by Patrick Decker, August 19th, 2014
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.
by Jamie Lisanti, August 13th, 2014
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
by Lawrence Bonk, August 13th, 2014
The only thing undesirable about peach pie is having to share it with other people. Enter this beautiful single-serve whole-peach pie to save the day. The recipe starts with very ripe, halved peaches and sweetens the deal with a spoonful of straight-from-the-farm honeycomb (or just regular honey) right in the center cavity of the fruit. Place the two halves together and completely wrap the whole fruit with pie crust. Sprinkle on turbinado sugar for texture, cut small slits on top, then place the pastry-wrapped peaches into muffin tins to bake until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla frozen yogurt, and everything will be just peachy!
by Star Talk Editor, August 12th, 2014
In the old days, the height of bottle technology was announcing the results of a contest on a bottle cap or, even lamer, reciting a bad joke. Thanks to industrious inventors, however, those days are long past. Bottles can now do more than dispense refreshing liquid. These bad boys can stream movies.
Beer manufacturer Grolsh have teamed up with a Russian app developer to create these high-tech bottles, which automatically stream movies when you “clink” the bottle against your computer. You don’t actually have to smash into your beloved computing device. You can simply swipe near it. The whole thing works using radio technology to unlock whatever movie is written into the particular bottle.
The old way, which included opening a bottle and then pushing a button on a computer, was simply too work intensive.
Italian-born Luca Della Casa came into the competition with his heritage as a point of view, and while his culinary offerings were strong, he struggled with camera work so much so that he was first sent home in Episode 2. After winning Star Salvation, however, he remained long enough to earn a spot in the final three, and he was ultimately named the first runner-up of the contest.
Star Talk caught up with Luca the day of the finale to talk about his time on the show, what he would cook Giada if he got the chance and who he thought was the most-intimidating mentor. Read his interview below.
Star Talk: Luca, making it to the final two is an incredible achievement and you obviously fought to get here. Was this competition everything you thought it would be?
Luca Della Casa: Oh, absolutely and even more. It’s been a fantastic journey. It started good in the first episode and then it went south, so I thought I lost it. And then I had the opportunity to come back through Star Salvation and find my way back. I’m so excited about being here right now.