With their vibrant colors and lacy frills, dainty, crisp-crusted French macarons are the perfect Valentine's Day baking project. But these lovely little delicacies are temperamental enough to stump even the most accomplished chefs. Even if you follow a detailed recipe down to the letter, a batch of macarons can go very wrong very quickly. Thanks to humidity, an unreliable oven temperature gauge, or an overly enthusiastic stirring hand, you may find yourself facing macaron-ageddon rather than baking bliss. But before you throw in the tea towel, we've assembled a few tips to solve your sugary conundrums.
Festive without teetering into twee territory, these heart-embellished cupcakes from Whipped are sure to garner smiles.Chocolate heart cupcakes for Valentine's Day! If you’re looking for a cute dessert to make for your sweetie, kid’s 4th grade classroom, or best friend, these adorable little cupcakes cover all the bases! I used a scratch cupcake recipe but you can definitely use a boxed mix to cut down on time.
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I've enjoyed Sazeracs in many iterations: served on the rocks or straight up in a martini glass, with the Sazerac brand of whiskey, and even with fruit infusions. Mark my words, though: the most perfect version of a Sazerac is this minimalist one from my friend Sam Treadway, bartender at Boston's Backbar.
I reached out to Sam to find out what makes his Sazerac so memorable. As it turns out, the Big Easy cocktail has a special place in his heart, so he gives it plenty of due attention. "It needs nothing too fancy," he told me. "Just lots of love, because it's my favorite drink."
See his recipe when you keep reading.
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While there's certainly nothing wrong with chocolate-covered caramels, nut-studded bars, and the like, there's a wide world of intriguing chocolate options out there, and we'd be remiss not to share a few of our favorites. Watch the video to get a taste of a few delightful options that feature unconventional ingredients like green tea, popcorn, and ancho chile (thankfully, not all in one treat).
If you're not making use of your individual-sized ramekins, it's about time you start: the vessel is the perfect way to go when serving dinner for two (or one, for that matter). Yes, the ramekin can be used for special-occasion foods like crème brûlée, but there is a host of other dinner and dessert items one can make, too. Take a look!
Learn more about the art of serving it when you keep reading.
- Celebrate Chinese New Year with Hong Kong toast — Chow
- Valentine's Day gifts to avoid giving a foodie — Zagat
- How to drink gracefully on Valentine's Day — HuffPost Taste
- Is Lindsay Lohan opening a Mexican restaurant? — Delish
- Bon Appétit has named the year's 20 most important restaurants — Eater
- What it's like to work for Guy Fieri — Maxim
- Starbucks, Ragu, Subway, and more cut salt from products — CBS News