The last thing anyone wants to think about come Thanksgiving Day is what to do for breakfast. You've got enough on your mind. But the truth of the matter is that many of us have family staying with us, and breakfast becomes a very real consideration. So we gathered together a few quick, last-minute ideas for the big day.
Crème brûlée is simply one of the sexiest recipes going. You know that tap-tap moment, when the caramelized crust shatters, and you dip into the creamy custard below? Heaven. The rustic burnt topping makes each bite different and more delicious than the last. I confess, though, that I find classic crème brûlée a little fussy. I do make it and love it (see our basic crème brûlée recipe here), but when I was working on my forthcoming book about pudding, Bakeless Sweets, I wondered whether there was an easier way. Could I make crème brûlée without the oven and water bath?
Even here in Los Angeles, the evenings are finally chilly enough to warrant a mug of something warm and spiced. I've been dressing up plain apple cider with cranberries, which give this seasonal drink a lovely, rosy tartness.
It's inevitable that whenever you invite friends and family into your home for a meal, there will be stress. You worry that something may not go right or someone's dietary needs or preference may not be met. Maybe you've never made a turkey and this is your first year, or perhaps gravy is just not your strength. Thankfully, we've got a couple tips this year to help you breeze through the day with sanity and grace.
The only thing I might like better than brussels sprouts roasted to a crisp are thinly sliced raw brussels sprouts dressed with a bright vinaigrette and toasted nuts. This salad takes a little more time to make than the usual shaved sprouts salad, but the extra work is worth the flavor and texture combination of nutty brown butter vinaigrette, crunchy brussels sprouts, crisp slices of sweet apple and toasted hazelnuts. And unlike most salads, it tastes even better the day after it's made.
When you sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner in two days, you'll probably be sitting down to a meal that includes what we've come to view as holiday classics: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, a few pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple). But how close is this to the menu at the so-called first Thanksgiving?
Will you be giving your guests assigned seating at Thanksgiving and other fall gatherings? For inspiration, check out these colorful place cards featuring autumn fruits like apples, pears, cranberries, pomegranates, and persimmons. Natural place settings like these are perfect for last-minute decorating and they won't go to waste at the end of the meal.
Go figure. Pumpkin pie is best when it's, well, not made with pumpkin, according to Melissa Clark. She tested a bunch of pumpkin and squash varieties to determine which one would provide the freshest, sweetest flavor. And the winner is...
Whether you're planning a low-key holiday meal or sneaking in a midweek dinner date amid other holiday plans, put these tender pork chops glazed with brown sugar on your list. It's one of those dishes that is so easy and so simple, and yet feels like a special feast all its own.