Pssst. Here is a secret nobody will tell you: Nearly all of the holiday gift guides in magazines and online are the byproduct of a year’s worth of PR-related samples and press releases. They are less a stamp of careful editorial approval for readers and more of a year-end cleansing ritual, a high colonic for accumulated office crap.
We regularly receive emails from readers asking a wide variety of questions, from "where can I get the wine you just reviewed" to "what wine goes with the deer by brother-in-law killed and insists on serving with Christmas dinner?"
Years of themed dinner parties, bake sales, Fourth of July picnics, and cookie swaps have left us feeling like kitchen veterans, and maybe just a smidge overconfident at the stove. A one-day class at the renowned Culinary Institute of America seems like the perfect learning vacation.
For those of us who have recently left the stimulating environs of University, the holiday season harkens back to those carefree times before (somewhat) gainful employment. We have grown up – a little – and celebrating the season with our families and friends offers an occasion to highlight a newfound post-collegiate sophistication.