Figuring out what to do for New Year’s Eve is always a fraught decision. Do you go to the big party? Do you make reservations at your favorite restaurant? Do you stay in and watch the ball drop in Times Square? Do you actually make the trek to Times Square?
Q: My best friend is expecting her first child (a girl!) and can't celebrate with champagne on New Year's Eve. I want to bring her something bubbly for the toast, but want it to be a little more special and exciting than simply a bottle of sparkling cider.
Do you have any suggestions for fun, bubbly virgin cocktails for the New Year?
Let’s have some fun! Everyone I talk to is looking forward to 2010. For many 2009 has been a year of constant struggle, but, ever optimistic, let’s ring in the New Year with bubbly cheer. What are you popping open on December 31st?
I am not exactly sure what most people eat for breakfast on Christmas morning. There is often a lot of talk about dinner: roasts and hams, traditional side dishes, and glittering desserts. But the day has to start somehow; you can't dig through stockings and unwrap presents on an empty stomach. And it's Christmas, so it better be special. That means no bowls of cold cereal or skimpy slices of toast.
Once upon a time, we all sent paper invites through the mail when we wanted to invite friends and family to a party. Remember that?! These days, there are so many more options for getting the word out. We're curious - how do you invite people to parties?
It might sound strange, but winter is one of our favorite times for beer. Now is when we appreciate those high-octane dark beers with their heavy roasted malts, ultra-rich flavors, and creamy sticky mouthfeel. Here are a few beers we'll be enjoying at our holiday gatherings this year:
Thanksgiving and the holiday season call for special sips at parties and dinners. But not everyone drinks alcohol, and it's a little sad to think of drinking water or apple juice with your turkey. Never fear, though — there is a growing space of sophisticated, grown-up, yet alcohol-free drinks that are just as good (really!) as bubbly. Here are our favorites.
This time of year sees perhaps more mixed dining than any other time of year — and by mixed, of course, we mean vegetarian-vegan-gluten-free-with-omnivore dining. Thanksgiving and holiday parties bring people of all dietary preferences together, and so even if you don't already cook for a mixed household of vegetarians and omnivores on a regular basis, you may be this month. If you are, may we suggest a cookbook for you?
Remember those cooking resolutions we made back in January? We know that resolutions made with the best of intentions at New Year's have a tendency to lose their draw as the months progress, so we thought we'd check in, see how things are going, and share our own progress!
Are you cooking Chinese food tonight? We're planning a last-minute (hardly authentic) scramble of Chinese broccoli, scallions, eggs, and some leftover farro. But what we're really craving is one of these beautiful dishes from Asian food blogger Rasa Malaysia...