Blog Posts by Food52

  • 7 Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfasts

    It happens every year. It's Christmas morning, the kids just finished opening their gifts and the first thing they ask is: "When are we having breakfast?" This year, you can have breakfast ready when they are.

    Here are 7 make-ahead breakfast recipes from the FOOD52 community -- so no one has to wait.

    • Get more breakfast recipes from the FOOD52 community.

    • See more Christmas recipes on FOOD52.

    • Have a question in the kitchen? The FOOD52 Hotline is here to help!


    The cheese biscuits from Bluebird Coffee Shop in the East Village of Manhattan are impossibly tender and almost melting within, the subtle bite of cheddar woven throughout. Amanda and I went to visit Adam Baumgart in his pastry kitchen in the basement of Bluebird, and he taught us how to make these cheese biscuits, sharing his tips and tricks along the way. This is Adam's recipe for his heavenly biscuits. - Merrill

    Save and print the recipe here.

    Makes 10 to 12 large biscuits

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  • 3 Fast, Festive Cookies

    Some of the best parts of the holiday season are, well, the cookies that come along with it. Nothing shouts "holiday cheer!" louder than a batch of these buttery, sugary creations -- creations that will cloak your house in that unmistakable perfume of holiday spirit.

    No need to slave away in the kitchen all day -- here are 3 fast, festive cookie recipes that will do the trick. Now gather up some helpers and get baking!

    • See 10 holiday cookie recipes on Food52, like All-I-Want-For-Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies and White Chocolate Snowflakes.

    • Got a holiday baking question? The Food52 Hotline is here to help!

    Secret Cookies

    Secret CookiesSecret Cookies

    This recipe has truly been kept a "Secret" for 30 years but now is the time to release it. It was given to me by an elderly lady who had been given it by an even more elderly Swedish lady. The proviso: "After I'm 'gone', you may give out the recipe." The same proviso was given to, here it is. Be sure to use salted butter! -

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  • 7 Beyond-the-Bird Holiday Roasts

    There's nothing that shouts "special occasion" more than a beautiful roast in the center of the holiday table. Here, then, are 7 succulent roasts -- beef, pork, and lamb -- to fit the occasion. Your family and friends will be thanking you until next year.

    See more holiday recipes on Food52.

    Check out some side dishes for that roast.

    Have a question? The Food52 Hotline is here to help!

    Pork Brined in Rum and Cider with Apples by Kevin

    Pork Brined in Rum

    This recipe is a testament to the beauty of brining. Instead of just adding salt and sugar to water, Kevin brines his pork shoulder in a blend of rum, cider, salt and spices. Over the course of many hours, the flavors penetrate the meat completely, so you end up with savory, aromatic slices of pork that are juicy and pink all the way through. The sautéed apples, themselves infused with onion, rosemary, rum and cider, are a great, lightly sweet counterpoint. - Amanda & Merrill

    Serves 6

    Brined Roast Pork:

    2 cups dark

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  • Easy, Cheesy: 6 Great Gratins

    There's nothing more comforting (or impressive) on a cold winter night than a hot gratin from the oven. Here are 4 easy vegetable sides, a cheesy baked dip, and our favorite French Onion Soup -- gratinée, of course.

    • See more cheesy recipes from the Food52 community.
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    Pommes Dauphinoise (Potatoes au Gratin)

    An oldie but a goodie, this hearkens back to my cooking school days, with some thanks also to Julia Child. - Merrill Stubbs

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  • 7 Reasons to Root for Winter

    Let's face it: winter can get a little gray. It gets dark early. It snows. Sometimes, we crave those bright colors of summer -- both outside and, of course, on our plates.

    Enter: root vegetables.

    Roasted, sauteed, mashed, pureed, these veggies are just what we need on a cold winter's night. They're versatile, they're healthy, and, well, they last a while. Keep a few of these on hand, and you're guaranteed to eat well all season. They'll make your plate -- and your day -- a little brighter.

    • Get more warming recipes for winter on FOOD52.

    • See more winning recipes from FOOD52's contest for Your Best Root Vegetable Side.

