Prime rib claims center stage during holiday season for a very good reason. It is the king of beef cuts. It’s called a standing rib roast because to cook it, you position the roast majestically on its rib bones in the roasting pan. Beautifully marbled with fat, this roast is rich, juicy, and tender—a feast for the eyes and the belly.
Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord as he shares some of his best-loved holiday chocolate crinkle cookies. From the recipe archive, first posted 2011.
One of the best parts about any holiday—be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, Diwali, Columbus Day, whatever—is that you get an excuse to eat some of your favorite foods. For me, that means chocolate. Now, I’m generally not a big chocolate eater during the year, but when December rolls around it’s totally game on. The chilly weather and holiday spirit just make me crave it for some reason. That craving means I’m whipping up old favorites like chocolate peppermint bark cookies, truffles, and homemade hot chocolate.
So, do you like chopping onions? Most people I know don’t, because not only can it be a hassle, cutting onions can also make you cry. But here’s the thing, if you know how to properly cut an onion, it’s easy, safe, and relatively tear-free. Of all the cooking skills I’ve learned over the years, this is the one skill that has made the most difference in terms of making cooking enjoyable.
Cauliflower. Plain, simple, and on its own, rather unimaginative. But roasted? Until the edges get all browned and caramelized? Totally different story. Roasted, cauliflower becomes nutty and buttery, but without any nuts or butter. Roasted, it is the perfect vehicle for garlic, olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.