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.
Amongst the enormous avalanche of cookbooks released this fall are a handful of titles that will probably spend very little time actually cracked open on your kitchen counter. Oh, let's be honest. They will probably spend absolutely no time being used in your kitchen. Why? Mainly because they contain very complicated, time-consuming recipes with multiple sub-recipes that require special equipment, or ingredients that are hard to find or hyper-local to the restaurant from which the book was birthed. I'm sure this will be a controversial call, but I'm here to say that I'm fine with this kind of seemingly unusable cookbook.
Read on for my defense of the uncookable cookbook...
Maybe it's because I'm a Midwestern girl at heart, but I love a good holiday potluck. It feels so much more festive and cozy to me than an elaborate dinner party this time of year. Also, much easier to plan and carry out! With everyone bringing their own special dish to the table, the meal comes together without stress and feels relaxed in a way that encourages a second bottle of wine.
This year my friend Tracy and I invited our friends to her house for what will hopefully become an annual potluck affair. We decked her dining table with evergreens, frosted gingerbread cookies to eat by the fire, and waited impatiently for our friends to show up with dishes in hand. This week, I'll be talking all about our potluck party and how you can throw one of your own. First up: the party plan!
Don't tell, but we here at The Kitchn love a good holiday brunch almost as much as we love the glitzy cocktail parties this time of year. Maybe more. I mean, when else do you get to pile your plate with not only a scoop of cheesy ham casserole and sliver of quiche but also a slice of buttery holiday cake and a mini sticky bun or two? It's the best.
In the event that you find yourself invited to or hosting just such a brunch in the coming weeks, we won't leave you stranded. From the aforementioned ham casserole to an eggnog pudding you can have for breakfast, here are ten of our favorite brunch recipes to feed a crowd.
Kitchn reader Jim's 1970s kitchen was due for an overhaul — something that, as he told us, would "bring [it] into this decade." So with a budget of under $10,000, Jim set out to give his kitchen a contemporary new look:
What better gift to give a cook than ingredients? And not just any ingredients, but special, indulgent, add-a-whole-new-dimension-to-your-food ingredients. Here are 10 that make stellar gifts all on their own, from luxurious white truffle butter to lavender extract and a tantalizing specialty oil made from cherry seeds.
Chicken and mushroom lasagna has been a cold weather favorite in our house for a number of years. Its hearty layers of cheesy goodness always warm me up on cold, rainy Southern nights, and it's one of the few leftovers that I actually look forward to more than the main event.
When I first saw this kitchen on Apartment Therapy, I think I audibly gasped. Set in an elegant home in Edinburgh, Scotland, the kitchen is "the heart of the home," as owners Sam and Chris say. And why wouldn't it be? There's plenty of space to move around, cook, and entertain — not to mention the passage connecting the kitchen to the playroom!
Q: The holiday season is in full swing, and that means an abundance of office potlucks. This year, I have more than usual and want to provide a dish for each (ideally a side, appetizer, or main dish). While I usually go all out for these things, this year I need to remain a little more budget friendly. What are some good potluck dishes that won't break the holiday budget?