Setting up a buffet table like the one for our Cozy Holiday Potluck might not seem like a part of the gathering that needs a lot of attention. Cover a table with a tablecloth and let guests drop off dishes as they arrive, right?! Even so, I think putting just five minutes of thought into the buffet table will make your life easier and help the whole evening go off without a hitch.
Something about cold weather makes me want a cocktail. Though I generally drink wine or a little vodka, winter calls for something brown. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough, chilled, but not too chilled, spicy, but not venturing into the — I am so sorry for this, but I just don't like it — vile territory of pumpkin spice. A Manhattan, made the traditional way, with rye, is just perfect.
Every family celebrates Christmas differently. Some hold a big Christmas Eve dinner, others do a brunch with family on Christmas Day, and some (enviably) order Chinese food. Historically, my family has fallen in the first camp, with a more intimate dinner as we hang around the tree and open small presents. Last year, however we tried something different: small plates.
Q: The family is converging on my house for Christmas dinner. We have one vegan and one gluten-free eater. The other six of us are omnivores. Making things more difficult: the vegan doesn't eat mushrooms or peppers, and the gluten-free eater also doesn't like mushrooms. Help!
It's unfair. Fresh, hot, from-scratch cinnamon buns are a beloved breakfast treat, especially on holidays like Christmas morning. Who doesn't want to wake up to the smell of cinnamon and caramelizing sugar, or stumble down to the kitchen to find fresh-from-the-oven, slathered-in-icing cinnamon buns, just waiting for you to dive in? But in order for those fresh, hot, from-scratch buns to make it out of the oven any time before noon, someone has to rise well before dawn in order to get the whole process rolling. Not very fun or fair for the breakfast cook!
Until now. Here is our method for how to par-bake and freeze your homemade buns in advance, allowing you to bake them off and ice them just in record time for a lovely breakfast.
As any retailer or producer knows: it's that time of year. In fact, for many of us, that time of year has almost passed and we're more than ready for a deep glass of wine. While I've been writing for The Kitchn for a few wonderful years now, I also own a granola company here in Seattle and I thought it might be interesting to share our experience of ramping up, preparing, and kicking a little granola booty this holiday season.
When I was kid, eggnog was a staple at every Christmas party. My mom's punch bowl was always filled to the top with the creamy cocktail. Like with most classic cocktails, it's fair game to finesse them to fit your taste. This year our nog gets a good ol' Kentucky-inspired makeover.
Holiday shopping get away from you? Find yourself in a pickle on the night before Christmas? Don't worry: there are plenty of terrific last-minute gifts you can give your beloved cook. From a monthly cocktail hour food delivery to an online beer-making class and a subscription to a high-fashion foodie magazine, here are 10 of our favorite subscriptions and online gifts when you need something great, and you need it fast.
What if instead of rolling out the pizza dough and adding toppings, it was done with a 3D printer? A new company from Barcelona, Natural Machines, is trying to make cooking just a little more digital. Originally the company was interested in just 3D printing for sweets, such as chocolate, but it since moved on to bigger fish, including common household meals like pizza.