If there’s one theme to my cooking this time of year it’s this: easy appetizers. The holidays bring so many wonderful gatherings of family and friends and I love having a few go-to recipes to make entertaining in this busy season just a little easier. I’ve gathered some tricks over the years: A good cheese board is always a winner and the former vegetarian in me will forever love a beautiful platter of crudité with a special dip. I also love to have simple but elegant options like these Whipped Goat Cheese Cups with Honey and Pistachios. They are simple to prepare, bursting with flavor, and require no extra silverware for serving! Win, win….
A slight hiatus from our normal Wednesday Good Food Reads, which I promise will be back next week.
Recently my 14-year-old daughter came to me about a science project she was going to do for her 8th grade science class. She had chosen to look at basic substitutions you could use while baking, as she is an avid baker. In fact I buy her a baking oriented cookbook every year for Christmas. (Clearly I’m winning at parenting as I’m definitely reaping those rewards!).
She worked diligently on this project one fall afternoon at the cabin. There was a lot of measuring, weighing, and even testing of resistance (it’s good to have a dad who is an electrical engineer and loves to teach scientific principle!). I had promised she could post her results on the blog when she had them written up, and now I am going to deliver. My only other contribution was to buy four different colored cupcake liners so we wouldn’t confuse the four groups. Read on for my daughter’s science project in her own words. Baking Substitutions: A Fun Science Project is below. Proud mom moment…hope you enjoy it as much as I did! …
If you’re like us, the Holiday Season brings invitations to a wide variety of celebrations and events. The struggle to find the perfect host or hostess gift is real! Often you just need a little something to give, but you’d like it to be unique, fun and most importantly useful. Here are a few simple (and mostly local!) host/hostess gift ideas for the foodies in your life. Give one, or make a basket containing all of them! You’ll be invited back every year – we promise….