I have always loved interactive food – where everyone gets to participate in the making and serving of a meal. The pizza party is a great example of this – roll out the dough, choose the toppings, assemble the pizza and watch while they bake. It’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
Baked brie with fruity toppings used to be all the rage, and the real height of sophisticated appetizers. But they seem to have fallen out of fashion a little. I rarely see them at parties or in cookbooks anymore. Perhaps the trend for simple artsy charcuterie trays have taken their place, or appetizers served [...]
Growing up in the South, fall was always just a short little respite from the heat, before the dull, dark cold winter. The leaves turn quickly and fall fast. The weather is only really sweater-worthy for a few days. The mass-marketed Halloween costumes were always hideously hot, and eating outside on Thanksgiving is usually [...]
As I remember it, trick or treating is hard work. Lots of walking, in what is invariably an uncomfortable costume, that heavy bag of candy and keeping your best manners on under all that stress. But the promise of a seemingly endless supply of fun-size candy bars made it all worthwhile. I even liked [...]
When I claimed thanksgiving for my own, I wanted to create a tradition for this new configuration of family, one for grown-ups and kids alike. So I came up with the Thankful Tree. My mom drew a big tree, complete with falling leaves and acorns and a bunny rabbit at the base, [...]
I always think it’s nice to start off the Thanksgiving celebrations with a special cocktail and a few nibbles. It sets a convivial mood and keeps everyone occupied while the last touches of the meal are being tended too. Frankly, I like to have everyone’s hands busy while I am trying to get the [...]
You are going to want a loaf of this around the house during the Thanksgiving holiday. It is beautiful, autumnal and something of an achievement to show your friends and family. It is great spread with butter. Fig, Bourbon and Vanilla Bean Jam is a real treat. It is gorgeous toasted, and makes amazing [...]
It may be politically incorrect, but I love veal. It is my favorite meat. If there is a veal dish on the menu (apart from sweetbreads), I will order it. I have eaten a great veal swath across the globe. On [...]