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Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses & ShanklishRecipes
What’s happened to Brussels sprouts may be one of the best food moments of the 21st century. No more boiling them into cabbage-y oblivion. We love roasting them, for good reason — time in a hot oven reveals Brussels sprouts to be remarkably nutty, earthy, sweet, and versatile. If you’re like me and can’t get enough roasted sprouts, you already know how great they are with balsamic vinegar. Meet my new best friend: pomegranate molasses, the Middle Eastern equivalent.
Dec 1, 2015
Recipe: Crisp Parsnip LatkesRecipes
Parsnips — sweet, citrusy, spicy, and starchy — make a crazy-good latke. What? You thought latkes were only made from potatoes and only for Hanukkah? Let me explain. Latkes — typically potato pancakes — are a traditional European side dish that the local Jewish (Ashkenazic) population adopted long ago as their Hanukkah treat.
Nov 30, 2015
Wait, What Did I Even Cook This Week?Skills
I’d love very much to tell you about all the wonderful kitchen adventures that were had recently. Inventive meals, healthy make ahead breakfasts, sweet treats. Sounds great, but there’s only one minor problem. I’m not sure I cooked a single thing last week! With a whole slew of holiday parties, celebrations, and last minute shopping, was there any time for a little time in the kitchen? Nope.
Dec 23, 2014
How To Make Soy Candles in Canning JarsKitchen
The holiday season is in full swing! Have you crossed all the items off your gift list yet? If not, don’t panic. With just a few supplies, you can make your own soy candles in no time. They are adorable and practical (winter power outages, anyone?) gifts to give to friends, family, coworkers, and hosts. These candles don’t ask much of you — just an hour or so of your time, and you can crank out eight (or more!) beautiful gifts.
Dec 16, 2014
Global Fry: 5 Hanukkah Treats from Around the WorldRecipes
In America, Hanukkah food typically refers to two things: latkes, Eastern European fried potato pancakes, and sufganiyot, jelly-filled doughnuts that are favored in Israel and increasingly popular here. While very different in composition, what ties these two foods together is that they are fried in oil — a technique that directly connects to the “miracle of the oil” in the Hanukkah story.
Dec 12, 2014
Recipe: Syrian Herb and Meat Latkes (Ijeh B’Lahmeh)Recipes
In my recent interview with cookbook author and magazine editor, Janna Gur, she described a recipe so delicious that I just had to share it. The recipe is for Syrian herb and meat latkes, called ijeh b’lahmeh. They’re shaped into patties, bound with eggs, and fried in oil just like Hanukkah latkes. But instead of the grated potato most of us are used to, these latkes are made with ground beef and a delightful mess of chopped mint, parsley, cilantro, and scallions.
Dec 10, 2014
14 Food-Themed Holiday Cards for Your Favorite CookPeople
Choosing the right holiday card to send to your friends and family can be hard. There are just so many options to choose from. Do you go with something classic and plain, or something fun and lighthearted? If you love eating and cooking (and I know you do), then these fourteen holiday cards are for you. From Sriracha bottles spewing warm, spicy wishes, to a “Happy Challah-day” gem, these cards say it all.
Dec 9, 2014
7 Questions for Janna Gur, Author of Jewish Soul FoodPeople
With Hanukkah around the corner and Christmas coming soon, holiday cookbook season is in full swing. Among the piles of recently published, glossy tomes, the book I’m most excited about is Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh by Janna Gur. Gur is the longtime editor of Al Hashulchan, a popular food publication in Israel.
Dec 9, 2014
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash LatkesRecipes
Every year when Hanukkah comes around, I always take on the challenge to cook up creative latke recipes. The classic potato-and-onion recipe is always great on the first few nights, but by the third night, I find that I’m craving something a little different. Here, I’ve swapped the starchy grated potato for some tender spaghetti squash and tossed it with fresh herbs, green onions, and Pecorino Romano — an easy (and gluten-free!) latke everyone will love.
Dec 8, 2014
21 Homemade Gifts You Can Make Over the Long WeekendRecipes
I adore the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s long and replete with leftovers, and it’s also when I get seriously excited about planning holiday gifts. This weekend is perfectly early enough to start a project like DIY vanilla or cocktail bitters, and not too early to freeze some dough for homemade puppy treats. If you need a few fresh ideas for homemade holiday gifts this year, take a look!
