December 2016

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Cook with Confidence: Chicken Roulade

Celebrating the end of the year with friends or family is certainly a special occasion. Planning a menu for guests with different dietary needs, however, can be a challenge. You may have friends who are gluten-free or following a paleo diet. With this classic (and impressive) main course, you can take on dinner planning with confidence. Roulade is an excellent dinner party entree and making it is easier than you might think. Just butterfly the chicken breast and pound to about ¾ inch thick. Season with salt and pepper, then top with prosciutto, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Tuck the ends… Read more

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Bring on the Brussels

You pushed them around on the plate as a child, hoping your mom would think you ate some. Now, Brussels sprouts have made a roaring comeback. People are actually craving them! The mighty sprout fills up Pinterest pages as aficionados share their favorite recipes for nutrient-packed side dishes. Chefs, home cooks, and bloggers alike have taken this humble little cousin of green cabbage and brought it to wonderful new heights. Gone are the days of steamed sprouts smelling up the kitchen. Meet Brussels sprouts 2.0. Boiling and steaming is out, sautéing and roasting is in. Spending time in a hot… Read more

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Baked Oysters with Black Pepper Cognac Mignonette from Cottage Farm

It seems that many of my holiday traditions are wrapped up in the places from which my family hails, going back generations and to all manner of countries. Traditions and foods transplanted from our great and great-great grandparents. Though I would expect that some sticky points in the translations have occurred over the years, in general, my holidays rely largely on the flavours of elsewhere. This year, I wanted to add something to our holiday table and traditions which celebrate where we are right now; in this moment, season and of this place. Oysters are of course all about provenance,… Read more

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A Welcomed Gift – Homemade Candied Pecans

Recreating recipes from fond memories is fun to do in your own kitchen, and these homemade candied pecans pay homage to the ones you may’ve had at the state fair. Do you recall the aroma of freshly roasted cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the air at the fairgrounds? It was so enticing! There was always quite a crowd around the vendor every year. Our mom stood patiently in line to get each of us a bag. We were thrilled to get the little cone-shaped bag of nuts and ate them slowly, savoring each and every sweet and salty bite…. Read more

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Flatbread Pizzas from Lena’s Kitchen

This holiday season I am so excited to work with Wolf Gourmet and tell you all about my new favorite kitchen item. This beautiful countertop oven with a convection option has changed my kitchen life for sure. Ever since I opened the box, I was giddy and excited to move some stuff around my counter to make space for this new kitchen toy. Having an extra oven, especially right before the holidays, can be so great. Plus, it’s nice to have something smaller instead of turning on your regular oven, don’t you think? The first thing I wanted to make… Read more

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Wolf Gourmet – Recognized for Design Excellence

How do you elevate an everyday kitchen appliance into something uniquely essential to the home cook? The process starts with brainstorming sessions including experts from multiple disciplines, and rough sketches by a meticulous industrial design team. Step by step, the ideas put to paper are transformed into the final product combining form and function. Designing an appliance that proudly carries the Wolf Gourmet name involves many months of planning and real-life testing. Starting with Wolf cooking equipment, rooted in over 80 years of experience evolved from restaurant kitchens, we knew these appliances had to have a distinctive function. But we… Read more

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Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Steak from Grandbaby Cakes

With the holiday season officially in full swing, my family is spending quite a bit of time deciding on big holiday menu recipes! From the turkeys and prime ribs to the richest side dishes, each recipe must be utterly delicious and insanely memorable to make it on our table. That’s where this Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Steak comes in. A beef dish, such as this, is truly a showstopper during the holiday season. In this recipe, you can use any steak of medium thickness such as the flank steak I used here. Just make sure it is butterflied so it… Read more

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The Must-Make Cheesecake

December is a whirlwind of special events, parties, and family gatherings. Make a memorable finale at the end of the evening with a special dessert. Your guests will be wowed by this gorgeous (and decadent) toffee-topped cheesecake. Our version is a traditional New York style cheesecake blanketed with a layer of tangy sour cream and crowned with decadent toffee and toasty almonds. A few tips to ensure cheesecake success from our culinary team:   Use blocks of cream cheese, not the kind in a tub Make sure the filling ingredients are at room temperature Don’t overbeat the filling, it can… Read more