I may not have a slew of celebrities calling to get their hands on my latest batch of brownies (like they do at Brownies 90210), but with a bit of marketing I'd like to think I would. The recipe I use makes perfectly fudgy brownies, the kind that are slightly chewy but with a crisp top. We're talking absolutely delicious, brownie cook-off winning, people will be begging you for the recipe good. To learn my favorite brownie recipe, which I actually found in an issue of Fine Cooking magazine, read more
Posts for December 19th 2006
You know it's happened to you before. You're sitting there trying to pay attention to your favorite TV show when WHAM! the craving hits you. There on the screen, your favorite characters are eating something and wow oh wow, you WANT it. No, you NEED it.
Well, don't worry, you're not a freak, this has happened to me plenty of times. In fact it's happened several times this season during CBS's How I Met Your Mother (which, I have to agree with Pop, is one of the best shows out there). See, on the show, Lily and Marshall have a weekly pancake day, and after Lily left for San Francisco, Marshall had to learn to make his own pancakes. I figured if Marshall could do it, then so could I.
Luckily I found a great pancake recipe from my favorite food geek Alton Brown. To curb your own pancake craving, read more
It seems that everyone I know is throwing a cocktail party this holiday season. They've paid fantastic attention to their drink offerings and appetizers, but they often overlook one thing: the non-alcoholic drink option. This year, why not reward the sober driver with something that has a tiny bit more effort than a diet coke?
Ginger and Tonic Mocktail
From Jennifer Rubell
- 2 tbsp finely minced crystallized ginger
- 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
- tonic water
Mix ginger and pineapple juice well and let sit for two minutes. Divide drink among four highball glasses, ensuring that ginger pieces make it into each one. Add ice and fill with tonic. Stir well, garnish with crystallized ginger.
Last week I told you that my office is getting ready for our holiday party and is placing me in charge of doing the drinks for the event. Instead of spending the whole night mixing up specialty cocktails, I plan on making a spiked punch and to serve it in this festive pitcher. Then I asked you to find a punch recipe and all the necessary extras for serving it. To view all of the scrumptious stuff found for this Off to Market mission check out the Office Party Punch section of the Yum Market
Thanks to all of the readers who participated in the challenge! Here are my top picks:
Creating a beautiful and appealing tablescape is an integral part to any party and should not be overlooked when you are planning the logistics of your event. Often times if one is not throwing a dinner where it is obviously a major player, the table can be left forgotten and sadly unadorned. By following a few helpful hints you can assembe a terrific table setting. The first and most important hint, is to get creative. Use your imagination and artistic abilities. See your table as a blank canvas and yourself as the artist who shall paint a masterpiece. Once I have decided on a theme and color scheme for my party I take a slow walk through my house to see if I can find any objects that can be used to decorate my table. For ideas to inspire your next table, read more
I'll admit, it's a little weird to feature festive food from a country that doesn't really celebrate Christmas, but well folks, times are changing.
Although only one percent (or less) of the Chinese population is Christian, it appears that Christmas is on the rise. Much like America, urban retailers have now smothered their stores with Christmas trees, lights and wreaths and although it's not a public holiday, Christmas in China (particularly urban areas) is becoming a time to celebrate with friends, family and good food. For a modern spin on traditional Peking Duck, read more
Yesterday I reported to you all that it was National Roast Suckling Pig day (OK I kind of like saying National Roast Suckling Pig) and today I'm reporting something you can actually like and enjoy: today is Oatmeal Muffin Day. If you don't have time to make my recipe for Oatmeal Muffins be sure to pick one up at your local bakery or cafe. A fresh baked oatmeal muffin paired with a foamy cappuccino is the quintessential afternoon pick me up. To bake oatmeal muffins, read more
The other day I got an attractive gift basket full of cookies and brownies in lovely little brown boxed packages tied with twine from a place in Los Angeles called Brownies 90210. Brownies 90210 is the bakery of The Farm of Beverly Hills a restaurant that serves simple, farm-fresh ingredients to the stars. I have yet to eat at The Farm, it's on my list of things to do the next time I'm in LA, but I can say the goodies that I tasted were delicious. Voted the "Best Brownies in L.A." by Los Angeles Magazine, both Reese Witherspoon and I are huge fans. The brownies were chocolatey, fudge-like, with a harder outside and gooey inside. I prefer brownies without nuts and was happy to see these were nut free. My top picks of the cookies were the peanut butter and the snickerdoodle which were both light, chewy, and full of peanuty/cinnamony taste. The coconut macaroon with a chocolate dipped bottom was a second runner up for its flaky coconut texture and chewy yumminess. Order you or your friends a gift basket for Christmas.
Have you ever tried cooking your pasta in wine? Sounds crazy, I know, I thought the same when first hearing of the concept. But what a great way to make things more exciting, right? Test it out with this purple pasta with sausage, cranberries, and chard. The pasta takes on the color of the red wine and all together with its greens, purples, and reds it screams Christmas. If you are feeling adventurous and want to make this tasty treat (I went back for a second helping the first time I made it!), read more