Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

 

There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season's spirit with a few of our own festive recipes.


Let's Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Refresh your Thanksgiving dessert spread by catering to cake-lovers. [Saveur]

 

Your daily dose of agricultural controversy: the FDA approved GMO salmon this week. [NPR]

 

You’ve spatchcocked and deep-fried, but have you smoked a turkey?  [Serious Eats

 

A Scandinavian hotel chain calls for more sustainable decisions in the hospitality industry by eliminating breakfast meats from its menus. [Grist... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 5, 2015

 

This vegan recipe just might make the best chocolate chip cookies out there. [Food52

 

Crack open a can and watch this animated history of beer in America. [FWF

 

JBF Award winner Mark Bittman has landed at vegan meal delivery startup the Purple Carrot. [NPR

 

A look into the rising tide of disordered eating in the restaurant industry. [MUNCHIES] ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 17, 2015

 

Do you really need to pony up for pricey chocolate chips? [Food52

 

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the fight over soda. [Nasdaq

 

Are today’s crops less nutritious than those our ancestors tilled? [NYT

 

Take a sip of the season with this fall-inspired cocktail. [Serious Eats

 

Two small policy changes regarding school food... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 8, 2015

 

Combine two of your guilty pleasures with these pickled French fries. [Bon Appétit

 

There’s a new-old sandwich cookie on the market: Hydrox has made its return. [Grub Street

 

New reports reveal the American Egg Board has been waging a multi-year campaign to discredit Hampton Creek. [ABC

 

A growing contingent of farmers are planting wheat and attempting to revive America’s local grain supplies. [Edible Manhattan... Read more >

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The Mindy Project: JBF Award Winner Mindy Segal Riffs on PB&J

 

Irwin Segal was a jazz guy back in the day. He played the upright bass and the accordion, and he hung out at Rick's American Cafe in Chicago, sipping vodka on the rocks and soaking in Tito Puente's hip-swinging tunes. And he often brought along his daughter, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef and chef/owner of beloved Mindy's HotChocolate in Chicago, Mindy Segal. "With their riffs and scatting, these Latin jazz stars were the kings of improvisation," Segal recollects in her new cookbook, Cookie Love. "Their brains seemed to be wired the same way as mine." Take, for example, her twist on the classic sandwich straight out of your elementary school lunch box memories—the simple, squishy peanut butter and jelly we all know, and... Read more >

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Recipe: Ginger Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

Whether you prefer your ice cream unadorned, handheld, or decked out in sensational sundae style, our selection of recipes from JBF Award winners are guaranteed to please fans of all flavors. Next up:

 

Ginger Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches

JBF Award Winner Emily Luchetti
Chief Pastry Officer, Big Night Restaurant Group

 

When making ice cream sandwiches, you need just the right cookie—thin enough that it won’t crumble when you bite into the cookie, but not so sturdy that the ice cream squishes out the other end when you take your first bite. These ginger cookies from pastry chef Emily Luchetti are just as delicious on their own as they are when they’re... Read more >

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Gluten-Free Desserts That Are Actually Delicious

 

There's no shortage of gluten-free recipes out there, but as anyone who has dabbled in the flourless arts can attest, it can be hard to find a good one. Especially when it comes to desserts. Fortunately, each of the following dishes can stand up to even the most gluten-packed sweet treats. Round out the flour-free finale with port-poached pears, a bowl of berries and cream, or homemade gelato.

 

Ginger Cookies

Rolling the dough in Demerara or turbinado sugar before baking is what gives these spicy, chewy cookies their crisp edges. To make this dish wheat-free, follow the special instructions provided.

 

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake

This recipe comes from Alice Medrich's Flavor Flours, winner of our 2015 Baking and Dessert Book award. It's made with white rice flour or Thai white rice flour, which is used... Read more >

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What We're Reading: May 19, 2015

 

The short stack may seem All-American, but you can find pancakes all over the globe. [Serious Eats

 

From roast chicken to guacamole: 18 dishes every home cook should know how to make. [Food52

 

How do you say mixologist in French? Craft cocktail bars are popping up all over Paris. [NYT

 

American beverage companies are launching an initiative to cut down on sugary drink consumption, but will they change their targeted marketing? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 24, 2015

 

Expand your cheese horizons with these go-tos from the Serious Eats team. [Serious Eats

 

Thin Mint sourcing scrutiny: despite the Girl Scouts of America's protestations, their cookies are not the same across the country. [Eater

 

Do you need to use oil when roasting vegetables? [The Kitchn

 

A new study suggests that upping your fiber intake could be nearly as effective as traditional dieting. [Atlantic

 

How old is that flour in your cupboard? A list of pantry staples that expire faster than you think... Read more >

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