The Ins and Outs of a Showstopping Pumpkin Roll

by in Recipes, October 28th, 2014

Pumpkin RollWhile your friends and family are likely to appreciate any sweet treat you send their way, chances are you’ll receive hearty oohs and aahs when you present Trisha Yearwood’s impressive Pumpkin Roll (pictured above).

Once you’ve baked the cinnamon-scented cake, the trick to executing this recipe lies in rolling it. To make the process easier, Trisha recommends flipping the cake out of its pan while it’s still warm and using a sugar-dusted towel to roll it up. She lets the cake cool in the refrigerator, which will help the dessert settle into its log shape, before unrolling it to fill it with fluffy cream-cheese frosting. Just reroll the cake before slicing and serving for an extra-special presentation.

Read more

5 Easy Veggies Kids Love — Really

by in Family, October 28th, 2014

Roasted BroccoliAs a foodie blogger, there is one thing I constantly hear from other parents: “Oh boy, you can never come to my house for dinner.” That’s not very helpful here, but the second thing I hear often might be: “How can I get my kids to eat more/some/any vegetables?” My answer is the same every time: Roast them. I do mean the veggies, and here are my favorite ways to do it.

The method (below) is the same — and delicious — every time, but if you want to add another layer of flavor, try them all.

Method: Toss veggies with 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and place into an oven at 400 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the vegetables. Flip once along the way.

Read more

America Finally Gets a Full-Time Cat Cafe

by , October 28th, 2014

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.

Read more

Restaurants Revisited: The Worst of the Worst

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Dinner Bell RestaurantFrom filthy kitchens and grimy furniture to mismanaged staff members and owners who’ve lost their passion for the restaurant business, Robert Irvine has seen nearly everything in his nine seasons on Restaurant: Impossible. But while all of Robert’s missions require his and his team’s full $10,000 budget and 48 hours of work, some projects are loftier than others, with the shell of the businesses all but crumbling under their failures when Robert arrives.

On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans looked back at these seemingly hopeless missions and relived the daunting challenges Robert and his team endured in order to complete their tasks on time. Such restaurants, including Dinner Bell Restaurant, which was just days away from closing before Robert’s mission began, and Frankie’s, which was headed by a pair of sparring owners, have proved to be simply unforgettable and now are among the worst of the worst.

Read more

Best Hack Ever: Icemaker Turned Candy Dispenser

by in News, October 27th, 2014

CandyBracing for the onslaught of itty-bitty bite-size Halloween candy that’s about to descend upon your home? Dreading the kitchen-storage issue it presents and wondering precisely how to portion it out to your children (and OK, sometimes, when no one’s looking, yourself)? Then this cool refrigerator hack will not leave you cold.

A Redditor named Deric Peace has turned his refrigerator’s automatic icemaker into a frozen candy dispenser: All he did was put candy where the freshly made ice usually goes. (Important note: Be sure to turn off your freezer’s ice-making function before attempting this.)

Peace, who calls the hack the “best thing” he’s ever done for himself, told Reddit commenters the idea came to him “in a flash,” explaining, “I thought of it while grabbing my last bit of Peanut Butter M&M’s from the bag, and as I looked at the freezer door, I said, hmmm. If this thing spits out cubes of ice, why not candy?!”

Read more

Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 27th, 2014

Vegetarian Tortilla CasseroleThe best thing about Meatless Mondays is the versatility and inventiveness that each recipe brings. With the Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole (pictured above), your typical, run-of-the-mill casserole is turned on its head as this recipe features two unlikely ingredients: salsa verde and squash. This gives the meal some unexpected, spicy fall flair. Those two mainstays are accompanied by mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, corn tortillas, scallions and tomato to make for a perfectly tangy meal. And it’s gluten-free to boot.

This meal is relatively simple to make. First, you’ll season the cut-up squash with salt and bake till it’s soft. Then, you’ll combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and salt in a bowl.
Once that’s completed, place and overlap 4 tortillas in a baking dish and place the squash and scallions on top. Then, drizzle the salsa verde over the vegetables and top with the cheese mixture. Again, place and overlap 4 tortillas on top. Then, put the sliced tomatoes and spinach over it, and cover with the salsa verde and cheese mixture. Place 4 tortillas on top and pour the last of the salsa verde and cheese mixture over it. Bake until golden brown. Add the leftover scallions to garnish.

Read more