Q: Today's question is from me! I'll be participating in a holiday breakfast potluck hosted by my school's nutrition and food science club and I'm looking for some ideas for healthy, make-ahead breakfast recipes that will taste good at room temperature. Any suggestions?
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 kosher chef and cooking instructor Kim Kushner, author ofThe Modern Menu, shares her fresh and vibrant holiday menu, including a no-stress recipe for turkey braised with pumpkin, figs and honey. (It will make your kitchen smell amazing!)
I can't think of anything more American to devour on Thanksgiving than an ooey-gooey heap of caramelized apples piled into a crispy, buttery crust. A good apple pie can be oh-so-good, but a bad one, well, it's just flat out depressing. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong when it comes to the classic dessert, but I've done some research to ensure that it doesn't.
Normally Thanksgiving tips focuses around the host of the evening — the scheduling, the cooking, the attention to details. But a lot of us won't be doing the heavy lifting this year; we'll simply be guests on The Big Day. Even though this role may be smaller, there are still things you can do to be an exceptional guest and help out your host.
Assigned seating for dinner parties was de rigueur back in the day and had very prescribed rules of etiquette. Nowadays, you might occasionally see a dinner party seating plan, especially at weddings but also big dinners like Thanksgiving. Sometimes I suspect that this practice has survived because we want to use all those pretty/cool/interesting place cards more than any excessive need to control the table, but it can also be a hospitable gesture to offer each guest a named place at the table.
If you do want to arrange your guests for dinner, read on for a few tips on the fine art of the seating plan.
The picture above is an illustration of my average cooking session. Actually, it's somewhat less messy than my average cooking session. I know. I'm not supposed to show you this, but it's how I cook and, even better, I suspect it's how a lot of people cook. I'm showing it to you because sometimes we get caught comparing ourselves to an ideal, to some pretty Instagramed notion of how life should be. I'm showing you this picture because I want to encourage us to stop comparing our lives to the flicker and glow of fleeting images and instead to just meet the moment we're in, whatever it is, without judgement.
Do you have a Chemex? If you do, you probably have no desire to use it for anything other than what it's meant for: making a delicious cup of coffee. However, if you can spare it for a time and are in need of a lovely vase for a floral arrangement, you can get both in this easy tutorial from floral designer and stylist Kiana Underwood.
Yesterday Cambria shared that she's hosting her first Thanksgiving ever this year. Readers offered a ton of suggestions for her, and I'm going to add to that with a few tips and tricks of my own. Trust me — do these few things and you won't need that pizza delivery number in your back pocket! You can handle this.
Q: Help!! Hubby and I are having guests over on Sunday (some of whom are senior citizens). We have no dining room table. Our home is small. We have a wee kitchen counter where we're planning to eat so our guests can sit in the living room, which is next to the kitchen. This is going to be so awkward. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
A party just isn't a party without punch, especially around the holidays. If you don't have a punch bowl, you can find many beautiful vintage ones on Etsy or eBay, particularly if you're looking for a leaded crystal version with that signature scalloped edge and starburst design (very Mad Men!) But if you'd like a more modern and streamlined version, then one of these five bowls should do the trick: