December 13, 2012 |
Pack a batch of cookbook author Paula Wolfert's prunes in Armagnac into a Mason jar. (Awesome over vanilla ice cream or crepes.) They'll be ready to eat in two weeks: You can include that on the "don't-open-until-Christmas" card. RECIPES: 25 homemade holiday gift ideas! Prunes soaked in sweetened and lightly-spiced Armagnac is just one way to get crafty this holiday season with homemade gifts from the kitchen. We've compiled 25 great ideas, ranging from quick and simple gifts (perfect if you're working with kids)
January 26, 2012
There are several types of katsuobushi that can be used for different purposes. The best will have light pink or beige shavings that will be slightly shiny. Once the packages are opened, the katsuobushi will begin to oxidize and go limp, and the color becomes dull. Katsuobushi is best stored in the freezer. Hanakatsuo is thin petals that resemble large wood shavings. Some contain chiai (dark meat). Shaved karebushi makes a flavorful stock full of aroma.
September 1, 2011
Green tea granita Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 4 to 6 1 quart water Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup sugar 4 tea bags of unsweetened and unflavored green tea 2 sprigs mint, crushed 1/2 teaspoon crushed pink peppercorns, optional 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, lemon juice and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then remove from heat. 2. Add the tea bags and mint to the pan and steep the tea for 3 minutes. 3. After 5 minutes, strain the mixture into a large baking dish.
May 18, 2005 |
Tea triangles These infusers are miniature temples to the art of drinking tea. In each silken pyramid, whole tea leaves unfurl, or flowers and herbs darken as they steep. The effect is as pleasing to the eye as the tea is to the palate. And with its jaunty leaf handle and flat base, each bag invites repeat infusions. Just lift and set aside. It'll sit pretty till you're ready for another cup. Pyramid tea bags.
January 23, 2005 |
I was picnicking on an East Coast mountaintop awhile back when a passing hiker joked, "Avez-vous Grey Poupon?" To my questioner's surprise, I pulled two packets of the stuff out of my knapsack. No big deal. Spicy mustard packets are among two dozen or so items I always take on my travels. Whether for convenience, safety or simply self-indulgence, my favorite pack-alongs give me a prepared-for-anything feeling.
October 31, 2004 |
I've always hated those women's magazine articles that focus on some minuscule aspect of one's personal care--healthy cuticles, say, or glossy eyelashes--and blithely prescribe impossible regimens such as "drink eight glasses of water a day, avoid sun, red meat, dairy products, caffeine, cigarettes, stress and alcohol, give one-third of your income to charity and get plenty of sleep." Well all right!