The best time of the year is upon us, and with it comes a seasonal favorite flavor: pumpkin. Whether you bow to the throne of pumpkin spice or want to banish the trend, these four gorgeous desserts will at least be pleasing to the eyes. From an imposing pumpkin cheesecake with amaretto whipped cream, orange-almond crunch and fresh figs (pictured above) to teeny-tiny pecan pies, these treats will cause a double-tap frenzy on Instagram.
Continue Reading Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About with 4 Instagram-Ready Desserts
When you look in your spice cabinet, you probably see a lot of miscellaneous, barely used bottles. Instead of just letting them sit around and expire — because most do within a year — try blending a few of them up for delicious DIY spice blends. Whether it’s taking the everything spices from your bagel and putting them on, well, everything, or making a homemade chai for a fraction of the price of one at your local coffee shop, we’ve got you covered.
Check out seven spice blend recipes below, from sweet to savory and back again.
Once you’ve mastered a chai tea latte at home, you’ll never need to buy one at the coffee shop again. You can also use these flavors to spruce up coconut macaroons or a milk shake.
Continue Reading DIY or Buy: 7 Spice Blends That Pack Flavor In and Save Money
In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.
Are you feeling pumpkin-ed out? We are fully entrenched in pumpkin season, with the pumpkin-centric holiday of Thanksgiving just around the corner and toothy jack-o’-lanterns still grinning devilishly from neighborhood doorsteps and windows. But a few weeks ago, before we slid too far down the rabbit hole of pumpkin lattes, cheesecakes and gnocchi, and with Thanksgiving dessert preparations on the brain, the Cooking Channel editorial and culinary teams began debating one very serious and simple question: Which pumpkin, or other kind of squash, makes the best pumpkin pie?
To find this important answer, we decided to set up a near-scientific experiment. We roasted various squash varieties, pureed their innards and baked them into the same pie recipe, comparing resulting pies for color, texture and flavor. We incorporated canned pumpkin and sweet potatoes into the test as experimental controls, since we generally knew what flavor and texture to expect from both. We tasted all of the purees as well as the final pies, focusing on the filling (since the pre-approved crust was the same for each).
To orient you in this taste test, we’ll tell you how the varieties of pumpkins and winter squash are related (pumpkins are a kind of winter squash — we’ll refer to them interchangeably in this test). There are three major families within that group:
Continue Reading Perfect Pumpkin Pie: Which Squash Squashes the Competition?
When it comes to the Thanksgiving dessert table, there is one dessert it would not be complete without: pie. Fortunately, we have incredible pie recipes to finish your Thanksgiving feast with a “Wow!”
This time of year, the choice is almost always a difficult one between apple and pumpkin. Before the debate reaches a fever pitch, we’ve decided to settle this dispute of seasonal sweets once and for all by pitting the competition against each other.
WHO WILL BE CROWNED THE BEST PIE OF THANKSGIVING (BPOTG):
PUMPKIN PIE or APPLE PIE?
Continue Reading Oh, Pie Goodness! Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie
Thanksgiving Turkey Cake -- An awesome WOW from Chow
Linkage we’re into — Extreme Home Thanksgiving Edition:
* Meat the Infamous Thanksgiving Turkey Cake — Savory Layer Lovers Unite! [Chow]
* Behold, the BEER CAN TURKEY — Crack a cool one and fire up the grill! [Food2]
* Extreme Pumpkin Pie Recipe — Triple the terror; grab your Cool Whip [Extreme Holiday Ideas]
Not convinced? Get our chefs’ best traditional and updated recipes and ideas at Thanksgiving Central.
Which Thanksgiving recipe are you LEAST likely to serve up on your table this year?
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