Recipe: Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint

26 Nov

 

  Earlier this week we tipped you off to what Slate calls the “ideal ingredient to complement watermelon” — feta. It’s true: the salty creaminess of good feta turns watermelon from a simple treat into something dressed for a dinner party. It’s still very simple — here’s how I like to make my own watermelon and feta salad. 

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How To Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

25 Nov
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Beautiful, classic mashed potatoes.
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Is there nothing more comforting and delicious than mashed potatoes? This warm, creamy, dairy-laden starch might be more of an indulgence than everyday fare these days, but even if you only have them once a year (Thanksgiving!), I say go all out and do it right. Read on for a recipe for classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.

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Hot Chocolate and Whiskey? Yes, Please! Hot Cocoa & Kilbeggan Whiskey Recipe

25 Nov

 

  On one of my very first forays into journalism, I was tasked with interviewing some local Atlanta lifestyle celebrities about comfort foods and one interview in particular has stuck with me. This week it once again popped into my mind giving me the ideal drink idea for our 10- Minute Happy Hour. 

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Easy Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Pomegranate and Prosecco Spritzer

25 Nov

2012_11_16-Pom01.jpgThanksgiving is one of those gatherings where the drinks are often overshadowed by the mental and physical requirements of the menu. For this week’s 10- Minute Happy Hour we’re taste testing two simple — so as not to add to the already extensive to-do list — seasonally apropos pomegranate cocktails, in search of something perfect for you to serve up or share this Thanksgiving. 

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Beer & Chocolate: Four Delicious Pairings

25 Nov

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Four great pairings of Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate with fine beers.
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Beer and chocolate might not seem like they’d make the best of friends, at least at first. Take a stroll over to the section of the store where the darker brews reside and you’ll start to see where this is headed. Mocha stouts? Nutty brown ales? Rich and spicy Belgian dubbels? Let’s skip dinner and head straight for the dessert course. 

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15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

25 Nov

 

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It has become something of a tradition for us to talk about salad right now, days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, Thanksgiving is a literal feast of heavy, delicious foods like mashed potatoes swimming in butter (see our luxurious recipe here) and the sweetest flaky pies. But I think that a good salad is also essential. 

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I Heart Hostess: An Appreciation for the Fallen Snack CakeGUEST POST

25 Nov

 

Did you hear that Twinkies are about to be no more? As much as we love to hate those spongy confections, they do hold an outsized place in American food kitsch and childhood nostalgia. Our friend Casey Barber brings us a few thoughts on the subject!

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Hostess and its sister snack companies—Little Debbie, Tastykake, Frito-Lay, and the like—over the past year while writing my cookbook Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. Creating the book’s 70 recipes meant tasting every single treat under consideration until I nailed the homemade version; I’ve probably taken more bites of Sno-Balls and lemon fruit pies in 2012 than I had in the preceding decade. 

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