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    Sweet Potato & Parsnip Mash

    Sweet Potato and Parsnip Mash

    I'm always a fan of recipes that only dirty one dish from start to finish. Parsnips are wonderful with sweet potatoes and the kick of horseradish adds something special to the dish. A tablespoon of maple syrup makes it complete. -

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  • Kale: The Little Superfood that Could

    As the last of the summer jam stock dwindles, and root vegetables take up residence in our crispers, we begin to appreciate freshness wherever we can find it. It is a rare thing to find one single food (let alone a vegetable) that does the nutritional work of all of its counterparts combined -- and is built to thrive through the winter. Enter kale: this gorgeous green is lively and toothsome with an addictive peppery bite. Steamed, sauteed or dressed up raw in a salad, kale is delicious when prepared with a little finesse.

    Even the most glorious greens are best paired with a little dose of decadence. No need to trick the serial carnivores into eating their veggies; these delectable kale recipes will convert even the biggest superfood-phobic. Here are 9 of our favorite ways to turn this nutritional powerhouse into a delight.

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  • 10 Takeout Classics, Done at Home

    In the mood for something exotic? Want those punches of garlic, spice and heat? Put down the phone. You can do it yourself. Here are 10 classic takeout dishes -- Thai, Indian,Japanese, Vietnamese, and everything in between -- that are easy to make at home, and much better for it. Now, whip out your fancy china. No cartons allowed.

    • • What's for dessert? Check out dessert recipes on Food52.
    • • Not in the mood for takeout? Try some more entrees from the Food52 community.
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    Asian Garlic Green Beans
    by mtlabor

    Asian Garlic String Beans

    Serves 2-3

    1 pound green beans, trimmed
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    5 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    salt and pepper, to taste
    1 & 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon ginger powder

    1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add generous amount of salt and add green beans. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.

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  • Beat Flu Season with a Shot of Citrus

    There's a lot we look forward to each winter -- snow, the holidays, hot toddies... But the coldest months of the year are also the season for coughs, sniffles, and runny noses.

    Here at FOOD52, we like to stave off the flu with a different kind of shot. We've already begun stocking our fridges with immune system-boosting fruits, and come December we'll be using citrus in everything from healthful salads to (probably not-so-healthful, but definitely delicious) desserts.

    Below are 7 of our favorite citrus recipes.

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  • 8 Thanksgiving Hors D'Oeuvres to Impress (If the Meal is in Distress)

    There's no home cook who hasn't been through at least one holiday meal gone awry. Like the time one of us mixed up baking powder and cornstarch -- a disaster, to say the least.

    We suppose we could stick to our tried-and-true standards -- but part of what we love about the holidays is the chance to try new things.

    Not ones to give that up, we've come up with a different solution: make-ahead hors d'oeuvres we can rely on to impress our guests if the rest of the meal is in distress. Here are 8 of our favorites.

    Smoky Fried Chickpeas

    If you were to put out a bowl of these crunchy, smoky, spicy little nuggets at a cocktail party, it's likely they'd be gone in under five minutes. Aliwaks has taken an already brilliant idea (fried chickpeas with smoked paprika) and run with it. You also fry strips of lemon zest, fresh thyme leaves and later thinly sliced garlic to mix with the chickpeas, paprika and salt. This leads to an array of crispy little

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  • Meta Given's Perfect Pumpkin Pie

    Every week on, we're digging up Genius Recipes -- the ones that make us rethink cooking myths, get us talking, and change the way we cook.

    Today: Perfect pumpkin pie in half the time of your average back-of-the-can recipe.

    - Kristen Miglore, Senior Editor,

    At a recent photo shoot, a few of us were standing around lamenting that we don't have a go-to pumpkin pie. Or that our go-to is so involved that it's more akin to an awkwardly choreographed square dance, and stresses us out and furrows our faces just reading it. Feast day recipes shouldn't require memorizing three steps ahead for success -- it won't end well (and so on with the lamenting).

    >> RELATED: See our day-by-day guide for a stress-free Thanksgiving on Shine.

    Then along comes Amanda's mother Judy Hesser, an untouchable cook (we're talkingChocolate Dump-It Cake and Peach Tart untouchable). She casually said she was fond of an old recipe that has you cook

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