Choices in a New Year: Roasted Nuts 3 Ways

I've never been in to celebrating the New Year. Sure, it's a great excuse to cook toothpick-able foods, stay up late watching Twilight Zone marathons, and renew my annual resolution to floss more often. Other than that, January 1 has always been just another day. Until this year. Yesterday, I started thinking about where I'll be and what I'll be doing one year from now. With college graduation just four and half months away, and no definite post-graduation plans, I wasn't able to envision my future self. ...

Speculaas: spicin’ it up Dutch-style for ol’ Saint Nick

If you haven't eaten them, I'd bet you've at least seen them in the grocery store. You've probably passed a box labeled "Windmill Cookies," wondered what on earth a windmill cookie might be, and hurried quickly on. The content of this mysterious box is, I'll have you know, [America's attempt at recreating] one of the most popular cookies in The Netherlands, the speculaas. I too had occasionally thrown quizzical glances at the windmill cookie, but I became intimately familiar with them when I studied abroad in ...

The Great Pumpkin Pie

The Great Pumpkin Pie

For me, it's not officially fall until there's  squash in the pantry and sweet potatoes on my dinner plate. Every year, I wait rather impatiently for these comforting carotinoid-rich orbs to come into season. I give serious consideration to requesting a pumpkin pie instead of a birthday cake for my birthday in July, and I break out "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," unseasonably early. I rejoice when the week at the farmers' market finally comes when the sweet potato vendor is present with her mountainous bounty, and ...