We look to culinary tastemakers for the hottest trends all year long, but their great taste runs deeper than food. From the best kitchen products to jewelry and beyond, stars like Top Chef's Gail Simmons and Food52's founders were kind enough to let us in on their curated holiday wish lists. If you're still wondering what to get the fellow chef in your life, then consider one of these chef-approved products. There's no way you can go wrong.
'Tis the season to stuff your face and fill your cup, so we're here to offer you the best gift picks for your food-loving friends and family. Keep watching to see the hottest host(ess) gifts of the season, then get shopping.
From the ultimate pickle assortment to cookbooks and kitchen gear to inspire his culinary adventures, we've rounded up our favorite picks for the deserving men in your life. While some are definite splurges, we've also included budget-minded picks, plus everything in between.
The Christmas season is making an bigger appearance than ever with the abundant limited-edition, peppermint-flavored sweets filling grocery store shelves. We raided the aisles to bring you the very worst and best of the holiday-themed candies, cookies, chocolates, and more. (To show you just how many chocolate-minty treats are on shelves right now, we crammed some of the manifold treats together to create the ultimate holiday peppermint explosion.) See how each one of them fared when you keep reading.
To those of you who've been forced to choose between heavy and whipping cream at the supermarket, you've probably pondered it yourself: isn't all cream more or less the same thing?
Not exactly. There are differences in milk-fat content. All cream contains at least 18 percent milk fat: "whipping cream" is made up of 30 percent, while cartons labeled "heavy cream" or "heavy whipping cream" must contain 36 percent or more. Whipping cream, heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream all work for recipes that incorporate whisked air, but don't reach for that half-and-half; at 10.5 to 18 percent milk fat, it simply won't cut it. The more fat content a cream contains, the more stable it's likely to be in a whipped state. Check out our honey whipped topping recipe for guaranteed success.
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Isn't it always the case that the hardest recipes have the greatest payoff? Over the past year, we made dishes and desserts that admittedly felt like a challenge but were well worth the effort. From ravioli to cake, check out all our advanced recipes ahead. But don't be intimated — follow these tips and instructions, and you'll see that it's not as bad as you'd think. In other words: bring it!
I first learned of white trash toffee, as it's called (no, I didn't make up the name!), many years ago when a former co-worker brought some in to the office and I couldn't stop putting it in my mouth. When I got my hands on the recipe, which came from her sister-in-law, I was shocked by how fast, easy, and inexpensive it is to put together — and I haven't stopped making it since.
If you have 15 minutes and any manner of chocolate, sugar, nuts, and crisp white cracker on hand, then you are ready to make this addictive homemade gift. The trick is to work very quickly (be prepared for a little bit of a mess!) and keep your eyes peeled to the toffee as it comes together. Feel free to modify it using your favorite chocolate and toppings. Psyched to make the easiest holiday edible ever? Then see the recipe.
Roasting a whole fish may seem downright intimidating; add the pressure to dish out an impressive holiday feast with it at the center, and your stress levels likely skyrocket. But rest assured: while this dish might seem scary to make, the truth is that it's shockingly simple to prepare.
Here, instructions are given for roasting two fish — enough to feed two hungry folks, more if it's bolstered by a coterie of side dishes. To make it celebration friendly, simply scale up the recipe by doubling or even tripling the ingredients; just keep in mind that it's best served promptly after cooking, and the amount of fish you can cook will be limited by oven space. Other than that, it's a fast and easy affair and a recipe that'll serve you well in many different situations.
Coke would like us to believe that it has a hold on Santa and Christmastime, but beer ads around the holidays prove differently. Whether they're vintage posters or more sleek and modern ones, brew ads are just as memorable. Some made us laugh, others were simple and effective — go ahead and see for yourself!
The croissant-doughnut hybrid, otherwise known as Dominique Ansel's Cronut, has sent the whole food world into a frenzy. If you can't make it to New York City to taste one for yourself or manage to snag one online this weekend, try our take on an easy, homemade version. Watch the video to learn how to make it, and then keep reading for the recipe.
- 20 toasty drinks that'll warm your bones — HuffPost Taste
- Had too much fun last night? Call a hangover taxi — Delish
- The verdict in Nigella Lawson's court case — Grub Street
- Holiday ham goes hands-off, slow cooker style — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- Top pastry chefs dish on their favorite cookbooks — Eater
- Danny Meyer teams up with the NFL — Zagat
- Get the party started with these effortless crostini recipes — Food52
- Gorgeous graphic Christmas cookies, no special tools needed — Yahoo! Shine
We've compiled foodie-friendly gifts for your friends and family all holiday season long, but the time has come for us food editors to reveal what's really on our Christmas wish lists. From a radish-printed dress to passionfruit candy to a knit teapot koozie, there are plenty of reasons for us to anxiously await Dec. 25.
