• David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

    David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

  This party mix saved my life this holiday season. Whether my husband forgot to tell me people were coming over, whether I needed a last minute hostess gift, whether I forgot to eat a meal and needed a quick snack, this sweet and spicy pretzel and nut mix was there to save the day. Really, though, you’ll want to save this all for yourself to nibble on over a chilled glass of wine as your coq au vin simmers away. (That’s the scenario in my dreams, anyway.) It was so quick to whip up, so delicious, that I have already made nearly two-and-a-half pounds of it in total.The first time I grabbed a handful, still slightly warm from the oven, I told myself this was the best thing I’d ever made. Maybe I’ve said that one or two or three times, but this is no regular nuts and bolts […]

  • Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

    Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

  This year for Christmas I am making baskets. I’ll be writing a story about it for my employer, so I’ll link to that once I am done.In the meantime, though, check out one of my basket items. There’s something about these mini jars of salt that makes me want to break into song (“What Child is This”) and sit in front of a fire with some mulled wine. The speckles of berry-red peppercorns and fir-green peppercorn are gorgeous against the salt crystals, and a couple of star anise give the jar a dash of exoticism. I’ve adapted a recipe from Nigella’s new book “Nigella Christmas.” Her recipe calls for sea salt, red peppercorns, crushed red chili peppers, with the option of star anise. I’ve slightly adapted her recipe for my purposes, using star anise, red and green peppercorns and kosher salt instead. It’s this simple:Sterilize your jars (This is […]

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