Be careful - these yummy side dishes, like crockpot cornbread stuffing, just might upstage the bird this Thanksgiving Day!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, most of us are hard at work on our holiday shopping lists. And since Thanksgiving was so late in the month, there's only really a few short week to get everything done. I've rounded up the shipping information and holiday shipping schedules of some of the most popular online sources for cooking equipment gifts, so you can figure out just how much time you have to get your gifts under the tree. Can't decide what to buy? Take a look at our roundup of the best-reviewed cooking equipment gifts for ideas of a gift for your favorite cook, which will truly be appreciated and used in the kitchen for years to come.
Head to the kitchen this holiday season - you can knock off a bunch of your holiday gift list simply by making homemade gifts, like the smoked sea salt, shown. Delicious cookies, handmade marshmallows, crunchy granola, herb rubs, and flavored vinegars all make wonderful gifts.
The key to giving a gift that will truly be appreciated is to package it beautifully. Check out Perfect Packaging for Homemade Gifts for some tips on packaging your homemade gifts, and suggestions on materials to stock up on. Next stop, Etsy!
It's amazing how a few pieces of cooking equipment - a good stand mixer and a pastry bag and tip set, for instance - can really help you make party foods that are as elegant as any from a high-end caterer. Case in point: my recipe for Smoky Gougeres. The dough is mixed up in minutes in the stand mixer, and piping it onto your baking sheet allows you to make elegant little globes of crisp, cheesy goodness. A pastry bag also makes Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Bacon a snap to assemble, and they'll look so much better than if you tried to spread the cheese with a spoon or spatula. Add these recipes to your party-foods repertoire this fall, and stock up on the right tools to make them truly gorgeous!