Posts for December 23rd 2010
Unlike most seafood stews, which are thrown together just before serving, this version requires the fish to sit in the sauce overnight. Because the raw shrimp and whitefish are bathed in the rich tomato sauce, the resulting dish is wildly flavorful and the seafood is succulent and plump. It's wonderful for holiday entertaining because the night of a dinner party, the only thing you have to do is toss it in the oven. Seriously, this cioppino is a must make, so learn the technique.
- A year's worth of FitSugar recipes
- TrèsSugar vs. Emily Post: last-minute shopping etiquette
- 10 smokin' hot topics
- Beyond the Santa Claws hat: 15 dogs go all out
- Best of 2010: our favorite toys of the year
- Holiday decorating ideas from CasaSugar Community members
- In her shoes: window dresser Meghan Lorenz
- Holiday roast: orange, cilantro, and cumin pork loin
For the all-star season of Top Chef, we have a special person recapping the show. Previous Top Chef participant Ryan Scott! Here are his thoughts on last night's episode.
A stuffing quickfire challenge? Ask family, friends, and clients: I could stuff every one of the contestants on this one. In fact, I've got some in the fridge right now. Lots of inventiveness in this challenge. Carla turned into cave woman, and I'm proud of Fabio using his noggin to grate the cheese on the shelving. I can see it now: Fabio will be the new spokesperson for retro racks at Walmart. Way to go, Tre . . . so much for me getting signed for Swanson's spokesperson again.
For more of Ryan's take on Top Chef, keep reading.
Still on the hunt for stocking stuffers this holiday season? Keep it simple with some budget-friendly kitchen gadgets sure to bring a smile to the chef in your life. For the pro and amateur alike, these handy tools — all under $20! — go from can't-live-without basics like a small whisk ($7.50) and an ice cream scoop ($12), to more out-of-the-box gadgets like a Microplane grater/zester ($16), a pepper corer ($9), and an olivewood spaghetti tool ($13). Fun color options jazz up even the most basic of necessities, including these Flip-Read Thermometers ($15) and Le Creuset spatulas ($9). To shop the stuffers, click on the images above!
What has been your go-to grocer this year? While supermarkets may be shooting for Santa's "nice" list in 2010, with Walmart going local with its produce, Trader Joe's adopting sustainable seafood standards, and Target putting the kibosh on farmed salmon, you may have preferred a small-scale shop or farmers market over super stores and warehouses. Or maybe it just came down to convenience? I live a few blocks away from a Whole Foods, so it usually wins out for me. But I'm wondering, where did you shop this year?
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In need of a last-minute appetizer idea? Amy Reiley has got you covered! Learn how to make her scrumptious hot honey nuts. It's a quick and delicious snack that will get any party started, so watch the video now.