Posts for January 2nd 2007
The last time I was visiting my sister, I decided to thank her and her roommates for graciously hosting me, by making them a delicious home cooked meal. They live in a townhouse with an amazing, gorgeous kitchen, which much to my dismay, was "hardly ever used." As I opened and closed each cabinet, thinking about what I would make, I noticed a lack of kitchen tools. In the end I made salmon wrapped in bacon, mini baked potatoes with prosciutto bits and salad. I was awfully worried about the dessert, especially considering there were very few kitchen tools and only a few pots and pans. In the end I found the following recipe for carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. No special tools are required, not even a mixer (luckily the girls had cupcake tins!) and the recipe is simple yet tasty. If I want to make a dessert but have no tools nearby I make this. For the recipe, read more
Did you and your family experience any great kitchen moments this holiday season? Did you sit around and reminisce about the way mom used to use this special technique when making brownies? Or how about the time when Uncle Bobby roasted a whole pig in the backyard? Me, I ended up talking endlessly about grandma's specialty yams.
This year she couldn't make it to our house for Christmas, so my dad called her up to get her "secret" yam recipe and much to our surprise Grandma's No-fail Candied Yams begins with a can! That revelation led to a bunch of family food talk and although she couldn't be there with us, it felt like she somehow was.
So how about you, do you have any secret family recipes or mouth-watering memories you'd like to share? Join the Mouth-Watering Memories group and tell us about them! I'll post my favorite entries for everyone to enjoy!
Last week I told you about being invited to a New Year's Day brunch at my mother-in-law's best friend's house. As a hostess myself, I understand the importance of being a great guest and that's why I wanted to bring the most amazing hostess gift for her. I told you that she is chic, detail oriented, and extravagant.
You scoured the web and placed your finds in the Yum Market with the tag of Hostess Gift. I was very pleased by all of the great goodies you found for her and decided to use three small gifts to create one gift basket. I included this chic yet simple monogrammed apron that Crispet1 found.
Don't know what the Yum Market is? Feeling confused on how to save on TeamSugar? Read geeksugar's explanation.
To see the other goodies I used for my hostess gift, read more
These days it seems like every bar and restaurant has their own set of specialty cocktails. Usually the bartenders are quite secretive about their creative concoctions, but sometimes, if you're lucky, they'll reveal one of their secrets. A few Thursdays ago, I was fortunate enough to meet a bartender who shared one of his recipes with me. It was a delicious key lime pie martini with an amazing treat on the rim. Now, as long as you promise not to tell, I'm going to share his recipe with you! For the best key lime pie martini recipe, read more
- Looks like the British ad guidelines classify cheese as junk food. - Slashfood
Now I know what a professional grade onion liquifying machine (aka buffalo chopper) is. - Eggbeater
- Learn how to make a delicious glögg (Swedish mulled red wine). - Eat Drink One Woman
- Have your breath analyzed with the Alcohawk Pro Grade Breathalyzer. - Liquor Snob
- A historic look back at hamburgers and American history (photo by Russell Lee). - Serious Eats
- Take on KFC with a low-fat KFC-Ya Later Bowl. - Hungry Girl
If learning to cook is on your New Year's Resolution list and you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, then you should check out Hipcooks. Run by Chef Monika Reti, whose experience runs the gamut from caterer to pastry chef, Hipcooks offers a large array of themed classes (Romantic Dinners, Drop-In Guest Treats, Healthy Dishes, to name a few). While there you'll learn the recipes and skills to help you replicate the dishes back at home.
Thanks to Nancy Z. (who says this place "ROCKS!!!") for bringing this great service to my attention. I wish I lived in the LA area so I could check it out myself!
A very key factor in the success of a party is the group of people who will attend. Sure it's tempting to invite everyone you know, but more is not necessarily merrier. The night of a party a hostess has too many other things to worry about than whether or not there will be belligerent friction, uncomfortable silences or unwanted cliques. For my tips on assembling a great guest list, read more
A light alcoholic drink taken before a meal in order to stimulate the appetite. It is a French term that has carried over to the English language. Examples of apéritifs include champagne, sherry, vermouth, Campari and Lillet.
Ok I know that we are in the middle of winter, but I still like to use autumnal ingredients while they are in grocery stores. Squash, sweet potatoes, cranberries: I love them so much that I have to incorporate these flavors into my meals even after the holiday season has passed. Shouldn't we take complete advantage of what's in season now and overdose on anything that we may not be able to find in a few weeks? For tonight's dinner I propose a golden chicken meal with autumn vegetables. To make a simple, yet scrumptious, flavor packed meal tonight for dinner read more