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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

5. – The Chicago Tribune Kettle One Offers Free Rides, Food by Bayless “Anyone toddlin’ around town late at night knows nothing beats the munchies like Mexican food. But Rick Bayless’ Mexican food?You’ll have three nights starting Thursday to find out.The superstar restaurateur, author and television personality has teamed up with Ketel One vodka to drive home a point about drinking responsibly during the holiday season.”

4. – The Boston Globe Potato Latkes for a New Generation “or years, grandmothers everywhere grated potatoes on box graters that could easily skin your knuckles. But even made with care, the pancakes were often heavy and greasy. The next generation is upgrading latkes with great success, changing the way they’re made and what goes into them.”

3. – The LA Times For Hanukkah Parties, Fried Foods are a Must “And on a holiday that revolves around a one-day supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days, part of the celebrating — with or without the feathers and sparkles — still means frying.”

2. – The NY Times Sous Vide Moves From Avant-Garde to the Countertop “Sous vide combines the gentle, steady heat of poaching and an airtight seal, as in traditional methods of cooking in clay. The food literally stews in its own juices: no air, no water, no evaporation”

1. – The Washington Post Holiday Cookies “This year, we offer 25 delicate, fruity, saucer-size, tart, savory, colorful, crisp, gingerrific, salty-sweet, dairy-free, vegan, melting, buttery, giftable and easy-to-freeze treats to brighten the holidays.”

photo from The LA Times

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How to: Tie Bows

To adorn your boxes with beautiful bows simply grab a couple of rolls of ribbon and follow the directions below from Better Homes & Gardens.

click here for the dior bow

click here for the florist bow

click here for the tiered bow

click here for the two-toned bow

click here for the classic bow

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Foodie Gifts: Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Who doesn’t love receiving homemade gifts during the month of December – especially things that can be eaten!  Here’s my adaptation on a recipe for Homemade Butterscotch Sauce.  It’s quite easy and will keep for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Scotch whisky
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt and cook to dissolve the sugar. Add the cream and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 10 minutes. Add the whisky and vanilla and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to jars.



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A Green Thumb Gift

If you’re like me and sad to have the winter really upon us, here’s a great gardening gift that you can make inside for the green-thumb in your life.

Begonias are one of the easiest plants to propagate; most varieties only need a little water to start new roots. They come in infinite varieties (I love the leaves as much as the flowers) and stand up incredibly well as city house plants (requiring relatively low light, rather infrequent waterings (a once-a-week soaking will suffice in a pot with good drainage), and they are undeniably gorgeous.  Click below for the how-to.

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