Archive | December, 2010

The Family Dinner

31 Dec

Dinner in our house sometimes happens at the table, but other times it’s a plates-on-laps and eyes-on-screen affair. For 2011, I’ve vowed to make sitting down to eat together a daily event and to have friends over often to bolster the ranks of our little family.

Very Merry Cookie Party

20 Dec

I’ve been dying to try some of the recipes in Very Merry Cookie Party, by Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt. The retro images and packaging ideas are super-pretty, and the book is full of amazing biscuits, slices, bars, squares and edible ornaments–one day I will pluck up the courage to make the ones that look like stained glass.

Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen

17 Dec

Nigella’s dishes have been like the culinary soundtrack to the past decade of my life. Her cookbooks stand out on my shelves as the ones with the covers all spattered and tattered. Nigella Bites, with its whipped cream, chocolate and butter-laden goodies, is to blame for the extra ten pounds I gained in my 20s… Forever Summer, to thank for bringing homemade ice cream into my life and making my realize a waistline was an OK thing to waste for the right dessert.

Guyanese Chicken Curry

10 Dec

The piece-de-resistance was a mild curry with tons of vegetables soaked in delicious, spicy sauce and with tender hunks of chicken falling off the bone. It was accompanied by warm, slightly charred and puffy flatbreads to soak up the juices.

Dark Chocolate and Coconut Scones

6 Dec

The recipe Aviv decided to share was for dark chocolate and coconut scones. They come out soft, moist and airy with a golden crust. The chewy strands of sweet coconut and the rich, molten dark chocolate pieces give these angelic little cakes just the right amount of attitude.