In this week's episode of CHOW Happy Hour, Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, shows us that a holiday party doesn't have to be all spiked cider and boozy eggnog. Drawing inspiration from a friend's latke party, Martin mixes it up with a fresh and fruity spiced holiday sangría.
Crab cakes are so often disappointing -- mushy or gummy, full of starchy filler. But these easy cakes are full of beautiful lump crabmeat, and a light panko coating ensures they fry up crispy and golden brown. Bright, lemony aioli makes a piquant counterpart to the sweet, sweet crab. Read more.
A roasted boneless leg of lamb makes an impressive centerpiece for your table, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any time. A classic gremolata perfumes the lamb; the mixture of garlic, lemon, and parsley holds its own against the strong flavor of the meat. Read more.