Maple syrup sidecar

The sidecar is my favorite go-to cocktail. Or rather, go-to cocktail where I can tell there is a decent bartender — at shitty places, my go-to is a glass of cheap sparking wine. (This comes from having a horrifyingly bad sidecar made with cheap brandy and no sweetener from Brasserie Margaux a couple years ago.…

Experimentations with iced coffee

I’d been hearing about “toddies” and “cold-brewed coffee” for some time, so I figured I’d give it a whirl. Word had it that cold-brewing produced a more flavorful blend with less acid, which would be perfect for me since coffee acid definitely upsets my stomach. (Also helpful that our hot-brewing coffee maker died a week…

Brunch for TEN!?

My lovely friend Jen emailed me the following question today: If Ginnie was serving brunch for 10 this Sunday, what would she make? :) And being me, I over-replied. But I realized this might be a heck of a useful post! For TEN!? What have you gotten yourself roped into? 1) Meat: I’d do ham steak/s…

Will Bake For Food — Yummy treats, great cause!

I’m so excited. Historically I haven’t found much time for charity anything, but this year I’m starting to find some cool causes that are quite fun to celebrate. Not only am I attending my first ever charity auction gala this year, but I’m also participating in my first ever charity bake sale! Will Bake For…

Culinary whimsy

Look, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged. There are a lot of good reasons for that (which we’ll get to in a minute), but perhaps I needed something really inspirational and delightful to nudge me back into it. Cue Christopher Boffoli via Mental Floss: What a delight, right? Nothing I make has ever been quite…

Spaghetti (squash) and meatballs

Ah, the challenges of attempting to eat South Beach/heart healthy/low refined starch, and still eat inexpensively. It’s damn tough! This one’s been lingering in my draft pile, but it was so yummy I didn’t want to let it slide. Back when Grant wanted spaghetti and meatballs RIGHT AFTER a bunch of starch-overloaded Stroganoff, I countered…

My intro to slow

My mom gave me a slow cooker for my birthday. Yippee! I grew up on her Moroccan-inspired lamb and couscous dishes prepared lovingly in the crock pot, and I’m looking forward to creating my own. However, in true Virginia fashion, I got bored flitting through recipes that called for complicated steps (searing the meat BEFORE…

Saffron-chèvre peas

My husband recently confessed to me that he loves and misses peas. Yes, peas. I’m not sure why it is that it never occurred to me to make them — partly because they’re kind of sweet, and I used to have a mild aversion to sweet vegetables (remedied by wonderful squash soup and parsnip purée…

Smoked salmon & hazelnut linguine

Yet another dish I cooked up on the fly without noting any specific quantities. Let’s see if I can reverse-engineer this baby, because it was DELICIOUS. Set a large pot of salted water to boil for your fresh linguine (we use Seattle’s Cucina Fresca brand. Not to be confused with my friend Brooke). Mince 1…

Chez nous !

OK, so yes, this is a picture of reheated Popeye’s chicken leftovers. But hey, don’t knock it just yet! First of all, we have a tacit understanding that anytime there’s an Ikea run, there must also be a Popeye’s run. That’s just how it is being married to Grant. Second of all, when I got…