Nov 28, 2014
A Modern Relish Tray for Thanksgiving: A Beautiful Whole CheesePeople
For our final Modern Thanksgiving Relish Tray (see our pickle board and spread of dips and crudités) I went a very untraditional route for Thanksgiving: cheese! I was looking for something that represented the Bay Area and our local bounty, something unique and delicious and maybe just a bit decadent. Something dramatic and singular and celebratory. Well, hello there, whole wheel of beautiful, buttery Mt. Tam! You’re looking marvelous!
Nov 18, 2014
A Modern Relish Tray for Thanksgiving: Fresh Vegetables & Creamy SpreadsPeople
While the relish tray was originally passed as a way to add a brisk and snappy appetizer element to the rich Thanksgiving meal, it’s not too surprising that people eventually started adding creamy mayo and sour cream-based dressings as something to dip those healthy carrot and celery sticks into. We took the middle road and offered creamy hummus and smoky eggplant dip on our second Modern Relish Tray (our first tray was all about pickles).
Nov 17, 2014
A Modern Relish Tray for Thanksgiving: Homemade Pickles & Rye CrackersRecipes
When Faith floated the idea of having the gang from The Kitchn gather at my house in Oakland to celebrate and shoot the 2014 Thanksgiving spread, I was thrilled. They would take care of everything, she promised, except maybe could I do a modern interpretation of the old-fashioned relish tray as appetizers? Absolutely! We ended up deciding on three trays: pickles, spreads, and cheese and fruit. Let’s start with my favorite: the pickle tray.
Nov 13, 2014
What Are Some DIY Spice Mixes That Make Good Holiday Gifts?Kitchen
Q: I’m looking for some spice mix recipes that I could pack in jars and give for gifts during the holidays. Any good suggestions? Sent by Margie Editor: Here are some spice mixes from around the world that can make fun, creative holiday gifts! Anyone have a favorite, or some packaging advice or inspiration?
Nov 10, 2014
5 Tips for Setting Up a Better Holiday BuffetPeople
Setting up a buffet table like the one for our Cozy Holiday Potluck might not seem like a part of the gathering that needs a lot of attention. Cover a table with a tablecloth and let guests drop off dishes as they arrive, right?! Even so, I think putting just five minutes of thought into the buffet table will make your life easier and help the whole evening go off without a hitch.
Dec 13, 2013
Homemade Gift Recipe: Maple Bourbon Caramel SauceRecipes
Making caramel sauce is simple, and additions of sea salt, lavender or even chilies take a basic sauce and make it into something special. This holiday season, I made mine boozy with an infusion of maple bourbon. Maple bourbon is the most popular flavor of bourbon on the market now with big guys like Jim Beam and Knob Creek topping the list of producers. It’s a sweeter style and works well in lots of hot cocktails, after dinner drinks and desserts.
Dec 6, 2013
5 Unique Gift Guides for Food-LoversTools
Whoa — and just like that it’s December and there’s constant chatter of gifts — from hostess gifts to edible gifts, we’re deep in it now. As a first child and a dutiful Capricorn, I tend to be a big planner so I’ve conquered a good little chunk of my list already this year, but there are still some holes.
Dec 5, 2013
Suzanne Goin, What’s On Your Cooking Wish List?Groceries
The holidays are here, which means the stores are flooded with a dizzying array of cooking tools, cookbooks and fancy ingredients meant to tempt home cooks. What’s the discerning shopper to do? We decided to talk to some of our favorite professional chefs — the people who spend serious time in their kitchens — to find out what can’t-live-without-it cooking tools and ingredients are on their holiday wish lists this year.
Dec 3, 2013
45 Homemade Gifts from The KitchnRecipes
We here at Kitchn believe that the very best gifts are of the edible sort, so today we’re sharing all our favorites — and we mean all! There are soft gingerbread cookies to send in the mail and rosé gummies to share with your BFF. New moms will be thankful for a big jar of DIY instant mac and cheese, and anyone would be happy to find some vanilla-scented nut clusters under the tree.
Dec 2, 2013
Recipe: Fennel-Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour CreamRecipes
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah typically arrives in December, but I start getting excited for it sometime around Labor Day. I love lighting the menorah (Hanukkah candelabra) and watching the candles’ reflection, warm and comforting, in my window. And I crave the overall feeling of coziness that comes with the season. But what I long for most are the latkes — fried potato pancakes that Jewish families fry up during the eight-day holiday.
