Throwing a cocktail party this holiday season? Going to a potluck? Doing any kind of entertaining at all?! Yup, Salty Snacks is going to be a lifesaver. With clever ideas for everything from cheese straws to something simply (and temptingly) called "Deviled Bacon," we definitely won't be bringing the same dish twice to any parties this season.
As I think about the many stories I could write about cooking my way through last week's hurricane, I feel an abundance of gratitude that I can sit here and even ponder writing about the meals I made by candlelight, the cocktails invented with lack of ice, and the ways having a gas stove made it possible to not just survive but to thrive in my dark yet dry fourth floor walk-up just a few short blocks from some of the most devastating flooding to ever occur in Manhattan.
I won't complain. I am instead grateful to be able to tell you about how, when the power came back on, my daughter and I rode our bike uptown to the barely opened Trader Joe's to buy a few simple ingredients and a box of zippered plastic bags to eventually make ten pounds of granola for those whose hurricane stories were less romantic than our own.
Is it just me, or is anyone else always on the hunt for good snack ideas? I can usually manage coming up with a healthy lunch or an inspired dinner, but my afternoon hunger often caves to chips, salsa, and melted cheese. Seriously, you'd think I would have outgrown that old standby by now...
Time seems to speed up this time of year as we near the holidays. In preparation, I like to make and freeze a big batch of Asian dumplings like these tofu and kimchi-filled Korean mandu. They're easy to heat up as a bite to eat between running to events and make a nice appetizer for guests, too.
Now that Halloween is behind us (how the heck did that happen!?), I immediately have to brace myself for the rushing tidal wave that brings in the holiday season. My to-do list immediately grows longer as I begin planning family gatherings, testing new Thanksgiving recipes, and pondering edible gift ideas. It's a chaotic time for sure, but I look forward to every single minute of it.
So you've scooped all the slimy, messy insides out of your pumpkins. Whatever you do, save the seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great fall snack, and a healthy break from all of your Halloween candy. Here are few ideas for making the most of your Halloween pumpkin seeds.
I tried to make kale chips a few years ago when a friend told me how much she swears by this simple, healthy snack. A bad oven and an impatient cook (guilty!) burned them just a little bit. And you know what? They were terrible! But, after tasting some incredibly flavored dehydrated kale chips, I made it my mission to try again and to make them successfully at home — but without a dehydrator. And you know what? It worked! Here's your ticket to healthy-style Doritos. Seriously.