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How Butter Was Born — and Why It Spread

by in News, March 5th, 2017

How Butter Was Born — and Why It SpreadNow that butter is back in our culture’s collective good graces, butter lovers (read: most of us, since butter consumption recently hit a 40-year high) may be ready to regard its past. That may be the thinking behind “Butter: A Rich History,” a new book whose author, food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova, has been making the rounds to dish about butter’s rise from its origins to its exalted place on our tables today.

The promotion of Khosrova’s book has provided those she has spoken with the opportunity to whip out their best butter puns. (“Spread” is a constant, but bonus points to Smithsonian magazine headline writers for shmearing it on thick with a double pun: New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread …).

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Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf Salad

by in News, March 4th, 2017

Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf SaladThe Waldorf salad, with its sweetness and its crunch, is a classic for a reason. There’s a lot to love about its blend of apples, celery, walnuts and lettuce, with just the right amount of mayo and lemon, maybe some grapes. For most of us, the Waldorf seems like a salad staple, something that’s always been there. But, on the occasion of this week’s closing (temporarily, for renovations) of its namesake New York City hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Times has recalled the salad’s origins.

Here is the lowdown on how one of America’s favorite salads came to be — and why a Waldorf salad is called a Waldorf salad:

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What Do Amazon’s Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?

by in News, March 3rd, 2017

What Do Amazon's Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?While standing in line at the supermarket, it’s kind of fun (admit it) to sneak a peek into the shopping cart of the people around you and, perhaps (OK, definitely), piece together a portrait of who they are and how they eat based on the groceries they’re buying.

The rise of online shopping, however, makes it more difficult to do that. But Amazon has given us a little insight into the shopping behavior of others by revealing the best-selling items among its Prime customers from last year. And the revelations are kind of nuts, or, really, totally bananas.

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Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?

by in News, March 2nd, 2017

Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?Get this: A new coffee spot in Brooklyn (where else?) is banking that some people will shell out a full $18 for its premium bespoke brew.

Brooklyn Extraction Lab’s sticker-shock-inducing java is, Eater recently pointed out, the “most expensive coffee in the U.S.” It nudges into second place a $16 cup sold by a high-end San Francisco coffee purveyor, Blue Bottle, Gothamist notes. And that in turn unseated the $15 pour-over at Berkeley, California-based coffee joint Equator, which we’re sure unseated some $14 cup of coffee … somewhere.

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Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved Children

by in News, Restaurants, March 1st, 2017

Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved ChildrenHow do you say genius in Italian? Because that may be just the word for the one restaurant owner who came up with an inspired method of dealing with kids’ behavior at his upscale eatery in Padua, Italy. He simply rewards the parents — when their kids behave well, that is.

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The Finnish Have a Word for Drinking at Home in Your Underwear

by in News, February 28th, 2017

The Finnish Have a Word for Drinking at Home in Your UnderwearYou could file this one under “Ideas long overdue.” However, we’re certainty that almost all of us have had this particular idea before — and have acted on it whenever given the opportunity. It’s just that we never had a word for it.

Now, thanks to Finland, we have a word for “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear — with no intention of going out,” and it is Kalsarikännit.

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Veggie-Inspired Jewelry with a Romaine Heart of Gold

by in News, February 27th, 2017

Veggie-Inspired Jewelry with a Romaine Heart of GoldThough it may be beautiful and glittery, expensive jewelry may seem like an unnecessary splurge. If you’re going to blow big bucks on something, you may think to yourself, perhaps it should be something that makes a difference in the world.

Now you can have your gorgeous jewelry and … OK, maybe not eat it, too, but at least know your money is helping kids eat healthy. New York-based jewelry designer and philanthropist Joan Hornig — whose jewelry is sold at luxury department stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus) and boutiques around the country and who routinely allocates a cut of the sales of her collections to a range of charities — has introduced a new line of beautiful bobbles to benefit the Recipe for Success Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization that works to promote healthy eating in children.

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Burger Bash 2017 Winners: Little Jack’s Tavern and Jr’s Gourmet Burgers

by in Events, News, February 24th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe soft sand, the cool ocean breeze, the sound of partygoers mingling along the shore — this was the scene at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday night. This plus a whole lot of burgers, of course. Friday marked the 11th annual Burger Bash at SOBEWFF, and like in years past, Rachael Ray hosted the fan-favorite extravaganza, which brought together nearly three dozen chefs from across the country. As hungry burger enthusiasts lined up to sample chefs’ between-the-bun offerings, all-star judges, including Ayesha Curry, Rev Run, Adam Richman and Emilio Estefan, took their places on a perch inside the tents to get down to the business of tasting as well. Up for grabs this year was the sought-after Schweid & Son’s The Very Best Burger Award, which would be decided by the judges, and the equally coveted Heineken Light People’s Choice Award, which celebrates the chef or restaurant that earned the most votes from guests. After reveling in the meaty burgers (and plentiful sides) on display, we watched as two restaurants earned the highest honors. Read on below to find out who took home the trophies, and take an insider’s look at some of our favorite bites from the night.

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This Purse Has a Secret That’s Perfect for Sipping

by in News, February 24th, 2017

This Purse Has a Secret That's Perfect for SippingYou’re out and about, and suddenly you realize it’s the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine — while on a ridge overlooking a gorgeous sunset, say, or in the midst of a stroll or picnic with your main squeeze. Wouldn’t it be great if a spout suddenly materialized from that fetching purse you’re carrying and began dispensing the wine of your choice?

Guess what: Someone’s come up with a solution. Bella Vita’s PortoVino wine purse comes with a hidden, zippered, insulated compartment into which you can tuck a removable 1.5-liter bladder that you can fill with your favorite hooch (high-end, to match the bag, of course).

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7 Reasons Why Italian Food Is Best Enjoyed on the Beach, As Learned at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, News, February 24th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe team here at Food Network is enjoying a mini spring break of sorts. Along with some of your favorite chefs and many of the most-revered names in the restaurant industry, we headed south to Miami and are spending the weekend at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which brings together stars like Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Trisha Yearwood, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis for four days of celebrating all things food and drink — and plenty of eating and drinking, of course.

Thursday marked the first night of this 16th annual culinary extravaganza, and in true Florida form, sun-kissed guests donned their sandals and packed into the seaside tents to join pals Alex Guarnaschelli and Valerie Bertinelli as they hosted an opening-night soiree. At Italian Bites on the Beach, as guests danced in the sand to the sounds of a live band, chefs and restaurateurs doled out some of Italy’s most-craved comfort foods, from pizza, pasta and saucy meatballs to lemony cupcakes and rich cannoli. And here’s the thing: ordinarily we wouldn’t consider these plates beach fare. After all, they’re often warm and covered with sauce, not often an ideal combo when you’re already sitting in hot, messy sand. But as we made our way from booth to booth, tasting each of the items up for grabs, we couldn’t help but realize just how right it is to eat Italian food on the beach.

Here’s why:

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