Category Archives: Holidays

christmas in a cookie

Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  While there, I picked up a cookbook that highlighted the area's desserts. I was very surprised to see how many of them used douglas fir – yes, the Christmas tree – as a flavor.  So apparently it's edible and can be used like an herb. Fast forward to this morning where I catch a glimpse of a rosemary and pine nut cookie recipe while stumbling around the web. I start thinking about adding rosemary to my biscotti recipe, Read more [...]

eggnog cupcakes

Got leftover eggnog from a Christmas party? Use it for these cupcakes! Eggnog Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups (7.5 oz) all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg 8 TB unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup (7 oz) granulated sugar 2 large eggs (at room temperature) 1/2 cup eggnog 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Eggnog glaze 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) powdered sugar 5 tsp eggnog 1 tsp rum or brandy (optional, use an extra tsp of eggnog if omitting) Procedure Preheat Read more [...]

happy st. patrick’s day!

At about 7:00 this morning, I pulled the briskets out of the brine and rinsed them per Ruhlman's instructions. I sprinkled each of them with another tablespoon of The Spice House's corned beef spice mix (mustard seeds, Moroccan coriander, Jamaican allspice, Zanzibar cloves, Turkish bay leaves, Indian dill seed, China #1 ginger, star anise, black pepper, juniper berries, mace and cayenne red pepper) and vacuum-sealed them.  They then spent about 9 hours in a 180F water bath (I used the Sous Vide Read more [...]