Posts for April 8th 2009
While some women prefer to drink red wine, in the springtime I constantly crave a chilled glass of my favorite white wine, Sauvignon Blanc. Last weekend I enjoyed an incredibly refreshing offering from Chilean winery Montes. With its crisp, bright flavor, peachy aroma, and grassy undertones, I was thoroughly impressed with the limited selection Sauvignon Blanc ($12). Although it's wonderfully easy to drink and affordable, this wine doesn't lack complexity or character. It's slightly minerally with a lovely acidity and smooth, lasting finish — basically everything you want in a Sauvignon Blanc. It paired perfectly with homemade shrimp pesto pizza, but the flavor is so fresh, this wine would be delightful on its own. Has anyone else sipped Montes?
A classic condiment for raw oysters served on the half shell, mignonette sauce typically contains vinegar and shallots, and may also include oyster liquor, seasonings, and herbs.
Sibling Shower: Food and Beverage Set out a spread fit for the family's queen bee or lil king. Tempt tot's appetites by playing into a few of the sibling-to-be's favorite foods with a twist. lilsugar's menu is made up of swaddled babies also known as babes in blankets, classic macaroni and cheese bowls and baby carrots with ranch dip.
I know I made a sandwich with eggplant just two weeks ago, but such is the life of a home cook: I had an extra eggplant sitting around that I had to find a use for! So I improvised this totally different — and in my opinion, even more delicious — Greek-inspired sandwich.
Needing to cook the eggplant ASAP, I roasted it on a Sunday and made the sandwich the next day; if you make the eggplant in advance, this simple sandwich comes together in just over five minutes. The slightly sweet, balsamic-roasted eggplant stacks up beautifully next to warm, salty feta. Thin strips of mint and a slather of hummus make it even more complex and rich. To get the recipe and lots more photos, read more
- Inexpensive white Bordeaux isn't easy to find, but it's worth the effort. — Wall Street Journal
- If you love chocolate Easter eggs, try making them at home. — Los Angeles Times
- Cooks new to preparing lamb should try the shoulder cut. — San Francisco Chronicle
- Is the beer tap the wave of the future for wines by the glass? — New York Times
- Get to know smelt, a tiny silver fish with a huge following. — Washington Post
- Choose the right ham for your Easter meal. — Chicago Tribune
- Passover just got better with a savory, matzoh-crusted meat pie. — Boston Globe
When I saw this recipe for a warm strawberry crumb cake in the current issue of Food and Wine magazine, I instantly knew I had to try it! With its plump juicy berries, this cake screams Spring — making it the perfect finish to any Easter meal. In the recipe, fresh strawberries are tossed with sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. A smooth cake batter tops the berries and a brown sugar butter crumble covers the batter. The final result is a scrumptious, yet homey dessert. Although there are several components, the entire cake can be made the day before the celebration. To add this dish to your repertoire, read more
Last weekend when I was cooking at FabSugar's house, I was surprised to see a stylish, yet eco-friendly compost bin in her kitchen. Although she's not much of a big cook, she is a fan of helping the environment. Fab's commitment to green living has inspired me to start composting. How about you?
Earlier this week, PartySugar taught me a lot about Cadbury Creme Eggs, a classic Easter confection. But I found out there was a whole lot more to chocolate eggs when I toured the See's Candies factory last month and saw how its seasonal specialties are made, from beginning to end. To join me on my eggcellent adventure, keep reading.
Looks like the cupcake craze isn't over yet: we were so excited about the overwhelming response to our last giveaway, we decided to offer another lucky reader the chance to win the ultimate baking package. This time, we've partnered with Williams-Sonoma to provide everything you'll need for an Easter baking extravaganza. We're giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer and all of the necessary tools for baking the best cupcakes. Yellow melamine mixing bowls? Check. Yellow silicone spatulas in three sizes? Of course. Yellow apron to ensure that your clothes don't get dirty? Done. If you're not the most sophisticated baker, don't fret; we're including four (chocolate, red velvet, vanilla, and banana) Sprinkles cupcakes mixes and a set of 12 Silicups. To help you channel your inner ace of cakes, we're also giving away beautifully colored decorating sugars.
No prize package is complete without pretty platters; you can place the cakes on vintage bunny band plates or a cupcake stand. Finally, you'll be able to take your baked goods on the go with the ingenious cupcake courier. All of these prizes combine to make a total package worth over $500!
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