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Chocolate coconut cookies have intriguing spice notes

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

If you've been a reader of my column these past many years, you know you can expect one thing from me as surely as the fact that I love to help people cook and eat the best food possible: When December rolls around, at some point I'm going to turn my attention to Christmas cookies.

My love of holiday baking goes back to my earliest childhood ...Read more

After Dinner

A number of years ago, while covering the annual Bordeaux en primeurs tastings in France, I decided to decamp for the week at the lovely Cordeillan-Bages, a Relais & Chateaux hotel in Pauillac. The attraction for me was the restaurant, which had one Michelin star at the time.

Over the course of en primeurs week, I had the opportunity to dine ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The science behind snacking

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Environmental Nutrition

The traditional three-square meals a day eating pattern has given way to lots of noshing. In fact, 50 percent of all eating occasions are snacks. And it's not just millennials and young adults who are eating between meals. Even 43 percent of baby boomers say they can't...Read more

Seriously Simple: A luxurious New Year's treat

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When you're planning an opulent breakfast menu for New Year's celebrations, look no further than soft scrambled eggs. Topped with caviar or served alongside breakfast meats, your overnight guests will thank you for this delicious dish. Plus, once you have mastered the silky, creamy texture of soft scrambled eggs, you'll have a ...Read more

EatingWell: It's easy to feel festive making this pomegranate parfait

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Rich, creamy, vanilla bean-flecked pudding tempers the tart-sweet pomegranate compote. Pick out small, festive glass dessert dishes for this pretty parfait.

Vanilla-Pomegranate Parfaits

Serves 6

Active Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 3/4 hours (including 3 hours chilling time)

For the pomegranate compote:

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons ...Read more

A toast to remember this New Year's Eve

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karyosmond.com

This New Year's Eve, a bunch of us are planning to head up north to a cabin in the woods -- far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where the kids and dogs can run wild and the adults can unwind around the kitchen island, laughing and chatting. The ...Read more

The Kitchn: 'Tis the season for small bites

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TheKitchn.com

If you serve up a tray of sliders at your holiday party (or truly, any get-together), it's a pretty sure bet they'll be devoured almost instantly. This season, we're upping the ante by skipping the classic beef patties and opting for an appetizer that's best described as French onion soup ...Read more

The Kitchn: App-solutely delicious pinwheels for your holiday party

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TheKitchn.com

I am warning you now that you may inhale these innocent-looking roll-ups before your friends even ring the doorbell. I had to pull myself away from the baking sheet and leave the kitchen entirely to escape the buttery, garlicky aroma. These roll-ups wouldn't make it to their serving platter ...Read more

Chocolate French Silk

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

People want to know how to keep from gaining the six to seven pounds many do at the holidays. Some of these ideas are meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek. Others are dead serious. I’ll let you decide which are which, but I guarantee you, they ALL work.

If you are determined not to gain weight over the holidays, this is how to do it...

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'When Pies Fly' author Cathy Barrow takes the mystery out of making pies

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Free-form pies have always been a way to turn a little into a lot.

Empanadas, samosas, knishes, turnovers, strudels, galettes and even kolaches are all slightly (or not so slightly) different variations on handpies, but they all share some commonalities that Cathy Barrow explores in her latest book, "When Pies Fly."

"These are pies that you ...Read more

How to make panforte, Italy's medieval-era fruitcake with a peppery kick

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Christmas in Tuscany would not be complete without a slice of panforte -- the peppery, dried fruit and nut-based spice cake born in the central Tuscan hill town of Siena in the Middle Ages -- served with a glass of vin santo, a sweet Italian dessert wine.

Several legendary origin stories surround panforte. Some culinary historians believe it ...Read more

The stuffed burger remains Minnesota's ambassador to the world

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MINNEAPOLIS -- "That is one Juicy Lucy!"

So said the rhyming-prone guy -- surely he was brandishing a thick, vowel-heavy Minnesota accent -- who bit into the first cheese-filled patty of the burger that was later christened (and spelled) the Jucy Lucy.

That's the folk legend, anyway.

The story of Minnesota's contribution to the annals of ...Read more

Christmas cookies from around the world

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I know a woman whose family always left out a shot of whiskey for Santa, along with cookies. In the morning, the glass would be drained, and there would be cookie crumbs on the plate.

The booze, instead of the more traditional glass of milk, may say more about her father than the actual Santa Claus. But the important part of this story, for our...Read more

Best Bites: Cask & Kettle Hot Cocktails

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Perhaps you've always dreamed of this but didn't know it could really come true. Cask & Kettle presents the first boozy K-cups. Just pop the pod in your Keurig and out comes a hot cocktail: Hot Blonde Coffee with vodka and vanilla, Irish Coffee with Irish whiskey; Spiked Dry Cider with vodka and apple cider; and Mexican Coffee with vodka and ...Read more

The holiday foods you love to hate can actually be delicious

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Since 1913, when the first one was mail-ordered in the U.S., fruitcake has been the symbol of the holiday gift you give away as soon as you receive it.

The weighty brown cake, studded with neon colored chunks of fruit that could decorate a house if they were strung alongside some lights, has been around for centuries -- it was banned in Europe ...Read more

How to butter fat-wash bourbon for a boozy apple cocktail that tastes like Christmas

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LOS ANGELES -- The palm trees on the wallpaper and the back-lit glass blocks behind the bar at Pinky's, a new cocktail bar across the alley from Atrium restaurant in Los Feliz, give major "Miami Vice" vibes. The bar is named for Pinky, a once-famous dancing flamingo at Busch Gardens in Florida, who was sadly killed in 2016.

Pinky's is the ...Read more

Cookie is a triple treat for ginger lovers

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Timed perfectly for holiday baking, the latest cookbook from the editors of Martha Stewart Living is "Cookie Perfection."

The 100-plus recipes are loosely organized into categories; there are chapters titled "All Dressed Up," "Classics With a Twist" and "Some Assembly Required." The editors also included glossaries of essential tools and ...Read more

Warm up with this juicy teriyaki-glazed steak

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Teriyaki, a sweet sauce, glazes juicy steak for this quick meal. Frozen diced onion, minced garlic and sliced mushrooms, already prepared in the supermarket, are added to bottled teriyaki sauce to give it a homemade touch.

Toasted sesame oil lends a nutty flavor to the side dish of Chinese noodles. It can be found in the oil section of most ...Read more

Ballast Point sold to tiny suburban Chicago brewery Kings & Convicts in beer industry stunner

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CHICAGO -- Tiny suburban Chicago brewery Kings & Convicts stunned the beer industry Tuesday afternoon by announcing the acquisition of California's legendary Ballast Point Brewing. Terms were not disclosed.

Ballast Point was famously bought for $1 billion four years ago by Constellation Brands, whose Chicago-based beer business owns the ...Read more

Easy, versatile lemon cake is a winner during the holidays

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

You've probably heard people talk about their "go-to" recipes. Maybe you have some go-tos yourself. They're those dishes that are easy to make, foolproof and always deliver delicious results that you can count on for just about any purpose, from family meals to casual get-togethers with friends to special-occasion parties.

With holiday ...Read more