Orange Door Cookbook Club

Orange Door Cookbook Club

Who doesn’t love a good cookbook? At a time when we find ourselves reading 90% of written content on a screen, the act of cracking open a cookbook for the first time is kind of magic. We can delight in the solid feel of the paper, the new book (or old library) smell, the eye-candy photos, the methodical nature of the recipes, and in all of the effort that went into the creation of a useful trove of information! Cookbooks are aspirational, inspirational, and to any home cook like me, educational. In the year since we opened Orange Door Kitchen, Chris and I have spent a lot of time reading and talking with our colleagues and guests about cookbooks. We know that we’re not the only ones obsessed with collecting and exploring cookbooks, so by popular demand, we’re starting a cookbook club for our community!

From the Bar: Brandy

From the Bar: Brandy

Quick story: Back in 2016, I made a mistake converting quarts to milliliters for a cocktail recipe (see below) and ended up buying a ginormous bottle of Christian Brothers VS Brandy, which sat forlorn and forgotten on our home bar for over a year.  A couple of months ago, I saw it lurking in the back row of our collection of bottles and decided that it was time to either drink it or toss it (I go through spurts of cleaning and organizing when the weather changes), so I poured myself a small glass to discover whether it was drinkable on its own... 

Our Second Growing Season

Our Second Growing Season

A couple of days ago we harvested the last of our carrots and prepped our raised bed gardens for the long winter ahead. This November marked the end of our second year of serious gardening and we continue to be thrilled and humbled by this endeavor.

Five Essential Herbs to Grow at Home

Five Essential Herbs to Grow at Home

Over the last two years we have definitely caught the gardening bug. Four raised beds and a few pots provide us with a bounty of produce to enjoy over the summer months with plenty leftover to process and store for winter. While we have come to love the daily ritual of picking through the garden for that day’s harvest, we know that it is not for everyone. You might not have the physical space, temperament or schedule for gardening, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on growing edible delights altogether!