Most days, coffee is a grab-and-go morning staple or an afternoon break. Find out how to elevate it into something truly special by learning how to taste coffee, the way the pros do it. Our guide to tasting coffee can be used to find your favorite brew or to throw a party where the caffeinated bean is the focus of the menu.
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This mulled cranberry apple cider recipe full of cinnamon and other sweet, warmly-scented spices, is ideal on chilly days, when you're craving a soothing, steamy beverage. The ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled when serving hot apple cider to a crowd. Bon appetit!
Mulled Apple Cider Photo: ©Rebecca Franklin
These harvest preserves and sauce recipes will fill the bill whether you're looking for something to spice up the traditional roast turkey dinner or want something cozy and seasonal for your breakfast toast. These holiday sauce and jam recipes are deliciously heartwarming and make attractive homemade gifts. From a mid-autumn breakfast to a Thanksgiving side dish, your new culinary tradition is sure to be on this list. Try the apple, pear, and candied ginger preserves for a particularly complex and flavorful confiture.
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From chicken simmered in an onion and apple cider reduction to classic, braised chicken casserole, these comforting chicken recipes are the best and coziest dishes from the French kitchen. Bon appetit!
Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken Photo: ©Laurel Fan
Doughnuts are delicious on their own, but brioche doughnuts are truly a treat to behold. This brioche doughnuts recipe uses our signature, easy brioche dough and turns it into an addictive Saturday morning treat. Dip them in homemade ganache, or fill them with apple pie jam.
If classic crème caramel is comforting, then this pumpkin crème caramel recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Pureed pumpkin and aromatic spices warm up the flavor of this already soothing, velvety-smooth dessert. The secret ingredient, a hint of maple syrup, gives an almost indiscernible rustic note to the sophisticated dish. The finished result is absolutely fantastic at a stylish dinner party or after a casual family supper. Bon appetit!
Pumpkin Creme CaramelPhoto: ©Javier Lastras
Hearty and rustic, this mushrooms Bordelaise recipe makes a delicious accompaniment to a traditional steak dinner. A foundation of cuisine from Bordeaux, the garlic cannot be removed from seasoning the mushrooms. To prepare the authentic recipe, you can choose to leave the garlic cloves whole and remove them after their essence has been imparted into the dish. Enhance the cepes bordelaise with a glass of robust red wine.
Mushrooms Bordelaise Photo: Robert Simmons
Traveling to different areas of France means expecting unique, regional differences in traditions, culture, and climate. The same holds true for the gastronomy.
Visiting the open air markets of France is a lavish fantasy come alive for a gourmand. Poking through stalls, one will discover gorgeous, fresh-picked produce sold by vendors eager to help and tell their tales. More alluring, still, are the locally prepared and handcrafted items. While many nationally beloved dishes feature only subtle differences, if any, from one region to another, local food is the true start of the show. Look for specialties from smokehouses, creameries, and patisseries. Unearthing local epicurean gems, such as a rare blend of preserves to take home, is all part of the fun. No passport? No problem. Visit the regional food and recipes section for more inspiration on creating a culinary tour of France in your home kitchen.
Open Air Market Photo: ©Flickr user denisema4
Like many of you in the northern United States today, I woke up to very chilly morning. I grabbed a quick breakfast, and instead of brewing the usual pot of coffee, I heated a mug of apple cider and sprinkled in some cinnamon. Somehow, a chilly autumn morning feels more complete with the heartwarming aroma of apples and cinnamon drifting through the cool air. Bring the comforting warmth of fall flavors to your kitchen with these apple dessert recipes, including my own mulled apple cider recipe. Leave the mocha latte for another day, and go all-apple! Have a great day!
Caramelized Apples Photo: Crystal Woroniuk
This roasted garlic and herb potato gratin recipe is the ultimate comfort food, featuring mellow roasted garlic, an herb-laced cream sauce, and Gouda cheese. It's a perfect way to round out any fall menu. Another tip for busy cooks: This is a great make-ahead dish (it keeps for 1 day in the fridge before baking), so it really is the ultimate version of potatoes au gratin!
Garlic and Herb Potato Gratin Photo: ©Moresheth - Creative Commons