Holidays

Carin’s Paper Party

by Joanna on December 15, 2014

carinspaperpartyAre you one of those people who sends out cards every holiday season? I always try to be, but it seems like my intentions get the best of me. That’s why I was delighted to discover the Etsy shop of my college friend Carin, called Carin’s Paper Party. Not only are her adorable holiday cards available in paper form, but they are always available as a download!

Here’s what that means: You can save on shipping time by downloading her awesome Hanukkah artwork and printing it yourself. Perfect for all those last-minute people out there (read: me). Oh and my personal favorite? The adorable doxie menorah design shown above.

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Banana Hazelnut Pancakes

by Alexis on December 27, 2013

I’m excited to share a recipe from food contributor Stephanie Shih this morning. As part of her own holiday breakfast tradition, Stephanie’s put together a recipe for absolutely divine Banana Hazelnut Pancakes. A batch of these would pretty much guarantee a great start to the new year. Thanks, Stephanie! —Alexis

One of my favorite ways to celebrate holidays is by making special pancakes in the mornings. New Year’s Day, especially, always deserves a proper pancake breakfast to kick off the year on the right foot.

This year, I thought I’d play off of a standing favorite: banana pancakes. Instead of having the bananas in the pancakes, these bananas—baked until caramelized—take center stage alongside hazelnut pancakes. The whole combo is brightened by a hit of sweet Meyer lemon juice, both in the bananas and in a dollop of Greek yogurt served atop the pancakes. Garnish with more hazelnuts and roasted cacao nibs (for a small chocolate surprise—it’s a holiday, after all), and this twist on banana pancakes remixes an old classic for the new year. Here’s to a happy and delicious 2014!

Hazelnut Pancakes
Serves 4

  • 1 cup (4 oz.) whole hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turkish coffee powder, optional
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp hazelnut extract, optional
  • 1/4 cup roasted cacao beans or nibs, for garnish, optional
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts, for garnish, optional
  • 6 baked bananas (see below)
  • 1 cup Meyer lemon yogurt (see below)
  1. To toast the hazelnuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, turning once halfway through. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Place the hazelnuts and sugar in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. In a bowl, whisk to combine the ground hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, salt, and Turkish coffee powder (if using). Set aside. In a separate bowl, thoroughly whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, and hazelnut extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Do not overmix.
  3. Place a skillet over medium high heat and butter lightly. Drop about 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake (for small pancakes) from a ladle into the skillet. Flip when the underside has turned golden brown, and remove from pan when second side is golden brown. Repeat as necessary for the batter.
  4. Top the pancakes with roasted cacao nibs and toasted hazelnut, if using. Serve with baked bananas and a dollop of Meyer lemon yogurt.

Baked Bananas

  • 6 bananas, or 12 mini bananas
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Split the bananas lengthwise, removing the peel. Place the bananas cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the Meyer lemon juice and then drizzle with the melted coconut oil. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on top of the bananas.
  2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the sugar is bubbling and melted, and the bananas are soft but still retain their structure. Remove from oven and let cool briefly. Serve while still hot. (The bananas can be re-warmed in the oven for a few minutes, if necessary.)

Meyer Lemon Yogurt

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2-4 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
  1. Stir together the yogurt, milk, and Meyer lemon zest.

{ Photos by Stephanie Shih for Anthology Magazine }

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Miniature Eclairs

by Alexis on December 23, 2013

This is our first holiday season as a family of three, so we’re thinking a lot about traditions in our house. As a kid, breakfast while opening presents on Christmas morning was a big deal. Every year we looked forward to the same breakfast: cornflake sundaes—made with cornflakes, ice cream, and raspberries. While these decadent bowls are still a favorite when we go back home, the tradition we’re establishing in our house is a batch of mini éclairs, which were featured in last year’s Anthology gift guide.

The recipe is deceptively easy and the components can be made in advance for easy assembly in the morning so as not to delay getting to the under-the-tree excitement. You can also simplify it further by using just whipped cream as the filling, and the batch doubles well if you have a bigger crowd. But there’s something about homemade éclairs that just feels special. And if you’re looking for other delicious brunch options, you could try the savory bread pudding, the potato stacks, or the show-stopping fig and goat cheese crepe cake from the same story.

Miniature Éclairs
Makes 18 éclairs

Note: Steps 1-10 can be prepared a day in advance.

For the pastries

  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs

For the cream filling

  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the chocolate ganache

  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  1. For pastries: Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring milk, butter, salt, and sugar just to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add flour while stirring vigorously. Once flour is well incorporated, return saucepan to medium heat and stir continuously until dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Transfer dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium for about 1 minute. Add eggs one at a time, beating on medium to incorporate.
  4. Scoop tbsp-sized balls of dough on the baking sheet a few inches apart. With a wet finger, smooth out any points on the dough.
  5. Bake until the puffs are well browned, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks before filling.
  6. For filling: In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of milk, sugar, and salt to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, remove from heat.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ⅓ cup of milk and cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.
  8. Temper egg mixture by slowly whisking about half of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture. Strain the egg mixture with a fine sieve and slowly whisk it back into the saucepan with remaining milk mixture.
  9. Return the egg and milk mixture to medium heat and continue whisking until it thickens and just comes to a boil, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat immediately and quickly transfer to a bowl. Stir in vanilla.
  10. With electric mixer in a large mixing bowl, whip cream on medium high until it holds soft peaks. Fold about one quarter of the whipped cream into the still warm custard until well incorporated. Cool to room temperature then fold in remaining whipped cream. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard and refrigerate at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.
  11. For chocolate ganache: When ready to assemble your éclairs, melt chocolate and butter together over a double boiler or in a microwave on low heat, stirring until smooth.
  12. To assemble: Fit a pastry bag or plastic bag with a medium round tip or bismark pastry tip and fill the bag with cream filling. Push the tip into the side of an éclair and pipe the cream in. Continue until all the éclairs are filled. One at a time, dip the tops of the éclairs into the room temperature ganache. Chill in the refrigerator about 15 minutes to allow ganache to set. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve within a few hours.

