From decadent desserts to simple snacks, Instagram was nothing short of a foodie haven in 2012. Using our #SavorySight tag, you snapped, ate, and uploaded tons of mouthwatering meals, many inspiring some of our own recipes. Although it wasn't easy — our readers love food! — we gathered some of our favorite Savory Sights pics leading up to the New Year. Take a look and continue to be inspired year-round by following YumSugar on Instagram (@heyyumsugar) and sharing your plates with us.
The next time you're feting the holidays, why not raise your glass with a sophisticated French 75? This citrusy cocktail — which stars two of our favorite things, Champagne and gin — promises to be clean and crisp on the palate. Watch our latest edition of Happiest Hour to learn how to make the refreshing sparkler.
Originating in Milan, Italy, it seems the leaven cake dates back to Roman times, and written proof linking the bread to Christmas goes back to the 18th century. It wasn't until the 20th century that commercial bakers decided to make panettone in large-scale batches, thus driving down the prices and increasing panettone's popularity as a Christmas gift. Many Italians gift loved ones panettone during Christmas and New Year's, and it's such a huge symbol of Italian culture that the country is undergoing efforts to stamp authentic Italian panettone products with a controlled designation of origin tag, as Brazilian-made panettone is more readily available in the United States.
It's not uncommon for the average Italian family to end up with more panettone than it knows what to do with. When guests visit during the holiday season, a loaf will often be brought out and served with sweet wine or coffee. Some Italians serve the slices with a dollop of mascarpone cheese. Boxed panettone lasts quite a while, but it's easy to freeze for later (or even next year!). The spongy, dry quality of the bread makes leftovers ideal for French toast or bread pudding.
Have you had panettone, and if so, what's your go-to brand?
Easy-to-prepare, from-scratch fudge is a thoughtful gift for the holiday season. In our latest how-to, we share a simple fudge recipe and our tips for wrapping it all up in a festive package. To stir up this chocolatey dessert, you’ll need sugar, butter, evaporated milk, semisweet baking chocolate, marshmallow creme, vanilla, and the nut of your choice. With its four-hour cooking time, the dessert doesn't provide instant gratification — but delicious things come to those who wait!
I'll be honest with you: I've never been responsible for making the holiday ham. Typically, one of the men in my family (usually my grandfather) is smoking or roasting a ham. I'm not even sure what the process is; because it's never cooked in the oven, I've never even seen the ham prior to its dazzling presentation on the table. However, this year, in an effort to improve my large meat roasting skills, I volunteered to try out a holiday ham recipe. Since I'm from the South, I had to turn to a trusty source, Southern Living, for the recipe.
The key ingredient in this recipe is bourbon. Your kitchen will smell like molasses and bourbon as the ham slow roasts in your oven for several hours. Be sure to roast it the full recommended length so the sauce reduces into a sticky glaze that caramelizes the edges of the ham.
After a few bites from my most honest taste testers, my parents said, "Hmm . . . maybe you need to be responsible for the ham this year . . ." The bourbon's the trick, y'all. It adds an oaky, smoky flavor that complements the salty pork. The honey, molasses, and brown sugar just about turn this into a caramel-covered ham! My parents especially adored the bourbon glaze and even ladled hefty spoonfuls of it onto their rice and collard greens.
Prepare to fall in love with this bourbon ham recipe this holiday season.
- Dos and don'ts of hitting on your server — Zagat
- This is what a $1.6 million kitchen looks like — HuffPost Taste
- Would you eat a burger in an edible wrapper? — Eater
- This tree-themed cake with chocolate mint sauce is sure to impress — Circle of Moms
- Who can resist pretty little iced gingersnaps? — Big Girls Small Kitchen
- A healthful appetizer for your next holiday party — Tasting Table
- The pro-am guide to drinking on New Year's Eve — Grub Street New York
- The food at Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's wedding — Martha Stewart Weddings
What fills your glass? Share all your cocktail photos with us! All you need to do is upload your photos to Instagram and include the hashtag #savorysight in your caption; keep checking back, because you could be featured in a slideshow of our favorite submissions. And make sure to follow YumSugar on Instagram (@heyyumsugar) for mouthwatering inspiration. If Instagram's not your thing, then don't worry: you can still participate by sharing snaps of your cocktails in our Savory Sights community group.
This chocolate upside-down cake, made by yupitsmabel, is baked with an almond-caramel sauce bottom, so when you invert the pan, the caramel soaks into the chocolate cake. Hello delicious!Let's get to some Holiday baking! This is an easy and impressive cake for parties.
For her recipe, check out her blog, and then be sure to share your food photos through our Savory Sights community group or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.
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