Know why various ingredients and techniques and approaches are proselytized, and why someone might choose one ingredient over another or why all recipes say to take a certain step. Different methods will work better or worse for various people, and you’ll have to find what works best for you.
Basic spätzle is combined with lemony sautéed mushrooms and ramps for a quick and easy spring side perfect with grilled meats and vegetables.
Cooking in butter and brown sugar is one of the best things to do to bananas, the next is to whirl them into a shake with malt and top with whipped cream.
This buttermilk spice cake is a beautiful holiday treat. Follow Bowen’s solid baking tips to learn how to create delicious cakes all season long.
When faced with a bunch of parsnips, this is a no-frills, everyday soup perfect for a first course dinner party plus lunch leftovers.
Roasted with onion and garlic, and whirred into velvet with Greek yogurt and tahini. Salty, sweet, luscious – perfect for pita chips or as a puree with meat
A delicious dish to use the bounty of summer beans. It all combines for a sweet-salty-sour-spicy palette together with gamey lamb for a flavorful meal.
This is the liqueur of the summer. Simple to make, it is not too sweet and is great for sipping. Mix into your favorite cocktail.
Perfect for spring, grilled sandwiches with ramp pesto, mozzarella, and thin prosciutto. Feature the garlic-y onions between crusty bread while you can.
An easy, heart-warming breakfast that can fill everyone at your morning table. Use up your leftover vegetables and ham then toss it in the oven with cheese and cracked eggs.
Perfect for the porch, Gin Gin Mules combine gin, mint, ginger beer, and lime for an herby cross between a mojito and a Moscow mule.
Homemade pasta is rich and buoyant, paired with tender broccolini and fresh ricotta you will be eating like a spring king.
A grapefruit paloma cocktail with added vanilla and honey, is warmed up just enough for a cool evening on the porch.
The combination of cardamom and rye is a natural extension of the traditional Old Fashioned cocktail flavors.
Learn how to make ricotta cheese, the science behind the transformation, and some fabulous uses.
Perfect for a cold evening, rum-orange hot chocolate.
The color of this spinach risotto is incredible and the flavor is even better.
Wild rice, which is not technically a rice at all, has a toasty, nutty, earthy flavor that makes for a flavorful base to a versatile pilaf.
This complex and sweet – but not too sweet – cocktail pairs perfectly with the comforting foods of the colder months.
This warm and filling vegetarian dish is simple to make in large batches to feed a crowd or last all week.
This cheesy, savory gratin makes a great vegetarian main, or you could save the recipe to serve as a luxurious holiday side dish.
This rendition of classic Fall flavors is especially delectable when served a la mode.
This cocktail is full of Autumnal flavors but, unlike many seasonal drinks, it is served cold, making it ideal for the current mild weather.
This is the perfect dish for anyone going apple picking this season — more apples than cake. Even if you don’t, it makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.
If you’re celebrating a banana-lover in your life, this multi-layer pie is well worth the time and effort.
This baked pancake requires just a few ingredients to come together and can be topped with anything from lemon juice and powdered sugar to peanut butter and bananas.
Créme fraîche adds an elevated quality to whipped cream in this stunning, but easy-to-assemble dessert.
These are pumpkin seeds gone luxury, coated in a sweet and spicy mixture of brown sugar, butter, and spices and baked until toasted and caramelized.
The more flavorful your beer the stronger you may want the lemonade to be. Or not. In general you can play with the ratios as you like.
Sitting in the backyard after work, on a warm evening, with a cocktail in hand and a tasty, fresh snack nearby. A perfect image of summer.
Warm sunchokes make a perfect combination with the pumpkin seeds, the little bursts of cold, piquant pickled onion, and the creamy shavings of Parmesan.
You can serve it for its silky, stripped-down self as a side dish, or as a main mixed with almost any combination of vegetables, meats, eggs, and sauces.
If you want to use Campari for this cocktail instead of Aperol, try reducing the amount to 1/2 ounce and increasing the simple syrup to compensate.
Quick, fresh, ridiculously easy version of a whiskey sour, nothing but Meyer lemon juice, orange juice, honey, and bourbon.
You need approximately 2 cups of cooked wild rice to make this soup. Ideally it’s real wild rice from a local grower.
Just a little chicken, pounded into thin, tender slices and coated with a bit of savory salt and pepper flour.
Bowen Close invites us to try this wonderful ginger and apple bourbon cocktail.
If you’re in a place where tomatoes are still in their prime, this is a quick, easy, and tasty appetizer or side dish.
Chilaquiles is a hearty dish, full of flavor, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or, well yes, dinner.
This beet and feta bruschetta recipe from Bowen Close is the perfect easy to make appetizer.
Bowen Close is in Argentina to immerse herself in the food and culture in the land of beef.
The brown sugar and vanilla adds a smoky depth to the flavor of these buttermilk French toasts.
This delicious African chicken soup is full of spices and thickened with peanut butter.
Whether you’ve gone apple picking or picked up a bag at the farmers market, here’s a great idea for what to do with your apple overflow.
This cocktail is a successful culinary surprise, built on simple ingredients and techniques to produce something entirely new and delicious.
Toasty and chewy oatmeal cookies that showcase the pure flavor of maple sugar.
With only 48 hours in Montreal, Bowen Close decides to make the most of her visit, and dive headfirst into the city’s food scene.
Bowen Close checks out one of the most talked about restaurants in Minneapolis, The Bachelor Farmer.
Bowen Close re-visits her childhood Great Minnesota Get-Together fair after more than a decade of absence.
Bowen Close visited Penticton in British Columbia, and witnessed the incredible agricultural and viticultural bounty of the area.
An extra-moist coffee cake packed with berries and a crunchy cinnamon sugar crumble.
Chilled soup, silky and cool, with the garden freshness of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, and the flavors of garlic, oil, and vinegar.
Bourbon and cherries love each other, and citrus juice and a bit of fizz make this more summery than its Manhattan kin.
Food options at the Oregon Country Fair range from simple salads and smoothies to extravagant sandwiches and ethnic cuisines of many sorts.
The cornmeal, the skillet, and the whole upside-down business make for a crispy edge, with a soft interior and a gooey, sweet caramel glaze.
Bowen Close went just a little crazy on a batch of lime cornmeal cookies.
Bourbon, lemonade, ginger, and mint – a perfect drink to sip on a lazy summer evening.
Bowen Close steeps Thai tea in a mixture of milk and sweet condensed milk to make a delicious cupcake.
And as we begin to celebrate summer with grills and backyards and whatnots, why not prepare yourself with a refreshing summery cocktail?
Cajeta is Mexican caramel, made with slowly-cooked sweetened goats milk and infused with spices and flavorings.