by Patrick Decker, September 30th, 2014
by Lawrence Bonk, September 30th, 2014
Football season is here! It’s time for buds, brews and, of course, Buffalo sauce. Like peas & carrots, spicy Buffalo and the ol’ pigskin are meant to be together. It’s one of those rare instances of cosmic serendipity that reminds us that everything is going to be all right.
Lucky for all of us, Buffalo chicken couldn’t be a simpler miracle to pull off. Toss your edible of choice (in this case some chicken meatballs) in a combination of hot sauce, butter and vinegar to get things going. Gild the lily with some creamy blue cheese dressing (follow the homemade recipe below, or go with your favorite store-bought variety) and you won’t even notice the stealth-healthy shrine of salad greens that lurk beneath your Buffalo chicken.
Bonus: Putting these meatballs over salad greens is a great way to round them into a complete meal. Double up on the meatball portion of this recipe and prepare the dressing as a dipper for a simple and satisfying game-day snack.
by Lawrence Bonk, September 27th, 2014
Sure, transporting beer to and fro using a truck has worked just fine for the past hundred years or so, but it’s 2014 and humanity demands a more efficient way to get at their hops. Belgium may have just cracked the code: They’ve begun jettisoning their beer underground.
The citizens of Bruges, Belgium, have just approved an underground pipeline that will stretch for miles, transporting beer from breweries to bottling plants. All told, the pipeline will ship 6,000 liters per hour. If only somebody would adapt this plan for pizza.
As of this writing, however, the city has no contingency plan in place for beer-swilling moles or drunken revelers with jackhammers.
by Lawrence Bonk, September 26th, 2014
When you think about the price of ham these days, you probably hover in at around 8 dollars a pound. Of course, if you are purchasing it right from the hog, the price tends to uptick a little bit. How much of an uptick? Oh, about two million bucks. That’s right. Somebody bought some pork for an absolute boarload of money.
Everywhere at the Kentucky Fair, a dry-cured country ham is auctioned off for an exorbitant price. This year’s 16-pound bevy of pig parts went for an astounding 2 million bucks. The pig in question wasn’t raised on a steady diet of diamonds; it was just your average ultra-delicious cured hog. So why did it go for so much? It was an auction to raise money for charity, although this year’s entrant beat the record by a full 1.5 million smackeroos.
by Jamie Lisanti, September 24th, 2014
If life is a difficult trudge through snow, then mornings are a three mile jog through a blizzard in bare feet. In other words, they stink. Thankfully, a group of South Korean tech-wizards have invented a gadget that makes mornings just the teensiest bit more palatable.
It’s called the Baking Pot and, believe it or not, it doesn’t really bake at all. It does brew coffee, however. It also toasts your bread. That’s right. You can now have your coffee and toast prepared via one smartly designed machine. You can use that extra counter space for the juicer you swear you’ll use one day you promise.
by Mallory Stuchin, September 24th, 2014
You don’t have to fly to Germany or even attend an Oktoberfest party to get the authentic experience. Channel the spirit of a Bavarian beer hall at home with this recipe for homemade soft pretzels. Start your from-scratch dough with yeast, sugar, white flour, baking soda and butter, leaving time to let it rest and double in size. When the dough is ready, roll each piece into a rope and form it into a pretzel shape. (Perfect pretzel tip: Make a smiley face holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press them down to connect at the bottom of the “U.”) Then bake them and prepare some spicy mustard and also perhaps sausage, schnitzel and an ice-cold stein of German beer.
by Patrick Decker, September 23rd, 2014
Sundown on Wednesday marks the eve of 5775 in the Jewish calendar and the beginning of the Rosh Hashana holiday. While most celebrations lack much of December’s New Year’s Eve flair (no Champagne, and there are yarmulkes instead of party hats), the holidays do share one common tradition: Everyone gathers for a huge meal. If you’re looking to amp up your holiday dinner — or you simply want to enjoy a fall-centric menu — give these classic dishes a spin. You might like them enough to incorporate them into your next New Year’s party. After all, who needs caviar when you have kugel? L’shana tova (aka happy New Year!).
by Lawrence Bonk, September 23rd, 2014
Why is it that pasta is the go-to “pantry raid” dinner of choice? Sure, pasta just seems so effortless and satisfying. But here’s a fun fact: so is risotto.
Arborio rice. Stock. Some aromatics. The vegetable of your choice. Cheese. That’s pretty much all you need to have on hand to get dinner on the table. Risotto is simple to prepare and customizable to the nth degree based on your family’s tastes (basic risotto with a vegetable toppings bar, anyone?). The rice cooks in 18 minutes, and the leftovers can be repurposed into a no-brainer breaded and lightly fried cake.
by Zoë François, September 23rd, 2014
Airline food. Those two words conjure up images of nearly edible meals served in plastic trays that you just try to force down your gullet as you watch that one Adam Sandler movie where he plays his own twin sister. In other words, the only James Beard award it would win would be the coveted “managed not to blow chunks on the way to New Mexico.” Well, here is a company that delivers airline food right to your door so you can manage not to blow chunks on the way to your living room as well.
The pun-loving folks over at Air Food One will fill your home with the delicate aromas of off-gray turkey and biscuit cookies. It works a lot like Fresh Direct and other food-on-demand services. You simply sign up and, like nearly palatable magic, once a week you’ll be staring down a piping hot plate of something that is sure to give you calories and technically prolong your life.
I love pie, all pies, but this one stands above the rest. I’m not even a huge blueberry fan, but when they are baked up in a pie shell, with just a bit of lemon, some sugar and pats of butter, I could eat the whole thing. I prefer to use fresh wild blueberries. They tend to be smaller, are just a bit tart and have a more intense flavor, but the larger variety works as well and I’ve baked this pie using frozen berries with great success.