Believe it or not, there are a lot of scientific properties at work behind Santa's toy delivery on Christmas Eve. Trust in the magic, and be confident in the scientific lessons that propel Santa around the globe.
My sister once called fennel a snooty vegetable and I have, ever since, been on a crusade to defend its good name. In this recipe the floral bulbs spend ample time in a bath of vinegar and pepper until they are suffused with a bracing flavor. Put this out on the table while you fix cocktails for your guests, it's the perfect accompaniment for a cold drink.
Struggling to keep a gingerbread house upright? Time to investigate your frosting. Using the right cement will prevent all the headache that can come with structural failure.
Hunting for an easy appetizer to serve over the holiday season? Look no further! This cauliflower emerges from its bath painted in crimson and scented with rosemary. It's the perfect nibble to put on the table while you're puttering away in the kitchen and your guests are mingling.
Making gifts for the holiday season needn't be labor intensive. Brew a large batch of infused oil, vinegar, or alcohol and give it away in ribbon-topped bottles or jars. Here are all the details you need for an easy gifting season!
Today on Home & Family I set out to work with hot sugar on live television. It was a train wreck! Thankfully we had 90 seconds at the end of the show in which I redeemed myself and worked quickly with hot sugar. You know you love a disaster, watch these clips!
At the end of the year when snow is glittering on pine needles, the flavor my brain calls out for is reflective of that sentimental weather: cool, crisp, fresh, and bright. Peppermint candy canes have stolen my heart.
Infusions are easily personalized, you could very well make a few different batches and hand out various treats to your family but I like to brew one big batch of something flavorful, label it with the particular year it was made, and then give it away with a bow on top. Over the years I have infused many different liquids, and I will now look at the options with you.
Every year in November I am thrilled to help my sister prepare Thanksgiving. This year was a little different! With my move across the country we had to celebrate separately, so from my home to hers I am sending a very hearty thanks for all the years we've spent making memories.
Is there anything more charming than a skyline filled with balloons? Whether they're floating with hot air or helium, I'll teach you what keeps them in the sky while Tanya demonstrates a delightful craft to make with your kids!
Preserving fruit with sugar is a centuries-old tradition that seems to rear its head every Christmas. As we celebrate Christmas in July with Hallmark, take to heart some candying tips. Get started on this now and you'll have gifts aplenty on your shelf to dole out come December!
This is not a new trick, it is simply good, old, cooking at its best. When we slowly replace water content in food with sugar we act to reduce the amount of H2O necessary to support the growth of bacteria and microbes. Which is to say, we preserve the food. Sugar is a most excellent prison for your lemons. Keep them alive far past their due date with this solution.
What are your thoughts on SPAM? While I can't say I love the meat product dearly, I do find my palate tuned to the unique combination found in musubi. The Hawaiian dish pairs a slice of SPAM with sushi rice and some toasted seaweed, it's SPAM sushi. Hints of that dish find their way into my version of corned beef hash...
We're probably not going to agree on what kind of music best accompanies a date: should it be tender? Hot? Sweet? Aggressive? Why not try a little bit of everything? My list is a funky collection of dirrrrrrty grooves and loving tunes. Ready to start your night? Just press play.
Don't have a date for VDay? Don't fret. Call your best single friend and cook up a little practice date for the two of you. Trust me, we all need practice.
Yes, the trail of British colonization/oppression left us with a unique flavor map that is hard to describe without looking through the lens of conquest. I started with the wintry walnut, and thought it might be nice to pair them with currants (I always like a bit of a chew to balance the crunch of the nut when I serve these). I steered the bowl around to early English colonies, picking up some palm sugar to sweeten the nuts and some ground cloves and ginger to spice them. I thought they needed some perfume, and so zested the rind of a few oranges for good measure. They were still missing something, so I took one more trip back around the globe and picked up a heady crush of ground black pepper. With that, I was done. A food map based on British Imperialism, potentially insensitive, definitely delicious.
Winter baking is full of spice and warmth, none of those lemony midsummer desserts. Looking for a way to kick that old fruitcake in the bum? Try this cinnamon topped cranberry bread using Arrowhead Mills' Gluten Free All Purpose Baking mix and you'll be nibbling before it's had time to cool.
Welcome your guests this winter with a cookie platter. Make two cookies from one easy dough. Get your kids in the kitchen to help roll the cookies into balls, you'll have a warm treat to share in no time.