Posts for November 25th 2008
Soup is one of my favorite meals to enjoy year-round, so when I caught this shot of homemade bacon and potato soup, I started salivating. All Mansionmogul did was free-form this recipe, and I dreamt of a steaming hot bowl of this velvety, chunky soup sitting in front of me, the grated cheese topping already in a blissful state of melted gooeyness.
Make this soup — perfect for a cold Winter night — when you read more
Last week, I asked how many of you were planning to brine your turkeys this year. Although more than half of you responded yes, at least 20 percent of you weren't sure what a brine was!
For those of you who didn't know, brining is a cooking technique often used to maximize juiciness in cooked poultry and meat, and it's particularly popular with Thanksgiving turkeys. Various techniques recommend soaking turkey anywhere from six hours to three days in a brine, a saltwater solution that often includes herbs and sweeteners (like our must-have version). To understand how brining works, read more
PartySugar and I have already planned our Thanksgiving menus, and now we're just eagerly awaiting the big day. To distract our giddy selves, we had a discussion about what we're serving to drink at Thanksgiving dinner. She'll be serving a citrus spritzer, Champagne, and Beaujolais, while DearSugar will be drinking red, white, and bubbly. As for me, I haven't decided yet — I'll serve either a Gewurtztraminer or a Pinot Noir.
What will you and your guests be drinking? Once you've made your selection below, tell me in the comments exactly what you'll be pouring!
How to Arrange the Seating Chart For Thanksgiving Dinner I know what you're all saying: You can't believe Thanksgiving is just two days away. But it's time to accept the fact and get cracking on setting your table! If you are at a loss as to who should sit next to whom, check out some of my tips.
For friends and family who love food but claim to be too busy to cook, give them the best gift they can receive: more time.
With a new bevy of tools, your loved ones can save both time and effort in the kitchen. This salad shooter means no more chopping; an electric vegetable peeler gives them more time to hang out (with you!). And they can use this handheld cream whipper to turn heavy cream into ethereal whip with the mere touch of a button.
Want more gift ideas? Browse the selection below or check out all the gift guides on HolidaySugar.
Each week viewers can follow the defeated chef into a house where the previously eliminated chefs are residing. I think it will be fun to see what life is like for the cheftestants after they get cut; I definitely plan on tuning in! The majority of you can't get enough of Top Chef, so tell me: Will you watch the web series After the Knife?
Smoothie chain Jamba Juice is teaming up with Organic To Go to test out a new line of organic food products. In an effort to boost sales, Jamba Juice is considering adding Organic To Go branded items — grab and go salads, sandwiches, wraps, cookies, and yogurt parfaits — to their already existing menu of classic fruit smoothies. The testing will take place in three West Coast stores in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA, and Bellevue, WA. If the test is successful, the partnership will expand to all of Jamba Juice's 749 stores nationwide. Steven Berrard, CEO of Jamba Juice, explains the affiliation:
We’re excited about the possibilities of this test. Our partnership with Organic To Go provides Jamba customers organic and natural food that supports their growing desire for a healthy lifestyle.
The news comes as no surprise as fast food chains across the country scramble to deal with the declining economy. I'll be curious to check out the meals, how about you?
Thanksgiving Tip: So You've Invited a Vegetarian . . . What if you're a meat-eating family who happens to have invited a few vegetarians? Do you have to follow the vegetarian menu? Can you still have your turkey? Before you start fretting, I've got a few simple tips on how to turn your classic meal into a veggie-friendly one. And no, you don't have to have to serve Tofurky.