Whether or not you're hosting a leisurely brunch this Christmas morning, there's nothing quite like waking up to a freshly brewed pot of coffee to enjoy while opening your holiday gifts.
When making your coffee today — or any day, for that matter — take a tip I learned from an old boss. Rather than adding cinnamon to your cup of coffee, add it into the filter with your coffee grounds before you turn on your machine. The result is subtle, yet noticeable enough to keep guests wondering why that coffee is so flavorful.
Do you have any fun coffee-making pointers to share? If so, leave them in the comments below!
The other day Yum and I were discussing the fragrant holiday spice cinnamon. Apparently, she knows several people who simply can't stand the taste of it. I happen to enjoy cinnamon in everything from sweet sugar cookies to exotic savoy cuisine. How about you?
Several weeks ago, I was invited to a cooking class at Parties That Cook, a company that hosts culinary tutorials and team-building culinary events. After a quick lesson, where chef Bibby Gillignat taught us basic cooking skills, we broke into groups, each one assigned to a different portion of the meal.
My sweetheart and I were assigned to the dessert portion of the meal, where we made another warm, chocolatey dessert: churros, fried Mexican doughnuts, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and dipped in spicy chocolate sauce. It may sound intimidating to make a deep-fried dessert, but it really isn't that hard! Check out all the steps when you read more
I love cinnamon-sugar toast and I love smooth lips. And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm taking a little inspiration from one of my favorite breakfast treats and turning it into a sweet and spicy lip scrub — minus the crispy bread, of course. Bonus? It tastes great and the invigorating properties of cinnamon gets the blood a-flowing, too. To get kissable lips, check out my recipe below:
- Start with a base. I like something waxy, such as good old ChapStick ($1.89).
- Scrape off a little ChapStick with a knife or small spatula and make a paste-like consistency by adding sugar.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, apply, and get smooching.
A few weeks ago my friend decided to make hot buttered rum on a whim. None of us had ever had it, and it sounded kind of gross... yet somehow appealing. (YumSugar has a recipe.) Is it good? It was a mixed bag on that one, but the batter itself served as my inspiration for this brown sugar scrub. Oh, and I just found out that National Hot Buttered Rum Day is this Saturday. Who knew? Yum even has a fun quiz all about this old school drink. Check out some pics below, along with my recipe, too.
Bella's Booze-Free Hot Buttered Rum Brown Sugar Body Scrub:
- Mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar; 1/4 cup almond oil (olive oil would work, too); a dash of ground cinnamon or cinnamon essential oil; and a dash of ground nutmeg or nutmeg essential oil. Apply. Optional: Add a dash of rum extract — Oh, I suppose you could get the real stuff out and mix up a little rum cocktail for yourself, too. Whee!
- Meet Kelly Choi, the host of Bravo's upcoming series Top Chef Masters.
- Meet Kelly Choi, the host of Bravo's upcoming series Top Chef Masters. — Serious Eats
- Read Alice Waters's personal letter to Barack Obama. — Gourmet
- Learn the difference between cinnamon and nutmeg.— Cookthink
- Find out how far your food travels. — The Kitchn
- Here's how restaurants are coping with recession. — The Epi-Log
- Fight the Winter flu by eating more kale. — Mouthing Off
- Ten good-luck foods to enjoy during Chinese New Year. — Chow
Browsing TeamSugar the other day, I was absolutely taken by a Fall recipe. This apple butter was created by Kitchen Goddess founder, Twinkle, when she wasn't able to locate any apple butter in her adopted homeland, Finland. Since she is a domestic divinity, she took matters into her own hands and came up with an original recipe. I can't get enough of apples, and making apple butter (which doesn't actually include any butter) is the perfect way to use up a surplus of the fruit. Plus, it's a healthy spread alternative to jams and jellies. To get her delicious recipe, read more
At a baby shower, it's incredibly important to have a nonalcholic specialty drink. That way the mother-to-be can join in the festivities. For Denise's baby shower brunch, I'll offer guests mimosas and spiced pomegranate sparklers.
The concoction is made with a cinnamon-spiced pomegranate juice and sparkling water. Do take the time to make the garnish — frozen whole cranberries — because it's a lovely addition to the drink.
Also have an assortment of juice, coffee, and tea on hand. To get the refreshing recipe to the sparkling mocktail, read more