By Ali Larter

A month through month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in each domestic cook

Ali Larter is a hectic actress, popular for her roles on NBC exhibit Heroes and films like Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. but if she isn't really on set, she is mostly throwing a cocktail party or interesting at domestic indirectly. in reality, Ali has been cooking and wonderful all her lifestyles, and directly, she will be able to whip jointly a superb meal, even if it's for a kin Sunday brunch, a spontaneous Superbowl occasion, or a sublime (but now not stuffy) New Year's Eve dinner. Her events look easy, however it continually hasn't been that straightforward for her. in truth, at Ali's first ceremonial dinner, she made the typical rookie mistake by way of placing an excessive amount of pressure on herself to make issues excellent. remember that, with hungry site visitors, a burnt hand, a damaged air-conditioner, and a mouse crawling throughout her fourth ground ny urban stroll up, the evening resulted in catastrophe. over the years of trial and mistake, she has realized that whereas taking a look easy takes a few attempt, cooking isn't approximately being ideal yet approximately having a very good time— and now, she's wanting to percentage her ardour and information and has curated her favourite go-to menus into this glorious cookbook.

From her jalapeño cheddar skillet cornbread, to crab pots with lemon aioli, lamb chop lollipops, strawberry mint cake, and for thirsty revelers, her eucalyptus gin martinis, Larter's mouthwatering recipes and encouraging occasion rules are damaged down by means of month so that you can take her lead throughout the seasons with celebrations like an October Harvest celebration, a January Detox, and a July Americana BBQ. Brimming with character, appealing and intimate photographs, and Larter's personalized touch as a superbly matted, sassy, easy host, you'll be attaining on your replica of Kitchen Revelry repeatedly.

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9. HANDLING RAW MEAT Be sure to handle these ingredients with tongs instead of your bare hands, and don’t place them on any work surfaces at all. To cut down on the chance of crosscontamination, use a simple plate to hold the prepped meat or fish—it’s rinsed and cleaned much more easily than a larger cutting board. If you need to cut the ingredient, many cooks prefer to keep a second cutting board strictly for use with raw meat and fish. 10. CUT DOWN ON CLUTTER Use small baskets or other containers to group and organize similar tools or ingredients.

Experiment with different spices in the base mix; you can even add a spoonful of cocoa powder or chocolate chips. MAKES 12 MUFFINS, EASILY DOUBLED TODAY FOR TOMORROW Make the dry-mix base ahead (see Storage Tip). The muffins are best enjoyed as soon as you make them. FOR THE DRY-MIX BASE 3 cups (750 mL) of all-purpose flour ½ cup (125 mL) of brown sugar ¼ cup (60 mL) of baking powder 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of nutmeg or your favorite baking spice FOR EACH MUFFIN ¼ cup (60 mL) of the dry-mix base ¼ cup (60 mL) of your favorite stir-ins: any nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of butter, softened or melted 1 egg For the dry-mix base, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and nutmeg.

Make the crumble first. Whisk together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingers until evenly mixed and crumbly. Set aside. Make the muffin batter next. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, toss your fruit choice with a few spoonfuls of the flour mixture. This helps keep the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the muffins. Crack the eggs into a large measuring cup and add enough milk to make 3 cups (750 mL) of liquid.

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