June 3, 2010
Buttermilk doughnuts Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 dozen donuts 4 1/4 cups (18 ounces) flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt Pinch grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking...
December 23, 2009
Cauliflower and potato gratin Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 1 (1 1/4 -pound) head of cauliflower 1/2 pound small boiling potatoes Salt 1 tablespoon vinegar 1/4 cup butter 1 leek, white part only, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 cups milk 2 tablespoons crème fraiche or sour cream 3/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese, divided (about 1 1/2 ounces) Freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
December 16, 2009
Total time: About 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus cooling time for the cookies Servings: About 7 dozen cookies Cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons rum flavoring 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg 3 cups (12 ounces) sifted flour 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla and rum flavoring.
July 19, 2009 |
When I planned this trip to Connecticut, I expected to be awash in a sea of blue blazers, pink polo shirts and cream-colored sweaters knotted around the tanned necks of lacrosse players. The upper-crust area I planned to visit, in the picturesque northwestern region of Connecticut, is Preppy Central; it's also a playground and retreat for Oscar de la Renta, Henry Kissinger, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon.
December 24, 2001 |
For half a millennium, the aromatic little seed of the Myristica fragrans tree is said to have cured everything from boils and backaches to strokes and the plague. Arabs and Indians swear that it's an aphrodisiac. Malcolm X smoked it in jail when he ran out of marijuana. Wars were fought over it--including one that rendered the obscure New World island of Manhattan to the British. Today it's in toothpaste, perfume, sausages and soap--not to say countless cups of eggnog.
December 12, 1991 |
Nutmeg is one of those spices that comes out of the cupboard only in December, mostly for the purpose of enhancing eggnog drinks. Otherwise, American cooks seem reluctant to use nutmeg in anything other than desserts featuring apples and pears. Oh, it might occasionally show up in spinach too. In truth, it's a versatile spice that is good in many dishes.