Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

True Story: I make these crackers. Friends come over for drinks and apps. They see these crackers sitting on a plate on the corner and immediately exclaim, “Oh my gosh, are those Ina’s Parmesan and Thyme Crackers?!” Wow. I had no idea when I made these that their reputation preceded them. Of course, it might say more about the kind of crowd I run with more than anything else, but obviously, I hadn’t done my homework on these bad boys. They had just looked good while I was paging through the cookbook, and they looked easy and I had everything to make them, so I figured… Why not?

But now I suppose that these crackers are somewhat famous. So I  guess they need no introduction. Which is good, because I’m at a loss for words today. I’m still thinking about that beer-braised pork.  All I can tell you is that they are, indeed, very tasty. If you’re looking for a true cracker, something to spread paté on, or top with cheese, these might not be ideal. Their texture is closer to a shortbread cookie rather than a cracker. They’re really best, in my opinion, on their own, with a little cocktail or a glass of wine. So, without further ado, here is the recipe for Parmesan and Thyme Crackers. [Read more...]

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Green Herb Dip

Summer is almost here. I can officially wear flip-flops without my toes turning to ice, and I barely need a jacket to sit outside in the evening. The trees and flowers are green and gorgeous and hopeful, and I swear the smell of cut grass through my car window almost brought tears of joy to my eyes yesterday. Summer. It’s not just the weather that gets me excited about summer every year, but the change in the pace of life that comes with it. Whereas in the winter, when the sun goes down around 4, I can barely stay up until 9 pm, in the summer, I never want to go to sleep- I just want to sit outside and soak in all of the warm breezes and late-evening neighborhood sounds. We’re not quite there yet; it’s still raining pretty much every other day around here, and there has been some sad back-sliding in the sunshine department… but we’re so close. [Read more...]

Hot Onion Souffle and Pita Chips


Yesterday was hot.  I mean, it was really hot for May, so much so that it was kind a shock to my system. The trees are still blossoming all pinky and purple and the I’m just recovering from the constant joy of seeing green leaves on the way to work.  And then all of a sudden there is this blast of heat that pushes my brain into memories of summer BBQs and beach days.  How am I supposed to deal with that? [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Muffins


Bananas are tricky.  They look so innocent in the store, and they are cheap and yummy looking and you think things like, “Bananas would be good to have in my cereal in the morning.”

But then you get them home, and it turns out you don’t eat cereal in the morning. Like… ever.  And as much as you like the idea of eating a banana as a snack, it just doesn’t come to fruition.  Especially when you have snacks like this or this around.

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Baked Kale Chips


So, I’ve been hearing this crazy rumor going around about kale chips.  To hear some people tell it, you can toss kale with a little olive oil, bake it for a few minutes, and the result is something very similar in taste and texture to a… get this… potato chip.  The whole thing sounds a little too good to be true, but… what if it is true? [Read more...]