A lot of blogs have been publishing posts on Holiday gift ideas. I’ve actually found them super useful for things to add to my Christmas list.
I know it’s pretty late, but hopefully not too late, especially with a lot of places offering expedited shipping. This weekend I perused through my kitchen to see which of my kitchen gadgets and cake pans I love and use the most and wanted to share them with you. Perhaps they will be ideas for a gift for someone, or for yourself. Hopefully next year I’ll get my act together sooner and publish a more extensive list, including cutesy gifts, etc.
My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
So many recipes I come across give ingredient measurements in weight. This scale has been a lifesaver and costs less than $20. It’s hard to find conversions sometimes for a recipe you want to check out and it’s much easier to just buy a scale. As an added bonus, this is great for weighing packages you need to ship out too.
If you’re working with dough, this pastry board is so very helpful. Not only is it a sturdy block of wood, but it also has measurements on the board, so you know exactly how much to roll out your dough, etc. I love my board and use it all the time.
Please note: the giveaway is now closed. Foodbuzz will be choosing the winner in January. Good luck to those who entered!
This last week has been a lot of holiday eating. A lot of holiday eating. The other night, FH and I went with some friends to Kous Kous, a Moroccan restaurant we’ve always enjoyed.
Not only was this a good chance to enjoy a meal before the holidays with friends, but it also gave me a chance to check about American Express’ new Serve program, which I’ll detail more at the end of this post. In addition, one person commenting on this post will win $100 American Express’/Serve credit, find out more at the end of this post. You can do anything you want with the money: use it to pay for dinner, transfer it back into your bank account, etc.
Once we arrived, we noticed some different items on the menu and also the addition of a cocktail menu. You can view the full menu here.
The left is a Moroccan Kiss (champagne, pomegranate juice, orange blossom, St. Germain liquor).
The right is a Sit Sin (Citrus & Cinnamon ~ Mandarin Absolut, Citron Absolut, orange juice, cinnamon schnapps, cream)
For our starter we chose the vegetarian platter:
Zaalouk, My Ratatouille, Endive Pockets, Moroccan Potato Salad
It’s a week until Christmas. Can you believe it? It totally snuck up on me. I know I say that every year, but I feel like this year it really really did. I’ve had a crazy business month. And when I’ve had time off, I’ve been so tired, I don’t have the energy to do much of anything.
Normally, holiday cookie baking is one of my favorite things. I love trying out new recipes, improving on old ones. But so far I haven’t baked a single holiday cookie. Not one. I finally had some time this weekend to do a quick one.
I do plan on mustering the energy and time to bake my usual holiday goodies so I can pass them to friends and family. But I realize that I won’t be able to blog about them on the blog before Christmas for anyone looking for inspiration or ideas, like I have in year’s past. So at the end of this post, I’m sharing some of my holiday favorites from previous years.
Now onto these red velvet cookies. I like making these during the holidays because they are so festive. For this version, I decided to make them extra big and with a nice Nutella center. Because my goal is to stuff Nutella into everything. (I’m half kidding.)