Q: Do you have any good ideas for room temperature appetizers I can make in advance? I'm having a large party and don't have the time, refrigerator space, or oven space to make too many hot or cold things. Thanks!
Once an obscure Italian cookie from Prato, biscotti are now a common addition to many cookie plates. Classically, the cookie is made with pine nuts and almonds, but it's possible to find all sorts of additions these days, from bacon and cornmeal to drizzles of chocolate, both dark and white. Usually, I like to stick to a simple almond biscotti — unless it's the holidays when I show no shame in pulling out the pistachios and cranberries. Really, basic biscotti like our recipe here can be tweaked to suit whatever you fancy!
"To me, what's new and exciting is finding tomorrow's strawberries; I don't feel the need to foam them." — Judy Rodgers
Chef Judy Rodgers died on Tuesday. Although she owned just one restaurant in San Francisco (Zuni Cafe) and wrote just one cookbook (The Zuni Cafe Cookbook), she has had an enormous influence on contemporary culinary culture. From home cooks to culinary illuminaries, people have been expressing their sadness at her passing and celebrating her life and food. What they say over and over again is how generous she was, and how she remained true to her vision, and how she cooked with so much heart.
Making caramel sauce is simple, and additions of sea salt, lavender or even chilies take a basic sauce and make it into something special. This holiday season, I made mine boozy with an infusion of maple bourbon.
Making a sandwich for your loved one has taken on a new meaning in 2013. As you may remember (can you ever really forget?) this woman is making 300 sandwiches for her boyfriend with the promise that he will propose on the 300th sandwich. Yeah, it's kinda disturbing. This Tumblr user, however, is making sandwiches for her boyfriend for all the right reasons: cats.
For anyone who's ever dreamed of making French madeleines or a 3-layer chocolate cake, who's imagined a cupboard full of cookie cutters and cake pans and a home that always smells sweet — this is the gift guide for them. From a must-have kitchen scale to a gorgeous cake stand, these gifts will both help and inspire the budding baker in your life.
Q: I want to get into holiday baking this year. But this is a new tradition for me so I'm confused about the timing. Should I bake cookies, say, this weekend and send them to friends and family? Or should I wait until we visit my partner's family for Christmas and do some baking then? Please help!
The holidays are here, which means the stores are flooded with a dizzying array of cooking tools, cookbooks and fancy ingredients meant to tempt home cooks. What's the discerning shopper to do? We decided to talk to some of our favorite professional chefs — the people who spend serious time in their kitchens — to find out what can't-live-without-it cooking tools and ingredients are on their holiday wish lists this year.
Today chef and innovator Ludo Lefebvre, the man behind the Los Angeles pop-up restaurant LudoBites and the hot new Trois Mec, shares a few of the cooking-related gifts he is asking for this year — including one big-ticket item he is hoping Santa can fit in his sleigh.