When someone is generous enough to open up her home for entertaining, you probably fall back on an affordable bottle of wine as a hostess gift. But this holiday season, offer something more unexpected — like cork candles or a clever gift that doubles as wrapping — that any wine lover will appreciate. We've gathered 10 gifts under $10 that look like they cost more. At these prices, you might just be able to gift them a nice bottle of wine, too.
Lamenting the long wait till fresh pea season? Take a cue from Aimee3242 and whip up this minty pea dip using frozen peas, a favorite freezer-aisle staple.This pesto like dip/spread/appetizer literally came out of what I had in my freezer and pantry. We were hosting an impromptu wine Wednesday night and I didn't have time to go to the grocery store beforehand and it was just a small party, so I winged it. This dip was nutty and sweet with a little bit of heat from the red pepper flakes and it had a lovely green color. Perfect with pita chips, toasted bread, or crackers with some cheese.
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Don't have fancy barbecue equipment but want to make authentic pulled pork? No problem! crccooks has you covered.Over the past couple of years, my affinity for making a more authentic version of pulled pork grew hungry . . . especially after attending the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC and having numerous conversations with some barbecue enthusiast friends. Purchasing a smoker really wasn’t in the cards, being that my now wife and I were saving big time for our wedding and I just obtained a super awesome gas grill. I needed to figure out how to smoke up some pork shoulders in an authentic way . . . on an inauthentic gas grill. The results were . . . well, you take a look.
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This is the story of how two food writers so loved a chili recipe, they sought out to re-create it at home, with no recipe or guidelines other than the memory still lingering on their taste buds.
It was the end of the day at the New York City Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting. YumSugar editor Susannah Chen and I wearily made our way to the Chipotle stand to seek refuge from the onslaught of cupcake-infused vodkas and countless tomato sauce tastings. We knew whatever Chipotle cooked up would perk up our fatigued palates, and sure enough, as soon as we saw smiling Chipotle servers doling out steamy bowls of chili off the stainless-steel countertops, we made a mad dash.The Original Chipotle Chili
The chili was a godsend on a bone-chilling day in New York City. Susannah and I quickly gobbled down our piping-hot bowls of chili, only breaking the silence with our intermittent exclamations of phrase like "Oh. My. God." and "Wow. Mmm-hm." Once we finished our bowls, we eagerly asked the Chipotle employees, "When can we expect this amazing chili to hit restaurants?" The employees chuckled and said, "Sorry gals. Don't expect this to be out anytime soon. If anything, we might release it to one or two locations in DC."
Our hopes of round two chili were almost crushed! Luckily, Susannah pressed on: "Well, what exactly is in this recipe?" The employee, hesitant to reveal Chipotle recipe development chef Nate Appleman's secret ingredients, replied, "If you combine Chipotle's barbacoa, pinto beans, and black beans, then you're halfway there." It was enough information to give us a jumping-off point. Susannah and I looked at each other and in jinx-like manner screamed, "Recipe hack!"
So allow me to present to you the YumSugar Chipotle Chili recipe hack, which was made in our office using a single electric stove-top burner and a nonstick soup pan. We tortured our co-workers with this dreamy clove-and beer-scented chili bubbling in the kitchen for hours, as the starches in the beans broke down to create a thick, unctuous mixture. Finally, the moment had arrived for the taste test.
Admittedly upon first bite, Susannah and I couldn't determine whether or not we had accurately hacked chef Appleman's recipe, but we knew we had made something good. The Texan in me comes out when I emphasize real good. The caramelized onions add a sweetness to the acidic tomato stew. The dark beer and cloves subtly boost the flavor of the chili, giving it that indescribable je ne sais quoi, or yo no sé lo que, since this is a Mexican dish after all. The salty, spicy broth soaks into the barbacoa beef and beans, and the crunchy radish and chip topping keeps the overall texture interesting and diverse.
Upon the first spoonful, several tasters broke down and could hardly stutter more than "Oh wow." and "Best. Chili. Ever." We think this story has a happy makeshift ending, but until Chipotle makes our chili dreams come true by putting this item on menus across America, we'll have to resort to cooking up our own Chipotle chili recipe hack.
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Whenever you have stale bread, rather than tossing it, toast it and give it a whirl in a food processor. Store the breadcrumbs in a resealable plastic baggie in the freezer for casseroles, breaded meats and vegetables, and pasta dishes. If you're short for ideas, these 10 recipes will help inspire you to use up your stash, before your breadcrumbs become stale!