- In The Pantry | In The Pantry | Thu, Dec 12, 2013 2:50 PM EST | Comments
Who says you have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful gift? This week on "In the Pantry," host Aida Mollenkamp shares three DIY gifts you can make with ingredients straight out of your pantry for less than five bucks!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Mix In a Mason jar, place a layer of unsweetened cocoa powder, followed by a layer of granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, a layer of mini chocolate chips, and a layer of mint chips, which you can usually find at your grocery store during the holiday season. Mollenkamp recommends adding marshmallows or crushed candy canes if your grocery store doesn't sell mint chips. You can use a piece of parchment paper as a funnel to pour the ingredients into the jar. Cover the jar with its lid, and then dress it up with a tag and some instructions so that the recipient knows how to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
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- Babble.com | In The Pantry | Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:58 AM EST | CommentsDuring the holidays, I love making candied walnuts (and any kind of nut) to sprinkle on top of salads. It adds just the right amount of crunch and the hard caramel exterior melts into the dressing for an extra bit of sweetness. I'm kind of addicted to them. To change things up, this year I made an extra big batch of spicy and salty vegan candied walnuts just for salads, or the occasional snack. I swapped out the butter for vegan margarine to make these dairy-free. It just makes it a bit more friendly to take to parties because I never know what kind of dietary restrictions other party goers will have and I want everyone to enjoy what I bring.
Spicy and Salty Vegan Candied Walnuts for Salad
They get their spicy kick from a good pinch of cayenne pepper. If you don't want them to be super spicy, use less cayenne or leave it out completely. They will still be extra delicious from the other spices.
Spicy and Salty Vegan Candied Walnuts
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2 cups whole nuts (pecans, walnuts, alm
- Good Housekeeping | In The Pantry | Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:15 AM EST | Comments
Chocolate Almond Clusters
This might be one of the easiest dessert recipes out there -- the prep time is quick and it only requires two ingredients. Refrigerate the chocolate clusters up to 1 month in an airtight container, but don't be surprised if they're gone a lot earlier.
Yields: 4 dozen
Total Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 10 min
- 8 ounce(s) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup(s) (8 1/4 ounces) roasted salted almonds
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1. On large cookie sheet, arrange 48 paper or foil mini-muffin or candy cups in a single layer. (Or, line large cookie sheet with waxed paper.)
2. In large microwave-safe bowl, microwave half of chocolate on high 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate just melts, about 1 minute 20 seconds total. Stir in remaining chocolate until melted. Cool 3 minutes (for a shiny finish).
3. Stir in almonds until evenly coated. With measuring teaspoon, drop...Read More »
- Food52 | In The Pantry | Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:58 PM EST | Comments
There is nothing better than a meal that hits the spot. It's like a hug from that friend who gives the best hugs -- it makes you stop in your tracks and demands you enjoy the moment because nothing else is better. Soy sauce chicken is comfort food at its best. In fact, it belongs right alongside pancakes-for-dinner, and hot-chocolate-in-PJs, and mac-n-cheese-by-Mom. It just makes sense. Add in Brussels sprouts in a fish sauce (trust us) vinaigrette, and then you have something competing with those hugs. Plus, after tonight, you'll have a new weeknight staple, and a not sad desk lunch the next day -- one that your nosy coworker wont be able to stop eyeballing.
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4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 slices ginger
2 lbs chicken thighs (on the bone)
1/2 cup rice wine
1 cup diced tomatoes (or 3 Tbsp tomato paste)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced (dried or fresh)
- Foodandwine.com | In The Pantry | Tue, Dec 10, 2013 10:31 AM EST | Comments
By Food & Wine
This is an elevated take on a party crowd pleaser, reimagined with smoky chorizo and tangy sauerkraut. Easy Holiday Hors d'OeuvresPigs on a Blanket
Pigs on a Blanket
Ultimate Savory Pie Crust
1/4 cup crème fraîche
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard, plus more for serving
1/2 cup drained sauerkraut, plus more for serving
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
3 ounces Spanish chorizo, cut into 1 1/4-by-1/4-inch matchsticks
Snipped chives, for garnish
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1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12-by-16-inch rectangle; transfer to the baking sheet. Fold the dough edge over itself to form a 1/2-inch border all around and pinch the corners together. Refrigerate until firm.
2. In a bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the mustard. Spread the mixture over the dough, then sprinkle with the sauerkraut. Brush the edges with the egg wash.
3. Bake the galette in the bottom third of