Flowery and Buttery Goodness

If you don’t like lavender or don’t have access to food grade lavender, omit it.  Pulverize 2 teaspoons dried lavender (with a mortar and pestle, blender, or food processor). Cream this together with 1 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 2 cups all purpose…

Faux Pho Empanadas

I’d been toying with the idea of pho and empanadas for a while before finally getting around to finding the star anise and testing them out. I’d predicted correctly that they’d be delicious! For the dough: Mix together 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes, 1…

Controversial California Clam Chowder

Listen, here’s the thing. I know there are some ingredients you wouldn’t find in clam chowder very often. Like goldfish crackers and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I also know you usually would cook this with fresh clams, but I like the smoked flavor you can get from tinned clams and that you don’t have to…

Gooey Greens and Two Kinds of Cheese

Very lightly butter or brush olive oil on two slices of sourdough. I used seeded sourdough, but this tastes great on plain sourdough, too. This will be the outside of your sandwich. If you use butter, you should try lightly dusting finely grated parmesan on the butter. Spread a thin layer of basil pesto on…