Christmas Baking is as much a part of the holiday as decorating the tree or singing songs of Christmas. And if you have children, it's great fun to get them into the kitchen and bake a few cookies. This year, the press has been full of stories of the demise of the Twinkie and the loss of Ho Hos. To be honest, I was never a fan of either of these brands. But if you told me Oreo or Fig Newtons were going out of business, I'd be incensed. However, all of us who love pulling apart an Oreo to get at the frosting or biting into the gooey center of a Fig Newton would have a backup: A brilliant baker named Joanne Chang has mastered these treats and shared her recipes for them in "Flour", the baking cookbook named after her Boston bakeries. And another brilliant baker, namely Andrew, has baked them for us and shared his tips for making perfect home-made Oreos and Fig Newtons.
the risk of sounding like a broken record, the stir-fry is the savior of every
harried home cook. When you have to get
dinner on the table in as short a time as possible, a stir-fry’s hard to
beat. It’s all a matter of getting
everything prepped and ready to go in this super fast cooking method. And there’s no need for a wok to do so. Any large fry pan will do. There’s endless variety of things you can
stir-fry. This one is my latest
discovery and it’s very good. It’s
loaded with vegetables and the most tender pork all bound together in an Asian
accented sauce flavored with ginger and garlic. The sauce is the ‘sticky’ part
with its hint of honey. And what’s
really impressive is that it’s extremely low fat. How can you resist?