Giant Cheesy Goldfish Crackers

These are the Goldfish of your dreams. Cheesy, buttery, smiling giant goldfish crackers.  Perfect for a special snack, as they are rich and addictively delicious for the cheese lover. The key to getting the goldfish shape is to augment a diamond ring cookie cutter by elongating the round portion, and adding a dent in the…

Pickled Eggs three ways

I recently ate an amazingly delicious snack:  a pickled egg. The guy at a local cheese shop where I bought it assured me they were “stupid easy” to make at home after I asked him how they had conjured such amazingness.  So I went home and tried my hand at making some.  They really are…

Sautèed Edamame

Here’s a tasty little nibble for any casual event. Super simple, and as delicious as they are nutritious.  Three ingredients, a couple minutes in a hot pan, and you’ve got a savory nibble for happy hour.  Enjoy! Sautèed Edamame 8 oz fresh or frozen soybeans (edamame) thawed 2 TB olive oil 1/2 tsp. sea salt…

Dried Persimmon – 2015 update

Subtle, sweet, complex, mellow and addictively delicious Dried Persimmon – YES.  It’s Halloween, and in the bay area, backyard persimmons are at the best state of ripeness for drying:  orange, but still hard.  Once they begin to soften, they’re too ripe to use for this technique.  I’m re-posting this recipe to help get you inspired.  …

Spicy Marinated Vegetables

This is my version of a common side dish in local mexican restaurants:  mildly spicy, toothsome vegetables in a balanced light brine.  I make mine with carrots, cauliflower, jicama, and jalapenos. This is a great recipe to make in the winter, as these vegetables are all readily available.  These will last for several weeks in…

Homemade Hummus

Smooth, tasty, and as old school as it gets — homemade hummus is really simple.  This classic chickpea and tahini dish has been made for centuries in the middle east — no food processors needed.  (But if you have one, it takes less effort.) Learn to make hummus at home and you will be a…