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A Not-Boring, Not-Difficult, Stick-To-Your-Ribs Winter Weeknight Menu

Posted by Natalie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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It’s getting downright freezing here in Boston. The kind of cold in which all you want to do is get home, curl up, and order delivery for dinner. But with winter comes the holidays–featuring lots of big holiday meals–and our cooking efforts tend to be reserved for those. But to avoid constant take-out, delivery, or frozen meals for dinner on the in-between days, we’re taking a look at some options for easy, weeknight, no-hostess-gift-required, wintertime meals. Making a delicious meal this time of year doesn’t have to be a difficult, fancy affair, and it doesn’t have to consume all of your time or energy.

Let’s start with a drink (’tis the season after all, right?). Here’s a unique holiday treat you can mix up at home, no house guests required. This Glogg is a traditional wine-based beverage, spotted in in AJ Rathbun’s Good Spirits. It’s a traditional Norwegian/Swedish drink that’s usually made...

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#BooksForCooks

Posted by Emily

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In need of a gift for the food-lover in your life?

Whether he or she is an avid home-baker, experimental vegetarian, struggling in a college dorm kitchen, or a serious foodie with worldly tastes, we have a cookbook for everyone on your list– and in case that recipient is still following the notion that “books are a boring gift,” we’ve paired each with a tool or treat to match.

We’re also giving away a set of our favorite holiday baking titles (to give or keep!)– be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this page!

Without further ado, our HCP Holiday Gift Guide…

Christmas Cookies Cookbook Gift
A Baker’s Field Guide to Christmas Cookies + Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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Mini donuts cookbooks
A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts + doughnut pan
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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Help! Easy Thanksgiving Fixes

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HELP I burned/undercooked/dropped the turkey/stuffing/pie! To brine or not to brine? How much do I need?!

We know just cooking for Thanksgiving, let alone hosting it, can be more than a littleee overwhelming. So we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to answer your panicked questions and make your turkey day just a bit easier!

Should I brine the turkey?

Many think it’s a great idea, but, according to Diane Phillips in Perfect Party Food, “Since not everyone has the space to refrigerate a turkey soaking in water, I recommend that you buy either a kosher turkey or a Butterball-brand bird because they are already brined… I find that by slow-roasting the turkey in a 325°F oven, it comes out juicy and tender without the brining.”

I’m having a lot of people over… how big of a turkey do I need?

Diane says, “Plan on 34 pound per person if you want enough leftovers for a meal the...

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How to Host a Vegan-Friendly Thanksgiving

Posted by Natalie

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Thanksgiving is the time for family and friends to come together and share a meal. Turkey, stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes… all of the classics! But let’s say you have a vegan at your Thanksgiving table, or maybe you are one yourself? That complicates matters a bit. How do you make everyone happy and comfortable when you have a table full of relatives insisting on turkey and nothing else?

There are options! In fact, you can create an entire Thanksgiving spread that is purely vegan, with all of the comforts of tradition…

THE MAIN COURSE:

Try Fat Free Vegan Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf! According to Susan , this recipe combines all of the savory, Thanksgiving flavors that we all love in a concentrated recipe, but without the meat. If you want to add a gravy, she’s got a great recipe for Impromptu Vegan Mushroom Gravy that complements this Meatless Loaf very well.

MASHED POTATOES:

Spice things...

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