The holidays are here! In fact, I returned just a few hours ago from a moderately successful Christmas shopping trip after work. (I tried to buy gifts yesterday, but somehow only ended up buying things for myself...) Aside from gifts (and the birth of Jesus, of course) Christmas = cookies. How else would Santa have enough energy to break into children's homes all over the globe? It's obviously the sugary sweets he scarfs down along the way. (I highly recommend you not follow Santa's diet plan.) For this recipe I was inspired by the colors of the season to create a red and white treat to keep Saint Nick's belly jolly (and increase his risk of diabetes). This year's Christmas cookie recipe features white chocolate, dried cranberries, and pine nuts. Is your glass of milk ready?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Hopefully everyone has recovered from their Thanksgiving-induced food comas at this point. I thought I'd give you a break from all that turkey with some winter-friendly barbecue by way of your oven. A couple of weeks ago I was asked to test out someone else's recipe for Food.com. Of the options I was given, Beth's Melt in Your Mouth Barbecue Ribs recipe was naturally my top choice to prepare. As straightforward as the instructions are, the name does not mislead you. The most difficult/tedious part is removing the membrane, but Beth gives you a few pointers to help along the way. I made a few tweaks based on the ingredients I had available and I ignored the instructions to portion the ribs mid-cooking, but the original recipe remains relatively unchanged.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Once again the holiday season has snuck upon us like a thief in the night. Thanksgivukkah (Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah coincide this year, which apparently won't happen for another 70,000 years) is pretty much hours away at this point. Christmas will be here in less than a month. Then before you know it we'll all be singing Auld Lang Syne as we ring in 2014. (Twenty fourteen?! Were has all the time gone?!) I digress... Here is a list of ten of my favorite recipes for appetizers, side dishes, mains, and desserts to get you through Friendsgiving, Boxing Day, or any other meal this holiday season.
Bacon-Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese are super simple to make, but will also sound and taste extremely impressive to your guests.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Hungry Hutch is by no means a stranger to the apple pie. We have been acquainted with each other for quite some time now. But as Thanksgiving is approaching once again, now is always a good time of the year to revisit an old classic. This is a slight variation to what I've posted in the past through the addition of black pepper, spiced rum, and allspice, and with less butter in the topping. All-in-all the apples still remain the star.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Do you like bread pudding? I sure do. It's a delicious, carb-loaded treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you're going to indulge by having a dessert in the first place, then why not swing for the fences?! This iteration takes advantage of the beautiful combination of cinnamon and raisins—warmth and sweet fruitiness. It just struck me that you could probably achieve a very similar result by using pre-made cinnamon raisin bread, but somehow the recipe below would seem to give a greater sense of accomplishment.