Taking a break from the sun, the sand and the squeals of wave-jumping children to pad over to the saltwater-taffy “shoppe” and watch the complex apparatus do its pully-twisty thing is, truly, one of the great joys of summer.
It also turns out to be one of the great joys of mathematics. In fact, a professor of fluid dynamics at the University of Wisconsin, Jean-Luc Thiffeault, whose field of study mixes mathematics and physics like the air and sugar that are taffy’s chief ingredients, has written an entire research paper — “A mathematical history of taffy pullers” — about the mathematical efficiency of taffy-making machines and the innovations over the years.
In a report on Thiffeault’s research, the Washington Post highlights some interesting tidbits about taffy’s history to chew on. Among them:
If there comes a point during the school year when you just can’t make another PB&J, try a twist on a classic. Your favorite standbys are getting kid-friendly makeovers, which means lunchtime will be a surprise for your student — and packing will be more fun for you. Try one of these new sandwiches to add some variety to your kid’s lunchbox. Read more
Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale Take On 12 Bumbling Bakers in the New Series Worst Bakers in Americaby Joseph Erdos in Shows, August 29th, 2016
Worst Cooks Boot Camp is getting a bakeover, as coaches Lorraine Pascale and Duff Goldman draft 12 of the most-disastrous bakers in the nation into the most-difficult culinary Boot Camp on Worst Bakers in America, premiering Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10|9c. Duff and Lorraine will attempt to mold two teams of catastrophic recruits into potential dessert impresarios, until two rise to the top to face off in one final challenge. With $25,000 on the line, these wannabe bakers better show off their sweeter side if they intend to beat the competition and survive six weeks of baking challenges.
Most hearty and filling salad recipes call for plenty of meaty elements, like diced turkey and ham in the traditional cobb. But you don’t have to rely on meat to guarantee a satisfying salad. The secret is using other proteins that deliver the heft you crave.
Baking can be a testy topic. Half science, half magic, it often demands precision and attention to detail that can be intimidating to even seasoned home cooks. Here’s the good news: Tessa Huff of Style Sweet CA is here with her new cookbook, Layered, to dispel baking myths and to tell us how to fix common baking mistakes. Layered will inspire even timid home bakers to fire up their ovens and create something that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
Read on below to hear from Huff about how to prevent overbaked treats and stubborn frostings, then get her recipe for the over-the-top-indulgent Cinnamon Roll Cake pictured above.
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.
Disneyland and the neighboring California Adventure draw millions of visitors to experience thrilling rides and the chance to interact with Mickey Mouse and friends. In addition to the attractions and adventures designed to dazzle the kids (and kids at heart), the Happiest Place on Earth also entices with beyond-basic eats that put standard theme park fare to shame. Within the 150-plus acres that house both parks, you’ll find quick-serve spots offering a mix of concession stand classics (some even shaped like Mickey) and exotic treats such as chile-dusted mango slices and pineapple soft serve, along with restaurants that cater to a range of tastes, with decadent New Orleans-inspired dishes, elevated California cuisine and more. Dig in! Read more
Satisfy your peanut butter cup cravings with Trisha Yearwood’s simple no-bake bars, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Trisha combines crushed pretzel rods with peanut butter for a sweet-salty base, then she layers a melty chocolate-peanut butter mix over the bottom to create an indulgent topping. These crowd-pleasing bars require only an hour in the refrigerator before they’re ready to be cut and served.
For more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares
Unless you’ve shielded your eyes from your calendar at all costs (we don’t blame you), you know September is approaching — and fast. No matter how many beaches you’ve hit, parks you’ve sprawled in or weekend trips you’ve taken, we can guess there’s one summertime tradition you still haven’t gotten enough of: the outdoor cookout. Before it’s too late, live it up over the long Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of summer with our favorite cookout-ready recipes.
Even if you think that burgers have no season, you can bet that they taste better fired up on a hot grill (while you’re in your bathing suit … with a cold beer in your hand). Go big over Labor Day weekend with Trisha Yearwood’s Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, which trade the usual slice of cheese on top for a molten, gooey and cheesy center.
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
New York City may be many things to many people, but there’s no denying it’s a pizza town. The first commercial pies made on American soil were baked in a Manhattan oven at Lombardi’s Pizza in 1905. And today on nearly every street in the five boroughs you can find a shop slinging slices slicked with sauce, smothered in cheese and adorned with virtually any topping imaginable. New Yorkers are passionate about pizza, and chefs are just as committed — maybe even more so — to their favorite spots for a slice in the Big Apple. Here, the pros dish on their top pizza picks.