Archive for 2012
Recipe: Slow-cooked Dried Fruit and Nut Bread Stuffing
Summary: Everyone has their favorite all-purpose stuffing. Here is ours, with lots of dried fruit and nuts. Any of your homemade breads; bakery bread, such as a nice French loaf; or supermarket bread, can be the base. The bread cubes will need to dry out overnight, so plan accordingly.
Recipe: Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini
Summary: This is a four-season winner. Whether you use sweet fresh figs in summer or marinated dried figs in the dead of winter, the combination of salty and sweet creates the perfect little bite to serve with chilled Champagne. Make the bread rounds a day ahead by slicing a slightly stale baguette and toasting the rounds in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.
By Ken Haedrich
Recipe: Fancy Sweet Potato Pie
Summary: Fancy Sweet Potato Pie Sweet potato pie, a southern specialty, has been an American tradition for more than 100 years. Like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie tends to have a meaty, firm-bodied texture, although the flavor is somewhat more delicate and elusive than pumpkin, and it has a lighter orange hue. Pie makers reach into their pumpkin pie bag of tricks to nudge a sweet potato pie toward greatness. The same pumpkin pie spices make the rounds in sweet potato pies, as well as eggs, milk or cream, and a good measure of sweetener in the form of molasses, brown sugar, or even maple syrup. Our fancy version is a little light on the spices, but we include orange zest—a festive touch—and an optional splash of hazelnut or almond liqueur, to give this earthy pie an appropriately nutty flavor. I think it’s best served cold, but it’s also very good warm.
Recipe: Pumpkin Butter
Summary: This butter has a much richer, spicier flavor than Pumpkin Jam. Try Pumpkin Butter on toast or as a filling for cookies.
- 3 cups baked and pureed winter squash, such as butternut, buttercup, or sweet meat, or pie pumpkin
By Debbie Moose
Recipe: Foy’s Patriot Clam Chowder
Summary: Fellow cook Foy Allen Edelman of Raleigh, North Carolina, came up with this recipe for a Super Bowl cookoff held when the New England Patriots won in 2001. Participants were asked to prepare dishes representing the teams playing, which is a fun and different theme for a Super Bowl party. Foy says of the chowder, “It has a hearty aroma that sends my taste buds straight to the sea!”
Recipe: Bolo Rei
Summary: Spanish and Mexican holiday breads are always sweet like this one, shaped into an oversized donut-like ring. Called bolo rei in Portuguese, and rosca in Mexico and the Iberian peninsula, it even shows up in Italy as aciambella. The shape comes from when breads were designed as circular objects to symbolize spiral or coiled serpents. If you would like this to be a more festive bread, sprinkle the dough with 1 cup of chopped Holiday Glacéed Dried Fruit before rolling it up, but I like it plain as it is given here, with the flavors of rum and orange. (Traditionally a coin or small porcelain doll would also be rolled up in the dough, and it was considered good luck for the diner who got the prize.) This bread is made from Christmas to Epiphany, the feast of the three kings (or the Twelfth Day of Christmas).
Perched on Boston’s North Shore, the sleepy seaport of Gloucester has garnered fame for its seafood and infamy as the site of The Perfect Storm. But though fishing is a key piece of “Glosta’s” culture, the town deserves a spotlight for another reason. Gloucester’s lesser-known (but equally important) contribution to North Shore gastronomy is Sugar Magnolia’s.
Recipe: Sugar Skulls
Summary: These molded skulls are made from sugar and decorated with multicolored icing. While they are theoretically edible, they are used for decorative purposes.
- Tools: 1 medium-size skull mold (about 3 inches) • Ten 6-inch cardboard rounds
Recipe: Easy Marbled Candy Corn Bark
Summary: This bark-style candy is super easy to make and comes together in a flash. It is also very sweet. Featuring milk and white chocolate and candy corn, this is best reserved for kids or adults with a major sweet tooth. It is perfect for school parties too.
By Veronica and Shevaun
As you make your final preparations for the spookiest night of the year, take a look at these Halloween-inspired Pinterest boards! We’ve rounded up the best Halloween collaborations on Pinterest, with everything from costume inspiration, craft ideas, wicked good recipes!
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls
Summary: This is a very easy and very moist pumpkin cake. It has a pronounced pumpkin flavor and is gently spiced. It is so moist that it will hold together on its own, with no binder needed, but I prefer the additional flavor provided by a small quantity of Cream Cheese Frosting. These can be dipped in semisweet or milk chocolate or Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze.