Category Archives for Holidays

Mollie Katzen’s Chocolate Eclipse

So you probably have your Super Bowl menu all lined up. Chips and dips, sliders and smokies — your bases are covered. But have you thought about dessert? No? Phew. Because I’ve got just the thing: Mollie Katzen’s Chocolate Eclipse, … Continue reading

31. January 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cakes, Desserts, Holidays, Vegetarian | 19 comments

Cheaters’ Duck Confit

On January 23rd, 2006, two cases of duck legs arrived to the restaurant, and per the day’s to-do list, I threw them into hotel pans, covered them with a layer of kosher salt, then headed to the walk-in to find … Continue reading

19. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Holidays, Meat | 31 comments

Cinnamon Rolls with Pearl Sugar

There was no need to fiddle with a recipe that needed no fiddling. I have made Molly Wizenberg’s irresistibly soft and sticky cinnamon rolls countless times always to rave reviews. But when I received a note from a friend over … Continue reading

13. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Holidays | 34 comments

A Few Gift Ideas

1. Something homemade: Toasted Muesli Since discovering toasted muesli this past summer, I can’t get enough of it — seriously, we make double batches of it twice a week. Its virtues are countless — healthy, whole grain, full of fiber, … Continue reading

06. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, craft, Gifts, Holidays, Pizza | 77 comments

Tiramisu — Guest Post on Cup of Jo

Friends, hello! It has been ages. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a ball at my sister’s — ate too many potatoes, drank too much punch, only wished we had made two pumpkin pies.

04. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Holidays | 8 comments

Thyme Dinner Rolls

I know that some of you might be thinking there is no possible way you have time to add one more item, let alone homemade dinner rolls, to your Thanksgiving Day timetable, but I’m here on this snowy November morning … Continue reading

26. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Holidays, Thanksgiving | 39 comments

Applesauce – Yogurt Cake | Homemade Applesauce

I don’t know how anyone could find fault in something as delectable as Teddie’s apple cake, as fun as the big apple pancake, or as glorious as the Balzano apple cake, but I happen to live with a few such … Continue reading

22. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Desserts, Holidays | 31 comments

Alice Waters’ Potato Gratin

My sister, the doctor, lover of pies and Peeps, is hosting Thanksgiving this year. She has it all under control, sleeping arrangements organized, color-coded cooking timeline mapped out, and the menu finalized, promising her 12 guests a turkey, a spanakopita, … Continue reading

20. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Holidays, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 21 comments

Ina Garten’s Balsamic Brussels Sprouts // Philadelphia Fish House Punch

I woke up Sunday morning with one mission in mind: buy a punch bowl. We had had friends over on Saturday night, and the Fish House Punch had been a wild success, adored by the men and women alike, the … Continue reading

05. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Drinks, Eating Locally, Holidays, Side dishes | 17 comments

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake Plus Two Fair Trade Giveaways: Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Cocoa; Bag of Fair Trade Goodies

Earlier this month, upon realizing that I had officially become my mother, not only in my preferences, but also in how I impose my preferences on others — dark meat chicken, cakes without frosting — I decided it might be … Continue reading

29. October 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Birthdays, Cakes, Desserts, Holidays | 218 comments

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