The French love to cook fish by poaching it in a flavoured liquid, usually a combination of white wine and water, leeks or onions, and some herbs. It’s a notably lean way to roll because there’s no fat involved. And the finished product is reliably tender because it’s been cooked at a low temperature.
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Cheese fondue is the ultimate winter comfort food. Living in France in my early 30s, I fell in love with the classic recipe made with crisp white wine and nutty gruyere cheese.
“Salted” and “caramel” are two words that make many people get misty in the eyes and weak in the knees.
You can buy lovely salted caramel in the stores to drizzle over ice cream, cake, pie or just your tongue, but you can also make it easily at home, and for a lot less money. Do share the wealth ‚Äî what a great holiday gift this makes.
When I was a kid, my parents sometimes brought home tins of deliriously delicious cheese crackers. I can’t remember the brand I think it was a British import but I do remember that my sister and brother and I would inhale them as soon the tin was opened. All these years later the flavour of those crackers, richly cheesy and spicy, remains burned into my memory.
The holiday season is such a beloved time of year. The weather turns cool and the snow begins to fall; we spend dedicated time with our family and friends; and children experience old family traditions for the first time.
When I have a lot of people coming over, I love to make mini pies, or “pie cups.” I coined the name “pie cup” when I created a “pie program” for one of my restaurants and vowed to make pie the new cupcake in NYC.
Since then, the mini, hand-held pie has exploded in popularity. The beauty of the mini pies is that they are portable, easy to make and the perfect proportion size.
Holidays equal platters and tins of festive-looking cookies. Cookies with colored icing, cookies with sprinkles, cookies with fillings, cookies with layers.
I remember the first party I ever hosted. I was 5 and my mom invited all of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms for a holiday singing gathering. We knoshed on homemade cookies dunked in hot cocoa made from packets of powder dissolved in boiling water.
Let’s say that this year’s Thanksgiving feast is going to be a more intimate affair than the usual cast of thousands, yet you still want turkey. It can be done.
Thanksgiving is a day for celebrating, where we enjoy the company of friends, share delicious food, and reflect on our country’s history and traditions. Throughout this celebration, though, there is one lingering thought in the back of our minds that cannot be ignored: Tomorrow there will be leftovers.