Cherry blossom season is in full swing in Washington, D.C., and this year the city is celebrating 100 years of its cherry blossom trees. National Cherry Blossom Festival coordinators have been recruiting dozens of local bars and restaurants to serve dishes inspired by D.C.’s famous buds. You can sample all of them — including this cherry blossom milkshake from Good Stuff Eatery ($3.75 to $5.25; goodstuffeatery.com) and cherry macaroons from Adour ($20 per dozen; adour-washingtondc.com) — throughout the centennial celebration, March 20 to April 27.
For a full list of cherry blossom specials at D.C.-area restaurants, visit Nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cherrypicks.
(Photograph by Charles Masters)
This follow-up to the best-selling cookbook Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals dishes out another collection of fantastic ideas in the same winning package.
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Make chocolate chip cookies exactly how you like them with these tips from Food Network Magazine:
- Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies (pictured above) bake longer than the average cookie so they end up brown all over, not just around the edges.
- Superfine sugar makes for a fine crumb and crisp texture.
- Vegetable oil helps the batter spread so the cookies come out extra thin.
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Each month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like mixed nuts or instant coffee.
Chocolate syrup isn’t just a sundae add-on: This month, Derek Flynn and Liz Tarpy put a new spin on this childhood favorite.
Recipe: Chocolate Waffles (pictured above)
Derek says: “I always have chocolate syrup in the fridge, so these waffles are an easy breakfast treat.”
While you’re watching the Oscars, Wolfgang Puck is preparing to feed more than 1,500 Hollywood big shots at the Governors Ball. Here’s his routine.
Believe it or not, Wolfgang isn’t a movie buff — he sees only one or two a year. He got the gig cooking for the Governors Ball 18 years ago because celebs had been heading to his restaurant, Spago, instead of the Academy’s official party. Wolfgang has been cooking for the ball ever since, but he doesn’t think about the menu until about a month and a half before the big day. The classics — mini Kobe burgers, smoked salmon and those famous gold-covered chocolate Oscars — are always on the menu, but for the rest, Wolfgang is a procrastinator. “I work much better under pressure,” he says.
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Some restaurants let you have your chocolate and drink it, too.
The Peninsula, Chicago
When The Peninsula needed a cocktail to complete its chocolate buffet spread, bartender Aaron Johnson developed three, and all of them ended up on the regular bar menu. This S’mores Martini (pictured above) causes the most fuss: Patrons smell the barkeeps toasting the marshmallow rim and can’t help but order one for themselves. 108 East Superior St.; peninsula.com
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1. Pick the right day: Avoid making fudge on humid days. It can actually absorb the extra moisture in the air, making fudge softer.
2. Test your thermometer: It’s important your candy thermometer is accurate. Testing this is simple: Place your thermometer in a pot of boiling water (be careful not to let the bulb touch the bottom of the pan); it should read 212 degrees F or 100 degrees C. If the thermometer is off, be sure to add or subtract the difference while cooking.
3. Use the right pan: Be sure to use a heavy-bottomed pan to prevent scorching while cooking. It’s also important to use the size pan specified in the recipe.
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Chocolate lovers won’t just lick these bowls clean — they’ll eat them whole. To make some yourself, temper one pound semisweet chocolate. Dip the top of a partially inflated balloon in the chocolate, flip the balloon back up and twirl it to distribute the chocolate. Hold the balloon upright and let dry for about a minute. Repeat the dipping process two more times, then spoon some melted chocolate onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and center the balloon, bowl-side down, on the melted chocolate base. Repeat with more balloons, reheating the chocolate as needed (1 pound chocolate will make 4 to 6 small bowls). Refrigerate until hard, about 1 hour, then pop the balloons and peel them away. Store the bowls in a cool, dry place for up to three days.
Photograph by James Wojcik
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