From the Magazine: Last-Minute Picks

by in View All Posts, December 23rd, 2009

White-Bean Soup Shooters

Life as a Food Network extern certainly has its perks…a big one being the chance to taste some of the delicious food that the test kitchens put out on a (several-times) daily basis.

But here at Chelsea Market, recipe testing for the magazine‘s December issue took place back in August, while I was still chopping away in culinary school. Since I missed out on the cookie madness—50 recipes made the cut; dozens more were tested—I’m psyched to bake some of recipe developer Sarah Copeland’s treats for friends and family over the holidays.

Don’t let the culinary degree fool you…I’m always looking for quick, no-fuss recipes to make in my miniature NYC kitchen. We don’t have room for a dining table, so finger-friendly appetizers and desserts are always my friends.

To snack on during impromptu holiday get-togethers, right now I’m thinking about making Ted Allen’sWhite Bean Soup Shooters with Bacon and Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes. Ted’s appetizers are great for grazing and look restaurant-style impressive, but the recipes are straightforward as can be.

For libations, I’ll stir up a pair of cocktails in festive Christmas colors, both super-simple: the cucumber-infused Mama’s Little Helper and a strawberry-cranberry concoction called the Wally World.

I’m also intrigued by the Lightened-Up Eggnog; it too may make an appearance this week.

The first but not last batch of Butterscotch Blondie cookies, a perfect snow-day treat.
The first but not last batch of Butterscotch Blondie cookies, a perfect snow-day treat.

Chocolate chip cookies are non-negotiable—I’m leaning toward the Chip Chubbies with big chunks of good chocolate—and for the chocolate-haters in my life (they’re crazy!) I’ll make Sarah’s addictive Butterscotch Blondie variation. Two batches, minimal work—and the best part? Most of the ingredients are already in my (very small) pantry.

–Sara Levine

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Comments (4)

  1. jen says:

    mmmm. now i'm in the mood to bake cookies.

  2. Shelley says:

    Great suggestions for informal holiday entertaining.

  3. Alan says:

    Great article! Those cookies look amazing (and I don't even like butterscotch)!

  4. Dave Loeber says:

    I hope that Food Network returns to it's original format of Professional Chefs who teach, stretch the viewer culinary imagination and entertain. The current trend to protray the culinary world as a competition is getting old really quickly. Come on Food Channel, get back to your roots.

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