Feeling the pinch this Valentine's Day does not mean you have to literally tighten your belt. You and your sweetheart can still enjoy bubbly without breaking the bank.
Splurge: Champagne ($25 and up)
Steal: Spanish Sparkling Cava (around $10)
There's no better way to toast your honey than with a glass of bubbly, but Spanish cava fizzes just as well as French Champagne, usually at significantly less cost. Though the word Champagne is often used to describe all sparkling wine, it can technically only be used for sparkling wine made in a specific region of France, called Champagne. Produced in Northern Spain, cava is made in the same style as Champagne, called méthode Champenoise-"the Champagne method." Cava is aged on its "lees" (dead yeast cells) for less time than Champagne, however, giving it a flavor that is less yeasty and more earthy than its French cousin.
While Champagne is made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier grapes, the grapes used
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Feeling the pinch this Valentine's Day does not mean you have to literally tighten your belt. You and your sweetheart can still enjoy bubbly without breaking the bank.Read More »from Budget Bubbly for Valentine's Day
- bon appétit magazine | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 9, 2010 4:44 PM EST
Channel your inner culinary Cupid for Valentine's Day. We've searched high and low for heart-shaped gadgets that will help get you in the mood for cooking--or make a wonderful gift for a loved one.
1. Love to Bake Measuring Spoons ($12) from ModCloth
2. Heart-shaped Fondue for Two ($14) from Wrapables
3. Heart Bundt Pan ($32) from Broadway Panhandler
4. Old Dutch International 7-inch Copper Heart Rose Mold ($17) from Amazon
5. Le Creuset Cast-Iron Casserole ($150) from Amazon
6. Chef's Choice M840 Waffle Maker ($70) from Amazon
7. Zak Designs Heart-Shaped Ice Cream Bowls ($24 for 8-piece set) from Amazon
8. Scandicrafts Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser ($7) from Cooking.com
9. Alessi Heart-Shaped Spoons ($48 for set of 6) from Emmo Home
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Last week, we examined the Valentine's dinner preferences of our female readers, and we found out that most of them want to eat big, hearty meals. Valentine's Day is all about indulgence, after all. (Wait, we thought that was Thanksgiving?)Read More »from What Do Men Want to Eat for Valentine's Day?
It's only fair we asked our male readers (and a few guys around the office) the same question. Here's what they had to say:
-Alex Vielbig prefers a simple but sophisticated spread of "oysters, champagne or sparkling wine, and chocolate."
-Roberto Cesar, on the other hand, wants to have a "juicy rib-eye, garlic mashed potatoes, some fresh bread from the oven. Something chocolate. And a great bottle of wine."
-Bon Appétit staffer Barrett Baffert says he "wouldn't mind being fed ... How about a nice little pizza/flatbread thingy? That with a simple salad and enough booze to blind a pirate..."
-Another BA staffer, Michael Singer, tells us that his wife is a vegetarian so he has "more of an excuse to desire the total cliché v-day meal of a seared
- bon appétit magazine | Valentines Day – Mon, Feb 8, 2010 11:46 PM EST
A whimsical recipe from beloved pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 2/3 cup cherry jam
- 2 tablespoons kirsch (clear cherry brandy)
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon chai-spiced tea leaves or Lapsang souchong smoked black tea leaves (from 1 tea bag)
- 5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 8x8x2-inch heart-shaped cake ring on sheet of foil. Wrap foil up
At the start of the new lunar year, Chinese families come together (or tuan yuan, reunite) to celebrate the most anticipated holiday in the Eastern hemisphere, Spring Festival. CCTV reports that 150 million migrant workers in China have already begun their journey, which for many people is the only opportunity to travel home throughout the year. The holiday's travel peak is also the largest mass movement of people in the world.Read More »from 8 Lucky Recipes for the Chinese New Year
All over China, homes become joyous settings for a two-week long celebration. After all, Lunar New Year is a big deal, and proper fulfillment of the holiday's customs will determine a person's luck for the coming year. Spring Festival traditions include culinary customs that require careful prepping of the home, kitchen, and dining table. To expunge any bad luck of the past year, homes are swept clean and new clothes are purchased. Tangerines and red envelopes filled with money (see image above) symbolize good luck. Dinner menus are planned around the cultural
A hearty bowl of homemade soup or stew will warm you up deliciously on a cold day.
