Chocolate can make anything better — including, it turns out, complex matters of science. That’s apparently the thinking behind a materials science and engineering course on offer at Johns Hopkins University in which undergraduate students learn the concepts of thermodynamics by experimenting with chocolate.
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It’s that time of year when winter just isn’t a novelty anymore. The buzz of the holidays is long gone, first-snow excitement has given way to the agony of filthy and slushy puddles, and, frankly, we’re just cold. You could tough out the coming weeks with a blanket and a slow cooker (a totally valid choice), or you could combat the lingering chill with some fun in the kitchen. These recipes are a great antidote for even the grayest day.
True, we’re still a few months away from enjoying warm days spent sipping lemonade on the porch. But citrus actually shines brightest in winter, and a tangy salad can make a dull day feel downright tropical.
Tacos are a crowd-pleaser every time. They’re quick, delicious and easy to customize so everyone gets what they want. But why limit tacos to just meat, cheese and tortillas? These dishes stretch the boundaries of the taco kingdom, with south-of-the-border deliciousness in the form of casserole, meatballs and more.
Mexican Pot Roast Tacos (pictured above)
These might look like regular tacos, but the taste of slowly simmered pot roast will have everyone begging for your recipe. You can cook the meat until tender in a large Dutch oven, or even try using the slow cooker so dinner’s on the table by the time you get home from work. For best results, serve with Tyler Florence’s simple salsa and guac.
Giada De Laurentiis Ushers In the 15th South Beach Wine & Food Festival with Italian Bites on the Beachby Maria Russo in Events, February 26th, 2016
Think beyond burgers, chicken tenders and frozen cocktails because when Giada throws a beach party, the name of the game is Italian fare. She kicked off the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last night with Italian Bites on the Beach, a seaside soiree worthy of the festival’s landmark 15th anniversary. Featuring everything from pasta and pizza to sweet tiramisu-inspired treats and flowing red wine, this sold-out event brought together chefs from across the country for an evening of walk-around tastings and dancing in the sand to a live band.
Spring might be right around the corner, but there’s still time to enjoy your favorite comfort food indulgences before winter ends. Start off Saturday morning with Ree Drummond as she celebrates all four seasons by cooking one dish from each, including a wintry Red Wine Pot Roast and a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad for spring. Then, Trisha Yearwood is showing her friend Glenda all the ways you can cook with a cast-iron skillet, including Country Ham Carbonara and strawberry skillet cake. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are revealing their favorite Southern comforts, like Katie Lee’s Fried Chicken and Sunny Anderson’s Easy Baked Sweet Corn. After that, while her family is away, Valerie Bertinelli is cooking up the foods she loves the most, including Pasta alle Vongole and Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello.
Bran muffin = healthy, right? But what makes a muffin a bran muffin? The bran, of course. But what exactly is bran — and why is it so good for you? Read more
Spring Baking Championship returns to Food Network on Sunday, April 10 at 9|8c with plenty more sweets, treats and baked goods to savor. Eight of the nation’s best bakers will compete to create impressive springtime treats for the approval of returning judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. And back to host this confectionary competition is Bobby Deen. In the end only one baker will rise to the top to win the title of Spring Baking Champion and $50,000.
The competitors must face new challenges, all featuring spring themes and seasonal ingredients. But it won’t be an easy task, and there will be surprise twists along the way. No matter what the competitors bake, their creativity and ability will measured in each of the six hour-long episodes. After the first round one baker has the opportunity to earn a special advantage for the main challenge, but will it be enough to help gain a win? Find out more about the baking challenges ahead in Season 2.
If you’re doing it right, you aren’t confining your pizza intake to dinner alone. We’ve got five satisfying breakfast pizzas that change the game (no cold pizza leftovers here!), so you don’t even have to wait for your delivery person to start his or her shift to get your fix. Down them as your first meal of the day, or eat breakfast for dinner. Either way you do it, you’ll be winning at this whole life thing from your very first meal of the day.
You won’t go hungry if you follow Ree Drummond’s lead. Her Breakfast Pizza, featured in Food Network Magazine, involves zesty homemade salsa, thick-cut peppered bacon, bell peppers, shredded hash browns and mozzarella cheese. Right before putting it into the oven, she cracks fresh eggs onto the pizza, and then bakes it all until the eggs are set and soft.
Here’s an idea you may not have seen coming: a tattoo parlor in your friendly neighborhood Whole Foods. Also maybe a record store.
As part of its push to appeal to young, hip, budget-minded shoppers with its new chain, 365 by Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocer has put a call out to independent businesses of all Millennial-attracting stripes to offer their goods and services within Whole Foods stores or outside on the stores’ patios.
Ready your flour stash and fire up your oven: Bread is back. And hopefully it’s here to stay. According to food industry experts, “An era of good bread is upon us again.” We can expect to find its various starchy incarnations at restaurants, stores and cafes across the country, challenging the low-carb ethos that dominated in 2015. “Fancy toasts and tartines, flatbreads topped with everything … bagels and babka … and cheesy bread from all over the world” are just a few of the items on our radar this year.