Q: Do your readers have any suggestions for thoughtful and creative (yet rather inexpensive) DIY gifts for the holiday season? I'm thinking of infusing sea salt with lavender and rosemary and giving it away in little jars — and I'm looking for more ideas like this!
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 appliances are on their holiday wish lists this year.
Today pastry chef and renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres shares the cooking gadgets he is asking for this year, as well his very smart suggestion for the gift every cook will appreciate.
It doesn't matter what you call them, whether its Seven Layer Bars, Magic Bars, or Hello Dolly's, these nostalgic delights are always reason enough to celebrate. To make these classic bars gift-worthy — and even more amazing — I shrunk them down into irresistible chocolate truffle form.
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 Suzanne Goin, author of the beloved Sunday Suppers at Lucques and the new A.O.C. Cookbook, shares a peek at her holiday wish list, which includes five of her favorite cookbooks from 2013.
We here at The Kitchn believe that the very best gifts are of the edible sort, so today we're sharing all our favorites — and we mean all! There are soft gingerbread cookies to send in the mail and chewy caramels to share with your co-workers; chai tea mix to thank the hostess at your next party and doggy biscuits to thank your best furry pal; granola to make last-minute and nutty brittle to hide under the tree. Read on for a veritable feast of ideas!
With the luxury of this long weekend stretching before me, I'm thinking of settling in at my kitchen table and getting started on a few projects for the holidays. Special homemade gifts like bottles of infused liquor and small tins of flavored salt take a little extra time to reach delectable perfection, and for this very reason, they're always some of my favorite things to wrap up and give to friends. Care to join me?
This actually happened to a friend of ours last year: She had cleaned out the turkey, rubbed it with her marinade, and was ready to put it in the oven when she realized that she had a roasting pan but no rack! If you find yourself without a "real" roasting rack with hours to go before dinner, here are some quick solutions to MacGyver your way to roasted perfection.
Let's talk about holiday appetizers and cocktail party snacks. Everyone needs just one or two really reliable crowd-pleasers around the holidays, no? It's a relief for a cook to set out a plate of tasty bites while he puts the finishing touches on a meal. And in the spirit of giving, let me offer you the prettiest, easiest, and most lusciously decadent appetizer I know: hot cheese smothered in sweet cranberry sauce. I mean, hello.
Have you ever seen a Thankful Tree? (Also known as a Gratitude Tree or Grateful Tree.) It's an arrangement or centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table that puts thankfulness front and center.
I can't take credit for the idea of a Thankful Tree; it's something that was circling the Internet a few years ago, and I've wanted to make our own ever since! Here's how to make one yourself — it turned out to be easy and to cost nothing, and it was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon.