For today’s boxed wine pitcher cocktail, I combined two flavors synonymous with the winter months: apple cider and rosemary. I added a rich aged rum, dry orange curaçao, crisp white wine, and spiced orange bitters to these classic holiday flavors for this island-inspired drink. It’s the perfect pitcher cocktail to ease the tension in a crowded kitchen or just sip on all afternoon.
An immersion, hand, or stick blender is one of those small kitchen appliances we can’t live without. It helps purée oh-so-smooth soups, and we can even make homemade mayonnaise with it. Plus, it’s just plain fun to use! While it’s a pretty straightforward gadget to operate, here are a few more unexpected things it can do and some tips for optimal blending.
When we think of convenience in the kitchen, we are often thinking of cooking from the pantry or using the blessed slow cooker, but the freezer is a resource for smarter cooking in its own right. No matter what meal you’re making, there’s a way to utilize the freezer to your benefit. Smoothies and breakfast sandwiches become weekday affairs and company-worthy pork chop dinners deliver the ultimate convenience. They go from freezer to slower cooker — minimal prep required.
If it’s not something you do often, or if you didn’t grow up in a household where your family hosted dinners or parties, inviting people into your home can be daunting. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when hosting, but there are a few tricks to learn that can make everything run more smoothly. Here’s our best advice for making 2016 the year of the dinner party.