In my family, the most special moments always happened in the kitchen. Growing up in the South, I spent the days before Thanksgiving underfoot in my grandma's kitchen, scooping out cupfuls of flour and adding the finishing touch — a dust of powdered sugar — to her famous bourbon chocolate pecan pie. (As a reward, I got to turn the dough scraps into my own tiny pies, also dusted with sugar.) These little moments turned into beautiful memories that stick with me every year. The smell of this pie — now a classic on my own holiday table — takes me right back to those days. I make the recipe just like she used to, and that includes using Imperial Sugar: No Southern lady, my grandma included, would trust a Thanksgiving dessert to any other brand.
In my family, the most special moments always happened in the kitchen. Growing up in Virginia, I spent the days before Thanksgiving underfoot in my grandma's kitchen, scooping out cupfuls of flour and adding the finishing touch — a dust of powdered sugar — to her famous bourbon chocolate pecan pie. (As a reward, I got to turn the dough scraps into my own tiny pies, also dusted with sugar.) These little moments turned into beautiful memories that stick with me every year. The smell of this pie — now a classic on my own holiday table — takes me right back to those days. I make the recipe just like she used to, and that includes using Dixie Crystals: No Southern lady, my grandma included, would trust a Thanksgiving dessert to any other brand.
It seems like everyone's family has a potato dish (or two!) they traditionally serve for Thanksgiving. Ours is a potato gratin, which I decided to gussy up this year with the addition of nutty Gruyere cheese and crispy pancetta. It has all the familiar flavors of a classic gratin, but the elevated add-ins lend this version an easy sophistication for the holidays.
For entertaining and potlucks, cheesecake is one of my go-to desserts. It's easy to make yet feels special, and it's more than suitable to make ahead since its characteristic texture actually requires a stay in the fridge. This year, for my annual Friendsgiving, I decided to give my trusty standby the holiday treatment by adding pumpkin and warming spices. Because if it doesn't have added pumpkin spice, did it really happen? Even better, I made them crustless in a muffin tin, so they're individually portioned for those who will want only one or two (or three), plus my gluten-free friends can enjoy them, too.
Prize: 1 Kitchen in a Box Value: $199 From: Premier Kitchen
You know that friend who serves amazing dinners from a kitchen so teeny it makes a closet look spacious? We know how she does it: editing. She doesn't waste space with single-use tools or frivolous gadgets; she sticks to the essentials. So does Kitchen in a Box.
If you're short on square footage, just starting to cook, love camping trips, or have a dorm-dweller in your life — this thing is your new best friend. It's packed with everything you need to whip up a delicious meal: 14 pieces, from countertop tools to stovetop essentials. And Premier Kitchen is now giving a Kitchen in a Box away to one lucky Kitchn reader!
Whether you've hopped on the KonMarie bandwagon or are just trying to keep your home tidy, you're probably looking to outfit your kitchen with only the tools you really need. The most efficient home cooks don't waste space or time on specialized single-use gadgets or cute useless items that only take up space. (Lookin' at you, strawberry-shaped strawberry cutter.)
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Are you constantly handing out baking tips to loved ones and calling dibs on dessert duty for get-togethers? Does your Pinterest look like a virtual bake sale? If this sounds like you, grab your apron and pre-heat the oven for the ultimate baking contest: Marie Callender's is looking to crown its "Pie Queen or King" – a person who will win a $15,000 grand prize to make his or her baking dreams come true!
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Picture it now: you're being fanned and fed grapes while you sip on the quintessential summer cocktail. Okay, maybe the grapes and fanning won't actually happen, but you can definitely make the cocktail part possible by breaking out your inner mixologist.
Now that summertime is heating up and you've either reunited with your A/C unit or inner tube, you're more than likely searching for a refreshing adult beverage that cools you down in these pesky rising temperatures. This Everclear® cocktail combines ginger and sweet honey to make you feel like you’re boating away to a tropical island, sun hat in hand, Ginger Honey Bee ambrosia in the other.
It’s no secret that watermelon is the "it" ingredient this summer. It’s on craft cocktail menus, it’s served with mint and ricotta in super Instagram-able salads at mega hip restaurants everywhere, and it’s still the best barbecue go-to in all the land.
I love watermelon everything, but I haven’t figured out the perfect way to create a cocktail that doesn’t overpower the light, sweet taste. That’s why I was beyond excited to put together the Everclear® Watermelon Negroni, which let’s you fully enjoy the watermelon, without letting its flavor disappear into alcohol oblivion. It’s basically like eating a ripe watermelon, only there’s alcohol involved, and what could be better? That was a rhetorical question, because literally nothing can compare to this Watermelon Negroni.