Nov 27, 2013
The Best New Jewish Cookbooks to Gift for HanukkahPeople
With all due respect to the Kindle and other e-readers, I think that cookbooks — meaning the printed-in-ink kind — make the best presents. There is just nothing that can quite top the joy of unwrapping a beautiful cookbook, thumbing through the collection of recipes, stories, and photos within, and starting to dream about which dish to make first. Just in time for the holiday, here is a roundup of our favorite recently-published Jewish cookbooks.
Nov 26, 2013
5 More Ways to Rock ThanksgivukkahKitchen
Perhaps you have heard the news: this year, for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The convergence of these two holidays — which has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah — is huge for food lovers. Potato latkes meeting turkey and sweet potato casserole — it is almost too much goodness to take. This once-in-a-lifetime occurrence is not scheduled to happen again for 70,000 years (seriously) so let’s rock it.
Nov 25, 2013
Joan Nathan’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: Two Holidays, One Timeless MealKitchen
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Nov 22, 2013
Cheryl Sternman Rule’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: A Jerusalem-Inspired MealKitchen
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Nov 21, 2013
Paula Shoyer’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: Plus Plenty of Ideas for a Memorable DessertKitchen
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Nov 20, 2013
Kim Kushner’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: And Her Recipe for Turkey with Pumpkin, Figs & HoneyKitchen
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Nov 19, 2013
David Tanis’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: And His Recipe for Crispy Potato GalettesRecipes
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Nov 18, 2013
End of Year Party, 2012: A Thank You, From Us to You!People
Every year in December, the Apartment Therapy staff gathers from the far corners of the country for our annual meeting and holiday party. This year, Maxwell wanted to invite you to join us! Morgane Saout, the French designer who won our “Design is Not Taught” internship with David Stark, worked together with Max, Cate and Nelly to design a party that would give us all an opportunity to sit back, enjoy one another, and celebrate all of our hard work, each other (and you!).
Dec 24, 2012
4 Tips for Mailing CookiesSkills
Thinking of sharing the bounty from your holiday cookie baking marathons with friends far and wide? Make sure those tasty cookies of yours arrive with nary a crumb out of place. Here are some tips for packing up your cookies and sharing the sugary joy. • Choose Your Cookies with Care: The best cookies to ship are those that are fairly firm and sturdy, like crinkle cookies, thumbprint cookies, gingerbread, Mexican wedding cookies, and sugar cookies.
Dec 13, 2012
Easy, Yummy and Fun! 10 Kid-Friendly Cookie RecipesRecipes
It isn’t hard to convince kids to join in the fun of making holiday cookies. After all, the reward is dozens and dozens of cookies, as well as a bonanza of icing, frosting or powdered sugar to decorate them. But not every cookie recipe is a good choice for children; some are too fussy, others combine flavors most kids won’t appreciate. These 10 recipes use kid-friendly flavors, include interactive steps that are fun for little hands — chocolate-dipping! sugar-dusting!
Dec 13, 2012
Simple Holiday Gift: Give Holiday Cookies on a Vintage PlateGroceries
Want to make your gift of homemade cookies a little more special? Wrap them up on a pretty vintage plate specially chosen for the recipient, and make the plate part of the gift. And while they add a ton of class, small, charming plates like this don’t cost much — just a couple dollars tops at a local thrift store.While it isn’t easy or cheap to find sets of matching plates, single mismatched plates are plentiful and usually very inexpensive at thrift stores.
Dec 12, 2012
The Best Way to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls: Parbake & Freeze Sweet Rolls NowPeople
Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls are a special breakfast for the holidays (or any day), but who wants to wake up at 5 am to start the process of making them from scratch? Instead of reaching for canned rolls, try this technique from King Arthur Flour: parbake and freeze cinnamon rolls, then fully bake them just before serving. You’ll have hot, homemade cinnamon rolls on the table in just 20 minutes.
Dec 11, 2012
Delicious Classics & New Favorites: 18 Cookie Recipes for the HolidaysRecipes
Do you have a perfect recipe for cut-out sugar cookies? One that rolls out beautifully and bakes up sturdy yet chewy? What about that killer Nutella cookie recipe — the one that will climb to the top of the cookie exchange? We have these for you today and more — a list of our own very favorite recipes for this high season of holiday cookie baking. Peppermint Cream SquaresThere are spicy cookies with candied orange slices, and molasses cookies with a sugary lemon glaze.
