Category — Holiday + Special Occasion Recipes

{make this} Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Ambitious Kitchen

I’ve always liked snickerdoodles well enough, but they have never really knocked my socks off. It turns out what they are missing is some brown butter to put them over the top. This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen does the trick – you get soft, chewy, cinnamon-y cookies that pair perfectly with ice cream or a big glass of milk.

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December 13, 2012   2 Comments

{recipe} Pea and Leek Pancakes with Black Pepper Crema

Last week I shared my favorite potato pancake substitute, the Korean vegetable pancakes known as jijims, but seeing as there are still 5 more days of Hanukkah left this year, I thought you might like another non-traditional latke stand-in: the pea and leek pancake.

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December 11, 2012   No Comments

{recipe} Salted Chocolate Matzah Toffee

I haven’t blogged in awhile because I’ve been working on another project – having a baby! Yesterday he was three weeks old and things are normalizing pretty quickly, so I was able to find time to make this toffee for a Passover Seder we were invited to last night… and baby even slept well enough for me to write up the recipe and share it.

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April 7, 2012   12 Comments

{recipe} Rainbow Fudge

I saw a recipe for rainbow fudge on Pinterest recently, and knew I had to make it. (For a full-fledged adult in her mid-30s, it turns out I’m pretty into rainbows.) But, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a couple of major issues with the original recipe… so I had to do it my own way.

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February 15, 2012   44 Comments

{make this} Recipe Girl’s Flourless Chewy Chocolate Cookies (with or without peppermint candies)

I have been on the hunt for a chocolate cookie that’s crispy on the outside and chewy-gooey-fudgy on the inside. I’ve tried quite a few recipes, but this one is the best I’ve found – I love the crisp, crackly outside that yields to a soft center. All you need is a tall glass of milk.

What’s extra great is that there is no flour nor butter in them, just egg whites for binding, so they are practically health food. (OK technically it would be more accurate to say they are practically candy, since the bulk is made up of sugar and chocolate.)

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January 5, 2012   2 Comments

{recipe} Sweet & Spicy Holiday Nuts

This is one of my favorite holiday snacks – crunchy sugar-coated nuts with balancing hits of salt and spice.

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December 22, 2011   2 Comments

{recipe} Finnish Pancake with Raspberry Red Wine Sauce

And now I am going to tell you what to make for breakfast on Christmas morning. With a mere 5 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep, and 25 minutes in the oven, you can have a rich, custardy, puffy, wonderful breakfast on the table.

Finnish Pancake Recipe

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December 20, 2011   23 Comments

{christmas in the future} Gingerbread House on the Moon

Every year a small group of dedicated friends gets together to make an epic gingerbread project that takes a cue from whatever this year’s Christmas party theme happens to be. Two years ago, for a Casbah Christmas, the tradition was born with a Middle Eastern-style courtyard house of gingerbread. Last year, we celebrated Christmas in Summer and put Santa in the pool, surrounded by a beachy scene. This year’s party theme was Christmas in the Future, so we took a few hints from The Jetsons and put Santa on the moon.

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December 18, 2011   7 Comments

{recipes} Southeast Asian Potstickers and Duck a l’Orange Potstickers

(Note: This happened several months ago, but I couldn’t find the recipes I wrote down, so I hadn’t posted about it. I found them wadded up in the bottom of a drawer recently, so here goes.)

My Dad and I have birthdays a week apart, and often do things together to celebrate. When I turned 6 and he turned 40, I asked my parents if we could eat at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center. (We lived in New York at that time.) I guess at that point my parents realized they had a strangely fancy food-obsessed kid on their hands. I don’t remember much about the food, but I do recall going to the bathroom with my sister, who was 10, and being thoroughly confused by the presence of a restroom attendant. When I turned 16 and he 50, we donned our tuxes and prom dresses and got the best seat at Julius’ Castle, a venerated old dining institution with views of San Francisco Bay. Of course neither of those places is still in business, sadly, but we still try to do food-related birthdays together.

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December 14, 2011   No Comments

{recipe, kind of} Rainbow Rice Krispy Treats

It’s gray and dull outside, so I felt like sharing a colorful rainbow today. How about a big plate of rainbow Rice Krispy treats?

I don’t understand why, but if you make rice krispy treats with Fruity Pebbles cereal instead of Rice Krispies, people will act like you are a genius. Kids, adults, whatever- it amazes them that you thought of this. And I think they taste quite a bit more exciting than run-of-the-mill krispy treats!

Here’s how you make them: Make the original, standard Rice Krispy treats recipe, but use Fruity Pebbles instead. That’s it. I stacked these wedding cake-style with parchment rounds in between to make them seem fancy. You can use Cocoa Pebbles if you prefer, or even a mix of Cocoa Pebbles and Rice Krispies, but they won’t have quite the visual wow factor that only a sugary cereal’s neon food dyes can offer!

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November 28, 2011   8 Comments