Written on December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Your holiday cheese plate is only as good as its pairings. Our five favorite fromages–each perfect on its own–become utterly sublime when put together and served with their best sidekicks.
Cheddar: Strong English-style cheddars can stand up to bold, salty meats, like salami (though garlicky ones will overtake the cheese’s complex flavor). Walnuts bring out cheddar’s earthiness.
Blue: When serving a blue, think sweet: honey (its classic match), bittersweet chocolate, dried dates and even that seasonal standby, fruitcake.
Triple-Créme: Truth is, you don’t want to muck up an already perfect triple-créme with anything fancy. For textural contrast, munch on a handful of hazelnuts.
Goat: Tart dried fruits like apricots or cranberries compliment the tang of goat cheese. Crumbly, buttery pine nuts are small enough to press right into the cheese.
Sheep’s-Milk: Take a cue from Spanish tapas bars and serve sheep’s-milk cheese with sweet, slightly tart membrillo (quince paste), available at cheese shops and many supermarkets. Roasted almonds bring out the cheese’s nutty, salty flavors.
Tip: Contrary to popular wisdom, not every cheese should be eaten with bread or crackers. Harder cheese don’t have much moisture, so the combination can be unappetizingly dry. Eat those on their own and save the carbs for creamier cheeses.
Written on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Because the holiday gatherings deserve better than the stuff in the carton, we’re sharing our favorite recipes for Eggnog! Just start with our classic recipe for Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog, then can change it up…two different ways!
Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In Step 1, whisk 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread and 6 tbsp. cocoa powder into the egg yolk-sugar mixture; substitute brandy for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. To serve, moisten the rims of 8 glasses with water, then dip them in 1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts Fill the glasses with ice and then the eggnog. Garnish with dark-chocolate shavings.
Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In step 1, substitute 1 cup canned cream of coconut for the 1/2 cup sugar and spiced rum for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. Pour into glasses and top with scoops of coconut sorbet or ice cream. Sprinkle with large flakes of toasted coconut. Serve with spoons.
Written on November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, the holiday season is a perfect time for potato latkes. They’re basically a blank canvas for a myriad of flavors and toppings. So whether you like sweet or savory, traditional or something different, here are three quick tips that’ll take you from latke novice to potato pancake pro:
Test the oil’s temp by dropping in a tiny bit of latke batter. It should sizzle but not burn. If the oil starts to smoke, turn the heat down. No sizzle? Crank it up a bit. As you cook, you may need to keep adjusting the heat.
Dollop the latke batter into the hot oil, then flatten with a metal spatula. An even latke will cook up crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Transfer the latkes to a paper-towel-lined plate to sop up extra oil.
Get all of our potato pancake recipes here!
Written on November 12, 2013 at 10:11 am , by Lauren Katz
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Written on July 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm , by Judith Pena
Make your summer desserts equal parts patriotic and delicious with three of our favorite red, white and blue sweet treats ranked from easy-breezy to a little more effort.
These colorful cones topped with homemade lemon cream and berries and have surprising secret–they’re lined with chocolate! Store them upright in skinny shot glasses or champagne flutes until you’re ready to eat them.
This berry delicious treat is the perfect canvas for you to be creative with colored berries. Randomly distribute strawberries, blackberries and blueberries for a colorful abstract topping. Or get creative and arrange the fruit into stripes or an American flag design.
This cool, no-bake cheese is a show-stopping dessert everyone will love. Save time by making it a day in advance. If you manage to have any leftovers, skewer them up with fruit and grill as a creative grilled dessert kebab.
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