It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Let’s talk about cranberry sauce for a moment. It’s the wonderful sauce that anoints turkey. It’s the ruby-hued, sweet relish that adds texture, color and diversity to the holiday plate. It’s an excuse to have a little something sweet for dinner. For those who could consume a bowl of cranberry sauce like it’s a bowl of cereal, here’s a boozy way to get your fix.
For this Gin and Cranberry Sauced cocktail, add gin, lime juice, bitters and, of course, some cranberry sauce to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float a sprig of rosemary on top, and the opulent fragrance will make you think of Christmas. It’s hard to go wrong with these well-balanced sweet, tart and herbal flavors.
Bottoms up, folks!
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One of the biggest food stories of 2013 has got to be the not-so-humble Cronut. This donut/croissant hybrid took New York City, and the world, by storm. The creator of said über pastry is NYC’s Dominique Ansel Bakery. This bakery is back with another invention, this time tackling the strange world of breakfast cereal.
They are calling it Christmas Morning Cereal, although it features an auspicious lack of discarded wrapping paper and crushed dreams. The base of the cereal is clusters of puffed rice paired with Valrhona Caramelia chocolate. There’s also a marshmallow component in the form of smoked cinnamon flavored meringue puffs. Finally, the cereal features spiced hazelnut brittle for crunch.
This cereal features some fancy ingredients and your wallet will be tapped accordingly. A box of this stuff will set you back fifteen bucks. You can place a preorder on the bakery’s website now.
Orange Cranberry Scones by The Faux Martha
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- Throw on some Christmas music and bake up a batch of The Faux Martha’s cranberry orange scones.
- A Cozy Kitchen shows you how to make fancy shmancy hot chocolate. It’s easier than you think.
- Take a break from Christmas shopping and cookie dough to enjoy a bowl of Cookie and Kate’s curried cauliflower soup.
- We’re putting Love and Olive Oil’s gingerbread caramels in the running for the best holiday mashup this season.
- Eggnog in cupcake form is awesome — especially when spiked with rum. Sprinkle Bakes’ recipe features a rich and creamy white chocolate ganache.
- Your holiday party needs more than just cookies. Go with savory small bites perfect for mingling.
- Everyone loves candy. From lollipops to truffles, we have the best recipes to gift this Christmas.
Everyone knows that the best holiday centerpiece is an edible one, and that means that this lush forest of fudge is the indisputable choice for your Christmas table this year. Don’t be fooled by the grassy hues, these trees are chocolatey through and through. They’re easy to make too, with a simple formula for white chocolate fudge that’s bolstered with marshmallow cream, vanilla extract and heaps of Grinch-tinted food dye. Once you’ve got your perfect green shades down to a science, just cut the fudge into wedges or use a tree-shaped cookie cutter. Prop your trees up in a bowl of snowy sugar and watch your family tear the forest apart like a ravenous pack of lumberjacks. It’ll be a merry Christmas indeed. Get the easy deets for building this festive fudge forest, then further explore the sweet thickets of Cooking Channel’s fudge collection:
The signs of winter are everywhere. Fake Christmas trees are making their yearly descent from attics. Men dressed as Santa Claus are making their yearly descent into bottles of peppermint schnapps. Ice cream is, uh, showing up on doorsteps. Wait a minute. Ice cream is showing up on doorsteps?
It’s true. An NYC-based company called Milkmade makes the ice cream and then they deliver the ice cream. It’s a monthly subscription service, kind of like the DVD portion of Netflix only with approximately ten times the calories and fat. It costs you thirty bucks a month, which will net you two creamy pints of the good stuff. That’s pretty expensive but, hey, you only live once. Spend it inside, gorging on entire pints of ice cream.
Right now the service is only available in New York City, but the company has started a “Lickstarter” to raise money to take this thing to the rest of the country.
I think it’s a bummer that we treat hummus only as a dip or a condiment. Don’t get me wrong; I’m more than okay with its ubiquity. The fact that I can now snack on my commute home with a grab-and-go pack of roasted garlic hummus and pretzels from the train station kiosk makes my day complete. But I see hummus bound for bigger and better things. Forget the warm-up act; I see hummus playing the main stage.
My husband often speaks of a meal our buddy, J. M. Hirsch (who you should absolutely follow on Twitter), once made for him that was simply a plate of hummus topped with deliciously spiced ground beef and served with torn pita in place of silverware. He waxes poetically about how it was simple, boldly flavored and one of those fun meals that you get to eat with your hands. What more could a guy ask for?
Rife with opportunity to personalize it to your own tastes, meals like this are well-deserved. They shake up the daily routine by bringing in the flavors of a global cuisine that you may not get to experience everyday. Plus, second only to tackling foods eaten on a stick, eating with your hands may just be the most playful thing you do all day long.
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