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!
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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.”
The humble, cream-filled eclair is one of the most delicious treats available at your garden-variety bakery. However, what if the eclair got too big for its britches and decided to expel all of the other baked goods? Then you’d get Les Jardins de la Duchesse, New York City’s all-eclair bakery.
NYC’s Lower East Side will play home to all manner of cream-filled delicacy once this bad boy opens, from your classic Valrhona chocolate-topped standard to more unusual eclairs. The bakery will even feature savory items, including curry chicken eclairs and salmon and cream cheese eclairs.
Canned fish. Sometimes it’s a necessity. That tuna fish isn’t to become a tuna fish sandwich by itself, in other words. There are, however, some downright gourmet canned fish products that are miles away from the bespectacled Charlie the Tuna. One London restaurant is betting that foodies will pay premium prices for premium canned fish product.
The appropriately named Tincan doesn’t even have a chef and very little by way of staff. Most of the dishes consist of canned fish with a variety of bread, greens and other simple sides. The restaurant only stocks the best of the best in its namesake, importing products from all over the world. Reviews have been positive, proving once again that fresh food is totally overrated (kidding.)
Pumpkin gets a lot of love in the sweet category. And happy as we are to dive into pumpkin pie, pumpkin sticky buns or a well-spiced cheesecake, today we are championing the savory side. Case in point: dinner in a pumpkin. This clever, ultra-homey idea bakes a classic casserole (think: cream of mushroom soup, wild rice, water chestnuts, ground beef or turkey) into an actual medium-size pumpkin. Pop it in the oven on Halloween night, draw a face on the finished gourd and dish it out with some softened pumpkin for maximal heartiness before trick-or-treating time. Or make it the throw-back main course for your adults-only party, since it pairs well with pumpkin ale and a sensible kale salad. (Full disclosure: This is stock art, not the actual dish. We completely failed to take a picture when we made this dish ourselves.)
Nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal on a chilly day… except, perhaps, eliminating the hot-stove phase to get there. That’s where the slow cooker comes in. What’s great about slow-cooker meals is: They’re often one-pot dishes (Less cleanup! Complete meal!). So check out these recipes to get some inspiration for your slow cooker this week:
Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge: Think beyond oats with this multigrain hot cereal.
There are a lot of amazing kitchen gadgets out there. If you tried to write them all down, you’d get a hand cramp somewhere around sous vide cooker or silly-shaped pancake mold. This is great for cooking enthusiasts. Variety is the spice of life, after all. This is not so great for people with smaller than average kitchens. Where do you put all of that stuff? That’s where this new library of kitchen appliances comes in.
Opened in Toronto, the Kitchen Library works just like a regular library. You take stuff out and return it by a certain date. Instead of books, however, this library stocks only kitchen gadgets. All told, it features over 100 different appliances, from expensive juicers to more niche items like chocolate fountains. Fifty bucks gets you unlimited access to all of these goodies for a full year, so long as you return them, clean as a whistle, by the specified time.
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- Make no bones about it, these skeleton-inspired Dusty Bones Sugar Cookies by Sprinkle Bakes are bound to be the first thing to disappear from your Halloween soiree.
- If you’ve ever encountered puppy chow (the cereal-based snack), you know it’s hard not to scarf it all at once — especially now that I Am Baker gives it a fall spin with Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.
- Use the most magical superfood of them all, quinoa, for a surprising use, courtesy of What’s Cooking Good Looking. Savory Pumpkin Pie and Quinoa Crust piles roasted pumpkin and zucchini onto a quinoa-based crust that’s more nutritious than its buttery flour counterpart.
- Die-hard candy-corn fans have been known to show their spirit in clever ways. Yummy Mummy Kitchen pays tribute to the orange-yellow-white trifecta with a new one: Tropical Candy Corn Ice Pops that are refreshingly healthy but still have that classic candy look.
- Culinary Bro-Down knows what we really need, presenting us with a cheesy, spicy idea during a week that’s all about the sweet stuff. Come Friday, don’t beat yourself up over all the Halloween candy you’re bound to inhale. Instead, fry up a Chorizo Mac ‘N’ Cheese Quesadilla that answers every one of your guiltiest savory pleasures.
Halloween is here at last! When we were growing up, the evening of Oct. 31 was 100 percent dedicated to getting out the door in search of candy. With the impending candy onslaught, dinner was a bit of an afterthought (“Whaddya mean I can’t just have candy bars and peanut butter cups?!”).
Whether you’ve got little ones of your own or you are fending off the horde at your doorstep, set yourself up for success with a no-brainer meal to power you the whole night through. Kielbasa sausage — which comes ready to eat — is the perfect rich and hearty companion to a barley salad that can be served warm or at room temperature. That barley can even be made hours before the army of orange plastic pumpkins descends.
Also, just to be clear about that whole peanut-butter-cups-for-dinner thing, I’m not not condoning it. Just think of the example you’re setting for the children.
The rest of the world has been sipping on their lattes and petting on their felines for a couple of years now. Meanwhile, the closest America has gotten is a pop-up or two. That seems highly unfair, given the country’s unabashed love affair with cats. Well, it looks like that long national nightmare is over. California just opened their very own cat cafe.
Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California will get you filled up with caffeine and with noted parasite toxoplasma gondii. All of the cats roaming around are adoptable if you are looking to work some kind of ‘rent to own’ deal. In addition to feisty kitties, they serve a variety of coffee drinks and snacks. You know, the usual coffee shop fare.