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Do sparkling wine and rosé wine seem a little bit fancy for a quiet glass on a Friday evening? Sunset Magazine dispels your fears with an in-depth discussion of each style’s history and tasting notes. Once you’ve learned about Champagne, prosecco, cava, and dry rosés from all around the world, a casual bottle of bubbly might not sound like a bad idea.
What’s better than Oreos? Oreo truffles! This indulgent dessert is a total crowd pleaser, and because the recipe only calls for 4 ingredients, it’s easy to make a second batch once you run out (and you’re gonna run out). Just crush some Oreo cookies, mix them with cream cheese, roll into bite-sized dollops and dip in melted chocolate. So simple, so delicious.
Making cheese doesn't have to involve fancy tools! Learn how to easily make soft cheese with just yogurt, salt, paper towels and a fine sieve! This lesson from The Cool Kitchen offers a quick and easy recipe for making a delicious and creamy Lebanese cheese called labneh. You only need a few items and the ingredients list is sparse: yogurt, salt and whatever herbs or seasonings you’d like to add. Flavor this cheese to your liking and serve with salmon lox or on bread.
Rich, moist, and delicious - sticky date pudding is a perfect holiday dessert. In this easy recipe, the dates are softened prior to baking, so they blend perfectly with the rest of the batter - and, if you're on a gluten-free diet, you can easily substitute the flour in the recipe. Serve with coffee or tea for a traditional English dessert and be prepared to enjoy a heart (and tummy!) warming treat.
Sunset Magazine takes you on a guided tour of red wine from the Old World (Europe, for the uninitiated), from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhône to Italy and the southern tip of Spain. Whether you like big and structured wines, or light and fruity is your thing, the Continent has a centuries’ old recipe for you. Learn about each region’s history, winemaking styles, and dig deep into several common varietals, such as: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, and nebbiolo.
Rebecca Brand shows how to make a pan cooked Brussels sprout dish with bacon that is butter glazed and caramelized for a sweet savory burst of flavor. This very easy vegetable is a hearty fall vegetable side dish beautiful enough to adorn your Thanksgiving table, yet simple to prepare. Brussels sprouts are now a popular dish and this recipe is the reason why with it's naturally sweetened taste with this pan searing technique that adds extra flavor to your vegetable side dish.
This is a hearty winter dish that’s loosely based on mash and peas, that staple of British cuisine. Pea, leek and feta risotto is a main course that will feed the whole family, and the recipe strikes a nice balance between traditional comfort food and bolder worldly flavors. Risotto rice lends the dish a wonderful pliancy, while the leek and feta add a nice bite of sharper flavors. This dish is perfect for dinner on a cold winter night, and happens to be gluten free. A win-win all around!
Add some cheer and some cheers-ing to your garden party by serving champagne cocktails! Learn how to concoct this classy cocktail by combining sugar, bitters, and champagne. This video also teaches you how to peel a lemon in order to create a lemon twist that can be used to garnish this (or any) cocktail. Champagne cocktails are a great alternative to a mimosa at a tea party or special shower!
Lattice top pie is one of my favorites to make - it looks fancy, but it is not that hard to make. This is the pie we would take to families who had suffered a loss or just had a baby - and it even won Grand Champion Baked Item at a county 4-H fair. To be fair, my sister won the award, BUT WE USED THE SAME RECIPE! I'll teach you how to roll out the pie dough for the perfect thickness, how to get that freshly-made over/under appearance, and how to crimp the edges with your fingers!
For their originality and variety, American and New World red wines can’t be beat. Sunset Magazine explores the varietals in its own backyard: cabernet sauvignon from Napa; pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon; and California’s own old vine zinfandel from Sonoma. As a bonus, get a sneak peek at up-and-coming malbecs from all the way down in Argentina.
Need a cute and light dessert for a tea party, bridal shower, or picnic? Honeysuckle Catering shows you how to transform a classic dessert into a bite-sized treat by making miniature strawberry cupcakes. They only need to bake for fifteen minutes, and both the batter and the frosting contain real strawberry puree. These mini cupcakes infuse a fresh strawberry flavor with a delightful bite of pure scrumptiousness. The recipe shown in this lesson is adapted from Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Rebecca Brand shows you how to make cauliflower with a creamy cheese sauce. This tasty dish is a lot like mac 'n cheese - except with no starches. Cheesy Cauliflower is a hearty cauliflower casserole - similar to a potato au gratin, except with the healthful goodness of cauliflower. It's a great dish to serve in exchange for macaroni and cheese or cheesy potatoes. This delicious vegetable dish is prepared quickly and easily with just a few ingredients.
Have a table divided between smooth and chunky mashed potato lovers? For those who like theirs silky smooth, Sunset Magazine has the perfect recipe. After you have boiled your russet potatoes and fed them through a ricer, swirl in milk, Greek yogurt, chives, and mascarpone cheese for extra creaminess. Is your mouth watering yet?
This potato bake is my go-to potluck recipe. It’s a twist on the classic potato bake casserole, also known as potato gratin. Extra ingredients like garlic and bacon give it an extra kick or flavor. The ingredients are basic and inexpensive, and the entire dish doesn’t take long to prepare. Because the dish sits more like a frittata than a traditional gratin, it’s a great quick and easy brunch recipe, too!
There’s something so heartwarming about homemade bread, and few things are more delicious. The trouble is, so many bread recipes take literally hours to prepare. Enter Boutique Treat’s 20-minute homemade dinner roll recipe, a miraculous shortcut to putting homemade bread on the table. The ingredients are as simple as the baking process, and the results are astounding. Learn this easy homemade bread recipe, and you’ll never want to defrost store-bought rolls again!
Need a filling but darling dish for an afternoon tea party? Honeysuckle Catering has got you covered- well, covered with puff pastry! This lesson shows you how to make miniature chicken pot pies. Prepare your chicken by seasoning, roasting, and dicing. Make the filling with onions, flour, stock, bullion, chicken, peas, carrots, and thyme. Add your pastry top and let it bake, and you've got a tiny version of a classic dish. Why not check out the Mini Strawberry Cupcake recipe for dessert?
Lovers of white wine, rejoice! Sunset Magazine breaks down the history and flavor spectra of over a dozen varieties, including sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. Start with the most popular wine in the United States, chardonnay, and work your way towards the more obscure, though equally flavorful and complex, types such as riesling, white Rhônes, and even Austria’s pride and joy: Gewürztraminer.
Curious about the vast world of wine? Start by learning the fundamentals. Sunset Magazine walks you through the basics of processed Vitis vinifera, from choosing the best corkscrews and wine glasses to determining tasting notes. You’ll also learn how to aerate vintages and save a half-empty bottle of wine for another day.
Tea sandwiches are the perfect dainty dish to serve at any tea party or special occasion. In this lesson, Honeysuckle Catering teaches you how to make (and elegantly serve) three different kinds of tea sandwiches: the cucumber watercress, cantaloupe prosciutto, and egg salad sandwiches. The only cooking you'll have to do is boiling some eggs, and tea party sandwiches can offer delicious treats for carnivores and vegetarians alike.