Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, two glorious holidays, will never fall together on the same day again in our lifetime, so the day deserves a blowout menu, full of insanely delicious hybrid recipes. From challah bread rolls to sweet potato latkes to pumpkin sufganiyot with cranberry jam filling — these dishes will please even the most ornery Jewish grandmother.
For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more.
Think drinking Scotch is something reserved for snifters and grandpa's living room? Think again. Lucia Gonzales, bartender at Prizefighter in Emeryville, CA, and whiskey ambassador for Campari America's Women & Whiskies, demonstrates how to make a Scotch-based punch for the holidays that's sure to please both aficionados and newbies alike. Watch on for more helpful punch-making tips, then get the recipe.
The cooler nights have got us aching for a cocktail that feels a little more like Autumn. Make the most of seasonal fruits and flavors by enjoying these eight festive cocktails that'll help you embrace long nights and sweater weather.
The idea of a cocktail made with canned pumpkin both fascinates and frightens me. But since we love pumpkin around here, this Thanksgiving, I set out to design a cocktail that was easy on the palate and slightly sweet but not dessert-like, with the pumpkin pie flavor I love.
After much searching, I stumbled upon a pumpkin pie cocktail that sounded almost perfect, so I made a few tweaks, substituting spiced rum for the vodka the recipe called for. I have to say, the resulting pumpkin pie potable did not disappoint.
Expecting visitors over the holidays? Consider hosting a chic wine tasting party like the one thrown by Hope at Home. Beyond the truly dazzling design choices, we couldn't help but be enamored by the event's food- and drink-related ideas. Here are three takeaways we'll be stealing for our next wine and cheese party.
Enlist a Chalkboard Table Runner
Protect your table and identify wines, cheeses, and other accouterments by writing in chalk on a black canvas table runner. Anthropologie has a disposable chalkboard table runner ($46) that covers the whole table. For some, simply naming the varietal doesn't help to understand the flavors inside the bottle. Take it a step further by writing out key wine descriptors ("dry and crisp" or "sweet and fruity") next to each wine.
Label Your Cheeses — With Wine Pairings
Most cheesemongers can help you choose the right cheeses for your bottle of wine, but when in doubt, turn to this handy Wine and Cheese Pairing Swatchbook ($15). Then, write out the name of each cheese along with its appropriate wine pairing on ceramic tags ($4 for four).
Bring Back the Wine Spritzer
Most pop a cork, pour the contents, and end things right there, but wine can and should be used in cocktails and spritzers. Create a bar complete with lots of ice; white and sparkling wine; juices like apple and orange; liqueurs like Grand Marnier and St. Germain; fresh, seasonal fruit like apple and pear slices; and herbs like thyme, mint, and rosemary. Offer some suggestions, but let guests mix, match, and doctor to their liking.
With a dainty name like the gingersnap, one might assume that this cocktail is best reserved for ladies' night, but think again. Smooth and spicy, this warming tipple manages to steer clear of syrupy-sweet territory thanks to a heavy-handed dose of bitters and is an all-around crowd-pleaser, perfect for sipping throughout the holiday season.
If you need further convincing, it's one of those rare-gem restaurant recipes (an adaptation from a cocktail served at Momofuku Ko) that neither requires obscure ingredients nor intimidating technique. All in all, a win. So what are you waiting for? Get
From cornbread mix to cream of mushroom soup, these pantry products are our go-tos for Thanksgiving. As you shop for your Turkey Day feast over the next few days, keep an eye out for these 10 products, so you can grab tried and tested items that are guaranteed to raise your dishes to the next level. We've used and loved these products for years, and now it's your turn.
With the holiday season looming close, there are a multitude of reasons why it's time to dig deep and find some killer appetizers to pull out of your pocket. But this year, for various reasons (among them, health, budget, and more sustainable eating), there are sure to be at least a few partygoers who are passing on the poultry, meat, and seafood this year. Thankfully, we've got an array of vegetarian options so superb that no one will be missing out on the meat at all! For a sampling of stellar veggie-forward starter ideas, keep reading.