Dec 10, 2012
Recipe: Cocoa Fritters, for HanukkahRecipes
Not to be rude, but there’s something a little scary about jelly donuts. It’s not the donut part. It’s not even the jelly part, to be frank. I just don’t like surprises in my sweets. Don’t ever hand me a box of chocolates without a very clear map of exactly what’s in there, and at which precise coordinates. Also, I call dibs on anything with pistachio, always.But let’s return to jelly donuts.
Dec 10, 2012
10 Gifts for Coffee LoversPeople
Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it’s about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover’s particular focus, we have a gift idea for you.TOP ROW• 1 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $26 from Amazon: it may not be the prettiest gadget around, but it makes an amazing cup of coffee – flavorful, smooth, and rich in body. You can also make espresso with it.
Dec 6, 2012
15 Budget-Friendly Yet Indulgent Gifts for Home CooksGroceries
It’s easy to find a luxurious cooking gift when you have $100 to spend, but how about when you have $20? Most cooks have a mental list of ingredients or tools they would love to have, but that are a little too expensive for everyday cooking. As dear as they may be to the recipient, these items usually make very reasonable gifts. Here are 15 small, indulgent gifts sure to be appreciated by the cooks on your shopping list — and they’re all $30 and under.
Dec 6, 2012
10 Useful & Inspiring Gifts for New CooksTools
Shopping for new cooks is a real pleasure. There’s so much excitement and optimism to work with! You could probably rattle off a list of must-haves in the kitchen (our Essentials posts do just that) but gifts for new cooks require a little more finesse. They should be practical, yet inspirational, something to not only outfit them for successful cooking, but also get them excited about doing it!
Dec 5, 2012
How To Make Challah BreadRecipes
This step-by-step recipe is perfect for beginners.
Dec 4, 2012
15 Delicious Gifts from Your KitchenRecipes
One blessing in having such an early Thanksgiving this year is that it gets us into the holiday spirit with a little more time to spare for planning and making gifts. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s a good time to look ahead to those warm little gifts from the kitchen that are so appreciated by friends, coworkers, teachers, and party hosts. If you’re looking for some inspiration for these edible gifts, then we’ve got you covered.
Nov 26, 2012
Mailing Food to Troops Overseas: A Guide to Holiday Care Package Do’s and Don’tsPeople
Do you have a friend or loved one on active duty overseas? If you’d like to send them a holiday food package this season, go right ahead! But here are a few rules to keep in mind when shipping edible goodies to troops overseas: DON’T • Don’t send homemade goods to soldiers you don’t personally know. If you plan to send homemade cookies or treats, you MUST have the name and address of an individual soldier.
Nov 12, 2012
Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne SauvagePeople
Hip hip hooray! Here’s a gluten-free baking book just in time for the holidays! All your favorites are here, from cutout cookies and rugelach to bûche de noël and pumpkin pie. No need to miss out on tasty holiday treats this year — Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays will help fill your cookie tray.• Who wrote it: Jeanne Sauvage• Who published it: Chronicle Books• Number of recipes: 60• Recipes for right now: All of them!
Nov 12, 2012
A Few Keys to Transcendent LatkesPeople
Every holiday season we ask a few friends to join us here at The Kitchn for a series of guest posts. The topics range from favorite holiday recipes to family memories and traditions. Today’s guest: Cheryl Sternman Rule of 5 Second Rule. I am a huge fan of Cheryl’s writing and photography, not to mention her cooking. At my college, the annual Latke-Hamantaschen debate drew standing-room only crowds.
Dec 22, 2011
Religious Freedom: And a Recipe for SufganiyotRecipes
Every holiday season we ask a few friends to join us here at The Kitchn for a series of guest posts. The topics range from favorite holiday recipes to family memories and traditions. Today’s guest: Jess Thomson of Hogwash. Jess is a friend and terrific writer and recipe developer. She recently published a book on doughnuts, and she brings us this recipe for sufganiyot, those fried, jelly-filled pastries so beloved at Hanukkah.
Dec 21, 2011
Bubbles Galore! Champagne & Sparkling Wines for Any Holiday CelebrationGroceries
There is something about Champagne and sparkling wine that seems to automatically kick off a celebration. With the holiday season in full swing and New Year’s parties around the corner I thought I would share some thoughts on the the key sparkling wine regions of the world, and the many different styles to choose fromWhile sparkling wine is made in almost every winemaking country, the most iconic and revered sparkling wine has to be Champagne.
