Author Archives: janina

Janina A. Larenas is a print maker and cook living in Philadelphia. She is the owner of Little Isobel, a small jam and jelly company committed to working with small farmers to create a fresh local product.

Valentines – Salted Meyer Lemon Shortbread and Dulce de Leche Sandwiches

  As some of you may know by now I recently started writing for a local bakery called The Buttery. My first article for their new blog was called “Sweet Hearts For Your Sweetheart“, and with Valentine’s day rapidly approaching I sort of inspired myself. I’ve been wanting to make Alfajores, a South American cookie […]

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Pickled Peppers

I realize it’s been a while. I have a million excuses for not posting any food related things recently, but the main reason is that I’m still trying to find that balance between art, work, and food writing now that I don’t have any deadlines. The good news (for me) is that I have been […]

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Tackling Pancakes: 3 Recipes

Pancakes have always been a frustrating and disappointing experience for me. Most of my life I have been completely unable to cook them without burning the outsides or leaving them raw in the middle. After making pancakes every Saturday for three months, I can honestly say everything I knew about pancakes was wrong.  If you […]

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Pancakes Pancakes Pancakes!

Since starting the Goat Tower Pancake Breakfast I have been making A LOT of pancakes… It’s great, because pancakes have always seemed somewhat elusive to me, so makeing ~40 a week has really taken the fear out of it, and helped me unlearn some things that have always seemed like the “standards” of cooking them. […]

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IN PRINT: IPA Mustard

Also in print this month is my recipe for making beer mustard! Check it out online with the GRID digital edition, or read below: These days you can find any number of novelty beer mustards at boutique grocers, but nothing will be as delicious or as the one you make yourself with a local beer. […]

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IN PRINT: Sour Plum Beer

This month my article on home brewing a sour plum beer is featured GRID, check out the article online or read below: A lambic is a wild fermented beer from Belgium that is marked by a bright, funky, and intense sour flavor with a wonderfully clean finish. It is perfect for escaping a bit of […]

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A Better Brighter Grenadine

Recently I spent an extraordinary amount of time testing grenadine recipes, trying to find one that wouldn’t sacrifice color for flavor, or flavor for color. There are a lot of complaints out there about home made grenadine being brown (from the pomegranate molasses) or too watery (when it’s made with juice) or too expensive and […]

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IN PRINT: Cold Brewed Coffee

    This month GRID magazine in Philadelphia is printing my article on cold brewed coffee. If you happen to live in the area, pick yourself up a copy, a mason jar, and a bag of coffee and go at it! However, for those of you who don’t live in Philly, you can still get […]

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GOAT TOWER PRESENTS: Pancake Breakfast With Special Guests From Turret of Velociraptors!

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Apple Asparagus Scramble

I have this belief about breakfast places that the smaller the menu the better. I would rather go somewhere that has few options but everything is AMAZING than someplace that has a million options but only a handful worth eating. A large menu isn’t impressive, a thoughtful menu is. I get a lot of compliments […]

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