I have always felt that citrus season comes at exactly the right time for Alaska. The blood oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit show up in plentiful number at the market and bring their sunshine with them, bottled up inside. Each year I anticipate that surprising juxtaposition when the dead of winter is bombarded by the juicy flavors of warmer places and that undeniable, sweet acidity. I spotted a recipe for pristine white coconut panna cotta topped with a glimmering grapefruit gelee and knew I had to try it, as it reminded me so distinctly of the wintry Alaska landscape brightened by the warmth of citrus season.
As best as I can tell, the last recipe I wrote that had mushrooms in it was in 2012. Unbelievable. I love mushrooms. Without even realizing it, I had virtually banished the ingredient from the house because of the kids and their preferences. I headed into the store the next day with purpose, making a beeline for the mushrooms. I was determined to make a mushroom dish, something very grown up and sophisticated and not give a rip if any of the kids in the house would like it.
I’d like to hope that we enter into each new year with a sense of optimism and possibility. We get a clean slate, a fresh start, a blank page on which to leave our mark. Now that it’s 2017, I am excited to share with you a bit of important news.
Because of turmeric’s benefits, people have taken to drinking it on the daily, in the form of a drink called a turmeric latte, otherwise known as golden milk. Apparently the drink is wildly gaining in popularity and has somewhat of a cult following.
As we wrap up 2016 and ring in the New Year, a great many of us will be looking for ways to cleanse, detox, and bring a little more freshness into our lives. This kale salad fits the bill beautifully with its vibrant colors and bright seasonal citrus notes fit for any New Years celebration. Meanwhile this salad boasts loads of health benefits, appropriate for starting 2017 on a nutritious and wholesome note.
This is my go-to, fail-proof recipe. The thing that sets it apart is the powdered sugar in the dough in lieu of granulated sugar. Powdered sugar helps the dough become beautifully pliable and the cookies, when baked, to be perfectly tender.
Fudge is a holiday essential. As people gather around the array of cookies and confections, there are those of us who clamor for the fudge. Families often have their secret recipes that they keep hidden, only bringing them out around Christmas.
I offer you a festive little beverage that can be enjoyed by the adults, but is easily adapted for the kiddos, too. For the younger set, we call this sparkling pomegranate orange punch. For the over 21 crowd, we add vodka and call these pomegranate orange Moscow mules.
I’m a fan of the underdog. I love to see the least likely succeed, the marginalized find a voice, and the outcast find a place to belong. While this may sound like political commentary, or perhaps a way to decide which team to root for at football games, I assure you, today we are talking about cauliflower.
The carved pumpkins are gone, the Halloween costumes are put away, the candy is stashed for mom-supervised rationing. This year was the best Halloween yet because my 11-year-old son had the brilliant idea that he would dress up as a hot dog and my partner and I would be ketchup and mustard.