Dec 15, 2011
These Snowball Cookies are Perfect for Holiday PotlucksRecipes
It’s the holiday season and while my household celebrates Christmas, we’re also just as likely to attend holiday events that don’t necessarily match its red and green theme. (Hanukkah, Solstice, Buddha’s Enlightenment, etc.) I love to bring a plateful of cookies as a gift or potluck offering, so this year I gave my usual Christmas cookie recipe some new, more ecumenical party clothes. Read on for the transformation!
Dec 9, 2011
Holiday Gift Guide For New Bread BakersTools
Know someone who is just getting into bread baking? Set them up in style! This guide has everything a beginning baker could dream of, from sourdough starters and proofing baskets to three cookbooks that are a baking education in themselves.TOP ROW1 King Arthur Flour Bread Flour, $5 from King Arthur Flour: This flour makes loaves that rise beautifully and develop a fantastic chewy crumb.
Dec 7, 2011
Jewish Holiday Recipe: Mom’s Simple Savory KugelRecipes
Growing up on the coast of Southern California, I was pretty far removed from my father’s native Brooklyn neighborhood. However my Mississippi-born mother made sure to close some of that distance with one delicious Jewish recipe she adapted from her mother-in-law. Savory noodle kugel is as comforting and cozy as it gets.Like all great casseroles, kugel has many variations, incarnations and riffs.
Nov 30, 2011
Homemade Gifts: Our 10 Best Sweet & Savory TreatsRecipes
The best gifts come from the kitchen, don’t you think? I don’t just mean just gifts wrapped up under the tree — I mean all the little gifts sprinkled through the holiday season. The gift you give a favorite teacher, or hand out to a group of coworkers over lunch. The gift you bring your aunt hosting Christmas Eve dinner, and the gift you leave on your neighbor’s front porch.
Nov 28, 2011
Holiday Cookie Platter: What Are Your Must-Have Cookies?People
Gingerbread men, nut horns, frosted sugar cookies, chocolate crinkles, peppermint candy cane cookies, those cocoa ones with the cherry in the middle whose name I can never remember. I love them all, equally and without reservation. I’d make them all if I could, too! What holiday cookies do you absolutely have to have every December? Any new ones this year?I grew up in a house with a mother who, by her own admission, always went a little crazy with making holiday cookies.
Nov 28, 2011
Make Holiday Butter Mints In Any Shape Or ColorRecipes
Many people have strong opinions about mints, especially those of the wedding variety. But those who have either been on the fence or a little shy about them — you’ve never had a real, melt-in-your-mouth butter mint. Bonus: they’re easily customizable for any party and a snap to make!Amanda over at Bake It Pretty has been kind enough to share her recipe for butter mints. This time she pressed them gently into a small snowflake mold to make them festive for the season.
Dec 15, 2010
Bite-Sized Beauties: Making Dorie Greenspan’s RugelachRecipes
Hannukah may be over, but not our craving for rugelach. Apparently, Emily Weinstein of Diner’s Journal feels the same.Now that she’s mastered the basics of cooking, Weinstein has set her sights on learning how to bake…with a little help from Dorie Greenspan! Rugelach was in oven last week, and Emily shares some great tips from her baking guru.Rugelach is one of those cookie recipes that everyone should make at least once.
Dec 15, 2010
Holiday Dinners: What’s Traditional for Your Family?People
After the fanfare and drama of Thanksgiving dinner, we feel like Christmas and Hanukkah meals with the family can be slightly more relaxed affairs. At least in terms of the food! There are traditional dishes, to be sure, but we find there’s also a lot more room to play around. What will be on your holiday table this year?My family takes a very non-traditional approach to Christmas.
Dec 15, 2010
Gifts For Foodies: “Marshmallows” by Eileen Talanian with Homemade MarshmallowsGroceries
The absolute deliciousness of homemade marshmallows was one of our favorite discoveries this year. Wouldn’t a copy of this book on making marshmallows, along with a few homemade marshmallows as inspiration, make a great present for a fellow food-lover?This book Marshmallows: Homemade Gourmet Treats by Eileen Talanian has been our guiding star as we started experimenting with making these treats at home.