{ Photos by Marvin Ilasco for Anthology Magazine }

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8 Books for Last-Minute Gifting

by Alexis on December 20, 2013

The holidays are almost upon us! Have you picked up gifts for everyone on your list yet? If not, you can spend your weekend battling hectic stores, or better yet, take advantage of quick shipping and the endless selection of books available online. There are so many amazing options to choose from, and there’s truly something for everyone.

We asked several staff members to tell us what books they’ll be giving this year, and also what they’d like to receive. If you’ve got some last-minute names to check off—or if there’s someone you forgot to shop for!—consider these.

Holiday Gifts Books

Meg Mateo Ilasco, creative director:

1. The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz
“I’m fascinated with creatives that have a singular vision like Anderson, so I’d love to get my hands on this book. It’s a rare treat to peek into his mind and learn about his process, inspirations, and influences.”

2. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
“I’ll be giving this book to a couple of friends who are interested in writing a screenplay. This book is great for friends that are aspiring writers or artists interested in storytelling.”

Nancy Cho, sponsorship manager:

3. All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray
“After having my son, my only chance to listen to NPR is when I’m in the car. So, when I found this book at the Chronicle store, I had to get it. The recipes are fantastic, but it’s fun to also read about the little things that go on in the background at the station. I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ll be giving this book this year.”

4. Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee
“My doctor actually recommended this book to me last week and although I’m curious about the recipes, I found idea of Edward Lee’s personal stories from the kitchen to be intriguing as well. It’s on my list this year!”

Holiday Gifts Books

Rena Tom, market editor:

5. Ivan Ramen by Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying
“I’m giving this book to my husband Derek, who does all the cooking and has a fat cookbook collection. A NYC outpost of this ramen shop opened this week, so I can’t wait to compare the homemade version with the “real thing” next year!”

6. Design Brooklyn by Anne Hellman
“Since I’m opening up Makeshift Society in Brooklyn in the spring, I’m really curious about this book of Brooklyn interiors, especially since it covers both public and private spaces. It’s received solid reviews so I can’t wait to get a copy.”

Alexis Birkmeyer, assistant editor:

7. Artisan Cheese Making at Home by Mary Karlin
“This book has been on my radar for a while now—it’s supposed to be a definitive guide—and after a couple of attempts at homemade ricotta and mozzarella this past year, I think I’m ready for more complicated cheese making experiments! I’d love to add this to my cookbook shelf.”

8. Knot Thread Stitch by Lisa Soloman
“I have a friend I’ll be gifting Knot Thread Stitch to this year. She’s incredibly crafty and I think she’ll really enjoy the non-traditional approach to embroidery.”

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Etsy Holiday Gift Guide

by Alexis on December 18, 2013

{Above: Leo the Lion Wooden Pull Toy by Toporko $40}

As a new mom, I’ve been a bit short on time to shop for gifts this season. I haven’t had a chance to frequent some of my favorite small shops—it’s been mostly online shopping for me this year. Thankfully, with sites like Etsy, I’ve still been able to find some beautiful, handmade goods and also support small businesses and artisans. A couple of months ago, when Etsy invited Anthology to curate a page of our favorite wares, I was excited to contribute ideas I’d bookmarked as having great gift potential.

We’ve compiled three gift guides over at our Etsy page: For Kids, For Him, and For Her. Each is full of goods we’d love to give—or receive!—this season. So if you’re still searching for inspiration, definitely take a look. (This is just a small sampling of what I’ve got my eye on.)

Etsy has a wealth of beautiful, handcrafted toys, from plush animals to wooden heirlooms to educational toys that are also gorgeous (we want Steven Mattern Design’s maps for ourselves). There are also plenty of artisans sewing soft goods, like Hopphopp’s sweet shoes, gift sets, and nursery essentials.

1. USA Rivers & Lakes Map Puzzle by StevenMatternDesign $102
2. Striped Baby Shoes in Winter Blue by Hopphopp $27
3. Plush Friend (Goat shown) by Finkelsteins $46
4. Bird Rattle by Manzanita Kids $14
5. Baby Gift Set in Natural Linen by LovelyHomeIdea $59

Classic gifts get taken up a big notch when they’re as beautiful and well made as these. The old standards, like neckties and keychains, are available in some seriously stylish options. There are also fun luxuries like shaving kits complete with badger bristle brushes and stout beer soap; cases to protect your dude’s favorite technology; and bags rugged enough for days spent hiking yet still good-looking enough to take to the office.

6. Plum Necktie by Somethingshidinginhere $48
7. No. 2 Backpack by AdaBlackjack $233
8. Gold Initial Keychain by DiamentDesigns $8
9. Shaving Kit by Dr. K Soap $46
10. Not All Who Wander Are Lost iPhone Case by Raceytay $24.50

And lastly, perhaps our favorite category to fill: the For Her list. While Etsy has great options for the kids and guys you might be shopping for, the selection of beautiful handbags, jewelry, home goods and accessories is almost insurmountable. You could spend days scrolling through the options. Fortunately we’ve collected a few guaranteed winners.

11. Porcelain Ring Dish (Similar) by Tiffinstudio $30
12. Big Canvas Pop-up Bag with Leather Handles by Chrisvanveghel $190
13. Chartreuse Hexagonal Eco Resin Ring with Gold Leaf by RosellaResin $53
14. Square Statement Necklace by SoraDesignsBlack $40
15. Tribal Blanket Cosmetic Bag by FritzandFraulein $38

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