"Twice-Boiled" Vegetable Soup with White Beans (pictured at right and recipe below)
Yucatan-Style Chicken, Lime, and Orzo Soup
Caramelized Onion and Portobello Mushroom Soup with Goat Cheese Croutons
Curried Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew with Garbanzo Beans
Crab-and-Corn Chowder with Bacon and Chanterelle Mushrooms
Pork and Hominy Stew
Spicy Shrimp and Coconut Noodle Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms
Black Bean Soup with Chipotle Chilis
Creamy White Bean and Chorizo Soup
Beef Barley Soup with Wild Mushrooms and Parsnips (pictured at left)
Lamb Stew with Lemon and Figs
Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Orange Cream
Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup with Sesame and Green Onions
Spicy Cajun Crab and Greens Soup
Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs
Hungarian Goulash Soup
Pork Stew with Fennel and Butternut Squash
"Twice-Boiled" Vegetable Soup with White Beans
- 2/3 cup dried Great Northern
- bon appétit magazine | Work + Money – Fri, Feb 5, 2010 7:33 PM EST
Woo your favorite foodie with any of these 17 seductively delicious dishes.
Whole Wheat Blinis with American Caviar (picture at left and recipe below)
Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb with Spices and Couscous
Ricotta, Fig, and Onion Bruschetta
Truffled Red Wine Risotto with Parmesan Broth (picture below)
Warm Jasmine Rice Puddings with Passion Fruit
Chocolate Pudding with Espresso Whipped Cream
Roast Beef Tenderloin with Port Sauce
Pomegranate Panna Cotta
Composed Salad with Fig Vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Duck Confit and Collard-Stuffed Crepes
Ricotta Gnudi with Wild Mushroom and Truffle Sauce
Pistachio Brittle Cheesecake
Poached Oysters in Fennel-Saffron Soup
Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherries
Maine Lobster with Wild Mushroom and Rosemary Vapor
Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops, Lemon Oil, and American Caviar
Whole Wheat Blinis with American Caviar
- 3 tablespoons warm water (105°F to 115°F)
- 1/2 teaspoon active dry
Make your favorite dish even better with these 15 outstanding recipes made with irresistible cheeses.
Cheesemonger's Mac and Cheese (picture at left and see recipe below)
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups diced rindless Brie (cut from 1-pound wedge)
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 3/4 teaspoon (scant) nutmeg
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 3/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless French bread
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 8 teaspoons whipping cream (if making 1 day ahead)
- It's easiest to remove the rind and dice the Brie if you put it in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm it up first.
- Mix all cheeses. Set aside 1 cup for topping; cover and chill. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Our Super Bowl snacks are guaranteed to win over any crowd--large or small. These recipes are perfect for the big game, or any get-together that calls for big-deal snacking.
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Pancetta-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese and Mint
Spicy Popcorn with Piment d'Espelette and Marcona Almonds
Spicy Lamb and Chorizo Chili
Smoky Chipotle Hummus with Garlic Bagel Chips
Crunchy Chili Onion Rings
Macaroni and Cheese with Mustard and Worcestershire (pictured above and recipe below)
- 1/2 pound small elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
- 2 1/2 cups (packed) grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (10 ounces)
- 2 5-ounce cans evaporated milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 8x8x2-inch glass
Photo: Courtesy of Stumptown RoastersThere is no end to the contraptions available for brewing coffee (or for keeping your coffee warm, for that matter). There are dual-chambered glass coffee vacuums; platinum machines that look like futuristic robots prepared to ingest your freshly ground beans; and there's the Eva Solo "CafeSolo"--a coffee maker that wears a neoprene jacket. Many baristas stand by the Eva Solo, but here at Bon Appetit, we stand by the old-school Chemex brewer or a French press to get the job done.
Once you have the right tools, follow these steps.
- Step 1: Purchase your beans weekly from a local roaster you trust (such as one of Bon Appétit's top 10 boutique coffee shops) or order online from a specialty webstore, like GoCoffeeGo. (To go one environmentally-friendly step beyond "fair-trade" coffee, buy trade direct.) According to Counter Culture, "Store whole-bean coffee in an airtight container and keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heat, cold, and moisture. Avoid storing your beans in