Dec 6, 2010
10 Crafty Cool Ways to Wrap Gifts from The KitchenPeople
So, we’ve given you quite a few ideas for homemade gifts from the kitchen (40, to be precise!) and now you’re thinking about pretty, crafty, homemade ways to wrap up those gifts. We asked our Twitter and Facebook friends to give us some ideas, and here are some of their suggestions. Add your own, too!WRAPPING IDEAS FROM OUR FRIENDS• 1 Black Boxes with Japanese Paper – Leah on Facebook pointed these out to us. They are lovely!
Dec 1, 2010
Hanukkah Recipe: Apple and Cheese-Stuffed LatkesRecipes
Potato latkes are such humble little things, yet so incredibly addictive. This version puts the traditional applesauce topping on the inside, where it gets warm and wonderful as the latkes cook. We love adding cubes of cheese to the filling, too. They melt into pockets of cheesy goodness and add extra savory depth to this classic dish. For this recipe, we’re essentially making a fresh applesauce and sandwiching this between two layers of potato pancake.
Dec 1, 2010
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard MoraisPeople
“I, Hassan Haji, was born, the second son of six children, above my grandfather’s restaurant on the Napean Sea Road in what was then called West Bombay, two decades before the great city was renamed Mumbai. I suspect my destiny was written from the very start, for my first sensation of life was the smell of machli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, rising through the floorboards to the cot in my parents’ room above the restaurant.
Dec 1, 2010
Edible Gift Idea: Chocolate-Dipped Agave CandiesRecipes
Don’t these crunchy candies look good? And they’re made with only five ingredients! These are going in our holiday care packages, for sure.These candies are made by boiling agave syrup and raw sugar, and then adding baking soda to make the cooked sugar bubble up. Poured onto a baking sheet, the sugar sets and hardens into a crunchy, caramel-flavored candy.These remind us of the honeycomb candy bars we made earlier this year, but we really like that these are bite-sized.
Nov 30, 2010
Edible Gift Idea: The Best Chai Tea Mix!Recipes
This is one of my absolutely favorite things to give away at the holiday time. It makes a great gift, especially if given with a hand-thrown mug and one of those long, involved novels that are best read in January. (Armchair optional.) It’s also great to keep a few batches on hand as hostess or last-minute gifts.The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. You can adjust any of the spices to your taste and even eliminate one altogether.
Nov 19, 2010
Yay or Nay? Setting a Kiddie Table at Holiday DinnersKitchen
There was always a kiddie table growing up, and graduating to the grown-up table was considered quite a big deal. (And as the youngest in a large extended family, it was a very big deal.) Now that we’re the grown-ups in charge of seating arrangements, what do you think about the kids’ table?As fond as I am of my memories of that first meal at the grown-up table, I find myself questioning the whole idea of a kid’s table at holiday meals. For one thing, does it really work?!
Nov 15, 2010
Recipe: Canal House Cooking’s Pimentón Fried EggsRecipes
The deep blue and silver cover of this latest issue in the Canal House Cooking series is an elegant hint at the the celebratory champagne-popping and truffle-stuffed recipes within. This is Canal House Cooking’s Fall & Holiday issue and it’s chock-full of recession-flouting recipes that glimmer and sparkle and call us to the table to eat well, make merry, and welcome in the good life with those we love.
Oct 27, 2010
Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Gifts Under $10Tools
Last week, we showed you our favorite kitchen basics under $25. But let’s face it, if you have a lot of people on your holiday shopping list, even that can get a little pricey. So here are 15 more budget-friendly gift ideas – all under $10.Top Row1. Bamboo steamer – Perfect for vegetables, dumplings, bao, tamales … the list goes on. Choose a 10-inch steamer or a 6-inch set of 3 for $9.99 at World Market.2.
Dec 9, 2009
Edible Craft: Marshmallow Dreidels for HanukkahMartha Stewart KidsPeople
Hanukkah starts at sundown on Friday, December 11th, so for those of you celebrating, the planning/cooking may have already begun. We think making these marshmallow dreidels would keep kids occupied even longer than playing with an actual dreidel. That is, until they eat them. Get the instructions below.The team at Martha Stewart must have a thing for marshmallow dreidels, because these aren’t the only ones the magazine has featured.
