Make it the most wonderful time of the year with a roundup of our December must haves! If you're looking for glamorous gift ideas to coordinate with your fashion finds, look no further than our selection of glitzy tech accessories. A gold Kate Spade USB and Rebecca Minkoff headphones? Yes, please. When you're not burning calories at the mall this shopping season, exercise outside and stay dry with waterproof gear. The holidays wouldn't be the holidays without some rest and relaxation, though, so we're making time to throw our feet up on a New Zealand wool pouf and sip on homemade bitters. Click through and discover the best of what December has to offer!
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
Chances are that you have a cocktail and spirits aficionado in your life whose tastes run beyond the everyday. This year, show them you care with liqueurs, top-shelf liquor, exotic ingredients, or the requisite gear suited to their hobby of choice.
This time of year is exciting for so many reasons, and looking back on our own popular recipes that you enjoyed is a very important one. This time around, we're counting down all the delicious dishes and drinks you shared on Pinterest throughout 2013. From simple meals to more involved concoctions, you loved it all! Check 'em out, and dont forget to follow us for more pin-worthy recipes all year long!
15. The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
You know the perfect chocolate chip cookie cake when you see it, and that's just what you'll get with this tried-and-true recipe. The secret here? A homemade brown sugar made with pure cane sugar and molasses that yields a melt-in-your-mouth treat. Just a warning: you'll crave it for weeks to come.
14. The Easiest Homemade Cronut
No one could resist this year's Cronut craze, so it's only natural that the hybrid took off on Pinterest. You can still make our take on the Cronut — aka the easiest recipe out there. Use vanilla pudding or fruit jellies as filling, and enjoy!
13. Satisfying Spiced Carrot Soup
Have you ever seen prettier carrot soup? We think not. Looks aside, this Middle Eastern spiced recipe with roasted chickpeas and tahini is all kinds of yummy. Creamy without using cream and topped with incredible garnishes, it's the sort of soup that deserves all your attention.
12. Olive Garden Lasagna Classico
What's the ultimate comfort food that's packed with layers of meat sauce, cheese, and tender noodles? Olive Garden's classic lasagna, that's what. Try out one of the restaurant's bestselling menu items. We promise the gooey, gratifying dish is surprisingly simple to make at home.
11. Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer
If we're going to be totally honest, we feel silly calling this baked goat cheese recipe a recipe because it's that easy. Essentially, all you need to do is cook the cheese in an oven-safe dish, serve with a fresh baguette or crostini, and ta-da! You've got the easiest delicious appetizer under the sun.
Cookie decorations, edible gifts, and wine galore: December is the season of giving and indulging in all the sweet stuff. We've curated these seven items to help you celebrate the holiday season in a divinely delicious way.
Jump ahead to:
- The best Italian pastry you've never heard of — Food52
- This searing blowtorch has the potential to change your kitchen forever — Eater
- Your definitive guide to all the vermouths on the market — Grub Street
- The simplest spaghetti on earth — Yahoo! Shine
- Does New York finally have some decent Mexican food? — Zagat
- Gateway dishes to loving chicken liver — HuffPost Taste
- Secrets to deep-dish apple pie — America's Test Kitchen Feed
A bowl of whole shell-on walnuts can be a beautiful part of a holiday spread, but the question arises: how to get at the nutmeats nestled inside? A nutcracker may be the most efficient way to go about this task, but there is another less conventional way to do it without tools, and it's a great party trick to boot.
Place two walnuts in your palm. Find a ridge on one of the nuts, and line it up with an indentation on the other, as if putting together two puzzle pieces (this keeps them locked together). Curl fingertips inward using firm pressure, as if trying to make a fist, until the ridged nut cracks open the other.