Store-Bought Pie Dough Showdown: Do Any Compare to Homemade?

[Editor's Note: Are you a homemade crust user or a store-bought crust user? In this post from our archives, I put some store-bought crusts through their paces (and updated the prices for 2013). --Julie] ...more
Store bought is so salty! I use the King Arthur Flour's recipe with the buttermilk powder and it ...more

Pot Roast {Slow-cooker} Roast {Slow-cooker} ...more

War and Peace Fruitcake

There was a spot, down in the basement, in an alcove right off the laundry room, on a shelf next to some boxed holiday dishes and linens.  That’s where the fruitcake would go.The smell was unforgettable: spicy, sweet, savory – and boozy.  As a kid, I was afraid of it.  My father would labor over this culinary enterprise every October.  After he baked it, the fruitcake would be stowed away in a ceramic container, soaking in a bath of brandy and Champagne for two months. ...more

I Don't Even Know What To Call These.

My Nana use to make something similar to these and for the life of me I can't remember what they ...more

They Really Need Family-Only Flights

I might have to try this on Christmas morning with brunch :) I wish you the best over the ...more

Readers Ask, I Answer: Sugarplums

Holiday questions abound!  Keep them coming.  If you want to know anything about food, holiday or otherwise, email me at unprofessionalcookery(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you the gift of knowledge.  The gift you can’t return....more

A Kick In The Spicy Candy Pants

Whoo!  On the final stretch of holiday candies around my apartment! Its getting mighty Christmassy over here in my kitchen.  Some people get a bunch of cinnamon pinecones or a wreath, but not ....more

Fennel Gratin: Everyday Is A Holiday - AROMA CUCINA

Fennel Gratin: Everyday Is A Holiday - AROMA CUCINA Easy peasy! A perfect side dish to prepare ahead and bring to a party.  You'll even be sure to please the 'vegeterribles'!  Oops, did I say that too loud? Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ...more

I Have Three Things To Get Off My Chest.

Ha ha!  Ha hah!  Haaaaa…  yeah.  I’m just going to come out and say it straight.  This is kind of awkward for me, I’m not really good at this type of thing.  Oh my God, I’m so nervous.  Deep breath, deeeeeep breath.  Well, anyways, here goes.  I just need to get this off of my chest.&n...more

Hallelujah! Pears!