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Blueberry Cornbread With Ginger-Honey Butter

It’s totally acceptable to eat this cake for breakfast because it’s just cornbread, right? Cooking the “cake” in a large cast iron skillet imparts super crusty delicious edges and prevents the blueberries from sinking in the batter. Speaking of blueberries, if you’re making this cake during the wintertime, frozen blueberries can be substituted for fresh. A note on compound butter: if you have leftovers, transfer it to a sheet of wax or parchment paper, shape it into a log, and roll it up. You can store it in the fridge and cut off slices when you need it.

Melted Ice Cream Whoopie Pies

Meet your new obsession. Three. Ingredient. Ice Cream Sandwiches. The key ingredient is self-rising flour, a combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. If you can’t find it (or don’t feel like making a special trip to the supermarket) you can make it yourself: for every cup of flour add 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. From there, choose your favorite ice cream and start experimenting. We like pints with some texture—chocolate chips, nuts, rum-soaked raisins—but not too much. Too many bells and whistles will make the cookies crumble and nobody wants that.

6 Creative Ways to Use Lemongrass

With an unmistakable citrus-floral flavor, this woody ingredient—often found in Thai curries and Vietnamese dishes—may confuse the heck out of many home cooks. But it can play a regular role in soups, sauces, and cocktails if you stick with these easy ideas. 

Steak and Beet Salad With Cheddar and Pistachios

The classic beet and goat cheese salad has been there and done that. This fresh take combines golden beets, crumbled aged white cheddar, and sliced hanger steak and makes for a delightful dinner salad. The sweet and acidic dressing, made from vinegar, honey, mustard, and olive oil, is a great complement to the rich and flavorful meat. You could swap in flank steak, but we love the super tender results from pan-seared hanger steak. If possible, buy beets with perky greens still attached to make sure they’re quite fresh; older beets tend to dry out and lose some of their color.

Michelada

A michelada is simply a way to take your favorite lager-style beer in a more savory direction. We like to use Corona or Pacifico for the slightly tropical vibes but your favorite American session beer should work just fine. Tajín is a Mexican spice blend consisting mostly of chili powder, lime, and salt. If you can’t find it, combine equal parts crushed red pepper flake and lime zest and season to taste with salt. Use it to rim glasses for a spicy take on margaritas, micheladas, or sprinkle over mango or fresh watermelon slices.

Herb and Goat Cheese Popovers

Don’t be intimidated by the word popover. This recipe is easy to pull off—and you can make it in an official popover pan or a regular old 12-cup muffin tin. The batter comes together in a blender and you can make it several hours before baking. Impressive to serve at a breakfast or brunch, they’re downright mouthwatering any time of day. Think: crisp outsides with fresh herb flavor plus tender, cheesy interiors.

Olive Oil-Infused Vodka

The kitchen staple is used for sautéing, frying, drizzling, dipping, and baking, so why not add a bit of that sultry flavor to a cocktail? It’ll add a ton of smooth flavor and cut through the “bite” of the alcohol. Many recipes for olive oil cocktails ask you to incorporate a healthy dose of it into the drink through emulsification, making for viscous results. With this olive oil-infused vodka, there’s no need. You’re whisking olive oil and vodka over very low heat, freezing the mixture until the oil solidifies, and skimming it off. The olive oil subtly lingers in flavor but not consistency. Bottoms up.