As you read this, I'm most likely happily immersed in a world of flour spills, sprinkle dumps and misplaced frosting smears. Translation: baking Christmas cookies with a 3-year-old.
As American as chocolate mice?
The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine. This is a gorgeous, subtle Roussanne, pale gold in color, with a beautiful mouth feel. Over the course of an evening, the flavors reveal themselves slowly.
In the war against overeating, the holiday season presents a virtual minefield of tempting sweets and sumptuous feasts that can result in unwanted pounds.
We wanted to have a holiday gathering but didn't have a lot of time to prep, plan or prepare.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. _ Looking for a gift that your family and friends will enjoy and is easy on your wallet?
CRITTERS PUT THE CUTE IN COOKIES
What's in a name? A whole lot, according to high profile members of the U.S. sugar industry. They're embroiled in a lawsuit against leading corn processors about whether or not the ubiquitous sweetener high-fructose corn syrup can be called "corn sugar."
What it is: Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing is relatively small for its glowing national reputation (users of the Beer Advocate website rate it a "world class" brewery). Unfortunately, its tiny stature made it difficult for Surly to meet demand back home. But Surly is in the midst of an expansion that means more beer. My thoughts at this news went immediately to Coffee Bender _ a version of Surly's Bender brown ale that is cold-steeped in Guatemalan coffee beans.
Perhaps they should have involved some engineering students in this project.
CHICAGO _ Ina's restaurant will be closing after the end of the year, but the famed Chicago Market District eatery she opened in 2001 will not be forgotten, either in the hearts and minds of her customers or in their stomachs.
Food Network favorite Giada de Laurentiis has a new cookbook out, filled with recipes and tips for healthy eating and staying fit.
Q: Some of my family members won't eat food cooked in nonstick or Teflon-coated cookware. They believe it poses some kind of danger. Are they right?
Bubbles work this time of year; pink bubbles work it. For your year-end sparkling wines, why not drink in the pink? Many producers of French Champagne make a rose Champagne. So do those winemakers who produce sparkling wines elsewhere in the world using the methode champenoise. The gorgeous hues of these wines add a little extra specialness to an already special time of year.
Everyone's busy working and studying and practicing and participating. What ever happened to wasting time? What happened to the dish designed to soak up hours?
Q: Can you get the recipe for the spicy chicken at Mercadito Midtown?
Elizabeth Skenderovic from Dundalk, Md., was looking for a recipe she has misplaced for making an almond cake using almond paste.
A friend of mine says he once was given a bottle of wine so wonderful the only occasion on which he could think of serving it would be dinner with the pope.
Juicy pork tenderloin cut into medallions and sauteed in a rich port wine sauce is a dinner that can be made quickly on a weekday or used for a special weekend treat. The skillet potatoes are crisp and golden and take only minutes to make.
If you want to bake cookies that will fill your house with the warm scents of the holiday season, this is not your recipe.
When Larry and Rachel Gebaide of Tastebuds Catering in Davie, Fla., told me they had a recipe for roasting a 20-pound turkey safely and easily in two hours I was skeptical. But I was also intrigued.
Judy Rodgers' genius as a cook was finding the perfection in the simplest dishes. And at her Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, diners would reserve months in advance to eat roast chicken.
The two scariest words to any novice baker _ "from scratch" _ don't need to scare you anymore.
The holidays are over, and now it's about taking the leftovers and creating some great dishes. This week I decided to provide you with my three favorite recipes using leftover poultry, in this case, turkey.
As the calendar turns once again into a new year with reflections on the old one past, the spirits industry has given us plenty of new offerings for shaking and stirring cocktails.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! It's a phrase often heard on Mardi Gras amid flying beads and rolling floats, and over buffets of the bayou's best. Who says you need to wait until March to "let the good times roll"? This New Year's take down the tree and bring out the gold, green and purple. Ring in 2014 with Mardi Gras flavor, flare and fireworks.
Flavored with sweet cranberries and toasted pecans, this twist on classic cheese balls is a hit with guests of all ages.