Mimi Arcese McCann

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World's Best Mac and Cheese

It's a bold claim, but this mac and cheese from Kurt Beecher Dammeier's "Pure Flavor" cookbook is that good. Three types of cheese—cheddar, Gruyere, and Jack—add plenty of richness, while a touch of chipotle-chile powder imbues the dish with a subtle smoky flavor.

apricot pistachio squares

Let me just get the obvious out of the way because I know what you’re thinking: what am I doing here? Shouldn’t I be packing for our move, which is …

better chocolate babka

Inadvertently, this has become Festivus week on Smitten Kitchen, wherein I air my grievances at past recipes and exhibit what I hope can be passed …

carrot cake with cider and olive oil

Not 10 seconds after I hit “publish” on Tuesday’s fall-toush salad, pretty much out of the clear blue sky, wherever it might be hiding, I …

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These orange drop cookies were the highlight of the treat table at the Foxy Mama Baby Shower… So I did what any normal person would do and begged my …

Saffron Pistachio Lace Cookies

In a small bowl, add saffron to melted butter and let sit for five minutes.<p>In a food processor, pulse pistachios and sugar until nuts are very finely …

25 homemade holiday gift recipes: Hazelnut biscotti

A great recipe from former Test Kitchen director Donna Deane, who writes: "Most holiday cookies are high in fat and calories. Biscotti are a light alternative. I've made these biscotti even lighter than usual by using egg whites and egg substitute. But the combination of dried cherries and …

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espresso bars

What's not to love here people? I mean we have butter, we have sugar, we have espresso, we have dark chocolate, and we have a sugary milk glaze. …

Olive Oil & Bitter Chocolate Muffins

I know why everyone loves a muffin - it's portable, it's satiating and dang easy to make. You know I'm always harping on about how butter rules. …

Such Pretty Things

I always like to give home-made sweets to family and friends for the holidays. In addition to the requisite cookies this year, I thought I'd make …

4 Christmas cookies with a unique twist

It's officially cookie season in my house, which means every spare minute I have is spent researching cookie recipes, baking, styling and, of course, …

40 fabulous holiday cookie recipes

18 Scrumptious Eggnog Recipes

Easy to make <b>recipes</b> using <b>eggnog</b> for <b></b>yummy <b></b>cookies, pie, fudge, truffles, french toast, <b>eggnog cocktail recipes</b> <b></b>andeven <b>homemade eggnog recipe</b>. Delight …

Blond Moment Bars Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> These are like blondies, only better. They have that sweet-salty, chewy-crunchy combination that satisfies on every level. I started with the Toll House cookie recipe and tweeked the heck out of it. —almacucina<p><b>Food52 Review:</b> Road rage? Try road rave! I tested the Blond Moment Bars and …

4 Ingredient Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies that are delicious and beautiful and only take 4 ingredients to make! Yes, Christmas cookies really can be that easy! It’s like a …

Traditional Baguettes by Hand

Elegant Cake in a Crock-pot!<p>Easy Whole Wheat Bread<p>Hack Your Bread Starter With a Poolish!<p>Cooking Class<p>Made two of these baguettes today, was a bit …

Gingerbread Cookies with Rum

In 6th grade, there was a programme in a bigger school to help French speaking kids (like me) learn English. It was called the "immersion year" where …

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Ricotta Bundt Cake with Almond Drizzle<p>Yield: 1 bundt cake (8 servings)<p>Serving Size: 1 slice<p>modified from this recipe<p>This cake has a subtle tang from …

How to Butterfly Your Holiday Roast

Butterflying may sound like a complicated technique, but it's actually quite easy to do. A simple three step guide.<p><b>In front of the carving board at the dinner table, with everyone watching, the truth always comes out.</b> Is the roast overcooked? Luckily, most guests will be polite enough not to …

How to Pick the Best Meats for a Charcuterie Board

From paté to sopressata, here's how to build the perfect charcuterie board for any party.<p>When it comes to entertaining, a cheese plate is often the top choice for easy, crowd-pleasing <i>hors d'oeuvres</i>. But equally tasty and just as low-maintenance is the charcuterie board. A curated selection of cured …

6 Steps to Great Stuffing

It’s the ingredients you choose (Chorizo? Sure! Rye bread? Why not?) that will make your stuffing stand out.<p>It’s the ingredients you choose (Chorizo? Sure! Rye bread? Why not?) that will make your stuffing stand out. We bake ours outside the bird to maximize crispy bits (and, of course, you can’t …

Avocado Smoothie

4 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 small avocado<p>1 cup coconut water, preferably cold-pressed and raw<p>1 teaspoon agave syrup (optional)<p>1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, plus more to taste<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Combine avocado, coconut water, agave, if using, and 1 tsp. lime juice in a blender and puree until …

Herbed Labneh with Preserved Lemon

makes about 1½ cups<p>When using preserved lemons, scoop out the insides and only use the peel.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup labneh (Lebanese strained yogurt)<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>Fresh lemon juice<p>1 head roasted garlic<p>1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves<p>½ cup fresh mint …

9 Ways to Top a Baked Sweet Potato, from Marshmallows to Cashews and Lime

Your baked sweet potato deserves so much more than mini marshmallows (although we love those too).<p><b>Despite their most frequent appearance under toasted marshmallows</b>, baked sweet potatoes are endlessly versatile. Roast them whole, then let your imagination run wild with toppings. <b>Jessie Damuck</b>, <i>Bon</i> …

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

42 Thanksgiving Appetizer & Dip Recipes That Won't Spoil Your Appetite

Great! You're all done making Thanksgiving dinner. Oh wait, the appetizers…<p>Turkey is great and all, but let's be honest: We're really just here for the dips. And appetizers.

Best part about flying from JFK, according to @nikkireiss? @shakeshack breakfast, baby.