Brown Butter & Fig Shortbread

Indulgently rich browned butter, sweet, luscious figs, and a spicy hit of Cognac wrapped into a flaky shortbread – What more could you ask for in a cookie? Recipe makes about a dozen cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Browned Butter make Browned Butter melt butter in a sauce pan give it an occasional stir, so that…

Fresh Orecchiette with Lintels and Mushrooms

Homemade orecchiette pasta with delicate green lintels, baby portobellos, and a hint of Serrano peppers. Hand making the orecchiette is completely optional. It didn’t take me too long to do it (probably about an hour, including the time needed to rest and make my dough), but you definitely need to commit to the rolling, cutting,…

Baked Gnocchi

I made a huge batch of homemade gnocchi the other day, and as I was brainstorming simple ways for serving it, I thought that I’d give baking it a try – stick some freshly sautéed, golden brown gnocchi in the oven under a nice coating of Marinara sauce and a sprinkling of Mozzarella cheese?! …What’s…

Sourdough English Muffins

From what I have been able to gather, English muffins are actually, very much an American phenomena, and the English part of the equation seems to be a vague illusion to the English crumpet?  As someone who’s never tried a crumpet, I can’t extrapolate on their varying similarities and differences to an English muffin, but…