Part of the fun for me of having a dinner party is setting a few pretty things on the table, and this DIY project from Design*Sponge proves that doesn't need to be an expensive endeavor. Plain ol' oyster shells painted with liquid gold leaf and a food-safe top coat make unique, lovely salt cellars. What a great idea!
Q: Do you have any advice on cooking Thanksgiving just for two? My boyfriend and I are not going home, and none of our friends will be in town. I desperately love cooking Thanksgiving, but I don't even know if it is worth hunting down a small turkey and making half or quarter recipes of all the fixings. Any suggestions for scaling down?
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.
Now that we have all the prep out of the way, let's party! Come into my home and see how we cooked Thanksgiving dinner, doing most of it ahead to keep it low-stress, and enjoyed a swanky afternoon of good food, good wine, and Thanksgiving cheer with friends. Are you ready for some turkey action?
We've all been there. You're at a dinner party and everyone is chatting away, having a great time, when suddenly silence falls over the table. And there it stays, getting more awkward by the moment. Help! What's the best way to end it and get the conversation rolling again? Here's one tip from an expert.
Ah, the limitations of rental kitchens. There's only so much you can do without blowing your security deposit, and ripping out the backsplash tile probably isn't one of them. But covering up that tile is, provided you use these removable tile "tattoos" from 2Jane. With over 63 designs and colors to choose from, you can go graphic, whimsical, colorful, vintage-inspired, or — if you're trying to get rid of a tile design you already have — all white!
Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It's a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.
But this image no longer reflects all of our experiences. You may be hosting a smaller gathering or "Friendsgiving," one closer to home and without the extended family around the table. If so, and especially if it's your first time doing it all yourself, then this week's feature is for you. I'm inviting you to share the Thanksgiving dinner I threw a little earlier this year. A simple meal, a swanky table, and a make-ahead menu will help you embrace this holiday for what it is — a moment to share good food with friends and family.
I started yesterday morning by devouring a few thick slices of Pan de Muerto with my morning coffee. If you haven't had this treat, imagine an airy Portuguese bread topped with an orange powdered sugar. It's a thing of beauty. But as I stuffed it into my mouth I paused and realized, "D'oh! It's already Halloween."
If the hallowed day caught you by surprise yesterday too, maybe you can make up for it today with a impromptu Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Fridays are better for parties anyway. Here are some tips and recipes to help you celebrate tonight.
I love a vintage cookbook, and couldn't resist Ceil Dyer's The After Work Entertaining Cookbook when I spotted it recently at a second hand store for a mere $2. Her advice was probably meant for that new breed of working woman in the seventies — you know, the lady who had to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, all the while with a smile on her face — but this book turned out to be full of great tips and recipes. I came home from work the other day and went to work on a meal from the "Soup Suppers" chapter.