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My Mother, the Motherland, and Chickpea Fritters
As I hustle around my kitchen, I make a mental note of spices I need to buy before Ramadan. I am all out of coriander seeds, curry powder, and mustard seeds.
Jun 14, 2016
3 Muslims Share What It’s Like to Work During Ramadan
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink during daylight hours and spend their evenings in prayer, reflection, and shared meals. In the Arab world, Ramadan brings shortened work hours for most employees, but in the U.S. and Europe, where Muslims are in the minority, it’s business as usual.
Jun 13, 2016
5 Tips for Preparing & Organizing the Ramadan Kitchen
Tackling a month’s worth of meals during Ramadan might seem similar to tackling a usual month’s meals, except for one key difference: You’re fasting for most of the time you’d usually spend doing meal prep. Trying to doing that on a nearly empty stomach isn’t exactly easy. That’s why taking the time to get ahead before Ramadan begins is so important.
Jun 10, 2016
8 Things I Wish Non-Muslims Knew About Ramadan
The evening of June 5 will commence the month of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims who will spend 30 days abstaining from food and drink and 30 nights in worship. Ramadan is, by turns, a challenge and a celebration, consisting of practices for self-betterment and traditions meant to elevate the soul.
Jun 1, 2016
How To Make Creamy, Crunchy Matzo Brei
Matzo brei defines the homeyness of Passover.
Apr 18, 2016
10 Romantic Cinematic Food Scenes
The surge of amorousness come Valentine’s Day and the accompanying pressure to celebrate the holiday with an over-the-top bouquet and a fancy dinner reservation can be overbearing. Yet there’s no need to fret if impromptu tulips weren’t delivered or you couldn’t snag a table at that swish new French-Vietnamese restaurant. It’s far more fun to settle in for the night with low-cost bubbly, a casserole in the oven, and a flick.
Feb 12, 2016
What the Year of the Monkey Means for You in the Kitchen
Farewell, weepy Sheep — hello, manic Monkey! February 8, 2016 heralds the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the Fire Monkey heats up the action — inside the kitchen and out. Last year was all about cocooning away, tapping into your creative side, and getting in touch with your emotions, but 2016 promises to be much splashier. It’s a time to be fiery and bold, to put your originality on display, and to say what’s on your mind.
Feb 5, 2016
4 Affordable Alternatives to Dom Perignon
Bubbles are basically always appropriate, whether savored as an aperitif before a five-course blowout at a mahogany-walled bistro or at home alongside kung pao chicken takeout. But the effervescent stuff is especially fitting on Valentine’s Day. Really, is there anything like the sound of a cork popping to heighten the holiday’s starry-eyed pursuits?
Feb 4, 2016
How To Make Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs
Chinese marbled tea eggs are almost too pretty to eat. (Almost.) If they didn’t make such a great afternoon snack — with their subtle savory flavor and satisfyingly firm texture — I might be tempted to just admire them from afar. Chinese tea eggs are easy to make and are a fun upgrade to your usual lunchbox hard-boiled eggs. Don’t wait for a special occasion — here’s how to make a batch for yourself tonight.
Feb 3, 2016
5 Lucky Foods to Eat for Chinese New Year
In China and in ethnic communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is celebrated as the most important and most festive holiday of the year. The day itself — this year, Monday, February 8 — marks the first of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, but the celebration, also known as “chun jie” or the Spring Festival, lasts 15 days! It’s a joyous time of family reunion and two full weeks of intense feasting.
Feb 1, 2016
Why Fruitcake Is One of the First True Global Recipes
When my partner and I decided to run away to Scotland to get married, we thought nothing could be more romantic. Bagpipes, whisky, and local venison for an intimate wedding party of four. And then came the delicious sweet finale, that symbol of riches and good fortune served at every British wedding: the fruitcake.
