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.)…

Our Thanksgiving table

I absolutely love tablescapes! However, I’m not so good at all those formal dining rules. This fork here, this plate there. I’m just too impatient for that, and who wants to do extra dishes afterward? As a result, we’re pretty informal around here. Informal but pretty. White dishes, placemats: Pier 1 Imports Centerpiece parts, chargers:…

Pumpkin pie with mascarpone whipped cream

As I usually do, the filling of my first scratch-made pumpkin pie is the result of researching multiple highly-rated recipes online and coming up with my own final version. Mine doesn’t include cloves and substitutes a bit of brown sugar for the traditional white. My favorite part? Doing the leaf design on top! To make them, I…