’t know what the hell we’re...

Bring Brazilian drink to your table: Caipirinha

By Scott Greenberg | June 22, 2014

I’ve always agreed with the philosophy, and you should, too, that you can usually trust a national dish. Yes, there is the occasional outlier, and that outlier is usually near some ice caps and involves a kind of fermented dead fish. Regardless, nine...

Mix up classic apple pie, add bacon

By Scott Greenberg | June 15, 2014

Certain foods come with a particular level of animosity attached, and apple pie is one of those foods.I love apple pie, but I also understand the mind-numbing process of peeling every single apple each time I shove a forkful into my mouth. It’s one...

Simple granola gives ginger a second chance

By Scott Greenberg | April 28, 2014

I’m not really one for ... “natural” medicine.Sure, I can appreciate a good bowl of chicken soup or a hot cup of Earl Grey when I’m busy blowing my own personal toxic waste dump out of my nose, but that’s about my limit. As soon as you start...

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...