by Jamie Lisanti, August 20th, 2014
by Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., August 20th, 2014
This year’s 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25, has the theme “Kaleidoscope of Color.” Since, when you get down to it, awards shows are as much about what you’re wearing as they are about who might win, plan an impressive, colorful-packed party menu. (If you really feel daring, you can make exactly what the attendees will eat. Otherwise, try this stunning and elegant Raspberry and Vanilla Dobos Torte with Pulled Sugar Ribbons.
A Dobos Torte is a Hungarian layered sponge caketypically layered with rich chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel pieces. But for the sake of summer (and sophistication), bake the sponge cake layers in a sheet pan and cut them into 3-inch round disks, then layer them with a light but decadent mascarpone mousse and fresh raspberries. For the grand finale, use a candy thermometer to transform sugar and water into statuesque sugar ribbons. Then wait for the accolades to roll in.
by Lawrence Bonk, August 20th, 2014
Adjusting to dorm life from the comforts of home (and a fully stocked and equipped kitchen) can be a rough transition for college-aged foodies. But with just a few tools and a basic pantry, you can whip up satisfying meals for any time of the day or night.
This whole-grain hot cereal (pictured above) uses bulgur and barley with oats to make an extra hearty and nutritious breakfast. Think about mixing a bigger batch of the cereal so it’s ready to use in an instant. For a cold alternative, mix a whole-grain, low-sugar dry cereal (Cheerios and Bran Flakes are two classic, good choices) with plain yogurt, fresh or dried fruit, a handful of nuts and a splash of lowfat milk. It will keep you fueled for hours.
If you’re in a hurry, try instant oatmeal cooked with lowfat milk and topped with peanut butter and banana, or top rye crisp crackers with mashed avocado and hard-boiled egg slices.
by Patrick Decker, August 19th, 2014
One of the worst feelings in the world has to be taking a big, late night swig of milk, only to find out that it is chunkier than cottage cheese and smellier than brie. In other words, it sure is hard to keep track of all of the perishables in our refrigerators. A just-released app seeks to take on this modern problem, using the magic of technology to save us from ourselves.
It’s appropriately called The Fridge and it seems simple enough. You input perishables when they go into the refrigerator and the app will let you know, via messages, when it’s time to let them go. It also acts as a spoilage encyclopedia of sorts, letting you know the average time it takes all of your favorite foods to turn into your favorite poisons.
The app is $1.99 and available right now. However, The Fridge is currently only available for iOS users. Sorry Droid-heads.
by Lawrence Bonk, August 19th, 2014
Gather ’round and silence your chuckles because today’s lesson is all about spatchcocking. And it’s going to add some serious A-game cred to your run-of-the-mill grilled chicken.
Pronounced just like it’s spelled, this butchery technique enables a chicken to be flat as it’s cooked. The presentation is beautiful and the cooking time on a whole chicken is cut down by a third, if not more. To spatchcock a bird, place it breast-side down on a cutting board. Using a knife or kitchen shears, cut straight up both sides of the backbone from the cavity to the neck (the backbone can be discarded or added to stock).
Open the bird like a book, exposing the inner cavity, and cut down both sides of the pointed, opaque piece of cartilage that runs between the breasts. Flip it over so it’s breast-side up and press down firmly on the breasts until you hear a pop. Turn the bird over once more and remove the breastbone and opaque piece of cartilage that you previously trimmed around. Discard both pieces.
by Lawrence Bonk, August 18th, 2014
The British television program Doctor Who used to be something of a niche affair, attracting science fiction enthusiasts only. In recent years, however, it has turned into a global pop culture phenomenon. Just how popular is the good doctor? Well, he just got his very own themed restaurant in rural New York.
The Pandorica, named after an infamous prison in Doctor Who lore, is the most Whovian-friendly eatery in the whole country and maybe the world. Housed in the quaint town of Beacon, the restaurant is decked out from head-to-toe in Doctor Who paraphernalia, from the TARDIS-shaped bathroom door to the themed mural on the wall. The food is also Who-centric, featuring series stand out dishes such as fish fingers (French toast sticks) and custard and tea.
So if you ever find yourself ninety minutes or so north of NYC, stop in and grab some grub. You can’t battle The Daleks on an empty stomach, after all.
by Camilla Brandfield-Harvey, August 15th, 2014
New York City’s Momofuku Milk Bar is something of an institution, serving up wacky desserts to both tourists and native New Yorkers at each of its four (five if you count Canada) locations. They are known for decadently delicious cookies, pies and, of course, a whole line of menu items that are made from cereal milk. Never known to rest on their laurels, this treat haven is turning a good portion of their menu into soft-serve ice cream.
That compost cookie you’ve always liked? You can now get it in soft-serve. Their infamous candy bar and crack pies? Bam, soft-serve. Their unique take on the humble birthday cake? You know the drill. Soft-serve. You can also get each soft-serve cone or cup swirled with, of course, some cereal milk.
You had better act, relatively, fast. This menu will only be around for the next few months, at which point the Momofuku Merlins will cook up something else.
by Carol Blymire, August 15th, 2014
We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.
Over half of all Americans over age 18 drink coffee every day and 30 million of those consumers drink specialty lattes and mochas. Clearly we all know how to
live drink it up. We also like to keep things fresh, especially on long summer days. Before your next coffee break, we’ve sought out some of the most creative and tasty iced caffeine kicks to keep you satisfied and energized while the sun is high.
by Lawrence Bonk, August 15th, 2014
AKA Everything’s Just Peachy
This is the very first pie I made after being diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s fruity and sweet, but ginger and a bit of cracked black pepper give it the tiniest of kicks.
I grew up eating fruit pies my uncle made in his bakery, or that my mom made at home. We were the kind of family that had dessert every night after dinner, and all summer long it was pie after pie after pie. Peach pie was my favorite, followed closely by sour cherry.
by Jackie Alpers in How-to, View All Posts, August 14th, 2014
Themed cruises have become something of a trend as of late. Ever wanted to hang out with the guy from Sugar Ray? There’s a cruise for that. Want to explore the open sea with an openly naked body? There’s a cruise for that. Now, finally, there is a cruise with the dessert fiend in mind. Introducing the world’s first chocolate-themed cruise.
Chocolate Journeys is being brought to us via a partnership between Princess Cruises and Norman Love Confections — and both companies have pulled out all the stops. Voyagers receive a chocolate pop when they board the ship, an endless supply of chocolate desserts, chocolate cocktails, lessons on how to cook with chocolate and, of course, a chocolate spa. That’s right. You can bathe in chocolate.
Here’s a fun (and probably healthier) way to use mini doughnut molds. To get through these dog days of August, make pretty individual ice rings to cool down and brighten up glasses of punch at summer parties. Read more