Baking holiday cookies is a must-do for kids in the kitchen. But if you want to twist the tradition and still hit the sweet spot, cook up a batch of designer marshmallows.
Culinary queen Donatella Arpaia shows us how make-at-home marshmallows are easier that you’d think and so much tastier than the store-bought variety.
Then belly up to the marshmallow bar. Kids and adults will love sprinkling, dusting and spicing those little cubes of cloud-like confection, just like they would cookies. Even ungarnished, Donatella’s Tahitian Vanilla Marshmallows are pure perfection in a steaming cup of cocoa.
Homemade Tahitian Vanilla Marshmallows
Oil, for greasing
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups granulated sugar
1-1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Tahitian vanilla paste or vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
1 cup fine chocolate shavings
1 cup small sprinkles or sanding sugar (white or red)
Shredded coconut, to taste
Grease a 9″ x 13″ tray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2″ overhang on the longer sides you can use to pull out later. Grease parchment paper as well.
In an electric mixer bowl, add 3/4 cup of cold water. Sprinkle gelatin over water and let soften for 5 minutes.
In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water. Stir and bring to a boil. Use a candy thermometer, and bring mixture to 238° (approximately 6–8 minutes).
A fix a whisk attachment to the electric mixture. On low speed, slowly pour hot sugar over gelatin. Raise the speed to high and beat until mixture is stiff and cool (10–15 minutes).
Beat in vanilla paste. Scrape into prepared tray, smooth the top and set aside uncovered until firm (3 hours or overnight).
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
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Mediterranean-inspired items often make memorable appetizers, and there’s never harm in spicing up a staple. So Donatella Arpaia’s no-fuss olives could become the hottest hors d’oeuvre at your holiday gathering.
That’s hot as in spicy, too. Simmering the olives in a saucepan will soften the texture, and the addition of Calabrian chili makes them pleasantly piquant.
“Much like if you heat up bread, it takes it to another level, heating olives takes them to another level too,” Donatella said.
In a small pan, combine the olives with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and Calabrian chili. Add Sherry or red wine vinegar. Gently warm the olives, tossing to disperse. Transfer to bowl.
This is the second in a series of Donatella’s tips for holiday entertaining.
Read the first post, Beautiful Food Presentation: Tips from Donatella, and see her favorite recipes in Donatella’s Holiday Feast.
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
From lush infinity scarf to glamorous wine bag, faux fur is taking our world by storm. Here are eight totally unexpected (and highly giftable) ways to add a little luxe to your life.
“I would have put this on my dogs when I lived in Chicago,” Oprah says of the Faux Fur Pet Jacket. That’s why it’s on her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list. It’s the finest in four-legged fashion, divine for a Sunday stroll down Park Avenue – or the Magnificent Mile, in Oprah’s case.
Our lush throw has always won rave reviews – customers call it “amazing” and “sumptuous.” An evening with its warmth may make winter your new favorite season.
It’s the iconic beanbag, transformed by delectable faux fur. Bet you know a teenager who’ll take up residence here.
Your chosen varietal will be even more delightful when dressed to the nines in a faux fur wine bag. It’s our favorite hostess gift this year.
After a long day, slipping your feet into our Faux Fur Slippers will feel positively decadent. The ultrasoft lining is guaranteed to elicit aahs.
Decorating for the holidays becomes a textural treat with a faux fur tree skirt and stocking.
Slip on the fluffy infinity scarf and companion sweater-knit gloves for a full-on faux fur fashion statement.
After a walkabout, your pup can cozy up in a fetching pet bed, swathed in luxurious faux fur.
With its deep pile and a feather-soft touch, all our faux fur was created to replicate the real thing. The quality starts with innovative, long-spun Japanese yarns, painstakingly developed for their suppleness and compelling softness. How the fibers are combined and dyed creates an exciting array of textures and sheens – from chinchilla to snow leopard.
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See what Instagram celebri-dog Sailordoodle thinks of our Faux Fur Throw. And discover more seasonal inspiration on Instagram.
Find more frost-free frills and gifting thrills on Pinterest.
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