Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET KITCHEN

Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET KITCHEN

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GET-AHEAD TRICK

Big-breakfast brilliance

The house is full of family, and you can't bear the thought of getting up at the crack of dawn to cook breakfast. So don't-use our feed-a-crowd-fast tips instead.

BAKE THE EGGS

The night before, break eggs into buttered 4-oz. ramekins, coffee cups, or tiny heatproof bowls. Add a little cheese and herbs, maybe cooked sausage or bacon (nothing too wet). In the morning, set cups on a baking sheet, cover the sheet with foil, and bake at 375° for about 13 minutes.

ROAST THE BACON

Set metal racks on rimmed baking pans, then lay your bacon on the racks in a single layer. Cook at 350° until nice and crisp, about 15 minutes. No turning, no flipping, no watching: It's hands-off.

TOAST THE WAFFLES

The next time you make waffles, make extra, underbaking them a bit. Let cool, then freeze in resealable plastic bags. When you need them, pop them into your toaster-or in that same 350° oven with the bacon (for about 10 minutes).

Watch cooking lessons holiday meals- turkey brining to gravy making- from Sunset food editor Margo True: curious.com/ col/ections/sunset.

TOP TOOL

Handy heat source

Left to its own devices, oozy, melted raclette cheese (page 79) cools and hardens fairly quickly. We wanted it to stay scoopable a little longer, and this butter warmer does the trick. Lit with a votive candle and set under a skillet, it keeps the raclette soft and flowing for a good half-hour-and takes up no additional room at the table. $8.95; surlatable.com.

GENIUS

BAKE, BAG, GIVE

Instead of packaging a homemade loaf in a fussy cellophane swirl to give as a present, why not put it in a bag that is itself a gift? This linen beauty keeps bread fresh and soft for up to three days. $30/ set of 2; www.trocy cooksinaustin.com. Find our popular Honey Wheat Bread recipe and more on sunset.com.

"Baking eggs in mugs or cups means you can prep them ahead and cook them all at once, yet customize each one if you like. "

HOLIDAY BOOKSHELF

GIFTS THAT'LL GET THEM COOKING

A beautiful, well-tested cookbook is a great gift on its own. But for a present that's a little more personal and useful, we like to bundle a cookbook with a related tool or ingredient. Here are a few pairings we'd like to get ourselves! For more ideas, see sunset.com/holidaygifts.

Manresa: An Edible Reflection by David Kinch with Christine Muhlke (Ten Speed Press; $50)

A stunning first cookbook-almost an art object-from the Northern California restaurant known for its use of local ingredients, many from its own farm. The recipes are complex but clearly written and easy to follow. PAIR IT WITH: Avocado oil (bellavado.com).

Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden by Todd Porter and Diane Cu (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $35)

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