by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Friday, December 6, 2013
OK, so normally I blog about organic, natural and sustainable stuff, but I’ve learned over the years that NO ONE wants to hear about it during the holidays (except maybe me…and my hardcore environmental friends…and people looking to find support for eating a Tofurkey). But this year I’m going to tell you how to make a fruit cake that breaks the mold and will wow your guests. I promise.
What am I doing writing about a spectacular fruit cake? Well in my prior life I was a pastry chef and baker. I’m mostly self-taught, which by my standards is often the true training grounds of some of the best bakers and chefs I know, like Maida Heatter.
Amy Fouks, bakery category manager
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Between parties, kid’s events, work, and shopping, there’s only a little time left to make those traditional Christmas goodies you remember from the past. I can handle baking a few cookies and assembling the gingerbread house with the kids, but when it comes to finding a candy thermometer and determining what’s a soft-ball or a hard-crack or thread, that’s where my expertise (and patience) comes to an end.
I’m sorry Grandma – I can’t make fudge from scratch!
Instead, I know just the place to find fudge that’s been lovingly made in a variety of scrumptious flavors - Lunds and Byerly’s.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Cheddar cheese with apple pie is an American classic, but why? Laura Werlin, author of several books, including The All American Cheese and Wine Book and Cheese Essentials, noted that the habit of pairing savory cheese with sweet accompaniments like jams, honeys, or chutneys gives you the classic savory and sweet contrast that people love in dishes such as ham with pineapple or duck with orange sauce.
Want to try this for yourself? You don’t want to just plop a dab of the same jelly you use on toast atop cheese; there are a few guidelines you’ll want to keep in mind.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Looking for a twist on ginger cookies? Milk chocolate chips add another dimension to these chewy spice cookies. They’re rolled in sugar, which makes the outside crisper but can also make the bottoms darken too quickly, so watch them carefully as the end of the baking time nears.
Friday, November 29, 2013
You don’t have to roast these nuts on an open fire—just pop them in that handy oven right in your kitchen. Nuts are great to serve at parties and these jazzed-up nuts are also a great homemade gift. Plus, protein-rich and loaded with vitamins and minerals, studies show that eating nuts regularly might be protective against certain diseases—most notably, heart disease.