If you invite me to a potluck style dinner and ask for something specific, I'll deliver. If you know what you want, it's yours. (You'll have your mac and cheese for Thanksgiving, Dad!) If you ask me to bring my favorite dish, I will disobey, because the veggie tray always gets eaten.
For new cooks, the world is their oyster. (They might not know how to shuck it yet, but they'll get there.) To do that, they need the right tools, so we've compiled a list of classic yet inexpensive items for new cooks that we think will have a big impact on their cooking life. You won't find a KitchenAid mixer or All-Clad pans on this list (great as they are), but you will find an affordable chef's knife, a use-it-forever set of measuring cups, and an olive oil that'll blow their mind — all tools to get a new cook going in the kitchen.
Read on for our first gift guide of the season, and see our holiday sweepstakes — your chance to win a little help for buying your holiday gifts this year.
I'll go on record saying there's no such thing as having too many wooden spoons. For gifts this season, you can buy a hand-carved version or carve your own, but there's a third option you may not have thought of: etched wooden spoons!
I grew up in South Carolina. I don't know how this happened, but I didn't try pineapple cheese casserole until I was well into my twenties. Actually, I think I know how it happened. We had the exact same menu for many, many years. My mother and her mother were in charge, and they knew what was best. Their menu was perfection, except this one little issue. Pineapple cheese casserole is the bomb.
Classic buttermilk biscuits are a staple in my household. Quick, easy, and light as a feather, they can be served for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and even dessert! The technique is simple (hint: freeze the butter and use a light touch) but the results are spectacular.
Q: I love baking, and my friends and family love it too. But I'm starting too feel guilty about constantly giving them unhealthy desserts. Are there good recipes out there for healthier cookies, cupcakes, and frostings?
As you've probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Today award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan shares her holiday menu, which mixes the iconic foods of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah into a meal that manages to feel utterly timeless.
Thanksgiving is typically a go big or go home type of affair, and a time when we are usually measured up by how big of a pile we stack onto our dinner plates. Perhaps this year you can consider downsizing the scale of your holiday dishes with these bite-sized yet still festive alternatives. They're perfect for a day-after Friendsgiving.
Even with all the spiced lattés, pumpkin beers, nutmeg-dusted baked goods, and squash-filled treats in the world, there will always be one day of the year when we crave the real deal. Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie just wouldn't feel right. Here is our version of the classic pie, plus a few tricks to help you make it the best one you've ever had.