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.
Sure, you could head to the mall to finish up your holiday shopping; but as Christmas looms close, crowds surge, making for a less-than-fun experience. A far more pleasurable alternative: put your culinary chops to good use, and cook up an edible gift or two. We've got gift ideas for everyone from the friend whose bar cart is always well stocked (citrus liqueur), to the dedicated baker (vanilla extract), and even one for the snack addict (rosemary-sesame pecans)!
We're sparing you the obscure to bring you only the top, most talked-about, definitely recognizable food trends of 2013. These trends continued to spark headlines, spur viral social media engagement, and basically make the whole world hungry. Without further ado, here are the trends.
1. Food Hybrids
There's not a baker, doughnut maker, or food fanatic in America who hasn't heard of Dominique Ansel's Cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid that previewed back on May 10 at the famed New York City shop. Everyone wanted to know how a Cronut is made, a way to make it at home, and most importantly, if it's worth the hype. The Cronut continues to sell like wildfire. Despite the freezing temperatures in New York City, Cronut fans line the block early in the wintry a.m. Lucky for all of us, the Cronut man has signed a cookbook deal, so we'll all have access to the official Cronut recipe by October 2014.
America obviously needed more wacky food hybrids, because on Aug. 3, Keizo Shimamoto invented the Ramen Burger. Instantaneously, Brooklynites flooded their Instagram feeds with photos of the ramen-bunned burger. With even more limited numbers than the Cronut, ramen-lovers sought to hack the Ramen Burger recipe and post photos of their projects well-done on social media outlets.
We ended the year on a very high hybrid note with Thanksgivukkah, the once-in-a-lifetime joint celebration of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Though print magazines did not take advantage of the fine festivity, bloggers and online media sure worked hard to develop Jewish-American recipes, combining traditional Hanukkah and Thanksgiving foods. What sort of food are we talking about? Sweet potato latkes, challah dinner rolls, pumpkin sufganiyot with cranberry jam . . . we too couldn't resist making a full Thanksgivukkah menu.
When it comes to holiday drinks, one clearly trumps all: eggnog, in all its frothy, creamy, decadent glory. Sure, you could go the dead-easy route and spike a batch of store-bought nog, but if you're up for making a small dose of extra effort, it'll pay off in spades. Sweet, but not cloying, and undeniably boozy, this particular big-batch recipe has your holiday party or a weekend spent with visiting family written all over it. Try the spirited drink for yourself.
Bake your own Winter wonderland this holiday with these cleverly constructed snowmen cookies. They're perfect as gifts for friends, family, or, of course, Santa.
How do the snowmen come together so easily? We form a sturdy slice-and-bake dough into two logs (one small and one large) for the head and the body. Each chilled log is sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. One large round and one small round are arranged on parchment-lined baking sheets so that the edges of both rounds are touching.
Ultra-comforting, and packed with layers of meat sauce, cheese, and tender noodles, Olive Garden's Lasagna Classico is one of their bestselling menu items (and for good reason). Learn how to make this surprisingly easy dish at home, and bring a taste of Italian-American fare to your table. Gooey, gratifying, and fit to feed a crowd, it's a must-make for large dinner parties — for extra ease make it ahead of time and reheat it — or to keep on hand for leftovers throughout the week. Watch the video to learn how to make it, and then get cooking.
It’s not visions of sugarplums (what the heck is a sugarplum anyway?) dancing in my head this time of year but rather gingerbread. While holiday time is the time to indulge in your favorite treats, I shouldn't really have a daily piece of gingerbread cake for the entire month of December. So I look for additional ways to enjoy it. Enter the gingerbread smoothie.
I got the idea a few weeks ago when I saw this pin from Beth at Tasty Yummies of her gluten-free vegan gingerbread smoothie. I made a shortcut version using regular milk for a total of five ingredients. The quintessential ingredients of gingerbread are molasses and ginger. And while I'm not a big fan of cloves — another classic flavor in gingerbread — if you are, by all means, add a few dashes into the blender.
Ever wish you could celebrate the holidays at Brian Malarkey's table? While we can't arrange that, for the next best thing, serve up a "California Christmas" à la the Top Chef alum. Watch the video to see just what he means by "California Christmas," to see how he makes the star dish (butternut squash lasagna), and to find out what's next for the acclaimed chef. Then, print out all the recipes.