December 2017

Charred Jalapeño Hummus with Za’atar Roasted Chicken and Pita

Chef Dan’s Charred Jalapeño Hummus with Za’atar Roasted Chicken and Pita

Making hummus at home is a lot easier than you might think. It just takes a few simple ingredients. Once you see how effortless it is to make using the Wolf Gourmet blender, you’ll never go back to store bought hummus again. There are a few different ways you can add the charred jalapeños. You can either blend them right into the hummus, or you can serve them in the middle, like I did here. I prefer the latter method since not everybody likes spicy food. This way, you can control the exact amount of jalapeño you get per scoop…. Read more

Roasted Acorn Squash and Shallot Soup

With Food + Love: Roasted Acorn Squash and Shallot Soup

In December, life is hectic. And busy. And we’re all scrambling around from work to holiday parties to family gatherings. Racing to get gifts, and make bounties of food. We’re all doing our best to get it all done and to fit it all in. We’re overindulging in sweets and drinks and our diets are high in sugar and calories and low in nutrients. There’s nothing more satisfying than a bowl of cozy soup. This hearty roasted acorn squash and shallot soup uses just a few pantry ingredients, and comes together in under 45 minutes. And because you’re using the… Read more

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers

Cardamom Spiced Pear Turnovers from The Broken Bread

Now that the season has turned to the crisp atmosphere of winter, it’s the perfect time to start cozying up by the fireplace, hot cocoa in hand, or to wrap yourself in your favorite blanket while sipping on the morning’s coffee. But best of all is enjoying all the warm baked treats that are so appropriate this time of year. And hardly anything is better than a fresh batch of cardamom-spiced pear turnovers. Unlike the bursting flavor of summer stone fruits and berries, winter fruit is rich but understated—the flavors need to be coaxed into fullness. So, in this recipe… Read more

Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars from Grandbaby Cakes

During the holiday season, cookie baking is at its prime.  I love whipping up several batches of cookie dough so I can bake dozens of cookies for family and friends.  The classics like gingerbread and sugar cookies can always be counted on to be holiday favorites. Sometimes, however, I like to mix it up and change the texture and end result altogether. That’s where these Sugar Cookie Bars come in.  They are the perfect cross between a sugar cookie and a dessert bar. They taste just like sugar cookies but are thicker and pack in more flavor. I love using… Read more

Caffeine-Free Creamy Chai Lattes with Maca from Phoebe Lapine

As a borderline millennial, I grew up in the Starbucks generation. This was before there was one on every block in the world. And, therefore, when one opened on my actual block in middle school, it was cool beyond belief. My friends used to come over after sports practice and we’d grab lattes on the way home. Though I doubt any of them were drinking coffee at 5pm on a school night, I can tell you that I definitely was not. Instead, I always opted for a spiced chai tea latte. Fortunately, my spiced chai tea lattes left nothing more… Read more