Thanksgiving is a hard-to-beat holiday. It’s all about families, fellowship, food, and fun. Oh, and football, of course! Just thinking about the traditional dinner can conjure memories of wonderful aromas and pies almost too pretty to eat. While every family has its own favorite dishes, it’s all about gathering together with loved ones. This might be your immediate family or extended family, or a group of special friends as close as family. While this special day is centered on togetherness and thankfulness, the focus is also on the food!
Even though its later in the apple picking season you can still go and enjoy the cornucopia filling! The harvest is in full swing, so don’t miss out on the bounty of the season. Riverview Farm, just over the hill in Plainfield, New Hampshire, offers the perfect combination of family fun and seasonal produce.
It’s widely known how important it is to start instilling good eating habits in kids at a young age. Once unhealthy foods are introduced, it can lead to an uphill battle to remove them from kids’ diets. Eventually, they may find their way into your child’s diet—that much is true. But the less exposure children have to sugar, salt, and other poor choices, the less they will want them, which can ensure that your child continues on into adulthood with a healthy diet. Read on for the food and drink choices that your child should avoid or at least limit.
Have you ever wondered how wine connoisseurs can tell so much about a glass of wine after just a few whiffs and sips? It’s almost as though they were born with a special instinct. But it’s really a skill, like anything else, and you can acquire it too with experience, passion, and genuine interest. Following these tips on how to become an oenophile, or wine connoisseur, will help too.
I am a food fanatic. I love the sizzle of bacon in a skillet, the smell of a really garlicky Italian red sauce, the crack of biting into a fresh Macoun apple, and the taste of just about everything but anchovies. So you can imagine my delight when I learned that King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont, had renovated and expanded to include a beautiful new café. My mom and I decided to set out on a quest to see if King Arthur would live up to the “legend.” As it turned out, the new store is great for all your baking needs and still produces the best baguettes I’ve had this far west of Paris. While we can’t recommend making the trip out to the café just for lunch, if you make it an afternoon of sampling pastries, shopping, and maybe even taking a cooking class, you will most certainly be highly satisfied.
You don’t have to have an ounce of Spanish blood to throw a good Spanish fiesta. In fact, all you need is a pitcher or two of sangria, or “blood” (actually just a blend of juices and red wine), and our recipes below. A Spanish feast is the perfect end-of-summer spread. These dishes can easily be made in large batches; just double or triple the recipes to accommodate more guests. From tapas for starters all the way to a chocolate specialty to finish off the evening, here’s how to add a little Spanish spice to your life.
The New England clambake is a traditional method of cooking foods that dates back to the Native Americans. Clambakes are most often held on beaches, where a pit is dug in the sand, then filled with stones. A fire is built on coals over the stones to heat them, and when the stones are hot enough, the coals are raked away and seaweed is placed on the stones. Seafood, corn on the cob, potatoes, and vegetables are wrapped, placed atop the seaweed, then covered with more. A couple of hours later, everything is ready to eat.
We all love a good American barbecue; perhaps it’s a classic hamburger topped with melted cheese or a Southern barbecue pit dishing out smoky pulled pork and baby back ribs. But have you ever considered that other nations grill just as well as we do? Just as in the US, grilling techniques vary by region in each of these countries. Here are some of the best.