Dec 23, 2015
Why Eating Egg Rolls Will Always Feel Like Christmas to Me
A Jewish family of four sharing a plate of sesame chicken on Christmas Day: It’s a holiday tradition for so many of this country’s 5 million Jews. Indeed, it was a tradition throughout my own childhood. Every year — without fail — we’d hop in the station wagon (in later years, the van) in Albany, New York, and make the 15-minute drive to Dumpling House. It was a bit like a mini-pilgrimage in the town nicknamed “Smallbany.
Dec 22, 2015
10 Cookbooks We’d Love to Get for Christmas
Year in and year out, there’s a recurring item on our Christmas wish lists: cookbooks. From new releases to classics that haven’t yet made their way onto our bookshelves, you can count on each one of The Kitchn editors to have a cookbook or two on their wish lists at Christmastime. I have two cookbooks on my wish list! “Vegetarian India” is a great cookbook for someone who is looking to branch out in their cooking.
Dec 16, 2015
What Do I Bring to the Office Potluck?
Q: My office is holding a potluck to celebrate the holiday season. We can bring just about anything — appetizer, main dish, dessert, or drink. As you’d imagine in a big group of people, we have a few dietary restrictions, mainly vegetarian and kosher. I’d like to bring something that travels well, tastes delicious, and also takes into account the dietary restrictions of my coworkers. What is the best recipe I could bring to the party?
Dec 14, 2015
The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party
Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it’ll only cost you $10. These cute no-bake cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are fast and easy (and affordable!
Dec 10, 2015
5 Trader Joe’s Party Appetizers We Love (Plus 5 to Pass On)
Whether you’re throwing a dinner party, having people over to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or hosting an impromptu happy hour after work, there’s no need to go all Martha with the appetizers. Instead, just check out Trader Joe’s frozen, ready-to-heat appetizers. There are some great options out there that need nothing more than a short spin through the oven, which means you can focus on more important things like, um, cleaning up your kitchen before guests arrive.
Dec 9, 2015
5 Simple & Festive Ways to Make Spiced Nuts
Spiced nuts are a staple during the holiday season; whether you’re serving them at an upcoming gathering, or gifting a batch to your nearest and dearest, homemade spiced nuts are nearly effortless. Gather a variety of raw nuts and/or seeds and a few flavoring agents — like spices, zests, extracts, and oils — and you’ve got the ingredients to make some magic. We’ve got five creative recipes to take your favorite snack to the next level.
Dec 3, 2015
Recipe: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping
I’m not usually much of a dessert person, but for some reason, I’ll never turn down a slice of pumpkin pie. It’s probably because I love buttery crust and custard, and lucky for me, pumpkin pie has both. I decided to up the ante this year and throw an oatmeal streusel topping on top of the pie. You only have Thanksgiving dinner once a year, so why not?
Nov 15, 2015
The Best Foods to Donate to Food Banks
In the United States, one in seven people struggles with hunger, and many rely on food from local food banks to help feed their families. We’re about to embark on the holiday season, which is an especially difficult time to live with food insecurity — that is, not knowing when you will get your next meal. Many of us think about making food donations to local food banks at this time of year. But what types of donations help most? And what kinds of food should you avoid donating?
Nov 11, 2015
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Peaches for Your Labor Day BBQ
Happy Labor Day! If you’re lucky enough to have today off, and if the sun is shining where you are, fire up the grill and invite your best friends over for a backyard barbecue. If you’re not sure what to serve, how about these grilled peaches? Oh, and did I mention they’re wrapped in bacon? This recipe is as simple as it gets; it requires minimal effort, but yields fantastic results — perfect for a summer party!
Sep 7, 2015
10 Tips for Better Meal Planning During the Holidays
Meal planning is such a great tool to help you shop smarter, cook smarter, eat smarter, and even spend less on groceries. But even in the best of times, it can be tough to stay on top of keeping it organized. Now add the busy holiday season to the mix, and all of a sudden keeping your meal plan on track is a whole lot harder. We want to help you stick with it, so we’re sharing 10 tips to keep your meal planning going strong during the holiday season.
