Thyme Pinenut Cake

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1 3/4 c flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sugar 2 pinches lemon zest 4 eggs 3 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 1/2 oz butter 2/3 cup olive oil 2 sprigs thyme, chopped 3/4 cup pine nut   Toast pinenuts for 8 minutes at 325 degrees. Sift the flour and baking… Read more »

Lamb Chops with Huacatay Sauce

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Huacatay! You might have to order this ingredient online but it is worth it! Earthy black mint makes the perfect dipper for finger lickin lamb chops!   Huacatay Sauce Yield: 1 ½ cups   1/4 cup Cream Cheese 1/3 cup Buttermilk 1 Tbsp Tamari Soy 3 T Huacatay Black Mint Paste 1/2 cup Cilantro ½… Read more »

Blue Cheese Cream Cheese

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Blue Cheese Cream Cheese   Yield: 1 ½ cups ½ lb Cream Cheese 1/3 cup Freshly Crumbled Blue Cheese ¼ cup Heavy Cream   Whip with a hand mixer or paddle attachment on a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Can be stored for up to a week.     We included the following on… Read more »

Chocolate Gjetost Crinkle Cookies

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Yay for Gjetost!!! One of my favorite ingredients make chocolate cookies even better;) Not really a cheese, and looks and tastes a bit like a caramel. What exactly is gjetost? It’s just delicious i guess.   ¾ lb Dark Chocolate 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder 3 cups All Purpose Flour 1 Tbsp Baking Powder ½ tsp… Read more »

Pork shoulder chili

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Part chili, part yummy stew, this pork shoulder chili is perfect for game day or just any chilly Chicago day! 3/4 t cumin 1/4 t cayenne 2 t smoked paprika 1 1/2 t garlic powder 1/2 t chili de arbol 3/4 t dried lemon peel 3 t New Mexican Chilis or guajillo 2lb Pork Shoulder… Read more »

Blood Orange Mimosa

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Pomelo rind  bitters/tincture 2 cups of high proof vodka Expressed rinds of two pomelo 1tsp gentian root 10 juniper berries Combine and let sit in cool dark place for 24 hours then strain Shrub: 3 cups strained blood orange juice (about 8 blood oranges, squeezed) 3/4th cup sugar 1/2 cup champagne vinegar Combine chill and… Read more »

Veggie Tostadas

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My mom used to make bean tostadas growing up, I don’t really remember at all how she made them, I just remember being really excited to eat them!   If you live somewhere cold like I do and the tomatoes aren’t really great in the winter (or there just isn’t much local stuff to eat!)… Read more »

Bean Dip Hummus

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For this dip we took the texture and thought of a nice hummus and gave it the texture of refried beans, with the flavoring a nice bowl of chili1 Perfect for the big day…or any taco Tuesday!    Simple Bean Dip 1-15.5 oz can Kidney Beans 1-15.5 oz can Cannelini Beans ¼ cup Tahini 4… Read more »

Cracker Jacks

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Crunchy, sweet, salty, tasty – this caramel corn and nuts is perfect to put out and your Super Bowl or other gathering. If you have any leftover chop it up and out it over your ice cream – it’s delicious! Can be made a few days in advance.   9-10 cups popped popcorn * 2 cups… Read more »