Jalapeno Simple Syrup

Jalapeno Simple Syrup

I have often suggested that simple syrup be incorporated in cocktails as a “hidden” but on so important component. Simple syrup can, for example, elevate a margarita from okay to superior. Yes, your local bartender already knows and if you really, really...
Mango Simple Syrup

Mango Simple Syrup

With all the cocktail books that have appeared, we finally see many cocktails secrets in the spotlight. Authors are telling us those special things that mixologists, for generations, have done to fashion exceptional cocktails — ones that we have been unable to...
Baking Bacon with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

Baking Bacon with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

Most often, we cook bacon by reaching for the frying pan. It’s a fine technique and, after the bacon is cooked and removed, that bacon fat is there to cook with even more: potatoes, onions, carrots… Still, there is an important option. You can bake the...
Bacon-and-Cheddar Cornmeal Johnnycakes

Bacon-and-Cheddar Cornmeal Johnnycakes

This is an intriguing recipe from Breakfast Comforts by Rick Rodgers. The name here is actually a bit redundant for johnnycakes are always made with cornmeal. They may look like pancakes, but they are the creation Native Americans and have been prepared for centuries....
Honey and Maple Butter

Honey and Maple Butter

It is Sunday, November 30, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This is one of the biggest travel days of the year. Millions of Americans will take to cars, planes, buses, even boats and the occasional motorcycle — all headed home. It’s important to begin this...