Dec 10, 2014
5 Smart Ways to Salvage an Overcooked Turkey
Like it or not, turkey is the star of Thanksgiving dinner. If you pull your bird out of the oven to find it’s overcooked, you may have the urge to shed a few tears (been there, done that), but don’t panic. You’re not the first person to overcook a turkey and you certainly won’t be the last. Unfortunately there’s no way to turn back the clock and undo what’s been done. The good news, however, is that there are a few ways to salvage your overcooked turkey.
Nov 25, 2014
Thanksgiving Inspiration: The Modern Relish Tray
Is the relish tray passé? It seems that they’re a nostalgic memory from Grandma’s table. But many of the relish tray elements are popular again, namely the pickle. So why not bring it back? Read on for some ideas on how to revamp the relish tray just in time for its traditional appearance: the Thanksgiving table. As with all the classics, we get into tricky territory when we explore a more modern approach. Some things are just too sacred to change!
Nov 23, 2014
Is It Worth It To Cook a Practice Turkey Before Hosting Your First Thanksgiving?
Do you remember how you felt the first time you hosted Thanksgiving dinner? Were you nervous? Excited? Perhaps none of the above? This year my friend Meghan is hosting her first Thanksgiving dinner. Despite hosting other holidays and dinner parties, she confided in me that she’s nervous about this one, and feeling some added pressure. Her nerves are coming from one place — the turkey.
Nov 20, 2014
Eyes Wide Open
Have you ever noticed how things, even ordinary things like a cup of coffee or a pile of oranges or a messy array of beans, are more interesting when you’re on vacation or visiting somewhere new? This may be because, well, just about anywhere on earth is more interesting than where you live. Or it could mean that you’re looking at things through ‘holiday eyes.’ Let me explain. The other evening I was sitting in the back of a new restaurant with some good friends.
May 4, 2014
Make Holiday Butter Mints In Any Shape Or Color
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
Edible Gift Recipe: Homemade Cocktail Mixers
What happens when you combine the flavors of roasted cranberries with fragrant cloves and rich brown sugar with clementines? A festive homemade gift to inspire the cocktail lover in your life.These holiday inspired cocktail mixers are fun, flavorful, a bit unexpected and begging for a chance to toast salud! with loved ones. The technique to make them is simple and can be easily adapted to personal taste by swapping out any of the spices, citrus and fruits.
Nov 30, 2010
Weekend Meditation: Holiday
When I sat down to write this, I started thinking about all The Kitchen readers out there and wondered what you could possibly be doing on this long weekend. I pictured you rolling up blankets and filling thermoses for a picnic or dashing into the grocery store for supplies for a last minute barbecue. I saw you floating on your back in a lake, looking at the clouds and trying not to think “summer’s over” thoughts.
Sep 5, 2010
Weekend Meditation: Resting in the Dark Winter Solstice 2008: December 21, 7:04 AM eastern time
In the Northern Hemisphere, today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time of deep rest that is sacred to all living things and necessary to life. As a culture, we push against this darkness with celebration and light, busyness and bustle. This is fine, essential even, but there is wisdom to be discovered in the slumbering dark, in allowing the brightness to fade and the quiet to prevail.
Dec 21, 2008
Winter Wonderland Dinner for Eight on a $100 Budget
We were all fascinated by the swank dinner party on a budget from the Times last weekend, and it also generated quite a bit of discussion yesterday. The general consensus was that the table was gorgeous and magical — a setting for a special dinner that went far beyond our usual small arrangements of flowers and candles. It was breathtaking. But the food — well, it didn’t overwhelm us the way the once-a-year-special, magical realist table setting did.So we went shopping.
Dec 2, 2008
The Easiest Way To Decorate Cookies
The Easiest Way To Decorate Cookies
Dec 22, 2015