Tag: foodies

Gourmet chocolate pretzels from Fatty Sundays: Bet you can’t eat just 70 million.

I hate showing up to someone’s house empty-handed, even when the hostess says, “Oh…just bring yourself.” That’s why I always have so much fun scoping out affordable hostess gifts for you all each year. While we can always grab a bottle of wine or fresh flowers, around the holiday season it’s smart to stock up on affordable little gifts  for impromptu gift-giving, just so you have them on hand. And I found the perfect thing with the gourmet chocolate covered pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays. You guys? This is like my dream holiday gift stash gift: They’re affordable, they’re not too fussy, and they’re a perfect token for anyone from a hostess...

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Best ever Thanksgiving stuffing recipes: The essential Thanksgiving table

Stuffing is one of those Thanksgiving dishes that I’m always changing. One year cornbread, the next sourdough. Sometimes sausage, other times bacon. Every once in a while I make it in the bird, though mostly it’s done in a separate pot. I’m not yet sure how I’m going to approach stuffing this year, but I know that one of these 8 amazing Thanksgiving stuffing recipes is going to be on my table–and you might be thrilled to have them on yours, too. I’m guessing there’s something here for everyone, no matter how you like your stuffing. Even if you call it dressing....

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7 cranberry sauce recipes for every taste: The essential Thanksgiving table

As a professional home cook and recipe developer, I’m always game to change things up, even at a holiday meal. But, if you ask me, certain holiday dishes, like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving are essential. You can play with them, but don’t think of skipping them. Making cranberry sauce is easy to do—you can even use your slow cooker—and you may be surprised at how inventive you can get, if you want. Check out these 7 cranberry sauce recipes and prepare to be inspired.   Jaimie at My Baking Addiction keeps it simple with her version of Homemade Cranberry Sauce. This recipes...

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Thanksgiving pies that deliver, deliciously

We recently shared our essential tips for how to make a homemade pie, but have a feeling that some of you may skip out on the baking this Thanksgiving. No judgments here if you’d rather place an order and have your Thanksgiving pies delivered. In fact, we’ll help you find the best mail order pies around. Bon Appetit is one of our most trusted sources for foodstuff and they recently did the hard work of tasting 75 mail order pies from around the country. Hard job, right? (I don’t feel bad for them either.) They’ve narrowed it down to...

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3 awesome new food gifts for men, when the way to their hearts takes the traditional route

I’m all about food gifts for men. Maybe because I love the men in my life, and the men in my life happen to love food. If you’re with me, then I’ve got three fantastic resources for you if you’re all about seriously cool food gifts that have nothing to do with cheese logs or lollipop towers. Mantry First, there’s Mantry. I discovered them last year and loved them so much, my own dad got a subscription from me for Christmas. Their one-, three-, and six-month subscription food boxes are still an extraordinary gift idea for any guy who’s down with the likes of gourmet salsa,...

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A Chanukkah gift set from Vosges that takes the holiday cake or, er, chocolate.

Those of you who don’t celebrate may not know that before Christmas became the blockbuster that it is today, Chanukkah was a pretty quiet affair. And as hard as Chanukkah tries to keep up (at least in my house where we celebrate both holidays), it’s always a few steps behind Christmas. Until now. The Festival of Lights Chanukkah gift set from Vosges gourmet chocolates is swanky—and delicious—enough to make Chanukkah the winter holiday. At least that’s how eight days of chocolate makes me feel. Like everything that Vosages does, this gift set is beautifully designed. The lucite menorah, which I had the chance...

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5 copycat coffee drink recipes as good as the overpriced ones at the coffee shop: Our gift to you this National Coffee Day.

We know you love coffee, so we thought long and hard about what to give you for National Coffee Day today. We’ve already shared our favorite iced coffee recipes and coffee recipes from around the world. We’ve made it easy to make your own cold brew and hot buttered coffee. So what else can we serve up for your sipping enjoyment? How about five of the most delicious copycat coffee drink recipes so that you can enjoy your favorite coffeehouse drinks at home on the cheap. That’s right, java lovers: Five new recipes and for each one, five bucks you get to keep...

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Cookbooks and baking blends to make a gluten-free diet delicious

My experiments with gluten-free cooking and baking have taught me that it can be a seriously tricky endeavor. Not only is it hard to find great gluten-free breads and pastas, but avoiding all of the foods that surprisingly contain gluten—from soy sauce to sausage—can be a painstaking chore. These four awesome gluten-free cookbooks and two gluten-free baking blends offer tons of inspiration, recipes, and mixes that make eating a gluten-free diet easy and, more importantly, totally delicious. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen America’s Test Kitchen is the place to start...

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Rosh Hashanah food goes indie.

I’m all for starting the Jewish new year off right, and for me that means a gourmet Rosh Hashanah food taster from our favorite online indie food marketplace, MOUTH. Why stick with plain old apples and honey, when the goodies in the “High Holy Day-licious” pack (ha) go a step further? They make a perfect hostess gift to bring to a Rosh Hashanah dinner or appetizer spread to kick off your own holiday celebration. The deliciousness will set the intention for a great year ahead, or at least a delicious one. But you have to order now! – Don’t miss an...

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5 delicious new tea products: Move over coffee

Back when I shared new trends for back to school snacks I promised to only pass along food and drink trends that stand the test of some time. I have watched new tea drinks and tea-flavored foods hit the market nearly every week since I started spotting them several months ago, each more delicious than the next. These tea goods are the real deal, worth sharing, and tasty enough that you just might ditch java–or at least let it share the spotlight. Tea-riffic! Ice Cream Tea-riffic! ice cream is a brand new, amazingly delicious tea-infused ice cream made from only all-natural...

