Photo: Aaron Kirk; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Robin Bashinsky

Anyone else need a breather after Thanksgiving? 

Antara Sinha
November 30, 2018

Now that all the Thanksgiving leftovers are used up (or stored in the freezer for a snowy day), you’re left with a couple open weeks full of cooking possibilities. Do you take a break from the rich, sumptuous, cooking projects until the next holiday and instead opt for speedy, comforting weeknight fixes? Or do you use this time to try your hand at festive, fun, and unexpected treats?
 
Either way we’ve got you covered.
 
Let’s start with the shortcuts. We totally get it: Work and school and life doesn’t pause after Thanksgiving (even though it totally feels like it should). So, leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas, give yourself a break, both for the sake of your stomach and your kitchen. Now may be the time to give quick, healthy foods a try like the perfect pot of quinoa or some easy-to-roast winter squash. You can lean heavily on your Instant Pot or slow cooker for hands-off meals that don’t require hours of labor in the kitchen. Snag these kitchen gifts that will make life easier, either for a loved one for the holidays, or for yourself. Enjoy the few weeks of peace and quiet before the action picks up again at the end of the year.
 
On the flip-side, you may feel like this week of respite from entertaining family and friends is the perfect time to give those intensive baking and weekend kitchen projects a go. If you’re looking for a conversation-starting alternative to the usual cookie exchange, we’ve got just the recommendation: Beef Fat Fudge. Really. We started off as skeptics but now stand firmly in the you-need-to-try-it-to-understand camp.

Another cooking technique we still just can’t get enough of despite its Instagram ubiquity: Hasselbacking. Nothing else gets quite as deliciously crispy or makes for as fun of a presentation as a classic hasselback potato, or tastes as warm and indulgent as a hasselback apple with a scoop of ice cream. But what we’re raving about this week is the Hasselbaguette with Gorgonzola and Garlic Butter. It’s only five ingredients, but it’s the perfect amalgamation of perfectly toasted, golden carbs, butter, and cheese. This butter-soaked masterpiece is about as decadent as it gets.
 
And make sure you’re well-versed on all of the baking essentials you’ll need this season. Ever questioned what’s really in evaporated milk? And can you swap whipping cream for heavy cream? Don’t sweat—we’ve got answers.
 
Whatever route you take, we hope this week brings you just the amount of festive cheer you’re looking for. Whether that means going into a Christmas cookie frenzy, or just curling up with a cheesy holiday flick, this side of Thanksgiving on the calendar is all about staying warm, full, and cozy.

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