Winter at the farmers markets may not boast juicy berries or snappy stalks of asparagus, but it does offer up many seasonal delights. From blood oranges to turnips, this guide will get your ready for what to expect on your next shopping trip.
We look to culinary tastemakers for the hottest trends all year long, but their great taste runs deeper than food. From the best kitchen products to jewelry and beyond, stars like Top Chef's Gail Simmons and Food52's founders were kind enough to let us in on their curated holiday wish lists. If you're still wondering what to get the fellow chef in your life, then consider one of these chef-approved products. There's no way you can go wrong.
'Tis the season to stuff your face and fill your cup, so we're here to offer you the best gift picks for your food-loving friends and family. Keep watching to see the hottest host(ess) gifts of the season, then get shopping.
From the ultimate pickle assortment to cookbooks and kitchen gear to inspire his culinary adventures, we've rounded up our favorite picks for the deserving men in your life. While some are definite splurges, we've also included budget-minded picks, plus everything in between.
The Christmas season is making an bigger appearance than ever with the abundant limited-edition, peppermint-flavored sweets filling grocery store shelves. We raided the aisles to bring you the very worst and best of the holiday-themed candies, cookies, chocolates, and more. (To show you just how many chocolate-minty treats are on shelves right now, we crammed some of the manifold treats together to create the ultimate holiday peppermint explosion.) See how each one of them fared when you keep reading.
To those of you who've been forced to choose between heavy and whipping cream at the supermarket, you've probably pondered it yourself: isn't all cream more or less the same thing?
Not exactly. There are differences in milk-fat content. All cream contains at least 18 percent milk fat: "whipping cream" is made up of 30 percent, while cartons labeled "heavy cream" or "heavy whipping cream" must contain 36 percent or more. Whipping cream, heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream all work for recipes that incorporate whisked air, but don't reach for that half-and-half; at 10.5 to 18 percent milk fat, it simply won't cut it. The more fat content a cream contains, the more stable it's likely to be in a whipped state. Check out our honey whipped topping recipe for guaranteed success.
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Isn't it always the case that the hardest recipes have the greatest payoff? Over the past year, we made dishes and desserts that admittedly felt like a challenge but were well worth the effort. From ravioli to cake, check out all our advanced recipes ahead. But don't be intimated — follow these tips and instructions, and you'll see that it's not as bad as you'd think. In other words: bring it!
I first learned of white trash toffee, as it's called (no, I didn't make up the name!), many years ago when a former co-worker brought some in to the office and I couldn't stop putting it in my mouth. When I got my hands on the recipe, which came from her sister-in-law, I was shocked by how fast, easy, and inexpensive it is to put together — and I haven't stopped making it since.
If you have 15 minutes and any manner of chocolate, sugar, nuts, and crisp white cracker on hand, then you are ready to make this addictive homemade gift. The trick is to work very quickly (be prepared for a little bit of a mess!) and keep your eyes peeled to the toffee as it comes together. Feel free to modify it using your favorite chocolate and toppings. Psyched to make the easiest holiday edible ever? Then see the recipe.
Roasting a whole fish may seem downright intimidating; add the pressure to dish out an impressive holiday feast with it at the center, and your stress levels likely skyrocket. But rest assured: while this dish might seem scary to make, the truth is that it's shockingly simple to prepare.
Here, instructions are given for roasting two fish — enough to feed two hungry folks, more if it's bolstered by a coterie of side dishes. To make it celebration friendly, simply scale up the recipe by doubling or even tripling the ingredients; just keep in mind that it's best served promptly after cooking, and the amount of fish you can cook will be limited by oven space. Other than that, it's a fast and easy affair and a recipe that'll serve you well in many different situations.
Coke would like us to believe that it has a hold on Santa and Christmastime, but beer ads around the holidays prove differently. Whether they're vintage posters or more sleek and modern ones, brew ads are just as memorable. Some made us laugh, others were simple and effective — go ahead and see for yourself!