Well, it’s official, for better or for worse, the Holiday Season is upon us. I heard my first Christmas tune in a department store this weekend, and saw my first Christmas lights of the season down the street from my parents house in New Jersey. I’m getting that warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach, and to tell you the truth, I’m lovin’ it!
What’s especially exciting this time of the year is the myriad possibilities when it comes to ingredients in food and drink.
This year at Thanksgiving I’ll be cooking (yes, I cook, too) two recipes that I found in the NY Times: A butternut squash, pecans, and currants side dish, as well as stewed chestnuts in ricotta cheese. Both sounded exceptionally good, and I’m very much looking forward to trying them out.
We’ve heard the term “Artisanal” used quite often when referring to culinary trends. The word simply means any product made with your hands. When it comes to cocktails, we’ve noticed a huge upswing in ingredients that have more care and thought put into them – whether they are homemade syrups, creative garnishes, and the like. These drinks use, of course, seasonal and fresh ingredients, and are considered the best quality you can get.
You can check out this feature from Family Circle Magazine about Artisanal Holiday Cocktails.
So try them out, and if you do, please let me know how they turned out: