All Posts By Lauren Miyashiro

On The Blogs: A Bacon Shortage, Beer Shampoo and Gourmet Beef Jerky

by in Community, September 27th, 2012

peach beer cocktailL.A. Times: Worries of a looming pork shortage have bombarded the Internet and caused anxiety for soaring bacon prices in 2013.

U.S. News: Beer may be the secret to healthy, shiny hair. How do you feel about shampoo and conditioner made with boozy suds?

The Salt: Food labels affect how much we eat. But what happens when the definition of a “small” serving varies across the board?

New York Times: It may be the season for pumpkin and squash, but the blue crab is still around and better than ever.

Wall Street Journal: Beef jerky brands are experimenting with gourmet flavors.

 

On The Blogs: The Return of the McRib, Rising Tip Standards and Social Gaming

by in Community, September 21st, 2012

tipping at mealsAd Age: McRib fans will have to wait until Christmas for the return of this favorite seasonal menu item.

New York Post: How much do you tip? Twenty-five percent may be the new 20 percent.

Slate: With the recent New York City soda ban in place, find out how soft drinks got so popular in the first place.

Wall Street Journal: What games are your kids playing on your phone? Food producers are now using mobile game apps to draw in young consumers.

On The Blogs: Healthy School Lunches, Bartering With Bacon and More

by in Community, September 14th, 2012

panko chicken nuggetsParenting: Packing a healthy lunch for your kids (and yourself) just got easier. With this interactive “Healthy Lunch Maker,” you’ll have a better idea of the nutritional value inside your child’s lunchbox.

NY Times: One man attempts to barter his way across the country with no money, just bacon.

The Atlantic: The Texas State Fair, also the largest state fair in the country, proves you can deep-fry just about anything. How do you feel about deep-fried bubble gum?

Bon Appétit: Every wonder why the combination of caramel and salt or pears with blue cheese tastes so good? There’s a science behind it.

Eater: McDonald’s will begin posting calories on all their menu boards nationwide. How much do you think this will affect people’s eating habits?

On The Blogs: Affordable Lobster, Wine in a Purse and Pop-Down Restaurants

by in Community, September 7th, 2012

lobster rollsThe Daily Beast: This summer’s surplus of lobsters is driving down prices and re-branding the delicacy in a campaign to get people to eat more lobster. Lobster rolls for dinner anyone?

Mashable: What are the most innovative home appliances on the market? These three appliances could change your life.

The Salt: Boxed wine is getting a fashionable makeover. Vernissage’s “Bag-in-a-Bag” is making its way to the U.S. soon.

Eater: Forget pop-up restaurants — Muru Pops Down, a Finnish “pop-down” restaurant, is 262 feet underground. Don’t worry, helmets are not required while eating.

National Restaurant News: More and more chefs are reducing time and space requirements demanded by house-cured meats and are dishing out quick hams instead. Quick hams are generally brined or smoked, made with smaller cuts of pork and are still quite tasty.

 

On the Blogs: Peach Season and Japan’s Trendiest Ingredient

by in Community, August 30th, 2012

peachesYum Sugar: These nifty tips for peeling peaches will have you baking up delicious peach pies in no time.

The Salt: The thought of eating insects is probably still scary and unappetizing to most. They’re packed with protein, however, environmentally friendly, and they may be a solution to hunger in refugee camps.

LA Times: The hottest trending ingredient in Japan right now is shio koji, and it’s making its way over to the U.S.

Slate: Let’s be honest: not everyone loves to cook.  Here are some reasons you should get to work in your kitchen anyway.

On the Blogs: Food Trucks, Pizzabons and the 10 Best New Restaurants in America

by in Community, August 17th, 2012

melissa d'arabianEater: Think you have what it takes to run a food truck? Food Trucks for Dummies has hit the bookshelves and offers the keys to success.

Bon Appétit: America’s 10 Best New Restaurants have been announced.

Gawker: Cinnabon introduces the Pizzabon to fulfill savory cravings and attract new customers. Meanwhile, Domino’s aims to shift its image by dropping the pizza pie from its logo.

The State: Melissa d’Arabian’s resume extends far beyond Food Network Star. As a former financial consultant, her money-saving tips for home cooks are the real deal.

On the Blogs: Astronaut Hot Dogs, Plus McDonald’s Midnight Breakfast

by in News, August 10th, 2012

hot dogEater: Watch a hot dog journey into outer space and drop back down to earth, only to be eaten immediately.

Food 52: What is a cherpumple? It’s an outrageous dessert composed of three cakes, each filled and baked with its own pie.

Food Beast: “Floating mugs” may be your family’s solution to those unwanted condensation rings left behind on table.

Business Insider: You don’t have to wait until morning anymore to grab an Egg McMuffin. McDonald’s introduces Breakfast After Midnight.

On the Blogs: Healthy Tips From Robert Irvine and Trending Pickles

by in Community, August 2nd, 2012

robert irvineThe Daily Meal: Even on the road, Robert Irvine eats well and stays fit. It may be easier than you think.

NPR: Wondering where all the watermelon seeds went? Don’t worry, the seedless variety tastes the same as the black-seeded, traditional kind.

Nation’s Restaurant News: Pickles are trending and on the rise amongst restaurant menus.

 

Huffington Post: The cupcake craze carries on. The world’s largest cupcake mosaic features more than 1,000 pounds of cupcakes.

Grilled Pizza With Spicy Sausage — The New Girl

by in Recipes, August 1st, 2012

grilled pizza with spicy sausage
This grilling season, classic cookout fare is getting revamped. Think Bruschetta Dogs and grilled desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still perfectly content with a good old burger. But with all the buzz around new foods that look great with char lines, I had to join in on the fun. Toss a pizza on the grill? I’m on it.

Pizza has become a go-to meal for my beau and me. It’s a no-fuss dinner that tends to be forgiving to newbies like us. Add too much cheese? No such thing. Trouble rolling the dough? Call it art. We’ve even taken off the training wheels and come up with our own topping combos and techniques, without relying on recipes. However, when the decision came down to grilling the pie for our next date night, I wanted the guidance of an expert. And who better than the grill master himself, Bobby Flay?

This Grilled Pizza With Hot Sausage, Grilled Peppers, Onions and Oregano Ricotta is a mouthful to say, and a mouthful to enjoy. Though it takes a hefty dose of prepping, don’t let that scare you away. It’s well worth the effort. Serve it on a night when you’re looking for a major ego boost, as each of its elements is sure to impress.

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