Elaine Johnson
Curious cook, avid griller, camper, gardener, and mom

Recent Posts By Elaine Johnson

Top Tips for Perfect Homemade Toffee

Every year, I share my buttery, chocolaty, nut-loaded toffee with close friends and family. This year, I’m sharing the recipe with you.

Three Food Gifts Under $15

  Still doing your holiday shopping? Me too. Fortunately, help is just a few clicks away. Here are three gift-worthy pantry staples, each under $15.

Farmers Market Friday: Winter Squash Guide

Heading to the farmers’ market this weekend? Join me for an occasional series as I ask farmers about the season’s best produce and share Sunset’s favorite ways to cook it.

Top 5 Secrets for Perfect All-Butter Piecrust

It was embarrassing. I loved to make pies—bountiful apple and pumpkin for Thanksgiving, juicy boysenberry-raspberry for my sister’s birthday in July—but if truth be told, my all-butter crusts were like leather. Now, I could make a perfectly acceptable piecrust using vegetable shortening. In my mind, though, a shattering crisp yet tender, deeply flavorful all-butter crust was the pinnacle of pie. […]