Q: I have a winter CSA from my local farm and I'm already overflowing with roots and squashes. I also have holiday parties coming up where bringing finger friendly food is encouraged. Any ideas for finger-food dishes with beets, potatoes, squash, carrots, parsnips, and turnips?
Q: We are having a casual holiday dinner party for friends and there will be 10-15 toddlers there. So I'm looking for recipes with a low mess potential (no chili or tomato sauce) that will appeal to both kids and adults, and are easy to eat while managing little ones. Any ideas?
People who like kombucha really like kombucha! We probably all have at least one friend who can't seem to get through a day without downing a bottle. This holiday season, give them the gift that truly keeps on giving: a kit to brew batch after batch of their very own kombucha.
I suspect that I won't need to do much convincing with this recipe. I also suspect that your guests won't need much convincing to try a slice. It's cake. Made with eggnog. Glazed with sweet boozy icing. An extra pinch of nutmeg and a special baking trick with a whisk are all you need to put this holiday treat right over the top.
For holiday decorating, turn your attention to your fruit bowl – with a bit of string, a knife, and perhaps a handful of cloves, you can make colorful and fragrant ornaments, garlands, and candles. We even found a festive use for leftover citrus peels!
My fiancé and I usually host some sort of holiday party each year, but usually it is more of an excuse to wear a tacky sweater and plastic reindeer antlers than to create a truly memorable affair. (Heck, we are lucky if anyone even remembers anything at all!) This year, however, I've decided to up the ante by throwing a real-life, grown-up Christmas soirée.
Years ago when I was working as a wedding planner, our crafty in-house letterpress guru, Jennifer, would bring the entire office weekly homemade treats. I had yet to venture into the world of baking, so I was often completely mesmerized by the complicated recipes she tackled. (Profiteroles au chocolat, anyone?!)
Cinnamon bun, chai spice, grapefruit ginger. Mmmm, sounds good, doesn't it? But these "flavors" are actually from gifts that aren't food at all: lotions, soaps, candles, lip balms. What do you think about food-flavored gifts?