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Gingerbread House Basics

Gingerbread House Basics

This gingerbread is hard as a rock, and the frosting sets up like cement. Just what you want if you plan to make a gingerbread house. This post has my favorite recipes for construction gingerbread, royal icing and poured sugar.
Pumpkin Ginger Smoothie (made with pumpkin scrapings)

Pumpkin Ginger Smoothie (made with pumpkin scrapings)

Do you throw out the stringy pulp scraped from the center of your pumpkin? Turns out you're throwing away the sweetest, most flavorful part. I salvage some pumpkiny goodness from pumpkin scrapings and turn it into a sweet smoothie.
Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta

Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta

Add a little edible gore to your Halloween. Underneath its creepy presentation, this is a respectable dessert: toasty coconut panna cotta, fresh kiwi and raspberry coulis.
Popcorn pop-up cards

Popcorn pop-up cards

Make your own microwave popcorn bags! I've used my secret origami skills to design a pretty little card that you can fill with popcorn kernels and pop up in the microwave. These little guys are cute enough to give as gifts and practical enough to use for everyday snacking.
Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Preserving is a fundamental, old-school way to keep a thrifty kitchen. Buy fruits and vegetables in peak season, and they will be cheaper and tastier. Can some of this goodness, and you can relive the tastes of summer when things like fresh plums are a distant memory. This jam uses pretty roasted red plums along...
3 Simple Tangy Creamy  Popsicles

3 Simple Tangy Creamy Popsicles

The best way I know to beat the heat is with lots of frozen treats. I've thrown together three creamy and tangy popsicle recipes with flavor combinations that might just knock your socks off: Mango lassi, Grapefruit Buttermilk and Key Lime Pie. (Also, probably the easiest recipes I've ever written.)
Luminous Watermelon Salad

Luminous Watermelon Salad

For my ultraviolet recipe I've created a refreshing, chilled summer salad that is visually striking in daylight and in ultraviolet light. Mint oil and a tart tonic granita compliment perfect little cubes of cucumber and watermelon. A memorable first course, in any light.
Ultraviolet Foods

Ultraviolet Foods

Most foods are pretty dull under ultraviolet light. But a few are brilliant (literally). I've gathered up a handful of ingredients and pointers for the next time you want to cook up something that glows.
Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

We’re right smack dab in the middle of blueberry season. And though they look blue when you pick them, a few minutes of simmering turns those blueberries unmistakeably purple.  I love using fragrant lavender as a seasoning (also in season now), but enough lavender to color this dish would have made it inedible. Luckily for...
Purple Food Roundup!

Purple Food Roundup!

There are lots of misnomers in the world of plant food colors. “Red” cabbage and onions, and lettuce definitely look purple, purple potatoes can look blue. (And cooked blueberries are definitely purple.) Lots of “black” fruit and grains turn out purple: black rice, black mission figs, black grapes, blackberries. Perhaps I ought to forgive whoever...
Blue Moon Tart

Blue Moon Tart

Blue recipe! Bluefoot mushrooms are hard to track down, but their intoxicating flavor and aroma make the hunt worthwhile. Paired with shallots, cream and purple potatoes; I've made a rich, succulent savory (blue!) tart.
Blue Food Roundup!

Blue Food Roundup!

Blue is notoriously scarce in the world of natural foods, I've rounded up a few blue exceptions. Included: a remarkable little pea flower, which food might turn blue when you pickle it, and how to turn red cabbage blue.