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?
As a former bartender who gets a hankering to shake up fancy adult beverages again from time to time, it really pays to have a mixology-obsessed brother. Not only does he mix up a crazy obscure cocktail every time I'm in town, but he does things like gift homemade triple sec, amaro, and bitters for my birthday. With the holidays right around the corner, I'm inspired to dive into these spirits with a festive punch, one of my favorite ways to stay on budget when throwing a party.
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.
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.
2014 is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start picking out a fresh new calendar to adorn your home or office. Sure, you could just use iCal on your phone or computer, or whatever, but that's so boring. These 12 food-themed calendars are all handmade and can be found on Etsy. Don't you think you should ring in the new year with some stylish lookin' vegetables?
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!
Let us help you cross a few names off of your holiday list this weekend! I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love their very own loaf of this stunning cranberry cake, can you? It's also not too late to start making a batch of limoncello or some bitters for the cocktail-lover in your life. For something quick, easy, and sure to please, definitely take a look at our recipe for skillet toffee. Take a look through all our homemade edible gifts from this past week — there's something for everyone.
My children have never been the best at waiting, and their gift-giving style is no exception. Christmas is coming, but not soon enough. My youngest came home the other day with a wonderful gift he made in his afternoon art class, a classic woven potholder, most likely created on one of the plastic looms of my youth, though he swears he and a friend did it with just their hands. "It's easy!" However he made it, I love that potholder, as useful as it is sweet.
One of the greatest holiday traditions at my parents' house is the making of a half dozen cheesecakes. Guided by a top-secret recipe — from an original 1980 issue of The Kansas City Star that lists a recipe for New York Cheesecake, along with years of handwritten notes and variations — my father spends a full day in the kitchen pressing graham cracker crusts into springform pans, whipping up rich cream cheese filling, and fretting over water baths.
The result: one of the most decadent holiday treats and a beautiful gift for family members.