I've been dreaming of classic Christmas desserts, so this holiday, I thought I'd bake a bûche de Noël. Rather than opting for excessive designs and detailed accessories, I made a modern cake roll that looked (and felt) effortless. My guests couldn't get enough of the moist, light mocha sponge cake, which was a nice contrast to the sweet and nutty German chocolate filling. Impress your guests when you read more
Posts for December 24th 2008
Since corporate holiday parties are at an all-time low, I thought I'd take an unofficial poll to find out how many parties you'll be attending this season, if any. This count includes company-sponsored functions, house parties, tree trimmings, and Christmas Eve dinners, or any other holiday-related events. Did you still throw a party of your own? Did you and your friends party less this year?
As part of our Best of 2008 coverage, we asked you where you like to shop for kitchen supplies. Williams-Sonoma was the clear winner with 39 percent of the vote. YumSugar and I agree with you readers: we love Williams-Sonoma too! Not only does Williams-Sonoma have an amazing selection of quality kitchenware, but it also publishes must-read cookbooks. In November we were lucky enough to score the ultimate Thanksgiving giveaway thanks to our friends at Williams-Sonoma. The store recently launched a wine club that I look forward to checking out in 2009. What do you love about Williams-Sonoma?
Fruitcake, gingerbread men, eggnog: for Americans, the mere mention of these bring to mind yuletide festivities. Other parts of the world, however, have different dishes that hold similar meanings. Do you know which dishes are customary to eat in other countries celebrating Christmas? You'll find out when you take our quiz!Take the Quiz
Having a low-key Christmas Eve this year? Consider serving this hearty stew made with ingredients from Southern France. It's not your average midweek meal, but it comes together in less than an hour.
Olives, dried figs, red wine, and herbs de Provence provide rich flavor and delightful texture. Serve with a French red wine and a simple green salad. To look at the recipe, read more