Many people have strong opinions about mints, especially those of the wedding variety. But those who have either been on the fence or a little shy about them — you've never had a real, melt-in-your-mouth butter mint. Bonus: they're easily customizable for any party and a snap to make!
After the fanfare and drama of Thanksgiving dinner, we feel like Christmas and Hanukkah meals with the family can be slightly more relaxed affairs. At least in terms of the food! There are traditional dishes, to be sure, but we find there’s also a lot more room to play around. What will be on your holiday table this year?
Hannukah may be over, but not our craving for rugelach. Apparently, Emily Weinstein of Diner’s Journal feels the same.
Now that she’s mastered the basics of cooking, Weinstein has set her sights on learning how to bake...with a little help from Dorie Greenspan! Rugelach was in oven last week, and Emily shares some great tips from her baking guru.
We have a weakness for holiday cookies. Every December, we swear to ourselves that we won’t go crazy this year. We’ll just make a few different cookies, and just our favorites. Three or four kinds, that’s reasonable, right? Maybe five? And it’s downhill from there. What are your must-have holiday cookies?
I am in love with this time of year. Even the shorter days and the cold, pouring rains that keep me indoors have a magical feeling. I love how the natural world has become spare and unembellished, and how daylight begins to darken at 3:00, fading into a hundred shades of grey and white, delicate and precise and beautiful. I know I'm supposed to crave hot sandy beaches and coconuts right now, but the truth is, I'd rather wrap myself up in a long wooly scarf and splash though the streets of my city in search of my journey's reward: a thick, white ceramic cup full of hot dark chocolate.
The absolute deliciousness of homemade marshmallows was one of our favorite discoveries this year. Wouldn’t a copy of this book on making marshmallows, along with a few homemade marshmallows as inspiration, make a great present for a fellow food-lover?
So, we've given you quite a few ideas for homemade gifts from the kitchen (40, to be precise!) and now you're thinking about pretty, crafty, homemade ways to wrap up those gifts. We asked our Twitter and Facebook friends to give us some ideas, and here are some of their suggestions. Add your own, too!
Potato latkes are such humble little things, yet so incredibly addictive. This version puts the traditional applesauce topping on the inside, where it gets warm and wonderful as the latkes cook. We love adding cubes of cheese to the filling, too. They melt into pockets of cheesy goodness and add extra savory depth to this classic dish.
"I, Hassan Haji, was born, the second son of six children, above my grandfather's restaurant on the Napean Sea Road in what was then called West Bombay, two decades before the great city was renamed Mumbai. I suspect my destiny was written from the very start, for my first sensation of life was the smell of machli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, rising through the floorboards to the cot in my parents' room above the restaurant." — The Hundred-Foot Journey
Like a lot of cooks I know, I love a good read— and not just cookbooks and food memoirs either. Yet it is rare for me to find on a food-themed novel that I enjoy. Truth is, most of them are predictable and clichéd, the food theme either forced or too obvious in its metaphor. So when a friend recommended a new food-focused (and Anthony Bourdain-lauded) novel called The Hundred-Foot Journey, I was skeptical.