ingredients

fried smelts

These are salty, crispy but yielding little things, that need to be served with icy beer or a dry sparkling wine. As a kid I probably washed these down with a cold orange Crush—that still seems like an ideal pairing now.

shiny chocolate ganache

Ganache is not much more than melted chocolate with cream in it to keep it flowy. Oh and for shine, you add butter. Gets better and better, doesn't it?

tibetan butter tea

Each batch of butter tea finished quickly and it took forever to brew another batch of the salty and slightly oily tea, or so it seemed when I had to wait.

oxtail stew

I grew up eating oxtail which is a fatty, silky meat cooked on the bone, and which produces a luscious, slightly gelatinous sauce or broth. It's fantastic in soups and curries.

fries and mayo

The thing is, you can't successfully transport french fries home. They're fine but not as good. Solution: fry them at home! Frying potatoes at home doesn't require much effort on your part, just your attention. And a technique.

Individual Tartes Tatin

Arguably the easiest baked dessert for a non-baker (someone who not only dislikes but is slightly fearful of baking, as defined by this non-baker).

steph’s cheese dip

My best friend, Steph, started making this cheese dip when we were in high school. This dip is reason enough to be someone's best friend.

thyme fried almonds

Things that take almost no effort to make but are so much better (and more impressive) than their store-bought counterparts.

chocolate bark

Melt chocolate, pour it out, cram anything (within reason) you love on top of it before it sets.
coconut rocks LS

coconut rocks

For those with a sweet tooth, those who do not...even those who profess not to love coconut!