Year in Review: 2013

Gotta tell ya, I liked 2013. Not for the politics or the movies (were there movies?) or the nice weather, but because it’s been a good year for us, personally, in Knuckle-Salad-land. Of course, 2013 has also been a little light on new projects, partly because there’s been so much going on—and because part of those goings-on involved over six …

Butternut Squash Stuffing

Last Thanksgiving, I got put in charge of stuffing, and I was like, heck yeah! Stuffing rules! Easy! And I brainstormed about what would make the best stuffing, and I thought squash might be good with sourdough bread. And bacon would make it just perfect. I could throw something like that together! Should be no problem! But I guess the little elves …

To the Nines: On a Stick

Apropos of nothing, here are nine things I would eat on a stick, given the opportunity. But also corndogs. Never forget corndogs. Pancakes Pizza Salad Biscuits (with or without cinnamon sugar) Sandwiches S’mores Cheeseburgers Hot chocolate Sugar-coated cucumbers (and other frozen fruits ‘n veggies)

Knuckle Salad's Biscoff-flavored vodka cocktail

Vodka Speculoos: The Cocktail that Tastes Like Biscoff

First there were Biscoff cookies. Well, no, first there were airplaines, then airlines, then Delta, then Biscoff cookies. For a long time, that was all. Then there was Biscoff spread, which was like Biscoff cookies, but blended into a smooth (also-available-in-crunchy) paste that you could enjoy with other things. Like an apple, or a carrot, or a spoon. The cookies were …

Stuffed garlic monkey bread

Savory. Like a monkey.

Why is monkey bread always sweet? Here’s an ingenious recipe for savory, garlicky cheese-stuffed monkey bread.

Grilled Mac ‘n Cheese

Made in a single pan, outside, without the mess of boiling and draining water, and perfect for a laid-back afternoon on the patio with friends.

Homemade salad dressing

Doesn’t matter, had salad

Our neighbors must lead busy lives, because every time I stand at our kitchen window and stare at their house—which is, yes, fairly common, but no, there’s no good reason, their house just takes up most of the view—I see someone come or go. I find it exciting, like I’ve just seen a falling star, even though I just told you …