We’re thinking about petitioning for the word “julep” to officially function as a verb as well as a noun. Julep us!
Julie Houser, Recipe Tester
A list of all the recipes Julie Houser has tested.
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
“Spectacular.” “Sinful.” “Easy.” “Airy.” “Buttery.” “Lofty.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about these lovely buttermilk biscuits.
These flaky French pastries are dainty, diminutive, and irresistible as can be (typed while licking the sugar from our fingers).
Football Cheese Ball
Going for a pigskin theme for the big game? You need this. Easy as can be to whip together and it’s been described as being “disturbingly good.” Too good, in fact, to let pass.
Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
Unequivocally better than those preservative-laden cake imposters you grew up on. Swear. And you can customize whatever you want to write on top, whether the name of your team or a sweet little something.
Homemade Maple-Espresso Bacon
A richly porky, nicely salted, slightly peppery, pleasantly sweet taste with a lingering maple syrup flavor. That’s what you can expect from this crazy easy homemade bacon.
Spanish Olive Oil Tortas ~ Tortas de Aceite
We’ve been wobbly in the knees for these sweet and shatteringly crisp little Spanish olive oil tortas. And now that we know how to make them at home, we can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not…
Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops
“Wow!” “Off-the-charts good!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” “A definite keeper.” That’s what we’re hearing about these subtly and beguilingly spiced chops.
How to Make Homemade Dish Soap
This natural alternative to overpriced, chemical-laden liquid dish soap is inexpensive, effective, and gentle on hands. Doesn’t get much more practical than that.
Roasted Curried Cauliflower
After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…
Spicy Apple Cider-Mustard Glaze
Savory, spicy, tangy, and oh so easy, this sticky apple cider glaze is the essence of autumn. Gussies up all manner of chicken and pork.
Down Easter Cocktail
Merriam-Webster defines “down easter” as “one born or living down east.” We take it to mean this lovely apple cider-y cocktail.
Jalapeño Mint Julep
Always craved a little something more as you’ve knocked back your mint julep? Then you need this jalapeño mint julep recipe.
Clobbered by a guilty conscience each time you let vegetables languish in the fridge? Yeah, us, too. Until this recipe.
Maple Parsnip Cake
Though not quite as sweet as everyone’s beloved carrot cake, this unpretentious parsnip version never fails to wow.
And you thought you didn’t have time for breakfast. We’re changing that with this handy dandy technique.
Looking for an excuse to invite folks over? Here it is. Less than 10 minutes from start to wipe-the-creamy-dip-from-your-lips finish.
Key Lime Pie
DIY classic Key lime pie—including a handy little cheat sheet on substituting everyday limes for these puckery little Key suckers.