Eric Asimov posed the question Does Anybody Drink Port Anymore? in 2009. The port industry seems to have realized eight years later that the answer is no. In a world of Unicorn Frappuccinos, port is like grandpa yelling at the grandkids to put their phones down and have some darn respect. But it shouldn’t be that way. At the Wine & Spirits annual Top of the List event, port producers had a strong presence in the perfect spot next to the crème caramel.
For me and most of the people I know, celebrating Cinco de Mayo has always involved a quick after-work injection of Mexican food straight to the belly. Tacos dispensed from beloved neighborhood food trucks, salty chips and big batches of “guac” mashed table-side at local Oaxacan restaurants — even a good-old fast-food burrito dressed in silver foil are all distinct possibilities. But this year at Food Network, we’re excited to start a new Cinco de Mayo tradition. Here’s a hint: It involves waking up early.
Hold the groans and just imagine the cheesy, eggy delights you might expect to find on the breakfast table — now imagine them dressed in Mexican flavors, like zingy salsas, juicy pico de gallo, freshly torn cilantro leaves, a runny egg, crumbled cotija or queso fresco … I could go on and on. But without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Mexican breakfast dishes that make rolling out of bed totally worth it. And if you really can’t bear the thought of waking up, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy these dishes for lunch or dinner, too!
Here’s a peppery, vegetarian take on an enduring favorite. Skip the basic Mexican cheese blends you’ll find at the supermarket and try to get your hands on some Oaxaca cheese instead; it has a similar texture to mozzarella and melts beautifully.
Remember when clear cola was a thing? Crystal Pepsi, Tab Clear — they were supposed to seem healthy and pure. Ah, the ‘90s. Now someone’s trying something similar with coffee.
A London-based company founded by two brothers is making see-through coffee it claims is “the first colorless coffee in the world!” CLR CFF (apparently the creators are as averse to vowels as they are to the color brown) looks, but doesn’t taste, like regular water. What it does taste like is a strong cup of joe, but — and this is apparently the point, in case you were wondering — it won’t stain your teeth.
This weekend, Food Network is heating things up and bringing you a batch of spicy new recipes from some of your favorite cooks. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is spicing up some of her family’s favorite recipes, making Spicy Sriracha Popcorn, Spicy Cowgirl coffee and Kung Pao Chicken. Then, Trisha Yearwood is trying fiery hot chicken, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with Chef Michael Psilakis, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a spicy feast for her brother’s birthday. Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a cocktail party and Ayesha Curry is serving up tacos and smoky margaritas.
On Sunday evening, strangers are teaming up in Flavortown Market, and the winning pair must decide if they want to split the prize money or compete in a winner-takes-all challenge. Then, the remaining chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet are cooking with classic sweet and savory combos, and the chefs on Iron Chef Eats are sharing some of their favorite breakfast spots and “no-fork needed” bites.
Carrots are in-season (now and for nearly the rest of the year) and it’s time to give these bright-orange beauties a real spot on the dinner table. We might be used to mincing and dicing carrots into oblivion for use in fried rice or shepherd’s pie, but they can be the star in a stellar side dish, best prepared simply to enhance their sweet, earthy flavor.
Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette
Forget about dicing or shredding. Left in their full-form glory, these sophisticated knife-and-fork carrots are steamed until tender and dressed with a sweet and tangy sauce of honey, lemon, Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar.
Sugarfina sure knows how to spot a trend, capture it in candy and conjure a coast-to-coast, crazy-big appetite for its toothsome, tastefully packaged creations. People went crazy for those rosé gummy candies the high-end candy company introduced last summer; the pink-wine-infused sweets sold out in under two hours and launched a wait list thousands upon thousands of eager buyers long.
Then again, sometimes even Sugarfina’s idea-meisters may not realize just how hungry the public is for one of their high-concept confections. See again, those pink-wine-infused gummies – but also, the company’s latest groundbreaker: “Green Juice” Bears, billed as the first of their kind.