The Definitive Irish Coffee

A while ago, I discovered the delicious flavor of burnt sugar syrup. It adds welcome complexity to cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Tequila Sour. It also works well in coffee drinks. So, naturally, I wanted to double-down and try it in coffee cocktail. The results were spectacular. I’ve had the famous Irish Coffee at […]

How Coffee Brewing Works

Everyone knows basically how coffee works: you grind the beans, you run hot water through the grinds, and voilà, you have coffee. If you just need a kick of caffeine in the morning, this is probably all you need to know. If you are going to make a truly good cup of coffee worth savoring, […]

Spaghetti with Bacon, Spinach, and Cracked Black Pepper

This is a simple meal to throw together without much planning, and yet feels decadent. ———————————————————– Spaghetti with Bacon, Spinach, and Cracked Black Pepper (Serves 2-3, but should be easy to scale up) Spaghetti 3 slices Bacon 3-4 handfuls Spinach Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Fresh-ground Black Pepper Bring a pot of generously salted water to […]

Orange Chicken Wraps

I got this recipe out of a library book on street foods from around the world. I don’t remember being very impressed with the book as a whole, but it had a few recipes worth keeping: Satay Chicken, Coriander Potatoes, and Orange Chicken Wraps. This dish is attributed to Nicaragua; I have doubts about its […]

Spicy Apple Chicken Chili

I once asked my Mom for her chili recipe. To my dismay, her response was, “I just put in whatever sounds good.” I eventually learned to replicate hers, a good classic chili with beans and ground beef and a lot of chili powder, but earlier this year I decided to get adventurous. This was the […]

Christmas Eggnog

Every Christmas morning growing up, the first thing we did after opening presents was play with our new toys. The first thing my mom did, however, was go in the kitchen and make a batch of homemade eggnog. This is the recipe she used. Now before I scare some of you away, I need to […]

Indoor Steak

Indoor Steak

(Blah blah blah… skip to the recipe) There’s no more denying it: Fall is here. The mornings are cold; pumpkins and candy are taking over at the grocery; and your neighbor has put up fake cobwebs and plastic tombstones. It’s time to put the cover on the grill and stow it away until the first […]