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Christina Tosi's Style Picks

Christina Tosi's Style Picks

Christina Tosi's style picks reflect her vintage sensibilities and are perfect for women who love fondue parties and a DIY approach in the kitchen. Read more >

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Food-Loving Birchbox Fans, Meet the Besh Box

Besh Box

Anyone who cooks would love receiving a gift subscription to Besh Box. Each monthly package contains an impressive selection of seasonal ingredients, cooking tools, recipes and other great items curated by star New Orleans chef John Besh (an F&W Best New Chefs All-Star). The contents of each box is a surprise, but F&W can confirm that the December haul includes two beautifully-made tools that will be useful for holiday baking and a full pound of very good organic pecans from Louisiana's Inglewood farm. Subscribe at beshbox.com for a single month ($55) or up to a whole year ($660).

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Besh's Cooking Tips
New Orleans Travel Guide

Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Hanukkah Toffee Matzo

Andrew Zimmern's Hanukkah Toffee Matzo

I offered up potato pancakes and my grandmother's chopped liver for this column in past years, and there are a ton of recipes for the holiday week on andrewzimmern.com but this toffee matzo is very special. Read more >

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Geoffrey Zakarian's Style Picks

Geoffrey Zakarian's Style Picks

Known for his tailored style and signature specs, the The Lambs Club (New York City) chef and Chopped judge tells what to give the guy who appreciates classic cocktails and sleek leather banquettes. Read more >

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Gastronaut Gifts

How to Make Marmalade

How to Make Marmalade

Learn how to make marmalade in this easy tutorial, which yields a spread that is a delicious, complex balance of bitter and sweet. Read more >

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Carrot Jam, Homemade Limoncello and More Fantastic Food Gifts

Eugenia Bone, author of The Kitchen Ecosystem

Eugenia Bone, author of The Kitchen Ecosystem, talks with Dana Cowin about her favorite food gifts. Read more >

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F&W Entertaining

Polenta by the Yard

Polenta Party

From Michael Chiarello, this is a crazy-fun way to have a party: Just spread the hot polenta onto a heatproof table lined with butcher paper and let your guests go at it. Read more >

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Wine Wednesday

Sparkling Wines for New Year's Eve

Platinum Sparkle, a sparkling wine cocktail.

© Tina Rupp

Sommeliers, of course, spend a lot of their time thinking about which wine goes well with which food, or does not go well, or might go well if it weren’t Thursday, and so on. But if you ask a sommelier what wine he or she would like to drink right now, more often than not the answer is Champagne.
 
There’s a good reason for that: Champagne, essentially, goes with everything. It goes with salty dishes; it goes with fatty dishes; it goes with birds and it goes with beasts; with cheese it’s mighty tasty and with vegetables it is sublime; it’s ideal for celebrations and obligatory for toasts; it’s even excellent when poured on its own for no particular occasion at all. Here are some great sparkling wine options, from inexpensive to pricey, that will solve any New Year's wine issues you might have. >>

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Kitchen Trash

Wacky Holiday Food Gifts

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Bronson van Wyck's Take-Home Style

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Take-Home Holiday Style

Photo © John Kernick.

Here’s what you’ll find at event planner Bronson van Wyck’s seasonal pop-up shop, through January 3, inside Manhattan’s Overbey & Dunn design store (19 Christopher St.).

Southern-Style Garlands
His garlands often feature magnolia leaves—some are gilded and others are flipped over to show the brown underside, a striking contrast to the dark-green leaves.

Bespoke Garlands and Wreaths
For customers who bring measurements, van Wyck’s shop will custom-make wreaths and garlands from magnolia leaves and other stunning foliage to fit individual spaces. From $300.

Christmas Trees
You can pick out a tree, then have it fitted with lights and hand-painted in amber by van Wyck’s staff. From $1,250.

Tartan Plaids
Tablecloths and napkins, some patterned after the tartan plaid of van Wyck’s mother’s Scottish clan, can be monogrammed in the store while you wait. From $100.

Signature Dressings and Mixers
Van Wyck bottled three kinds of salad dressings (two vinaigrettes and a Caesar) and two mixers (Bloody Mary and margarita) and hired Brooklyn design firm Madwell to create the retro labels. They are available online at vanwyck.net.

Related: Editor Picks: Perfect Presents
Best Christmas Gifts
Incredible Homemade Gifts

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