is the time to buy apples fresh from the orchard or
at the grocer. Many apples at the market have been held
controlled rooms all year, often making them mealy and
lacking a fresh crunch. Consider using apples for a
holiday dessert or side dish by stuffing and baking,
or using it as a natural shell to hold wild rice or
whipped sweet potatoes.
Choose apples such as Rome Beauty, Cortland, Braeburn,
Pippin and Winesap, which retain their shape and flavor
in the oven. Core the apples and cut it in half. Bake
covered for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the apples
are just tender. Then, scoop out a little pulp and fill
they turn to colors so beautiful that they are sometimes
hard to describe, changing maple leaves signal much
more than warm days and cool nights. They are a reminder
to purchase pure maple syrup, not just for serving at
the table, but also for cooking. Many so-called maple
syrups are nothing more than corn syrup that has been
flavored with maple. The character of pure maple syrup
cannot be beat. The lighter syrups are delicious on
pancakes and for other topical uses. The dark varieties
seem to be best for cooking.
syrup can give any one of your holiday recipes a special
touch. A nice mixture of 2 tablespoons of pure maple
syrup with 1 1/2 tablespoons each of apple and lemon
juice with a teaspoon of Dijon-style mustard and a touch
of grated ginger to taste, can transform even leftover
turkey into a new dish. Or, use the mixture to marinate
chicken breasts or salmon before grilling.
lighter, fluffier pancakes by replacing the liquid in
your favorite batter with club soda or seltzer. Don't
overmix the batter- it will prevent the pancakes from
No reason to put away the turkey baster after the holidays.
It can used all year by filling it with pancake batter.
A baster makes it easier to spread batter onto a griddle,
creating more uniform cakes. Or, pour batter from a
1/4- or 1/2-cup measure to keep pancakes from spreading.
As soon as the pancake bubbles, flip over and cook for
half the time on the other side.
nothing better than cookies and milk, especially Girl
Scout cookies. So, when the Girl Scouts come knocking
and it's time to stock up, be sure to buy several boxes
of their Chocolate Mint Cookies to use in your next
The cake pictured here is a chocolate mint cheesecake.
Instead of a traditional graham cracker crust, we used
crushed chocolate mint cookies. Drizzle with chocolate
sauce and serve. It's well worth the cost of the cookies,
Girl Scout's honor!
butters on your holiday table add a gourmet touch
to the meal and show your attention to details.
This recipe is perfect spread on a grainy bread
or over sweet potatoes. Stir 1/3 cup of finely chopped
pecans into 1/2 cup of softened butter.
Chill until ready to serve.
recipes only call for a teaspoon of liqueur, here's
a way to save money on your cooking and baking budgets.
Instead of buying large, more expensive bottles
of liqueurs, pick up the petite cordial bottles
at a fraction of the price. This also eliminates
the problem of storing these larger bottles for
the next occasion.
your wire whisk when a recipe calls for mixing dry
ingredients together such as flour, cinnamon, salt,
and sugar. Any type of metal whisk will sift the
powdery ingredients together.
vegetable peeler is a great tool for scraping potatoes,
carrots, and other skinned veggies. It can also
double as a spoon for those narrow-necked jars of
capers and olives. The peeler's trough captures
tiny non-pareils and other condiments.