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Matt’s Pimento Cheese Dip. With a Kick.

Ok, unless you are from the South (I’m from Texas, so I can only claim half Southern roots),  the mention of Pimento Cheese spread might be met with a look of disbelief or even smirks. Hey, isn’t this the cheese spread of yesteryear, when wood paneling was commonplace and our pants had just a bit […]

Matt’s Turkey Tacos

There’s no denying that from now until the end of the year is prime turkey time. I suspect you might even see a very similar Thanksgiving meal appear during Christmas, give or take a ham and prime rib served alongside. And this means lots of turkey leftovers. I have no shame in telling you that […]

Matt’s Chipotle Sweet-Potato Spoon Bread

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks the best part of Thanksgiving is the sides. While I’m definitely a turkey lover (dark meat, please), it’s that plateful of savory stuffing, mashed potatoes, greens in the form of beans or brussels sprouts and the sweet tang of cranberries or chutney that really gets me going. […]

Matt’s Twice Baked Potatoes

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I could sit down to a meal of twice-baked potatoes and nothing else. Something about that cheesy, moist mashed potato inside a crispy potato skin sends me over the top. However, common sense (and the voice of my mother) tells me that’s not the wisest […]

Matt Entertains: Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Consider me late to this party — the one where chocolate and cherry shack up and everyone lives together happily ever after. It’s not that I didn’t think chocolate and cherries would be perfect together, it’s just that cherries can be oh-so-seasonal and if you blink, you miss them. Luckily my newfound love for cherries […]

Matt Entertains: Queso Fundido

Two words: melted cheese. That intersection of cheesy, oozy meltability and crunchy toasted corners can throw us over the edge and for good reason. It’s what can make or break a great slice of pizza. It’s what we enjoy most about grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s what makes saganaki and haloumi so fun to eat. And […]

Matt Entertains: Fig and Blue Cheese Flatbread

One of the most disappointing things in life is discovering someone with a beautiful fig tree who doesn’t eat figs. I think it’s ok to pass judgment because I used to be that person. Granted, I was 4 years old at the time and refused to eat them, missing out on their subtle, delicate flavor […]

Matt’s Ice Cream Terrine with Sautéed Peaches

As much as I love entertaining, I find it just a wee bit difficult to commit hours to my kitchen when everyone is outside enjoying summer. I want to heed the call of the margarita, of the ribs, of just about anything that happens outside during those warm summer evenings filled with great food and […]

Matt’s Ultimate Summer Salad

I try to treat all my seasons equally. I love tender young vegetables in spring long and rich braised meat and stews in autumn. But if you really want to know what gets me going then we only need to chat about summer. It’s where my favorite flavors come together: cool and hot, sweet and […]

Just Desserts: Matt’s Cherry Galette

This may be the wrong time to make this proclamation but I am not Cherry Pie’s biggest cheerleader. All too often the gloopy, gloppy slices of America’s favorite leaves me wishing for something else.  Of course I want to celebrate summer like everyone else and take advantage of cherry’s all-too-short season and that’s when I […]