by Carol Blymire, November 7th, 2014
by Lawrence Bonk, November 6th, 2014
AKA Get StuffedSix years ago I was diagnosed with celiac disease just days before Thanksgiving — the most glorious, gluten-filled holiday on the calendar. While I was relived to know what had been making me so sick for so long, the timing couldn’t have been worse. In my family, Thanksgiving has always been all about the stuffing. Sure, we love turkey, mashed potatoes and the other obligatory vegetables, but stuffing is the centerpiece of our meal. It isn’t anything fancy or special, just simple Pennsylvania Dutch-style bread cubes, onions, celery, stock and herbs. Crisp on top, a little mushy inside. People like to offer advice on what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers, but that was one item on our dinner table that was never left over. We’d devour it and fight over the last bits of the crunchy edges.
That first gluten-free Thanksgiving was tough. I was so new to the disease, I didn’t know what I could eat. My mom was equally adrift. So she just made me some steamed vegetables and a box of gluten-free mac and cheese. It was the best we could do at that time. I drove home, crying all the way. Thanksgiving has always been special in our family — it’s the anniversary of the day my parents adopted me. It holds a very special place in all our hearts, and what had always been my favorite holiday was now the most-depressing day of the year.
by Jamie Lisanti, November 5th, 2014
When was the last time you ate a hot dog? Did you think, while chomping down on said meat product, that it could use a little bit of lemon or strawberry? Of course you didn’t! That’d be crazy. However, that’s just what one manufacturer has begun adding to their dogs in Japan.
These fruit-flavored hot dogs are not gummies or candy or anything of the sort. They are actual processed pork links mixed with strawberry, lemon and other flavors. Reporters who have braved these dogs have said they have a “slightly milky” taste in addition to an overpowering sweetness. Yikes.
by Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., November 5th, 2014
The air is brisk, the leaves are changing and football season is in full swing. With college and professional games on TV almost every night of the week, why not bring the spirit of tipsy tailgates into your kitchen? This recipe for Bacon-Crusted Beer Mac and Cheese combines the irresistible ooey-gooeyness of cheese with a two football favorites — beer and bacon — for a hearty, winning combination. Throw in a generous glug of your favorite brew into classic bechamel to add an extra layer of flavor. Combine the cheesy concoction with elbow pasta, then top with a salty combo of bacon, Parmesan and panko bread crumbs for a smoky, crunchy finish. The finished dish will certainly score a touchdown with your friends and family, any day of the week.
by Lawrence Bonk, November 5th, 2014
Halloween may be behind us, but we’d bet that lots of people are having all-candy breakfasts this week. The occasional candy bar aside, there are definite health issues with an all-sugar diet. One way to keep total intake in check is to cut it out where you don’t need it, so that you can leave room for when you really want a treat. A great place to start is breakfast, which (candy aside) is often an unnecessarily sweet meal. Here are 15 breakfasts that show you how to start your day without sugar.
Multigrain toast topped with…
- Avocado and red pepper flakes
- Avocados, sliced red onions and tomatoes, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and fresh basil
- Cashew butter, apple slices and toasted coconut flakes
- Cream cheese and smoked salmon
- Olive oil, tomatoes, feta cheese and toasted walnuts
(Note: Most sliced breads have some sort of added sugar. Make sure to scan the ingredient list or buy a loaf from your local bakery.)
by Patrick Decker, November 4th, 2014
Being as how you are reading this blog, you are probably the type of person that follows regional and national food trends pretty closely. You know the best burger or pizza slice to try in cities you’ve never visited before. You drink coffee out of a mug that says ‘bacon’ on it. You believe that classic edibles belong in their very own museum. To that last point, you are finally getting your wish. New York City has a temporary French fry museum.
The exhibit shows off more than 100 classic NYC frites from all over the five boroughs, locked away behind glass cylinders as if they were priceless works of art (they are.) The exhibit outlines the history of fries, as well as the history behind all of the various condiments that makes dipping so much fun. The brains behind all of this historical vegetable oil are a design firm called Guild and a niche condiment maker called Sir Kensington’s.
by Lawrence Bonk, November 3rd, 2014
Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is coming. You can’t stop it. I can’t stop it. The best we can do is to prepare ourselves for turkey’s imminence. Sounds about the right time for a dry run on roasting America’s most-grateful bird.
To make things easier, reach for a boneless turkey breast or tenderloin (which, based on the sheer size difference between the two, is like a chicken tender, only much larger). Picking up a lean cut like this means it will cook faster and slice easier for an open-faced sandwich.
This is a great alternative when planning for the upcoming holiday, too. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd or just don’t want to deal with preparing a whole bird, roast off a couple of breasts or tenderloins and you’ll have all the flavor without any of the fuss.
by Jamie Lisanti, November 1st, 2014
You know, back in the old days, America used to be the undisputed world champ of all-you-can-eat meals. This country was practically raised on massive piles of mashed potatoes and subpar ice cream sundaes. Well, it looks like the good ole US of A is slipping in yet another arena. Burger King Japan has started offering up all-you-can-eat Whoppers. Sigh.
The deal will set you back a reasonable $11, which nets you all the beefy goodness you can possibly manage to squeeze down your maw, with a few caveats. First of all, you have to eat two Whoppers, a medium fry and a medium soda in order to qualify to keep eating. Then, you only have a half hour to consume all of that beef. Finally, this offer is only for your standard Whopper and none of those fancy-pants new versions. Still, if you just got rescued from a deserted island and you are starving, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
by Carol Blymire, October 31st, 2014
Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about all of the ways to use your leftover candy. (For the record, we’ve been known to stash extra candy just to have as leftovers come November.) You could pass it out to coworkers or stockpile it to bring to movies, but we recommend revamping it, perhaps as Leftover Candy Bar Brownies. First, make a simple brownie batter, then add your favorite chopped chocolate candy — peanut butter, nougat, mint or caramel are all fair game. A gleaming layer of velveteen, thick chocolate ganache takes these over the top. Spread a thick layer of it over the top of the brownies, sprinkle with additional leftover chopped candies, like chocolate-covered peanuts or pretzels, and then revel in the candy-coated baked goodness. Happy Day-After Halloween!
AKA Let Me Eat Cake
A few years ago, a fashion designer made a canvas handbag emblazoned with the words “Eat Cake for Breakfast.” Really? It seemed so targeted toward those ladies who only saw Sex and the City for the first time in syndication on basic cable and thought they were so cool drinking cosmos at girls’ night in some strip-mall chain restaurant, deciding who was the Carrie and who was the Samantha. I used to roll my eyes at women who carried that bag … until I ate the first piece of my new and improved gluten-free carrot cake. Now I get it, people. I won’t carry that bag, but I will unapologetically eat this cake for breakfast. You should too.
I’ve been making gluten-free carrot cake for years. And it was fine. Good, actually. It was sweet and rich and delicious, and everybody said it tasted “just like regular carrot cake.”