DIY Wine Cork Trivet

DIY Wine Cork Trivet

For months I’ve been asking people to save wine corks for me, so occasionally my collection built up. One night after dinner with Leo’s family, I asked if I could keep their corks, and Gina (Leo’s mom) squealed with delight and rushed out of the dining room. I was so confused, until she ran back into the room carrying a bag… Read more →

bacon-wrapped teriyaki hot dogs

Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Hot Dogs

  A few days ago I caught myself daydreaming, not about my future house or a tropical vacation in Hawaii, but about bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Always dream big, right? Hot dogs and summer weekends are a perfect match. Sure, you can enjoy them anytime of year, but the summer heat seems to intensify the flavor. That may seem like an… Read more →

Stinging Nettle Pizza

Stinging Nettle Pizza

A dish with the word “stinging” in it doesn’t sound like good eats, but trust me…it’s bark is bigger than its bite. Stinging nettle is a type of plant that’s known for prickly thorns on its leaves that can leave a burning rash on your skin, if you happen to brush against it — I know this from personal experience.… Read more →

HOW TO TEST MEAT DONENESS

How to Test Meat for Doneness

The worst thing you could do to a good steak is poke holes in it – that’s how those wonderful meat juices escape. You want them in your mouth (oh, yes), not on your plate. That’s one of the reasons why I refuse to use a meat thermometer to test steak doneness. Thermometers are great for things like roasts or poultry, but there’s… Read more →