Posts for December 12th 2009
From Ying Chen
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chopped dates*
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, for rolling
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped, for rolling
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter with sugar, then add chopped dates. Stirring very quickly, add in beaten egg. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and allow to boil for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and add chopped walnuts and puffed rice, mixing well. Spread mixture onto a heatsafe pan, and allow to cool. Cut into even, 1-inch sized cubes.
- Combine finely chopped walnuts and flaked coconut in a shallow dish. Grease hands with butter, and, using hands, shape each date square into an individual sphere, then roll it in the walnut-and-coconut mixture. Shake excess off.
Makes about 40 date balls.
*Note: Whole dates that have been chopped by hand do not make a sufficient substitute. Look for sweetened, pre-cut dates in the dried fruit aisle of your supermarket.
From Live to Cook by Michael Symon
4 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium yellow onion
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 200°F.
- Peel the potatoes and keep them submerged in cold water.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, baking powder, flour, salt, and pepper.
- Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the onion and add it to egg mixture. Grate the potatoes onto a clean kitchen towel and wring as much water out of them as you can. Add the potatoes to the egg mixture. Toss so that the mixture is evenly combined.
- Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat and melt half of the butter in it. Using half of the potato mixture, shape 4 pancakes, each about 4 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. Saute the pancakes in butter until each side is golden brown and the interior is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels and keep them warm in the oven while you shape and cook 4 more pancakes using the remaining butter and potato mixture.
- Bacon jam is just one of our 12 Days of Edible Gifts.
- PartySugar's got pointers on hosting an informal yet elegant Festival of Lights dinner.
- Top Chef Las Vegas came to a shocking end this week. Did you watch?
- We'd found the ideal gift for every gastronomer in your life.
- Don't forget to vote on the best chefs, shows, and food trends of 2009!
- Our top 10 things you should have on hand to host an impromptu party.
- Yum wants to know your favorite food trends and preferred female chef
- Bella's got your favorite blushes and body moisturizers
- Très wants to know your favorite powerful woman and shares the year of weird news
- Lil's curious about your pick for most stylish tot and their fittest famous mama
- Fab wants to know who you think is the year's red carpet queen and the most stylish celeb
- Casa is curious about your favorite online decor store and the best home décor stores
- Buzz shares about New Moon mania and asks who your favorite movie girlfriends are
- Savvy shares productivity tips and ways to save on groceries
- Fit shares all about celeb fitness tips and wants to know your favorite health magazine
- Pet's curious about your favorite ham at the zoo and animals you miss
- Geek wants to know your favorite Lego-themed product and your preferred Netbook
- Pop is recapping the Jolie-Pitts' big year and wondered who your favorite new couple is
To me, the arrival of eggnog in grocery stores seems to officially signal the holiday season. I'm a huge eggnog fan and couldn't imagine December without it around the house.
It's definitely a seasonal beverage with a festive reputation, and a thick, ultra-rich taste. So, tell me, where do you stand? Is eggnog one of your favorite holiday treats?
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