down to the wire

Hey there strangers! Long time no cook. We’re both busy-busy these days, but we wanted to re-post our Christmas Cookies Links (below) in case you need a little something to get you through the last couple days before the Big Day!

Happy Holidays!
xoxo, Jane + Jessica

Here are some of our favorite cookie recipes: (The pictures below link to the recipe and if you hover your mouse over the picture, the cookie name should appear.)

glitter makes it better Classic shortbread on ready crinkle loaded oatmeal cookies for santa crunchy, not soft cinnamony stack 'em high peppermint bark peanut butter blossoms c is for cookie baked chocolate brownie cookies Peanut butter cookies HIMYM som'bitch (peanut butter chocolate chip) cookies on

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roasted corn salsa

roasted corn salsa on

I have loved this corn salsa for three years and never made it until recently. Someone at my old job made it for an interview (yes, working in a place where interviews occasionally involved food was kind of awesome) and we all took seconds unabashedly.

roasted corn salsa

A year later I thought to actually ask for the recipe. I was handed a photocopied page from an old New York Time’s cookbook. Good thing I asked because I checked and a brief search made it seem unlikely that it’s online. I then waited two years before actually making it. Foolishly, the recipe hung on the side of my fridge which I waited for corn season or for the perfect time to make it or for when I’d actually remember to buy the ingredients. There are a lot of ingredients. I know. Don’t let it deter you.

roasted corn salsa

This salsa is charred and smoky. It’s fresh and is excellent served with corn chips, sprinkled on top of tacos, or even as a side. There’s a bit of prep work that has to be done so I made it easy on myself and bought roasted peppers. If you’re going to make this, which I highly suggest you do, make a double batch.

roasted corn salsa
from The New York Times
makes 3 cups

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3 ears fresh corn, in their husks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper, diced
1 roasted poblano chile, peeled, seeded, diced
3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 clove whole garlic, pan roasted until brown and soft then peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 cup fresh wild mushrooms, sauteed
1 teaspoon canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Place corn, in its husk, directly on the oven rack and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the corn, let cool, and then shuck the husk and silk off. Brush the corn with olive oil and grill or broil, turning occasionally, until brown all over, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool then cut the corn from the cob. Add the corn to a bowl with the remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

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corn chowder

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There is nothing better than Summer corn. And yes, I’m aware that it’s October but things have been a little busy over here lately, so this well intentioned end-of-summer post has become a mid-fall post. The air is getting crisper and corn is still available in your local grocery store. Run! Go get some! I’ll wait here.

corn chowder//

Ok, glad you’re back. Now get shucking. Fresh corn is one of my favorite things. It never seems to loose its firm texture in soups despite all the simmering and this chowder is no exception.

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This chowder is hearty. It’s filled with and corn and potatoes and highlighted with the smokey flavor of bacon. Because as we all know, bacon makes everything better. This one pot dish can simmer away on the stove and be ready for dinner in under an hour- perfect for a weekend dinner.

corn chowder//

corn chowder
makes 6 servings
adapted from Cooking Classy

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5 slices smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1 clove garlic, minced
5 cups water
8 ears fresh corn, husked and cut from the cob
1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving

Heat a large pot over low heat and add the bacon. Saute, stirring frequently, until the meat starts to cook then add the onion. Cook until the onion softens and starts to brown around the edges. Stir in the flour and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the water and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the corn, potatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer 2 1/2 cups of soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Stir back into the pot and add the remaining ingredients. Serve hot topped with shredded cheddar.

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summer vacation

Rice pudding on

Hello there! Have you noticed a lack of posts on the blog lately? Well, we’re taking a bit of a summer break, but wanted to let you know that we’re working behind the scenes on updating some of our older blog posts.

Here are three that have shiny new photos to go along with the previously blogged text. Enjoy!

snickerdoodles on

corn maque choix
corn maque choix on

rice pudding
Rice pudding on

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shrimp vermicelli bowl

Salads are a great no-heat dinner option during these oh so hot evenings we’ve been having lately. Noodle bowls are one of my favorite warm-weather Vietnamese foods (the other being a banh mi sandwich) and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to recreate one at home.

nuoc cham

Nuoc cham is Vietnamese fish dipping sauce. It usually comes on the side when you order a noodle bowl or spring rolls. It’s got the salty, sour, spicy and slightly sweet thing going on and it packs a giant umami punch. It’s also one of those condiments that you can easily adjust for your tastebuds: add more of any of the ingredients to make it just right!

assembled vietnamese noodle bowl

shrimp vermicelli bowl
printer-friendly recipe
adapted from  and White on Rice Couple and CookSmarts
makes: 4

1-2 crushed garlic cloves
1 teaspoon Sriracha
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/3 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup water
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 pound dried rice (vermicelli) noodles
4 handfuls of salad greens (or chopped lettuce)
3/4 pound julienned cucumber
1/2 cup mint, roughly chopped
1/2 pound carrots, grated
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced

Make the nuoc cham sauce by combining the garlic, Sriracha, lime juice, sugar, vinegar, fish sauce and water in a small bowl. Set aside. Marinate the shrimp in 1-2 tablespoons of the nuoc cham while preparing the remaining ingredients. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. The best way to keep them from sticking after cooking is to run them in cold water and then leave soaked in cold water. Drain right before serving. Grill the shrimp over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side until opaque throughout. (You can also saute in a pan over medium-high heat). Divide the cooked noodles into four bowls and assemble by topping with shrimp, greens, cucumbers, mint, carrots, and scallions. Toss with as much nuoc cham sauce as desired.

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cuckoo for coconuts

three green meal

What’s better than grilled herb-y chicken? How about grilled herb-y chicken with coconut milk? The coconut milk adds a ton of richness and a touch of sweetness to this Thai inspired marinade that’s chock full of flavor.

grilling green

You can sear (3-4 minutes per side) and bake this chicken dish (15-20 minutes at 375) or do what I did and let the grill do the work for you! We served it with some grilled asparagus and coconut cilantro lime rice (use this recipe and subbing in the remaining can of coconut milk for some of the water).

grilled thai chicken

grilled thai chicken
printer-friendly recipe
adapted from Flavour and Savour
serves: 6-8

12 boneless chicken thighs
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
12 fresh basil leaves
1 large or 2 small jalapeños, seeds removed
3 garlic cloves
1/4 inch slice of peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce (or salt)
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish

Place the chicken in a gallon size zip-top bag. Add the remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Pour marinade over chicken, seal tightly and massage the marinade into the chicken a bit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours, or simply lay it flat in the freezer and freeze for another day. When ready to cook, thaw completely. To grill: Place chicken on medium-hot well-oiled grill. Turn when chicken has grill marks (approx. 5-6 min). Cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees at the thickest part (about 7-8 minutes). Serve with lime wedges.

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turn up the beet

golden beets with mint on

I like eating traditional red beets, but I don’t love making them. Their color gets all over my hands, or on my clothes. They’re messy. And sometimes they’re downright a little too earthy tasting.

less color on the inside

Golden beets, on the other hand, don’t change my hands colors while being equally as gorgeous in color, so they’re already winning me over. They also happen to have a lighter flavor. This recipe calls for fresh mint because ’tis the season for big bunches of fresh herbs. These are a quick side dish, especially while the rest of dinner is cooking. They’re also husband approved- I caught him eating the leftovers straight out of the fridge!

golden beets with mint
makes 4 servings

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1 1/2 lbs golden beets, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt

Place beets in a pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until the beets are fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the beets and return to the pot. Add the butter and cook over medium heat until it’s melted. Add the mint and salt to the pan and toss together. Cook for two minutes to combine flavors. Serve warm.

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