All Posts By Lauren Miyashiro

On the Blogs: Kid Foodies, Cheese Desserts and Mad Men Mania

by in Community, March 29th, 2012

guy fieri cooking with kidsAdweek: Kids are foodies, too. Major brands, including Food Network Magazine, are spotlighting the culinary interests of children.

The Salt: Here’s a healthy discovery you’ll love: A daily dose of chocolate can help keep your figure slim.

Foodbeast: Introducing the Handpresso — an espresso maker for your car.

 

The Kitchn: Are you the savory type? Learn how to turn cheese into a delectable dessert.

The Miami Herald: There’s more to Mad Men than fashion and booze; the food is just as fun and will inspire you in the kitchen.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara — The New Girl

by in Recipes, March 21st, 2012

spaghetti alla carbonara
I’m not a natural-born baker. Flour mishaps are all too common in my kitchen to classify me as one. Yet, despite my lack of grace, baking is what I love to do.  My confectionery blunders almost always turn out tasty in the end, and I’ll admit to having a keen eye for good cookie recipes. When it comes to using measuring cups, I don’t feel limited, I feel confident.

Cooking by taste is a whole other story — it terrifies me. I overthink every step and doubts cloud my culinary judgment. How much is a dash of salt, really? How many minutes exactly does it take to roast a chicken?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily admit to my savory successes. Alton’s Skirt Steak is probably one of the best things I’ve ever made and Bobby’s Mesa Grill’s Shrimp With Green-Onion Cilantro Sauce (recipe available in his cookbook) has always been a crowd-pleaser for me. But the problem is that all my second-guessing prevents me from enjoying the process.

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On the Blogs: Taco Madness, a Food Wiki and At-Cost Coffee

by in Community, March 20th, 2012

baja style fish tacosSerious Eats: There’s a different type of bracket this March you should be paying attention to: Round One of Taco Madness is underway in Los Angeles.

Eater: Tired of Googling your kitchen questions? Chef Ferran Adrià speaks of plans for a culinary Wikipedia-style resource.

Food Republic: Why is an investment company selling coffee out of a truck?  They’re hoping to teach you something with a 28-cent cup of joe.

Mashable: App alert! Go beyond the obvious landmarks and tourist traps: Roamz lets you find a city’s hidden gems.

Huffington Post: Starbucks opens their first Evolution Fresh juice bar.  The chain may not reach your city for a while, but you can find the drinks at a variety of retailers.

On the Blogs: Meatloaf Birthday Cake, Marilyn Hagerty and Pizza Roulette

by in Community, March 15th, 2012

meatloaf cupcakeThe Daily Meal: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney prefers meatloaf cake for his birthday. Will meatloaf cupcakes be at your next celebration?

Eater NY: Who is Marilyn Hagerty? Following her Olive Garden restaurant review, the North Dakotan food critic is now a celebrity.

Food Beast: A New Zealand-based pizza chain dares diners to play a round of Pizza Roulette featuring the “hottest chili known to mankind.”

Saveur: Chimney cakes are tubular pastries from Eastern Europe. One glance at them will make you wonder why they aren’t more popular here.

CNN Tech: Introduced at SXSW, Tweet-A-Beer is a new app that lets you gift a pint to a friend over the Internet.

 

The Chocolate Mustache Disappears

by in News, March 13th, 2012

chocolate milk
The Milk Processor Education Program (MPEP) has wiped away chocolate mustaches from its long-existing ad campaigns, USA Today reports. Soon the popular “Got Milk?” slogan will be reinvented to attract a different breed of Nesquik drinkers: athletes.

The new tag line, “My After,” presents chocolate milk as the post-workout solution.  NBA star Carmelo Anthony and Olympian Dara Torres have hopped on board and are testifying to the drink’s greatness. Gulping it down after exercise, they claim, is nourishing to the body.

But with the chocolatey beverage now being banned in schools across the country, is it actually good for you? Nutrition and fitness experts are divided. Some say the idea is a marketing ploy to boost faltering sales. Supporters state that the protein content helps muscles recover after exercise.

Will chocolate milk be your after?

On the Blogs: DIY Urban Gardening and an $8,100 McNugget

by in Community, March 8th, 2012

herbsFood52: Urban gardening for the city slicker: Tips to grow fresh herbs and vegetables in your apartment.

Eater: A McNugget in the shape of George Washington’s face sells for $8,100.  Do you see the resemblance?

New York Times: How much sugar has your little one had today? Cavities are on the rise among preschoolers.

 

Complex: Stay in the know and follow these top 25 foodies on Twitter.

YumSugar: Expand your sushi expertise with these fascinating facts from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, premiering in theaters this Friday.

On the Blogs: Gourmet Popcorn, Space Chefs and the McRibster

by in Community, March 1st, 2012

pepped up popcorn
The Salt: Popcorn has evolved into a trendy gourmet snack. Go ahead, add some brown sugar and chili powder to that bag.

PC-Mag: Space chefs wanted: NASA studies the possibility of cooking on Mars.

Daily Dish: Need a box of Thin Mints pronto? There’s an app for that.

Huffington Post: McDonald’s unleashes McRibster in Austria. Apparently the standard McRib was too boring and needed to be deep-fried and topped with cheese and bacon.

Smithsonian: A list of the top 20 food trucks across the U.S. Did your favorite make the cut?

 

Key Lime Pie — The New Girl

by in Recipes, February 29th, 2012

key lime pie
Home is where the heart is.

Cliché? You bet. But I say it regardless because I believe it‘s true.

I’m both a California girl and a New Yorker. But my home is not defined by the house that I grew up in or the little apartment I rent in New York City, it’s defined by the people who make me happy. My dad is one of these people. So for his birthday last weekend, I was ecstatic to journey back to the golden coast to celebrate with my family.

Although everyone loves my dad’s cooking, he was banned from the kitchen for the festivities. My mom took over as executive chef and put me on cake duty.

Birthday cake can be tricky. As a baker, you must sacrifice your own taste cravings to those of the honoree. In my limited experience, I’ve come to learn that red velvet is not everyone’s favorite (unfortunately), and boxed mixes are actually preferred by some people (I try not to take it personally). There are also rare cases in which the perfect celebratory dessert isn’t cake at all.

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On the Blogs: Doritos Locos Taco, James Beard Awards and Franken-Meat

by in Community, February 22nd, 2012

bobby flay and michael symonUSA TODAY: The marriage of two junk foods: Taco Bell creates taco shells made from Doritos chips.

Miami New Times: South Beach Wine & Food Festival begins tomorrow. Celeb chefs share their favorite spots to eat during their weekend in the sun.

Light Years: “Franken-meat” is grown from a petri dish and it costs $330,000 to make. Could it be the future of the burger?

Wall Street Journal: Hospital chefs are personalizing their menus for patients and reinventing hospital cuisine. Goodbye, plain baked fish; hello, tilapia en papillote.

Delights & Prejudices (JBF Blog): Semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards are announced. Spotted on the lists: Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant and Bryan Voltaggio.

On the Blogs: Babyccinos, Michelle Obama and Parisian Hot Dogs

by in Community, February 16th, 2012

cappuccinoEater: Babyccinos (decaf cappuccinos for toddlers) are popular in Brooklyn, creating a new generation of java drinkers. How soon is too soon?

Saveur: Need a kick of flavor? A dollop of this North African sauce may be the answer.

Inside Scoop SF: California chefs respond to the upcoming ban on foie gras.

CNN Opinion: Michelle Obama speaks about positive strides in the fight against child obesity.

NY Times: Hot dogs can be classy, too. Three-star Michelin chef Yannick Alleno gives them a Parisian twist.