Dip Along with Me

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Dip Along with Me

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(Sing to the tune of Nickelodeon’s theme song) Dip da dip da dip dip dip, dip-along-with-me. Dips are my favorite secret recipes for Thanksgiving meals or any really large gathering. While the soup and apps are cooking or being plated and the mains and sides are lined up and getting finished, guests are looking for something to do. It’s time to eat and drink. No matter how fancy the meal, or how busy I am, I keep no one waiting for either, from start to finish. When I am entertaining for a gathering that lasts many hours and folks come before mealtime, I find that the easiest thing to do is to set up dip stations with different vegetables and crackers, breads and fruits. Here’s how I make it work… Read More

A Bevy of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

A Bevy of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

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The days around Thanksgiving can be more than a little chaotic, even for mad planners like me. Desserts, my favorite part of the meal, can easily turn into an afterthought or even grabbed from the back of a grocery store shelf at the last minute. Thanksgiving desserts are worth the time and effort, and many can be made days in advance, freeing up oven space on the Big Eatin’ Day. Many baked goods are better the day they are baked, it’s true, but the ones listed here are sturdy enough to last a day (or two or three). A word of caution, however: please don’t refrigerate them (except cheesecakes, of course!). Breads and cakes actually get stale faster in the fridge. Baked apples and poached pears and such, of course,… Read More

A Basketful of Winter Bread Recipes

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A Basketful of Winter Bread Recipes

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This time of year, when the air outside is a little crisp and my kids are coming home from college soon, I think about making breads and bread recipes. To me, there is nothing like serving or enjoying a basket brimming with hot winter holiday breads. So I get a little bread crazed and read my way through some great cookbooks, watch some videos, and develop some bread recipes of my own, often testing them out on my gracious catering clients. I throw them in as a little something extra, which they love, and I also get their feedback, which I love. My kind of win-win. I’ve thought—nay, dreamed—about going back to culinary school, this time to study bread making, and I’ve even spoken to the head of the programs… Read More

Recipes for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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Recipes for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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Below you will find a gracious plenty of vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. These are side dishes and sauces that are still staples in my kitchen. This collection reflects many, many years of cooking at home and professionally, and my list of side dishes is always growing. I’m thrilled to share these professionally tested and truly tasty vegetarian sides with everyone, so that you have plenty of options to chose from for your Thanksgiving. I was not born an intuitive cook and I didn’t have the benefit of family to teach me. In fact, I never learned from my mom, or even from my grandmother much. Instead, I taught myself from books and television as a kid, and then from years of experimentation. Over the years, I’ve attended a zillion cooking classes, volunteered and… Read More

The One Challah for Your Sweet New Year

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The One Challah for Your Sweet New Year

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m really proud of this filled challah I created for the Valley Fig Growers for their website. It’s just about the perfect challah for Rosh Hashanah—you don’t even need to dip it in honey, because it’s got the sweetness of honey and figs built right into the bread. You get a burst of sweet flavor with every mouthful. The picture shows a beautifully bronzed loaf, and that is proof that it can develop a gorgeous chewy crust. But if that’s not your thing, that’s OK. As long as you bake it long enough for the insides to set, this will still make a beautiful loaf. Like I said, perfect—and flexible too! Concerned about how to roll up a filled challah? Don’t be—watch my process in action. To a sweet… Read More