Cook the Book: 'Indian Cooking Unfolded' dad LOVES them

Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

tiramisu (a little boring perhaps, but so easy to make!)

Bake the Book: Glazed, Filled, Sugared, & Dipped

glazed yeast donuts with chocolate frosting (and sprinkles!)

Cook the Book: 'The French Market Cookbook'

aloo gobi (although I usually pick out the aloo -- I love cauliflower)

Building Trust in a Restaurant Setting

I think my sister and I have always been the reverse -- we go out to dinner for the desserts! My parents always joked that we had second stomaches, because when the server finished clearing the dinner plates, we were always up for dessert, preferably chocolate!

I am generally up for anything that has chocolate in it, and the older I get, the more I enjoy fruit-based desserts as well. In fact, one of my favorite desserts was an orange cake with a glaze. I have no idea what the recipe was, but it was light and very morish.

The only thing that I really care about, is that servers know what is in the dessert. I am a vegetarian, so I don't want a dessert with gelatin, or with a cheese that has an animal rennet. When servers aren't clear on what is in the desserts, I lose trust in the kitchen.

I don't go out very often, so I like to try new things, especially things that I either cannot make myself or would take too much effort. Also, since most places have 1-2 vegetarian dishes, I always get really excited when for dessert I get a real choice of 4-5 items!

Bake the Book: Pie

Chocolate sweet potato pecan pie!

Cook the Book: 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

Whole pickled onions! I eat these by the jar when I can find them!

Cook the Book: 'Franny's'

Bake the Book: Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook

I have a weakness for freshly popped popcorn!

A Morning with the Donut Robot at 606 R&D in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

A small correction: the Kickstarter raised more than 10,000 (not 100,000)

Cook the Book: 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

I would love to master Thai!

Milk chocolate bar

I recently made a super decadent hot chocolate with a milk chocolate bar. Just add milk, a little cream, melt chocolate and serve with some whipped cream. It was perfect after coming in from watching fireworks!

Cook the Book: 'Flour, Too'

I love getting napoleons

Cook the Book: 'Ultimate Nachos'

Salsa, melted cheddar cheese, and guac!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

I like a little bit of coffee with my milk ;)

Help Planning Christmas Eve Dinner

Thank you very much for your ideas! I really like the sauce or soup idea because I can make it well in advance!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Heaps of grilled and roasted veggies! (Almost any kind will do, but I am particularly partial to anything in the allium family.)

Help Planning Christmas Eve Dinner

I need to cook Christmas Eve dinner for my family, but I am having a terrible time finding an easy meal that everyone will eat. My sister is a picky eater, and the food she eats tend to be simple classics like mac and cheese, filet minon, chicken noodle soup, etc... but I am a vegan. To further complicate matters, my mother has finally reached her happy weight and is working hard to maintain her figure through the holidays, so I want to make something healthy and low in calories (especially since she will be eating Christmas dinner the next day). Does anyone have any suggestions for food? My sister will not eat anything spicy and does not like any curry type dishes (no Ethiopian or India style food). As a further problem, my brother-in-law eats anything, except mushrooms and cheese (or cheese substitutes). The meal really does need to be quick to prepare because I will have very little time in the kitchen (my mother throws me out whenever she preps for Christmas)! I am leaning towards just making two meals, but I worry I will run out of time. Any help would be much appreciated!