From the very get-go of planning my Cozy Holiday Potluck, I knew that I wanted to make Bigos Stew. This Polish hunter's dish is a real stick-to-your ribs kind of affair — pork and sausage (several kinds!), sauerkraut, porcini mushrooms, and a few glugs of good beer. It's a bit rich to justify for a weeknight meal, but for a midwinter party with a group of friends who love to eat, it's absolutely perfect.
We always include knives in our gift guides; from the splurgy to the economical, a good knife is almost always a practical and welcome gift. But there are some people who would object to this, saying that it's bad luck to give a knife as a gift. Have you ever heard this, and are you superstitious about gifting knives? If so, there's one little custom that you should follow...
Who cooks and eats here:David Braly and Mark Montoya Where: Montgomery, Alabama Rent or Own? Own
Artist David Braly wanted a "non-house" in which to live and work in Montgomery, Alabama, so he repurposed and renovated a city-owned property and former Firehouse 9 in Montgomery's historic Garden District. After a six month renovation, he moved in with his partner and garden designer Mark Montoya, and now happily cooks in the kitchen specifically designed to suit his cooking and entertaining style.
I come from a generously-sized family, the sort that prompted wide eyes and under-the-breath counting from strangers who glimpsed our brood at the library or grocery store. I'll spare you the counting and say that I have five brothers and two sisters, so eight of us, plus parents, and now assorted spouses and in-laws. Christmas is an all-day affair for us, with stockings and enough presents to necessitate an intermission about halfway through unwrapping. But as we've grown up and gotten married, things have shifted; last year we did Christmas in the evening, instead of in the morning, and every holiday now has a marked absence of a sibling (or two) celebrating with someone else's family.
But there is one inviolable tradition that still binds our Christmases together, and that is my mother's cinnamon rolls.
Macaulay Culkin has come a long way since the Home Alone movies in the early '90s. One of his more important accomplishments in the last couple years includes starting a cover band of The Velvet Underground called "The Pizza Underground." The band changes all the original songs to include pizza-centric lyrics. It's so beautiful and cheesy (see what I did there?).
When you want to go above-and-beyond for the special cook in your life, it's time to bring out the big-hitters, the slightly splurge-y gifts that most cooks dream about having, but aren't likely to pick up on a whim. Here are 10 of our favorite picks for an unforgettable gift this season:
Q: I love brunch and frequently host a holiday/tree-decorating brunch party, but I found out this spring that I'm allergic to eggs, oats, tomatoes and barley. What in the world should I make? I'd like to do something with lots of veggies, but everything I find has eggs or tomato.
Quinoa meets chocolate? It was only a matter of time. But it's not just a culinary gimmick; Ariel, our assistant editor, has been raving about this sweet and savory bar from this creative Seattle-based chocolatier. She says, "The sesame flavor is subtle and nutty, and has a great crunch due to the quinoa. This bar is addictive."
The hustle of the holiday season usually means there isn't much time to cook a warm and nourishing meal at the end of the day. Before you surrender to a dinner of broken peppermint cookies and leftover eggnog, try one of these ten recipes — they're quick, easy and exactly what you need to get you through that late-night cookie-baking session.