Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Favorite Eats of 2012

2012 is definitely a year to remember. From Gangham Style, to the Summer Olympics, Binders of Women, Hurricane Sandy, and the Apocalypse that wasn't. 2012 will definitely be a year of a lot of heartache as we remember those affected by the Newtown tragedy. And 2012 has some personal highlights and lowlights for me as well.

As I reflect back on 2012, I like to remember our five favorite meals we enjoyed as a family:

Pasta with Sausage, Rosemary and Tomatoes

Everyone has a go-to weeknight dish. This is ours. Can be made in 20 minutes flat. And consumed in about two.

This was a new technique for us when it comes to cooking up chicken. The result? The juiciest, tastiest chicken. Ever.

This cookie recipe challenged me as a home cook like no other. Both in terms of technique and taste. This cookie will rock your world.

My first happy accident and Asian-fusion attempt. Soft, fluffy, buttery naan + Vietnamese Pho Ga ingredients = one outstanding sandwich.

Is there anything more simple and crowd-pleasing than chicken and rice? Plus cooking it one pot makes clean-up a breeze.

Whichever way you choose to reflect on the past 12 months, do it with those you love around the dinner table, because food is love. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last-Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Foodies

So we supposedly had an extra weekend this year to prepare for Christmas since Thanksgiving was earlier than usual. But why is it that I'm still frantically searching for last-minute gift items, baking and wrapping like there's no tomorrow (Mayans calendar #epicfail)?  

So as a professional procrastinator, I've compiled some last-last-minute gift ideas that are way cooler than the picked over travel mugs and other cast-away gifts you'll find this time of your at your big-box retailer:

I've had this cookbook for less than a year, but the particles of food and dog-eared pages tell a different story. Filled with practical cooking tips for today's family plus simple and delicious recipes your whole family will love. Get it for yourself. Get it for a friend. 

For the Mixologist: Speakeasy Cocktails App ($9.99). 

Channel your inner Don Draper and master one of hundreds of recipes from the best cocktail bars in NYC. Video tutorials and interactive features make this way cooler than that tired bartender's handbook.

For the Future James Beard Award Winner: ChopChop Magazine ($14.95 for one-year subscription). 

This quarterly magazine is perfect for kids who love to cook. Filled with great recipes, food facts and games, kids will love getting their own magazine in the mail. And you'll love grooming your future chef.

CIA Student Wanna-Be: America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Subscription ($19.95/month)

Know someone that always wanted to go to cooking school but never had the chance? Thanks to the folks at America's Test Kitchen, you can access over 100 courses online, at your own pace. You'll have videos tutorials, illustrations, quizzes at your fingertips, plus email access to professors and "classmates." 

(Image credit: America's Test Kitchen)

Okay, back to some last minute cooking. Wishing you and your family a very merry everything and a happy and healthy 2013!

- Sharon


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