What's Cooking This Weekend?

Weekend of December 20-21

We've hosted our first holiday dinner party, and we're looking forward to a week of being at home with loved ones and family. Food figures prominently, of course -- we want to stay nourished and warm as we celebrate the holidays. What are you planning on cooking this weekend? Last minute treats? Traditional family recipes? Bread and soup?

Here are a few good ideas from The Kitchn to inspire you this weekend, and don't forget to visit over the next few days. We'll have a full roundup of our entire Un-Gift Guide 2008, and it's not too late to make many of these good things!

• Who are you giving to this holiday season?

• What


• Cookies: the state of the American cookie, and a great-looking recipe for chai cookies. Oh, and savory cookies too.

• Do you own a marble slab for pastry and candy-making?

• Host a dinner party (or two) this week! We have tips and more tips.

Sweet peanuts and salty caramels.

• We are recent converts to braised short ribs. The best word to describe these is "unctuous."

• What is cream of tartar anyway? We explain.

Oreo truffles, baby.

• Yummy breakfasts for Christmas morning.

Have a wonderful weekend. Come back tomorrow for a more complete roundup of all the holiday candy recipes we love here at The Kitchn as well as a full rundown of our entire Un-Gift Guide 2008, and we'll see you on Monday as we start on our year-end roundup of the best of The Kitchn 2008.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.