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The Cookstr Weekly: And the Award Goes to…

February 21, 2013
Whether you’re a cinema buff or you can’t be bothered to tell between Life of Pi and lemon meringue pie, awards season is a great excuse to gather around with tipples, bingo sheets and award-worthy snacks. There’s plenty to be said for an artfully curated cheese plate, perhaps with some mortadella and duck rillettes. But to step it up a notch, try some company-worthy small plates like the ones below.
In the nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook, Mrs. Solitano talks endlessly about making “crabby snacks and homemades” (whatever those are) – you can certainly do her proud with the veggie tapas, cheesy treats, and bite-size desserts below.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director

by Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith


These adorable miniature pastries can be made ahead of time and then frozen, so they’re perfect to construct on a rainy day and keep around for a cozy get-together. You can reheat them in the oven or, for that authentic experience, in the toaster! But the childhood-nostalgia outer crust belies the savory and sophisticated filling in this substantial snack, sure to be beloved by kids and grownups alike. Mexican chorizo is dotted with sauteed onion, cinnamon and oregano, with queso blanco for an authentic cheesy note. 


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“I’ll admit that I’m a shaker. I like the ritual of slapping a mixing glass together and listening to the ice rattle over my right shoulder. But even though it’s hard for me, there are times when all I really need to do is stir. The basic rule of thumb is to stir drinks that contain only spirits and to shake drinks that have added juices, sweeteners, and cream.


“Aside from the obvious chilling factor, there are two main benefits to shaking a cocktail with ice. The first benefit is that the harsh edges of the alcohol are softened through the addition of diluted ice water. In fact, diluted water accounts for as much as 25 percent of a mixed drink. The second benefit comes from adding aeration. The tiny air bubbles created by

shaking add life and texture to a drink. While this is perfect for a citrus-heavy standard like the daiquiri, a martini is the opposite. A spirits-only cocktail should feel weighty and silky on the tongue, without the effervescence.” – Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith



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