Alibi V.12 No.50 • Dec 11-17, 2003 

Food Article

In some ways it's lucky for us cooks that Christmas falls so close to Thanksgiving this year. First and foremost, it's easy to make a wish list so soon after the biggest cooking and eating day of the year. For example, it's fresh in my mind that my meat thermometer sucks and I need a newer, much more high-tech model. That crappy old one is solely responsible for the dry-as-a-bone turkey breast I served two Thursdays ago. The remote, remote possibility that user error could have contributed to my cardboard-flavored bird could be addressed with a “Roasting 101” cooking class or two. And in the meantime, I'd like to drown my sorrows in a beer or two. Thus, the inspiration for some of our Last Minute Gift Guide suggestions. Perhaps somebody you love would like a book on how to bake pies? Is there a dear, dear friend who could really use a lesson on wine and food pairing? Check out this week's suggestions for cooking classes and stocking stuffers. There's got to be something here for the cook in your life.