Dec 3, 2009
How To Make Funnel Cakes At Home Street Fair Food WeekRecipes
If we had to name the ultimate Fair Food, hands down it would have to be funnel cakes. The sweet smell of fluffy, frying bread in combination with powdered sugar is enough to make even the strongest go weak in the knees.Well, lucky for you, they aren’t difficult to make and are perfect for a party or just a weeknight snack.Not wanting to disappoint anyone’s favorite childhood (or adult!
Aug 12, 2009
Stocking Stuffer Idea: Mini Bags of CoffeeKitchen
While paying for our stash of holiday blend coffee beans the other day, we spotted some sample-sized bags near the register. This sparked an idea: Why not make our own “sample” bags of coffee to give as stocking stuffers? And this is exactly what we did…Making our own mini-bags turned out to be a really good bargain. From our $12 bag of whole beans, we made a dozen little stocking stuffers. Since the store was selling their samples for $1.
Dec 19, 2008
Tip: Use Spreadable Goat Cheese in Place of Cream CheesePeople
I recently got hip to a great cream-cheese alternative for bagels and such and was thinking it’d be a nice time to pass on the tip given what a brunch-y time of year this is between Christmas and New Year’s and all the other excuses for gathering and eating. Spreadable goat cheese is a lower-fat form of goat cheese with a looser texture as compared to the chèvre usually sold in log form and usually comes in a tub so it even looks like cream cheese.
Dec 19, 2008
Last Minute Gift Idea: Beer Bread MixRecipes
It doesn’t get much better than beer bread: mix, bake, slather with butter, smile. Repeat last two steps until satisfied. What’s better, all the dry ingredients can be mixed together ahead of time and the only required liquid comes in its own self-contained bottle – this makes beer bread mixes one of our standby gifts for foodies, beer-lovers, and just about everyone else!Aside from being a snap to make, we also love that beer bread is endlessly versatile.
Dec 16, 2008
Affordable Wines for Gift-Giving: White and SparklingGroceries
As more and more Americans enjoy wine, giving wine as a gift has also grown in popularity. As usual there is the feeling that you need to spend a lot if the wine is to be appreciated. This absolutely should not be the case! With a little thought and a sense of adventure you can find a tremendous number of interesting wines which will awaken the curiosity of even the most demanding of palate. And they won’t break the bank.
Dec 11, 2008
Good Question: Cheap, Pretty, and Airtight Gift Packaging for Granola?People
Time to start thinking about holiday food gifts! This is our favorite part of December, and reader Rebecca helps us kick it off with this question:I’ve decided to make granola for friends and family this Christmas, in part to simplify the holiday. But I’m not sure what to do about packaging. I’m loath to put my organic treats in plastic tubs or bags, but I want the granola to stay somewhat fresh and money is tight. Any ideas?
Dec 5, 2008
Gourmet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008Recipes
Sixty-seven years of amazing cookies — 1941-2008. That’s what Gourmet Magazine is featuring on their website right now. They went back through every year of their magazine’s history and chose a favorite cookie from each year.It’s like a time capsule back to their early days inthe 40s and 50s and all through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. They give a quick recap of each decade and some of the new influences in each.The real stars of course are the cookies.
Dec 5, 2008
Holiday Baking: Top 5 Cookie Decorating IdeasPeople
Holiday baking! Have you made cookies yet this season? We are gearing up for a big cut-out cookie party this week and looking around for inspiring yet practical ideas for decorating. We love those gorgeous, intricately decorated cookies on the covers of magazines, but find that they take a little too much time, patience, and precision.
Dec 17, 2007
Un-Gift Guide 2007: Wrapping Homemade CandyTools
We wrapped two pans of caramels and toffee in individual slips of paper over the last two days. At first this felt like sheer torture, the effects of over-ambitious bad ideas, and we swore to never do it again. But now, looking at two buckets of old-fashioned wrapped candies, and with many having gone out to friends already, it doesn’t seem so bad! Click for details…This kind of candy wrapping is extremely economical.
Dec 14, 2007
Recipe: Cocoa Molasses ToffeeRecipes
Old-fashioned candies, sweet and strong, are our favorites. Toffee, caramels, divinity – they all show up in our Christmas packages. Here’s a new favorite with an old flavor: molasses. These are strong little candies with a heady molasses kick that tastes of burnt-sweet and sour dark sugar syrup. We added a pinch of salt and a dash of cocoa to round out the flavor.We love how these appear hard at first – teeth crackers! – but soften into taffy as they warm in the mouth.
Dec 14, 2007