Prosciutto and Brie “Cheese Board&...

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

This tart makes me want to throw a cocktail party. And what do you know ... 'Tis the Season! This Prosciutto and Brie "Cheese Board" Tart is just what was missing from your holiday party buffet. It would also serve well as a cheese-course-dessert for a dinner gathering, if you should have occasion.  (Note: "just because" is a pretty … [Read more...]

How to: Microwave Bacon

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One thing I don't love about cooking blogs is when the author gets too in-deep with the personal stories. Know what I mean? It's like - all you want is to know how to cook crispy bacon in the microwave in one easy step, and to get to the info you have to read through an homage to, like, some random dog's birthday, you know? Well, guess what. My … [Read more...]

New Venture: Cooking Classes!

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I have been hinting that good things were on the horizon, and I am SO EXCITED to announce the launch of this venture! Prequel is a new innovative concept in Washington DC that describes themselves as a "Megaplex for Foodies." I'm in! Prequel asked if I would be interested in teaching cooking classes. I laughed, thinking about the advanced … [Read more...]

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

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That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … [Read more...]

Cabernet-Braised Brisket with Garlic

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Spring is (allegedly) just around the corner, but this winter brought with it many long, cold days. And for me, those days were excellent opportunities to spend some QT in the kitchen. Enter: this brisket. Braised in red wine, with garlic. What isn't better with red wine and garlic? I just moved in to a new apartment, and as I was packing up my … [Read more...]

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Chee...

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Wouldn't it have been nice to wake up this morning to warm, sweet, soft cinnamon rolls, straight out of the oven? I agree, especially poring over these pictures on this snowy morning! These Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect to serve when you are hosting a crowd; or make them a tradition to serve your family on a … [Read more...]

Roasted Potatoes

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I am often asked what my favorite dish to cook is, but today I was asked what my favorite food is. Not something that I have been asked in a long time,  and it took me a minute to answer as the kid in the candy store that was my head ran around in circles. "French fries." But as the words came out of my mouth, I found myself running through … [Read more...]

Butterscotch Granola Blondies

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Do you go through food phases, like me? For weeks or months at a time, I can't get enough of smoothies, or egg white and cheese sandwiches, or green tea. For a period during law school, granola was my jam. One day I reached for one of the specialty brands that are sold on the highest shelf in the cereal aisle, and a love connection was … [Read more...]

Brownie Bark

Brownie Bark ~ by My Utensil Crock

When you have a homemade brownie, do you go for a center piece, or an edge piece? I mix it up. I love the fudgy center, but the crispy edge has its own allure. What is Brownie Bark (a/k/a Brownie Brittle)? It is a thin layer of that crispy brownie edge - no soft center, just a crunchy cookie. It satisfies a sweet tooth without inducing a … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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The primary reason I started this blog was to catalog my tried and true recipes - those in my repertoire that I make with some frequency, but still can never quite seem to put my hands on when I have a craving for them. This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe may have been one of the first soups I ever made, and when I was learning to cook it was so … [Read more...]