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Bulletproof buttered coffee recipe: Miracle drink? Or just, well, butter in your coffee?

I heard rumblings about hot buttered coffee, also known as Bulletproof Coffee, last year, and ignored what I figured was another crazy food trend. I mean, butter in coffee? If that doesn’t scream the new bacon, I don’t know what does. It turns out, though, that the buttered coffee trend is growing, with converts claiming serious health benefits. So is this a miracle drink or just greasy java? Here’s some info and a basic buttered coffee recipe to help you find out. What is Buttered Coffee? Buttered coffee is brewed coffee blended with butter and either coconut oil or MCT oil (Medium...

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5 dairy-free ice cream recipes (and 1 store-bought) so good they can be a staple in any home.

Though hard to find, it turns out that great dairy-free ice cream is not a culinary unicorn. It is possible! It is real! And when you find the one that satisfies you, you’ll want the ice cream recipe on hand all year long. Because even dairy-free folks know that ice cream isn’t just for summer. And I know first-hand; I spent a year feeding one of my boys a dairy-free diet and the big surprise for this cheese-loving mama is that it became pretty easy. There were foods that he missed, like cheese and yogurt, but with so many great dairy-free...

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Best cold brew coffee: Our 3 favorite brands plus one DIY cold brew recipe

Everyone may be talking back-to-school, but summer’s not over. In fact, I’ll be drinking iced coffee well into September, which gives me about two more months (at least) of cold brew coffee pleasure before I switch back to hot java. With that in mind, I recently indulged in a cold brew taste test to bring you what I think are the 3 best cold brew coffee brands on the market, plus a recipe to make your own, of course. Please, no need for praise. I do it out of the kindness of my heart. And the caffeine buzz. There...

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Green Mountain Mustard: Don’t be looking for any of that flavorless yellow stuff here.

Tomorrow is  National Mustard Day. And yes, I know, it seems like there’s a holiday for every darn food on the planet (National Aqua Jellybean Day, anyone?) but this is one I can get behind. First, you must know that growing up in my family, yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle–well, it was referred to by a mildly profane name that I will not detail here. Ask me some other time. Over drinks. We always insisted on real mustard, friends, and lots of it. Which is probably why my produce bin may be bare from time to time, but there’s always one shelf in...

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The best cookbooks for summer, way beyond grilling.

Summer is whizzing by and before you know it, the peaches, tomatoes and corn will be gone. Before summer produce makes its sad exit, you’ll want to be sure to get in all the great summer cooking you can. The good news is that summer cooking is all about a light touch. It doesn’t get all that intense, except maybe when making homemade pie dough. (Though pssst, every single one of these summer pie recipes can be made with store bought dough). The even better news is that I’ve got five awesome cookbooks for summer that aren’t your typical summer cookbooks–no grilling books,...

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5 spectacular summer Mojito recipes to celebrate National Mojito Day

Friday July 11th is National Mojito Day, which, if you ask me, is as good an excuse as any to whip up a batch and raise a glass to the classic Cuban cocktail. Traditional mojitos are excellent – you really can’t go wrong with white rum, sugar, lime, mint and club soda – but a celebration in July calls for summer flavors like those found in these five absolutely irresistible summer mojito recipes. Grab your favorite summer fruit and get drinking. I’ll be right behind you.   The Peach Mojito recipe  from Katie’s Cucina is perfect for right now thanks to peak season peaches. (And you...

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Phin and Phebes: Gourmet ice cream worth its salty caramel

The freezer aisle in even the most conventional market these days offers gourmet ice cream in every flavor imaginable. I’d started to think that this ice cream social was at maximum capacity until I tried Phin & Phebes, and oh boy am I glad that they’ve joined in. Phin & Phebes Ice Cream started as a weekend project between two friends in Brooklyn. Fueled by a belief that ice cream should be simple, fun, unpretentious and delicious for both kids and adults (yes!), they started churning out flavors so fabulous that they were able to sell their products at local markets. They...

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Pucker up, natural remedy fans: Urban Moonshine is bringing back digestive bitters.

Owners of a grumbly tummy or troublesome digestion, I have good news. There’s a new old-fashioned weapon in your arsenal, and it’s all-natural and even helps me be more aware of what I’m eating. Whether you fight bloating, crave sugar, or just ate too darn much, Digestive Bitters might help you as much as they’re helping me. The company is called Urban Moonshine, and the idea is that the human body craves bitter flavors but is often denied them by today’s diet. Digestive Bitters come in three flavors: Original, Maple, and Citrus, all based on organic roots and herbs...

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A whoopie pie recipe to die for, or a way to have them delivered if you’re not up to the task.

First it was cupcakes, then Rice Krispies treats and donuts, too. Next up on my approved-dessert-trends roster: whoopie pies. Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to get in on this trend and Batter & Cream, an online specialty whoopie pie bakery, makes it easy with this whoopie pie recipe that Cool Mom Picks has got exclusively for you. And this is no ordinary whoopie pie recipe my friends–this is their Chocolate Stout Ganache Whoopie Pie with Peanuts, which sounds perfect for Father’s Day, don’t you think? Or you know, any day.   Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pie with Peanuts (printed with permission) Makes 12-14...

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Gourmet gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

If your dad and baby daddy are anything like my dad and baby daddy, they love food. I can skip the clothes, tech, and even the cute pics of the kids and make their Father’s Day gifts deliciously edible. Which is why we present some awesome Gourmet Gifts for Dad in today’s installation of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide series. Also, don’t miss our insanely awesome Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at more than $900! It’s filled with some of our very favorite Father’s Day gifts that we hand curated just for you. Or your dad. Or your grandpa....

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