An ode to fruitcake that's easy to love, with a rum-orange ice cream base and real dried fruit, not chemically candied cherries.
'holidays' on Serious Eats
Last year, I subjected the Serious Eats team to a doozy of a taste test, sipping 10 different commercially available eggnogs. But they were all the standard flavor, more or less, and there's more to eggnog than just the classic. So we tasted every variety from Hood (which won second place in our taste test last year.) Here's what we thought.
Homemade eggnog can be a delicious thing, enriched with fresh eggs and cream, a careful grating of nutmeg, and just the right amount of sugar. (Plus a dunked cookie or two.) But mixing it up yourself can seem a little daunting (and holiday entertaining already has you frazzled). So you're just going to pick up a carton at the grocery store. But which brand should you buy? We recently conducted a blind taste test to figure out which is the best nationally-available brand of premade eggnog.
What's a better match for ice cream than hot fudge? Sure, the best fudge probably comes from your childhood scoop shop (don't things like that always taste better in memory?). But in the name of finding the best hot fudge you can buy, we tried 14 commercially available fudge sauces to find you the best.
We know, we know; just about any homemade loaf cake or pound cake will be better than Sara Lee or Entenmann's. We won't pretend that either could possibly compare. But there are some summer nights when you're at the grocery store and you're running late to a friend's cookout, and you're in charge of dessert, and you've got a beautiful crate of strawberries and some cream to whip and you just need something cake-like to serve with them. And in those moments, you're likely to be faced with Sara Lee and Entenmann's. So which way do you go?
I have a confession to make, dear readers. Until just a few days ago, I had no idea that this week was American Chocolate Week. It seems to me a perfect opportunity to go learn something about chocolate that you didn't know before; or try a new kind of chocolate; or test out that chocolate recipe you've been staring at for the last few months. Now, you can celebrate however you want, but in the slideshow are just a few of my suggestions.
This marmalade is bright, sweet, and bursting with citrus flavor. It tastes like the juiciest orange you ever ate, only slathered over buttered bread. Yum. While it may seem a bit fussy to use two different kinds of oranges, it...
Resist the urge to do anything rash like start New Year's Resolutions early--instead, make make the best of the rest of the year by combining your leftover eggnog, gingerbread, and some butter and eggs to form a delicious GingerBread Pudding.
Candy canes don't have to be eaten just as is; they can be use in hot cocoa, peppermint bark, as the straw for drinking juice out of a lemon, and more. Check out these suggestions from Howcast.
So if you've been following along here, you already know everything you need to know to serve a perfect holiday ham. But what about the next day when you've got that big ol' ham bone and scraps to contend with? I've been obsessed with the combination of beans, pork, olive oil, and sherry vinegar. Both the oil and vinegar drizzled on right before serving enliven the stew significantly.
For a Christmas gift, pair one or two cakes with a bottle of sherry and wedge of aged hard cheese and you can't go wrong.
When it gets cold out and my nose gets sniffly, I happily turn to the curing power of a hot toddy. My standby recipe is from an older version of a Gourmet cookbook for hot buttered rum that combines lemon juice, maple sugar, rum, boiling water and is dotted with a pat of butter. But I wanted to add a spicy element to the mix, using ginger tea as a base for the cocktail, which provides a tiny ginger burn at the back of the throat.
I'm almost afraid to see the answers here. Who among the Slice community is incorporating pizza into their holiday celebrations? I guess ... a pizza Margherita is red, green, and white, so you're already halfway there — at least for Christmas.
Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap Hannah Smith-Drelich, SE intern Adapted from Martha Stewart Magazine Holiday Cookies 2010...
Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap "This recipe is from Martha Stewart's Holiday Cookies issue. I didn't get the licorice tails (too lazy) and substituted vanilla extract for almond because I prefer vanilla. I made them because they...
Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap "When I was home for Thanksgiving, I copied down a bunch of my mom's cookie recipes. These are one of my sister's favorites." —Rachel Heise Bolten, SE intern...
For those unaccustomed to consuming alcoholic drinks that taste like, well, alcohol, the toddy can be a bit of a challenge. To those who genuinely like the taste of whisky, rum, or almost anything except vodka (I can't recall coming across a tequila toddy, but such a thing is not without potential merit), the hot toddy is the way to go.
I upped the salt in this recipe significantly. Seriously, if you ever wondered what made a fancy restaurant dessert or an upscale bakery treat soooo tasty, it's almost certainly one of two things: lots and lots of salt, or lots and lots of butter. Both of these things are what make these cookies so tasty, and so very perfect for the holidays.
We love dark, spicy, molasses-laced gingerbread. Of course, there are tons of recipes for baking it from scratch but gingerbread mixes are a great option when you're short on time. Which brand to choose? We tested five: Betty Crocker, Krusteaz, Trader Joe's, Williams-Sonoma and King Arthur Flour. Did any pass as homemade-esque? Check out our results.