If you've found a cinnamon roll recipe that you're dying to make, the next step is seeing how the dough transforms into cinnamon-sugar swirled rolls. Click through our step-by-step guide so that you can feel confident while trying your hand at this advanced baking recipe.
The holiday is a time for festive lights, edible gifts, seasonal music, and, of course, fabulous parties. This time of year, it's impossible to know who may stop by my apartment on the way home from Christmas shopping or before a spirited Saturday on the town, so have the provisions on hand to throw together a quick, snackable spread. Here are 10 ingredients essential to hosting an impromptu evening of holiday entertaining.
Given just how much has to go down in one day over the course of Turkey Day, I'm all about planning ahead — and cooking ahead. Less craziness in the kitchen, after all, means more time to spend giving thanks with family and friends.
I'm also a huge fan of soups, which not only can be made ahead, but also imbue the entire house with an intoxicating aroma. But former Top Cheffer and restaurateur Dale Talde gave me another do-ahead dish to add to my Thanksgiving arsenal: a slow-cooked roast. With any kind of braise, "the longer it sits, the better it gets," he explained. One to two days beforehand, he pops the non-turkey main in a ceramic cooking vessel in the oven with some cooking sauce (Talde uses Korean barbecue sauce), lets it cook for several hours, and serves it right out of the pot.
I love the idea, and want to try a braised pork shoulder roasted simply with stock and herbs — nothing could be simpler. Are you braising anything for Thanksgiving this year?
Are apple cores a myth? Foodbeast thinks so — its new video on how to eat an apple like a boss has the entire apple-a-day-eating universe talking. The premise? Eating an apple from the bottom up eliminates the issue of the dreaded apple "core" and helps prevent waste.
We have to admit: we were skeptical. After all, the core of an apple is tougher and thicker, and there are seeds, stems, and other not-so-appetizing apple parts. Would this breakthrough apple-eating technique really work? We put the new method to the test, eating the apple bottom to top, "core" and all, as instructed. See the results.
Thanksgiving typically involves appetizers, a cornucopia of vegetables cooked every which way, a huge turkey, stuffing, and inevitably some kind of pie. Factor in the reality that most of these items require oven cooking, and you might just have a stressful oven situation on your hands.
So how does one avoid an oven jam while making sure all of the day's dishes are done at the same time? The key is to keep in mind how much oven space there is to work with and to adjust the menu accordingly. Here are a few more pointers.
I've always praised butternut squash for its mild sweetness and versatility — but I was surprised when so many of you said you'd never prepared one before or find it hard to work with. Since it'd be a bummer to miss out on this Fall vegetable at home (unless you're willing to pony up $400 for an automated butternut squash peeler!), I thought I'd help you out with instructions on how to prep it yourself. Here's a step-by-step lesson.
No matter what kind of turkey you'll be having this year, there's one question you'll need the answer to: what temperature does a turkey need to reach in order be considered done?
Until 2008, the USDA recommended cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 180ºF. But based on the fact that bacteria threat salmonella cannot withstand temperatures of 160ºF after 30 seconds, the FDA now suggests a minimum internal temperature of 165ºF as measured by a food thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.
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Dread cooking when it's cold outside? We've got a recipe for chicken pot pie that's sure to warm your house (not to mention your soul). This version — which comes courtesy of POPSUGAR Food host Brandi Milloy's grandma herself! — is ready to eat in under an hour. Watch the video to learn how to make everything, from the creamy chicken filling down to that perfectly golden, flaky pie crust.
When it comes to planning an epic undertaking like Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get bogged down in the details. While it's great to bookmark recipes that catch your eye along the way or gravitate toward longtime family favorites, it's important to consider the larger picture, as well. Keep these basic ideas in mind when planning your Turkey Day.
How many guests do you expect?
This number dictates how large a turkey to buy, how many sides to make (and whether any need to be doubled), the amount of alcohol to purchase, and how many place settings and chairs to plan for. Also, consider whether or not you'd like ample leftovers or if you can do without. If children will be present, a good rule of thumb is to consider their appetite as half that of an adult's.
How formal a meal do you want?
Will you and yours be dressed to the nines, eating off of fine china, or is a down-home buffet more your speed? Consider whether a potluck affair or asking guests to bring a bottle of wine or other necessities will ease the burden as well. Not only does the formality of the meal set the tone for place settings and decor, but it also may dictate the dishes you'll prepare.