My holiday binder

  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I adore the autumn/Thanksgiving/Christmas season. After Labor Day, I kick into high gear, keen on squeezing every last moment of seasonal fun out of the next four months. If I’m not careful, this fervor can easily turn into overwhelming burnout by New Year’s Eve. How do I manage it?…

Two types of chicken stock

Let’s talk chicken stock. First of all, let’s clear up the difference between broth and stock. Broth is made by simmering meat only; stock is made by simmering bones, thereby infusing it with the goodness of the marrow inside those bones. (So, yes, the popular term “bone broth” is a misnomer. It’s the same as stock.)…

Chocolate mint crinkle cookies

These little gems taste like little brownie bites with a delicate hint of mint, and they taste even better than they look. They’re perfect for the holidays, or pretty much any other day, really, since the dough freezes well. The next time I make them, I plan to add semisweet chocolate chips, just for fun….