This year for a change, I decided to include not just my own personal wine picks for the holiday season, but to also ask a few local retailers what they think is hot to celebrate the 2013 holiday season, or to buy as a special gift.
Read on for recommendations from three wine sellers in New York City, as well as a few of my own firm favorites.
I come from a generously-sized family, the sort that prompted wide eyes and under-the-breath counting from strangers who glimpsed our brood at the library or grocery store. I'll spare you the counting and say that I have five brothers and two sisters, so eight of us, plus parents, and now assorted spouses and in-laws. Christmas is an all-day affair for us, with stockings and enough presents to necessitate an intermission about halfway through unwrapping. But as we've grown up and gotten married, things have shifted; last year we did Christmas in the evening, instead of in the morning, and every holiday now has a marked absence of a sibling (or two) celebrating with someone else's family.
But there is one inviolable tradition that still binds our Christmases together, and that is my mother's cinnamon rolls.
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?
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!
When we were kids, a day of winter romping was always — always! — followed by mugs of cocoa and a plate of buttered toast. This was a given. It was inconceivable that one would not be followed by the other.
In the spirit of all things cozy and warm, I give to you this bread pudding. It takes the best of cocoa and the best of toast, and puts it in a single, custardy, marshmallow-topped dish. You can make it ahead in anticipation of a special winter breakfast or serve it for an post-dinner (and post-romping) treat. Just like a mug of cocoa, it's a pudding works equally well for either occasion.
Happy New Year, everyone! It was good to have a little time off to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but it's always good to be back here talking about home cooking with you all, too. To start off the new year, many of us make resolutions. Maybe yours include reading more novels or running a half marathon. Perhaps you want to learn a new language or stay more organized. This year, my boyfriend and I decided to set kitchen goals together: things we wanted to learn to make and create together at the dinner table and beyond.
Happy New Year from all of us at The Kitchn! We hope you had a festive New Year's Eve, full of delicious things. We've wrapped up our year-end review, and we'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning to kick off a whole new year of posts. Have a lovely holiday!
A lucky New Year's Day brunch calls for something simple and bubbly to begin the year on a festive note, and I have just the thing. It's hardly groundbreaking — we all know and love the classic brunch mimosa — but grapefruit puts such a refreshing edge on this old favorite. And with just two ingredients it can't be beat for simplicity.