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Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your Grapefruit

by in News, November 29th, 2016

Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your GrapefruitMany of us consider grapefruit’s natural granular mate to be sugar. But it seems generations of Americans were more inclined to pair their grapefruit with another easy-to-sprinkle crystal: salt.

In fact, in a post on NPR’s The Salt blog (which is not, of course, a blog only about salt), science historian Nadia Berenstein dubs grapefruit and salt an “unlikely power couple,” noting that during much of the 20th century marketers linked the two, claiming the latter was capable of making the former taste sweeter.

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12 Gilmore Girls Food Moments We’ll Never Forget

by in News, View All Posts, November 25th, 2016

By Allison Robicelli

It’s been nine long (very long!) years since we last spent time in Stars Hollow — and we’ve got so many questions. Do Luke and Lorelai live happily ever after? Does #TeamJess emerge victorious over #TeamLogan, or are we in for a #TeamDean plot twist? How many jobs has Kirk held since 2007 that we don’t know about?!?!

It’s time to laugh, cry and, in true Gilmore fashion, stuff ourselves with food until we can’t move. And in honor of the show truly made for binge-watching and binge-eating alike, we’re reminiscing about every iconic Gilmore food moment that makes us smile — and offering advice on how to serve some of the foods yourself.

Corned Beef & Pastrami Sandwiches

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life derails a freight train full of pickles in your town, you make corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. There’s no finer nosh for an evening where the wind whispers “garlic dill.”

The Rory Cocktail

There’s only one cocktail to toast this revival with — the signature drink Emily created for Rory’s 21st-birthday fete. Shake up some vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine, then top with some champagne and a maraschino cherry. As Luke says, “It tastes like a My Little Pony.” Which is maybe not such a bad thing, after all.

Pop-Tarts (Party Style!)

There’s no time of day where Pop-Tarts aren’t a good idea (says the Gilmore creed), and they make a great dessert for a crowd. Layer whipped cream, vanilla pudding and your favorite Pop-Tarts in a 9-by-13-inch cake pan and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, it will be the most-amazing icebox cake you’ve ever made. Serve with lots of sprinkles, because it’s only logical.

Magic Risotto

Sookie’s magic risotto isn’t just good — it’s brought people back from the brink of death. True story! Sookie managed to add three years to her mother’s life with this dish, so technically it’s a superfood.

Mock Turtle Soup

When Gilmore patriarch Richard’s mother died, he wanted nothing but a bowl of her “turtleneck soup” to comfort him. Sadly, Edward Herrmann (the actor who played Richard), passed away in 2014, and his character’s death will be a major plot point in the revival. So we, too, will be comforting ourselves with mock turtle soup, undoubtedly sobbing into our bowls.

Santa Burger

Burgers taste better when they look like people, and there’s no better person than Santa Claus. Luke knows this to be true, and of course, we agree.

Cajun Blackened Toast

Kirk acquired a taste for this special Luke served him, which Lorelai pointed out was just burnt toast. Kirk’s a weird guy.

Deviled Eggs

“Take the deviled eggs!” the baby-shower hostess insisted. Rory and Lorelai might have used them to egg Jess’ car, but we’d probably throw one and eat the rest.

Jalapeno Chipotle Mac ‘n’ Cheese

It’s a good idea when catering a party for adults. It’s a terrible, terrible idea for a party for children. Learn from Sookie’s mistakes.

Weston’s Candy Cane Coffee

Downing 17 cups of coffee during a Gilmore Girls binge could totally happen. Throw a festive curveball into one of those cups by adding a candy cane, just like they do at Weston’s Bakery. Perfect for a day when the air smells like snow.

Dessert Sushi

Lorelai believed that this invention would earn her her first million. And with ideas like “Tootsie Roll-marshmallow-Twizzler rolls” and “Butterfinger-Junior Mint-chocolate chip-Jujube rolls,” we can see her point. Don’t forget to serve with Red Hots, aka “dessert wasabi.”

Devil’s Starchy Fingers

Mrs. Kim, mother of Lane and health food nut, may have vocally disapproved of french fries, but feasting on a gigantic plate of them is most definitely Lorelai- and Rory-approved. And since it’s Gilmore Girls and not Mrs. Kim Girls, you won’t feel the least bit guilty eating a pound or two.

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Millennials Are Really Into Coffee

by in News, November 22nd, 2016

For many of us, there’s more in a cup of coffee than a rousing jolt of caffeine. There’s comfort. There’s community. There is, perhaps, even a sense of identity. That may be true for none of us more so than millennials, whose insatiable jones for java, it seems, is behind a global surge in demand for coffee, bringing it to an all-time high.

Coffee consumption worldwide among those 19 to 34 — especially in the United States, the leading consumer of coffee, but also in Brazil and China — has more than offset a mild decline in demand for the evil bean among the older generations, according to data cited by Bloomberg.

