Road Trip: Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Part 1

I went to Cancún so you don’t have to. Well, no. Go to Cancún for the nice warm beach. Have a cocktail or two in a hollowed out pineapple. Then spend the rest of your time cruising around Quintana Roo and Yucatán. We (2 adults and a child just shy of 2 years old) visited the…

Strawberry, Blueberry and Lime Preserves

Berry picking is much like one of the greatest moments in the Shakespeare meets modern American teenager movie, ’10 things I hate about you.’ No, really. Stay with me. I used to love strawberry picking. Crouching in the straw-covered dirt, the wide brimmed hat on my head casting a huge shadow. Searching between the drooping…

When Tepache Goes Horribly Horribly Wrong…

Its not often I see one of my recipes go horribly wrong, not even something less easily controllable such as a ferment. It isn’t as if I’m some form of insanely perfect cook, but rather careful recipe testing and preparation. Yet once in a while, something does go horribly, disgustingly, putridly wrong. The beautiful result…

The Empty Jar Dilemma

I am a jar hoarding addict. Faced with an empty jar, I can never, ever abandon it to the terrifying fate of the recycling bin. It has to be saved. Which leaves me with a large box of jars in every closet, another in the spidery garage. And with far too many possibilities of what…

BravoTV Blog Love: Snacks to Binge on While You Binge-Watch TV

Bravo thinks Stovetop Lard Popcorn goes perfectly with Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. I couldn’t agree more. Maybe you don’t keep lard in your kitchen? Time to stock up: It’s the perfect fat to use to cook insanely addictive popcorn on your stovetop, as Cucumbers and Limes discovers in this recipe—which also has you drizzle your popcorn with…

Ingredients: Patience and Time

I should never be mistaken for a patient person. I make an effort to appear to be one, yet I know, many a time, I fail at this completely. I say this with some degree of apologies. I have no patience for people that walk slowly, or cannot make an informed decision within 3 nanoseconds….