Short and sweet weekend links. Good food, plus other stuff.
I know the internet is going through a hot buttered rum renaissance right now, but the stuff still freaks me out. I guess I need to add “get comfortable with butter drinks” to my resolutions. But first, hot buttered rum in cookie form. Boozy butter cookies –– do it.
There’s also this chocolate and caramel icebox Yule log. Slather chocolate wafers with caramel whipped cream, freeze, and then get to all the best stuff like merengue mushrooms, cookie dirt, and chocolate whipped cream bark.
On Food52, I’ve got a shaved vegetable salad with apples and a lemony tahini dressing. It’s like a winter slaw that trades mayo for nutty tahini and lots of lemon.
Brian and I recently visited Monticello on a foggy morning. We toured the all three floors of the house and reveled in the fog-shrouded mountain views. Pictures from the trip and reasons to visit Monticello in the wintertime, over on Condé Nast Traveler.
Also on Traveler, a look at candlelit cemeteries, Yule goats, and eight other Nordic Christmas traditions. (You’ll be donning a candle wreath before you know it.) And, a look at Caribbean Christmas food traditions.
Elsewhere on the web, there was this Serial parody, and from last night’s SNL, this holiday-themed one. Back in reality, Time spoke with Deirdre Enright of the Innocence Project about what was next for Adnan’s case.
Helen Rosner takes a look at the best long form food stories of the year. This is a year-in-review thing I can totally get behind.
Brian, of A Thought for Food, created the perfect holiday cocktail. Memorize his recipe for the Cider Mill and reap the rewards.