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Rachael Ray and Fellow Food Lovers Do Good and Give Back

by in News, December 5th, 2014

Rachael RayThe holidays are a time of giving, and by that we don’t mean just the stuff you wrap in pretty paper, tie with a bow and tuck under the tree or exchange in the glow of your menorah – or whatever your tradition may be. It’s a time of reaching out and helping others. But sometimes, that sentiment can get lost in the doorbuster, cybersale rush of it all.

The national movement called #GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as an antidote to the acquisition fever that grips us during the holiday shopping season – the anti-Black Friday or Cyber Monday. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, businesses, charities, community centers, celebrities, and regular folks like you and me were encouraged to do something to give back – through charitable contributions, volunteerism or just doing a lovely, generous thing for another person.

All sorts of people and lots of organizations thought up wonderful ways to help.

Food Network’s Rachael Ray, for instance, helped make a little boy named Ben’s dreams come true. Ben’s response when he found out that Rachael had worked out a way for him to check off not one but two items on his to-see list (Ben is steadily losing his sight) is priceless. Watch here.

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Candy Corn a Christmas Food? Well, Yes, Actually

by in News, December 4th, 2014

Candy Cane Candy CornCandy corn has always been kind of a fall thing, a delicious harvest-colored treat you gobble by the handful around Halloween until your teeth ache and your belly rebels. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

But now – teeth and belly objections aside — you don’t have to stop eating candy corn just because the seasons change. Candy corn can be a winter thing, too: Brach’s has just introduced a version that looks and tastes like Christmas.

Brach’s new Candy Cane Candy Corn features the familiar kernel shape, but swaps in green and red for the usual yellow and orange. Each kernel’s tip is green, its center is white and its base is red.

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Why Is It So Much Easier to Spill Your Coffee Than Your Beer?

by in News, December 3rd, 2014

Spilled CoffeeDid you ever wonder why it’s way easier to spill your coffee — as all those stained shirtfronts will attest — than it is to spill your beer? No, it’s not because you take more care when carrying your beer or, as one YouTube commenter has suggested, because you drink your beer more quickly. At least, it’s not only for those reasons.

Turns out it’s because the beer foam — obviously absent from your coffee cup — has a damping effect when you stop short and slosh your pint of beer.

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Saddle Up for a History of the Hamburger and Its Strange Origins

by in News, December 1st, 2014

HamburgerConsider the hamburger: Tucked inside a bun and served with all the fixings, it’s an American icon. (Share the spotlight, hot dog.) But how did it get that way?

National Geographic recently released a short video about the history of the hamburger, tracing its origins back to Genghis Khan and the Mongolian cavalry, who, back in the 13th century, “would actually keep meat under their saddles,” Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar says in the video. This meat-meets-seat move was not only for convenient transport, Majumdar maintains, but also because “they realized it would be tenderized as they were banging against the saddle as they rode.” Oh my.

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Who Needs a Regular Ice Cream Scoop When You Can Have a Giant One?

by in News, November 30th, 2014

Giant Ice Cream ScoopHere’s one for the “can’t have too much of a good thing” file: an ultra-big ice cream scoop that serves up a solid pint of frozen deliciousness in every helping. Talk about a cone crusher!

The scoop, which regularly retails for $60, but is currently on sale for $36 on Fancy.com, features a shiny 4-inch-diameter stainless steel bowl and a brass-plated chrome handle. It weighs 1 1/2 pounds and is dishwasher safe.

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Flavour of the Month

by in News, November 24th, 2014

FlavourSifting through the thousands of restaurants in New York City to find the right place to eat is always a chore. It’s usually a multistep process. I consult various sites and apps, check user reviews, and cross-reference all of the information I find with recommendations from the critics I respect and follow.

Whew. That’s a lot of work for a quick Monday night dinner, or even a special weekend outing. Luckily, I recently found Flavour.

Flavour is a new app that helps you find the right place to go with no fuss. You can search by cuisine, neighborhood or feature. It aggregates recommendations from the best critics and bloggers in NYC, San Francisco and Chicago, and also pulls in social data for the most-popular and most-visited venues. You can also book in-app through OpenTable, view menus and get recommendations.

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This Pizza Bedding Lets You Get Your Z’s in Cheese

by in News, November 24th, 2014

Pepperoni BedPizza is no longer just your go-to dinner for parties, game watching and nights you really don’t feel like cooking anything else. Now it’s also something you can slide under and lay your weary head on at the end of a long day. Because … pizza bedding.

The whimsically named website Emotional Rainbow, which has previously offered primarily elaborately decorated sweatshirts, has just introduced “Pepperoni Bedding.”

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Marc Murphy and Kate Hudson Bring FarmVille’s Farm-to-Table Focus Beyond the Computer

by in News, November 23rd, 2014

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola and WalnutsFrom slaying dragons to impersonating superheroes, so much of what happens in many computer games stays simulated, but just recently, Zynga’s FarmVille, a popular Facebook application, began bridging the gap between the virtual and reality by launching the FarmVille to Table Recipe Book.

With the help of Chopped judge Marc Murphy, plus food fan Kate Hudson, Zynga’s executive chef and a community of food bloggers, this brand-new digital recipe book allows FarmVille players to bring the game’s farm-to-table focus into their own kitchen. Fans are used to planting crops and cultivating a farm to yield fresh produce in the game, and now they can use those fresh ingredients to create Marc’s, Hudson’s and others’ decadent recipes  at home.

“The FarmVille to Table digital cookbook embodies the values of fresh, farm-to-table ingredients,” Marc explains, adding that for fans, it “validates that cooking is fun, easy and an activity the whole family can enjoy.”

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Now Your Bartender Can Build You a Bespoke Beer

by in News, November 22nd, 2014

The HoppierIf hoppy beer makes you happy, then hoppier beer may make you happier. At least that seems to be the thinking behind the Hoppier, a barista-style machine that can automatically recalibrate the strength of hops in a beer and tailor its flavor to suit your taste.

Hoping to hop on both the trend toward product personalization and the rage for craft beer, the U.K. product design and development firm behind the Hoppier, Cambridge Consultants, has created a device — basically a beer tap crossed with an espresso machine, with a few extra high-tech bells and whistles — that uses pressure to extract hops and add them to your beer.

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People Names Chopped Judge Marc Murphy “Sexiest Chef”

by in Food Network Chef, News, November 21st, 2014

Marc MurphyThere may be little as sexy as a man who truly knows his way around the kitchen. The swift, confident knife skills, the joyful embrace of the spicy and sensually pleasing, the willingness to experiment and get messy — a certain sort of male chef, especially if he happens to be handsome, can really make a person salivate.

That fact is apparently not lost on the editors of People magazine. In the just-released Sexiest Man Alive 2014 issue, they’ve named Food Network Chopped judge and restaurateur Marc Murphy as “Sexiest Chef.”

Marc was included, along with poet Terrance Hayes, “snake charmer” Evan Antin, scientist Hendrik Streeck, “model with tats” Parker Hurley, teacher Nicholas Ferroni and artist Javier Gomez, as one of the magazine’s picks for “Sexy Men at Work.”

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