8 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

8 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

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Looking for cookie recipes for your holiday cookie swap? Need a few ideas for baking cookies for your classmates, friends, kids, or a party? I love a great cookie recipe, and it’s one of my favorite things to create! Cookies are often the first thing you try to cook for yourself. It was certainly true for me, and boy oh boy, I had my fair share of weird cookies at the start. It took me a lot of cookbook, magazine, and newspaper recipes before I finally learned a few recipes that worked, but to be honest, it took me a few years to figure out why some cookies worked and some didn’t. I have one suggestion before you venture forth into this season’s cookie-bake-athons and enjoy-a-thons. Although cookie recipes are… Read More

Latke-Rama: Globally Inspired, Flavor-Packed Latke-ish Recipes for Chanukah and Beyond

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Latke-Rama: Globally Inspired, Flavor-Packed Latke-ish Recipes for Chanukah and Beyond

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This year I when it comes to latkes, I have free culinary reign at my holiday party catering gig, so I am serving globally-inspired, flavor-packed, yumm-a-licious, patties of fried goodness, latke-ish dishes  aplenty! Bring on the patty party! Here’s what I’m serving : Curried Potato and Squash Latkes  Indian Latkes Sweet Potato Latkes with Gochujang Pear Sauce  Spinach, Potato, and Chickpea Pakoras Paddy’s Patties with Greens and Beans (make sure to use olive oil!) Persian Turkey and Potato Kotlet  For this Persian turkey and potato patty, I make them one-third of the size and serve them with a chimichurri sauce. Here are two Weiser Kitchen chimichurri recipes: Gracie’s Chimichurri Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce 

3 Reasons Why Brown Sugar Is in My Pies and Tarts

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

3 Reasons Why Brown Sugar Is in My Pies and Tarts

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Brown sugar is a foundation of my kitchen pantry. It’s handy in savory dishes and essential in baking. During the busy holiday baking season, which in my world runs from September through December, I go through dark brown sugar and light brown sugar like crazy. Here are my top three reasons why I use brown sugar in my pies and tarts. 1. It adds flavor depth and complexity all in a single ingredient. Allow me to step back a minute and explain what brown sugar is. Today, commercial brown sugar is sugar with some molasses added back to it. Molasses is a product of the process of refining sugar. The amount of the dense, sweet, and earthy syrup added back to the processed sugar varies, as does the taste and… Read More

How to Make a Chocolate Pecan Tart

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

How to Make a Chocolate Pecan Tart

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We all know the old adage is that a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to cooking, pictures are great. But to learn to cook, a video is priceless. An exaggeration? Perhaps, but not by much. Sure, having a teacher next to you is pretty awesome, and while you can sign up for a class or even host one in your home, videos are great for those times when you just want to jump in and get cooking—or in this case, baking—and you need expert advice translated into action. Suddenly a new technique doesn’t look quite so intimidating; suddenly a dish with a long list of ingredients seems within reach. Teaching others how much fun it is to make great food is what I’m all about, so I figured it… Read More

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