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Cookies abound this time of year, but that doesn't mean the holiday table has to face the wrath of a cookie cutter spread. For many first-generation immigrants like chef Suvir Saran, 'tis the season to spice up the traditional feast of their adopted country with old, reliable tastes of home.
New Delhi-born Saran is the executive chef of Dévi restaurant in New York City, where his authentic Indian flavors earned one Michelin star in 2007 and 2008, as well as two stars from The New York Times and three stars from New York Magazine.
He is also the author of Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 Recipes and American Masala: 125 New Classics From My Home Kitchen. His third book, Masala Farm, is set to be released in the fall of 2011.
Five Masala Holiday Dishes: Suvir Saran
CNN photojournalist Jeremy Harlan is based in Washington D.C. This is the second installment in a two-part series on what to cook for a pregnant spouse. In this instance, beast is a loving term. Read the first installment here.
I know it now seems like you’re cooking with one arm tied behind your apron, but there are a lot of things that pregnant women can and should eat. I asked nutritionist and registered dietitian Katherine Tallmadge for help with what we significant others should be putting on the breakfast bar, in the lunch pail and on the dinner table.
She gave me these important suggestions:
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In a town obsessed with celebrity and publicity, there are a few well-known residents in Los Angeles who prefer their picture is never taken - Los Angeles Times food critic S. Irene Virbila is one. That professional anonymity ended Tuesday night when she and three others arrived at Red Medicine, a new Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills. Virbila had her photo snapped and her party was turned away and refused service; a bitter pill to swallow for a restaurant critic.
Red Medicine is the latest project from Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman, Noah Ellis, previously of Michael Mina's restaurant group, and Chef Jordan Kahn, who counts stints with chefs Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz and Michael Mina on his résumé. So why would a brand new restaurant, with three high-profile partners, risk outing and angering the LA Times food critic, a fixture on the scene for the last 16 years?
iReporter ChrisMorrow sidled backstage at the finale of "The Sing Off" to ask the heavy-hitting questions - like what Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and host Nick Lachey hanker for amidst all the holly-ing and jolly-ing.
(Pssst! Perhaps we've been hitting the eggnog too hard with Nick, but does Ben Folds bear a striking resemblance to one Mr. John T. Edge?)
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
December 23 is National Pfeffernüsse Day (try saying that ten times fast).
Translated from German to mean “pepper nut,” Pfeffernüsse is a traditional German gingerbread, though harder and spicier than the icing-covered men we know and love.
Pfeffernüsse are round-shaped cookies flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves and covered with a thick, sugary glaze. Guten tag, indeed.
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Four Loko - no way you'd have any of that nasty stuff around. First of all, how would you? The sale of the caffeinated malt beverage has been banned in communities around the country. It's been said to cause hallucinations and blackouts, has driven a New York assemblyman to come thisclose to ralphing on camera, and plus? It's just kinda vile-tasting - like "mildly offensive...puréed gummi bears," per our associate editor.
You should not make your Christmas cookies with it.