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Posts for December 8th 2008
Every year during the holiday season, I enjoy making a plethora of cookies, candies, and nibbles to share with my family, friends, and co-workers. With the recession, this holiday, more than ever, edible gifts are incredibly important: They are special and heartfelt, but don't break the bank. Instead of splurging on cashmere sweaters and silky tops, YumSugar and I are encouraging you to give your loved ones something decadent, delicious, and homemade.
For the next 12 days we'll be highlighting our favorite recipes for edible gifts. From sweet treats to savory snacks, we've got the perfect recipe for you. To kick off the series, I made the popular Christmas classic, peppermint bark. For being such a crowd pleaser, this minty chocolate indulgence is fairly simple to make. No thermometers or fancy tools are required and within a couple of hours you'll be munching on a holiday favorite. To get the recipe, read more
Yesterday, the residents of Callao, Peru were up to something fishy. Four-hundred-fifty students and chefs were elbow-deep in whitefish, lime, onions, and peppers in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest serving of ceviche, a seafood dish in which raw fish is "cooked" by the acid of lime juice.
The dish weighed in at a record-breaking 6.8 tons, more than 2 tons heavier than the existing record of 4.5 tons, a record that was made in Mexico. The record is a huge feat for Peru, a country that claims ceviche as its own.
"In the name of Peru, we can take back the Guinness record," declared Alexander Kouri, Callao's regional president. A Guinness Book of World Records representative was present to make the count official.
Outside the stadium where the record was broken, hundreds waited to taste a plate of the prize.
"What tacos are to Mexicans, ceviche is to us," said Ronald Espinoza, one of the students preparing the dish. "A Peruvian who does not eat ceviche is not Peruvian."
Does Santa have some foodie stockings to fill this year? If so, wow family and friends with any number of delightful, inexpensive tchotchkes.
These miracle berry fruit tablets will guarantee a fun Christmas dinner. She'll love Zinfandel chocolate sauce: It's pure indulgence. And if he enjoys coffee and tea, a mini frother is portable and functional all year round.
Want more gift ideas? Browse the selection below or check out all the gift guides on HolidaySugar.
Trader Joe's is one of those love it or hate it topics. Personally, I am in love with it. So earlier this year, when I spotted this book in a Borders window, I literally ran inside to look at it.
Cooking With All Things Trader Joe's ($24.95) is not the official cookbook of Trader Joe's grocery stores — in fact, it has no affiliation with the supermarket chain. Rather, it was written by two devotees who wanted to create a recipe collection in which all ingredients could be found at Trader Joe's. To hear more about it, read more
OK, so you're not throwing an ugly sweater party this holiday season, but what about a holiday party? A festive cocktail, a delicious dessert soiree, or a laid-back brunch are great ways to gather friends together. Set the tone by mailing them a red and green themed invite. We've created two free, downloadable invites that celebrate the season. One features a girl and a Christmas tree and the other has an ornament theme. Start by clicking on the links above to download them. Next print, fill out, and send. So what are you waiting for? Go get your holiday party on!
As part of our Best of 2008 coverage, I'd like to know who your favorite Food Network chef is. Could it be the energetic Guy Fieri, who really has become the next Food Network star? Or is it Bobby Flay, who continues to charm the food world with his Throwdown challenges? Or possibly gorgeous new mom Giada De Laurentiis, who has a new show, Giada at Home? Tell us your opinions below!
I've been trying to figure out what to make with leftover fennel, and I've finally found the perfect recipe. It highlights the sweet, delicate notes of anise in fennel and the grassy, lemony scent of dill. This dish can be easily modified: Add protein with chicken, another textural element with cubes of ricotta salata, and crunch with almond slivers. To put the salad together, read more
During the holidays, I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. That's why, this year, I've decided to transform the look of my kitchen by picking up a few seasonal pieces. Can you help me? Let's head off to market for items that will make my kitchen more festive. These can be everything from dishtowels to placemats, or serving platters and bowls. Don't be afraid to get creative in your selections, I would love a snowman spatula! Save your holiday kitchen finds in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Holiday Kitchen.
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Wouldn't you love to have all of your favorite recipes bound in one fabulous, personalized cookbook? Just in time for the holidays, we're partnering with TasteBook to give away two custom-made recipe books in the month of December. TasteBook is an online service that lets you create a personalized book of recipes. You can search the site's database (with recipes from countless professional sources like Epicurious, Food and Wine, and Better Homes and Gardens) or upload your family's favorites. You select 100 recipes, then TasteBook prints them out, binds them in a book, and sends you the finished product! If you don't have time to choose your own recipes, you can choose from a variety of already-made collections.
To enter to win the TasteBook giveaway, you must log in and take the TasteBook quiz below. Your eligibility is not based on getting the answers correct, just by completing the quiz once you are logged in. You do, however, need to be a TeamSugar member, and you must log in before taking the quiz. If you're not already a member, register here for an account. One quiz entry per person, as all repeat quizzes will be ignored.
The contest is open to US residents only and ends on Friday, December 12, at 5 p.m. PST. This is the third and final book we are giving away, so make sure to enter now. Click here for official rules. Enjoy and good luck!