Posts for December 10th 2009
While I'm a huge fan of experimenting with exotic cocktail recipes and new spirits, sometimes nothing beats a classic beverage like the martini. For Hanukkah on Friday, why not pour your guests vodka martinis?
Vodka pairs well with smoked salmon and potato latkes. It's also a great way to get a party started and help people loosen up a bit. With dinner, consider pouring wine. To look at the vodka martini recipe, read more
Not all gourmands were created alike. Living in San Francisco, I have my fair share of friends who I like to call hipster foodies. You know which ones I'm talking about — the Missionites who are first in line at Mission Street Food, the Williamsburgian who throws underground supper clubs, the foodies who were fascinated by butchery before Julie Powell wrote a book on it. Don't know what to get them this year? Here are a few ideas.
Instead of baking them, the eggs are cooked in a spicy enchilada sauce. Topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of sharp cheese, these Mexican-inspired eggs are one uncomplicated, but wildly gratifying meal.
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I mentioned before that 2010 will be the year when cupcakes take a backseat to the ethereal, candy-colored French macaron. The macaron — not to be confused with the dense, coconut-flavored macaroon — has spread far and wide beyond Ladurée, the Parisian pastry shop where it was first created nearly 80 years ago, to Japanese patisseries, American bakeshops, McCafés, and, now, Starbucks.
From Dec. 13 to 25, a limited edition 12-piece macaron set will be available in select Starbucks locations. Made in France by Château Blanc "exclusively for Starbucks," the $9.95 gift box includes two pieces of each of the following flavors: coffee, pistachio, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, and lemon. Being the slight macaron snobs that we are, we didn't know what to expect. Read our thoughts after the break.
Well folks, that's it! Top Chef 6 is over. The final three had to create a four-course meal that included a dish inspired by their mothers, a dish with special ingredients, a wild card dish, and a dessert. The dinner was served to the judges and some of the nation's most prominent restaurant owners. Were you watching? How well did you pay attention? Find out now when you take the quiz!
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With so many parties on the horizon this month, I've got appetizers on the brain. I generally eschew purchasing items like store-bought chip dip for holiday parties in favor of making festive appetizers of my own. There are a notable few — like roquefort and walnut canapés, latkes, and Parmesan fricos — that I can never resist making (and promptly consuming!) at Christmas and Hanukkah parties. What holiday appetizers will you never turn down?
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