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Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk Lunch

by in News, November 21st, 2016

Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk LunchSo many of us have been there: the sad desk lunch. Sitting in your cubicle, tapping out emails to your boss, feeling harassed by the hot breath of deadlines and your endless to-do list, and eating … oof, what is that, anyway? Last week’s leftover salmon loaf (cold), parts of it stuck to the tinfoil you hastily wrapped it in? A salad of wilted leaves drowning in coagulated dressing? The other half of the turkey sandwich you weren’t so into when you ate the first half — which was … uh … when was it, again?

According to the tagline on the website Sad Desk Lunch, which shares images of prime sad specimens, 62 percent of American office workers usually eat their lunch in the same spot where they work all day.

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Are We Living Through the Great Avocado Shortage of 2016?

by in News, November 20th, 2016

Horrors! Is your avocado toast addiction in danger? Will you soon have to go cold turkey and suffer whatever effects of withdrawal come with it? The shakes? The cravings? The hunger screaming from deep in your soul?

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Trendy Makeup Cakes Are Ready for Their Close-Up

by in News, November 17th, 2016

Trendy Makeup Cakes Are Ready for Their Close-UpSome people are really into makeup. Some (maybe all?) are really into cakes. And a substantial number of people, it turns out, are really into makeup cakes.

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What’s the Most-Popular Fast-Food Spot in Your State?

by in News, November 16th, 2016

What’s the Most-Popular Fast-Food Spot in Your State? By Lauren Haslett

You know what kind of fast food you reach for after a late night. But are the rest of the folks in your state on the same page as you? Foursquare Swarm and City Guide apps recently compiled a whole lot of data for us on which fast-food restaurants people in each state of our great nation visit the most. And the results might surprise you.

Nearly 50 percent of states — a whopping 24 of them — prefer Chick-fil-A above all else. West Virginia is among that group, but it’s unique in that it has two top picks: Chick-fil-A and Sheetz. You may not be familiar with Hawaii’s favorite fast-food spot: Zippy’s Makiki, which is a chain based on the islands. Not surprisingly, McDonald’s is well represented, with 17 states liking that spot best. If you want to check out your home state’s favorite fast-food indulgence, just take a closer look at the map above.

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Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?

by in News, November 15th, 2016

Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?Long a controversial condiment — there are those who love it, and those who very vocally do not — the creamy topping, used by its numerous fans on everything from salad to pizza, is in foodie focus after Ben Adler, a staff writer covering environmental politics and policy at Grist, wrote a scathing takedown of it that was published in The Washington Post.

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Unexpected Sources for Gourmet Groceries

by in News, November 11th, 2016

Sure, having a go-to neighborhood grocery store for all your essentials is key to maintaining a well-stocked pantry. But don’t overlook these sources for imported items and gourmet goods at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at regular grocers.

T.J. Maxx
Along with its sister stores Marshalls and HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx is a treasure trove of specialty foods at better prices than you’d find them elsewhere. On any given day, you may find an array as varied as gorgeous Italian pastas in shapes you’ve never seen, pink Himalayan salt, good-quality canned tuna from Spain, Italian truffle paste, samplers from high-end tea purveyors and Bloody Mary mix. (In fact, this list is a fraction of the items I’ve actually snagged there — most for substantially less than they would cost in grocery stores.) The stock is usually more organized than the chaotic assortment of clothes, shoes and home products the store is known for, but you still get the same thrill of the hunt. The selection is usually anything but reliable, but on a recent trip to North Carolina, when I couldn’t find the whole flax seeds and chia seeds my niece and I needed for a baking project at regular grocery stores, I found them at HomeGoods.
Where to shop: brick-and-mortar stores

World Market
Best known for its mix of globally inspired furniture and home decor, World Market boasts a similarly eclectic mix of globetrotting foods and spirits and feels a bit like cult-favorite grocery Trader Joe’s. Look for Café Du Monde Beignet Mix, organic coconut palm sugar, Guittard baking chocolates, chickpea snacks, pickled okra, and soba and udon noodles, plus cucumber sake and apple-pie moonshine packaged in a Mason jar.
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Neiman Marcus’ $66 Collard Greens Are Sold Out

by in News, November 9th, 2016

Neiman Marcus' $66 Collard Greens Are All Sold Out“Needless Markup” indeed. Neiman Marcus — which offers on its website such necessities as a private airplane entirely covered in rose gold for $1,500,000 (such a deal!) and a “curated collection” of 36 children’s books for $100,000 (Caldecott winners, but still …) — is not known for its low prices. Yet the luxury department store recently may have set a new bar for price-tag overreach by offering collard greens, that staple of down-home Southern cuisine, for (hang onto your wallet) $66, plus $15.50 shipping.

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