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Archive for December, 2010

Debi Mazar Stars in “Extra Virgin”

What do you get when you pair a modern girl from the streets of Queens with a food purist from the hills of Tuscany? A modern day Lucy and Ricky with a passion for food, family and each other. Actress Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos invite you into their kitchen in the new [...]

Warm and Cozy Soups

There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter evening, and Cooking Channel chefs are heating things up with an eclectic mixture of soup styles, from classics to fantastic twists. Three reasons to make more soup: The stretch factor makes them budget-friendly and good for feeding crowds. Extra guests? Throw a [...]

Merry Christmas!

Matt’s Pimento Cheese Dip. With a Kick.

Ok, unless you are from the South (I’m from Texas, so I can only claim half Southern roots),  the mention of Pimento Cheese spread might be met with a look of disbelief or even smirks. Hey, isn’t this the cheese spread of yesteryear, when wood paneling was commonplace and our pants had just a bit [...]

Sparkling Wines that Won’t Break the Bank

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year. And the occasion just wouldn’t be complete with something bubbly to drink at midnight. But that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a $80 bottle of Champagne to make the night special. We spoke with Lorena Ascencios, wine buyer at Astor Wines & Spirits in [...]

Quick and Easy Holiday Appetizers

Holiday season is, for all intents and purposes, party season. Cocktail parties, dinner parties, black-tie affairs and galas, casual get-togethers, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa gatherings — all of these events can tax even the most imaginative of hosts and hostesses. Can’t come up with any new nibbles for friends and family to nosh on? Have [...]

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

No holiday is complete without a whole bunch of cheese. In fact, no day is complete without cheese. This holiday season, your obligatory cheese can double as your obligatory holiday decor, if you play with your food a little and transform it into a Christmas tree.

East Meets West: Yuzu kosho on Christmas Eve

On my mother’s side, my family is entirely Italian-American, and each year on Christmas Eve we would observe the Feast of the Seven Fishes. No fewer than seven fish dishes would be prepared, in groaningly large quantities, and laid out on a large table for dinner. Among the dishes there was always baccalà, salt cod [...]

Lazy Man’s Buche de Noel

Countdown to Christmas: 3 days. If you’re one of those type-A holiday overachievers, all of your presents are ready and wrapped, the whole menu is planned and the grocery shopping is done. Multiple batches of cookies are tucked away in tins, you’ve decorated an entire gingerbread village and you’re putting the final meringue mushrooms on [...]

Two Meals in One

Are you anticipating a house full of holiday guests in just a few short days? Being surrounded by family and friends for Christmas is a wonderful thing, but facing the daunting task of keeping everyone sated is not. Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect recipe for feeding the masses this holiday season.

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