This holiday entertaining season, make certain to master at least one back-pocket appetizer — a treat so easy and low-stress that you can whip it up in a flash to fill out a menu or have it on hand if guests will be unexpectedly popping over. I can tell you now, these salty-piney-sweet nuts will be mine.
Crisp and crunchy, with a hit of breath-freshening rosemary, these nuts are dangerous in the best way; I can't seem to stop at a small handful, much less one or two. I suspect you will feel the same way.
While many people squirrel away sparkling wines for special occasions, we tend to live by the mantra that anytime is a good time to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly. Thankfully, the rest of the world shares our enthusiasm around this time of the year. We've been hard at work popping bottle after bottle to discover downright delicious sparkling wines (for any budget!) to enjoy on New Year's Eve — or, of course, any time of the year. Click through to see them all — and share your sips with us. What'll you be drinking come Dec. 31?
We've all got someone (or two or three . . .) on our gift list who rocks to their own special beat. So this holiday season, treat them to something spectacular that's easy on the eyes, music to their ears, and perfectly in tune with their personal sense of style.
Not only do Beats Solo HD headphones deliver the superior sound Beats by Dr. Dre products are famous for, but they also look as good as they sound — drenched in colors that are red like a heart, teal like Miami, white like snow, and lots more.
Even adults love the adorable shapes and vibrant colors of an iced cutout sugar cookie. If you've ever wondered how to decorate these festive treats at home, this video will teach you three ways to do this using royal icing. Whether you're looking to precisely pipe, spoon it on, or marble together two (or more) colors of icing, this video has you covered.
- Tracking nine NYC chefs who shuttered doors and disappeared from the city — Zagat
- Plan the menu for a blowout Christmas feast — HuffPost Taste
- How to serve a perfect cheese plate — Tasting Table
- The top viral food videos of 2012 — Eater
- Watch the first episode of Epic Chef from the Epic Meal Time guys — Grub Street NY
- The makers of "pink slime" sue Jamie Oliver — Delish
- Light, fresh recipes to start the New Year right — The Kitchn
- A pickle recipe you probably haven't made before — Saveur
Many kitchen unitaskers are simply not worth the money or precious cabinet space. So when we find ourselves turning to one of these much-maligned tools time and time again, it only seems fair to share the tip. As a sneaky bonus, with creative thinking, a few of these unitaskers even shed their one-trick pony reputation. Click through for our top picks from stocking stuffers to bigger-ticket items.
- Use a probe thermometer instead of a candy thermometer. The digital reading allows you to monitor the current temperature as well as set a desired temperature, so the thermometer will beep when the candy has reached the set temperature. Scorched pans, begone!
- Wear rubber welding gloves. It seems silly, but candy has the potential to seriously singe your fingertips. Since candy hardens so quickly, you really need to work with it while it's molten lava hot. Wearing thick gloves is the only way to make that happen safely.
- Keep the candy warm with a heating lamp or an electric stove. In my kitchen, I placed the candy atop a Silpat-lined metal cookie sheet, then placed the cookie sheet atop the electric stove. Set the temperature to the lowest setting ("1" or "Melt" on most stoves). It keeps the candy warmer and thus malleable longer, so the candy doesn't harden before you have a chance to stretch and cut all of the pieces.