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- Holiday gifts for the cycling gal
- See Jessica Simpson as a bridesmaid at CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison's wedding
- Learn how to get a party ponytail
- Gifts under $100 to give mom that warm and fuzzy feeling
- The 20 best apps for kids
- Different ways to wear one dress all season long
- Last-minute rustic decor for a cozy Christmas
- Burning Once Upon a Time Season Two questions answered
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- Adorable pictures of pets donning holiday garb
- Four can't-miss fashion-focused reads
Posts for December 16th 2012
A touch of heat can make any meal go from bland to brilliant in just a drop or pinch. To get that same zest, turn to these spicy food recipes, many of which are ready in less than half an hour. With that kind of cooking time, they're bound to end up in your weekly rotation.
Chocolate crinkle cookies are a holiday favorite. Gooey and fudgy, with plenty of powdered sugar to go around, a package of these cookies is sure to please anyone on your gift list. The recipe is inspired by my absolute favorite chocolate crinkle cookies from Williams-Sonoma ($19). The mix is heavenly, but the price tag keeps me pretty limited to making them for special occasions only. Determined to see if I could hack recipe myself, I got out my trusty scale and started weighing out all the ingredients on the package. I felt like a modernist cook, breaking down the recipe bit by bit.
My experimental hack was a success, and tasters loved the crumbliness of the cookies and the brownie-like interior. Do these taste exactly like the Williams-Sonoma brand? Not exactly, but that is to be expected since I used different cocoa powder, pastry flour, chocolate, and vanilla. Next time, I do plan to splurge on all of Williams-Sonoma's baking ingredients, so I can get even closer to the flavor of the original mix.
Cheese, glorious cheese! I love the stuff so much that If I'm not cooking, then I'm indulging in a meal of fancy cheese and fresh baguette. After all, there's nothing like a ripe, gooey slab to smother across crusty french bread or a piece of dry, crumbly cheese laid across a slice of fruit. These six cheeses have won my heart over, and it's about time you tried them for yourself.
Fromi Brebirousse d' Argental
Point Reyes Original Blue
Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison
Abbaye de Belloc
Époisses de Bourgogne