Make your own vanilla extract at home, via Brown Eyed Baker.

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  My friends Stephanie Stiavetti, who writes  The Culinary Life blog, and Garrett McCord, who writes the blog Vanilla Garlic, are publishing their very first book, Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, on that all-but-infallible pairing of pasta and cheese. When they asked me to write the foreword, I groaned. This is exactly the kind of cookbook we don’t need more of, I thought to myself. But then I read it, and thought this is exactly the kind of cookbook we need, this nation that has so readily accepted orange flavoring packets to stir into their food. Stephanie and Garrett attempt to raise this often thoughtlessly prepared dish to its highest possible level by asking us to take more care with it, to use excellent pasta and excellent cheese. This is not only a book filled with Read On »

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Here is an interesting recipe for a unpotpie pie, via White on Rice Couple.

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Just good to have a set of extra uses for pumpkin puree this season, vis Brown Eyed Baker.

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Learn more about how to prepare and enjoy this unusual root, via Huffington Post.    

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