These were among my favorite cookies growing up because they were simple enough that my sister and I could actually help my mother make them. -MerrillRead More »
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On Friday we usually give you a head-start by previewing next week's contest themes, but this week is a little different.Read More »
Here are our picks from the past week -- sorry we're a little late!Read More »
Call me a fusspot but I really don't like having a mish-mosh of spice jars, packets, tins and bags. -AmandaRead More »
Amanda and Merrill are at it again, drinking before noon. Watch them prepare and enjoy two delicious punches worthy of any holiday gathering. Enjoy -- and Happy Holidays to all!Read More »
Aliwaks won for Your Best Broiled Steak with Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce. The Internet Cooking Princess won Your Best Polenta Recipe with Andouille and Dijon Polenta.Read More »
Soon after we launched the site, we noticed that a number of long comment threads were taking shape on both recipes and blog posts. We didn't want anyone to miss out on a conversation...Read More »
FOLLOW-UP: After a week or so of letting the fruit soak in the gin and brandy, here's what I found: I prefer the gin, which has a crispness that brandy lacks. However, I liked the flavor of ginger and star anise better than cloves and cinnamon, so next year I plan to combine the two -- gin with ginger and star anise. As my mother pointed out, the fruit really is best between weeks 1 and 3, so if you're making the fruit to serve on a particular day, plan accordingly. And as for what to serve it with, I'd suggest passing it alongside a cheese course, spooning it over ice cream or cake (with some of the macerating liquid!), or adding it toward the end of cooking roast pork.
Most years, in early December, my mother starts making a jar of gin fruit for the holidays. Her recipe is mindlessly simple -- layer your favorite dried fruits with some spices, cover with booze -- so I thought I'd play around with two variations. I hope you'll join me in this experiment.
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This past Saturday as I was walking home from Pilates class, I brainstormed about what to bring to a Hanukkah potluck the next day. Foods cooked in oil are traditional at Hanukkah, so at first I contemplated doughnuts, fritters and some other fried goodies. But I quickly got sidetracked. I was ravenous because I'd skipped breakfast, and I was really in the mood for eggs. Without warning, my foods-cooked-in-oil musings began to blend with my what-to-have-for-lunch ruminations, and I suddenly found myself craving two of my favorite dishes from the New York Times: Melissa Clark's olive oil fried eggs with polenta (I'm temporarily obsessed with polenta after last week's contest theme), and Denise Landis' escarole with pan-roasted garlic and lemon. What if I were to combine the two? Pondering this, I hurried home to make lunch, all thoughts of the potluck swept from my hungry brain.
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