by Amy Reiter in News, July 28th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, July 27th, 2015
Tell me this has never happened to you: You’re at your desk, working diligently against deadline (or surreptitiously doing a touch of online shopping, whatever), when all of a sudden an intraoffice email pops up alerting you that there are free doughnuts — free doughnuts! — in the conference room.
Suddenly, you’re off like a shot, ditching your desk chair so fast you leave it spinning, in order to make sure you don’t miss out on the gratis grub. Your response may lack dignity, and you may not even have been hungry, but, dude, we have all been there.
How to explain this common response to free office food? The Huffington Post has consulted experts and concluded it is part nature and part nurture.
by Amy Reiter in Books, News, July 25th, 2015
You actually remember (for once!) to bring your reusable shopping bag with you to the market. With your environmental concerns front of mind, you stock up on organic fruits and veggies. Then, feeling virtuous and self-satisfied, you reward yourself with a container of your favorite ice cream or a big bag of chips.
Sound familiar? Scientists have spotted a trend: When consumers bring their own bags along to the supermarket, they tend to buy more organic produce — and more treats and snack foods.
by Amy Reiter in News, July 24th, 2015
Remotes down, spatulas up, Modern Family fans. Now you can master recipes inspired by the hit TV sitcom, served with a side of sly humor. Time Inc. Books imprint Oxmoor House is set to release The Modern Family Cookbook on September 22, the day before the show’s seventh season hits the air.
The book’s 100 simple, family-friendly recipes — suitable for a variety of meals and holidays — evoke the show’s quirky cast and characters, and allude to key onscreen moments. So “peerents” and kids alike can whip up Cam’s Country-Comes-to-Town Farmhouse Breakfast or Phil’s Traditional First-Day-of-School Pancakes — “Don’t forget the whipped cream smile!” the press release chirps — as well as Dunphy’s Failsafe Roast Chicken and Manny’s Chocolate Torte.
by Amy Reiter in News, July 20th, 2015
Of all the colorful cookies Tokyo-based baker Ayaka Matsuno has shared on Tumblr — and there are lots and lots — the most-sweetly nostalgic may be the cookies that conjure images from the ’90s, especially for those who enjoyed that very decade. (Foodbeast has dubbed the cookies “throwback” collection.)
Matsuno’s iced treats are evocative, imaginative and playful. You got your cassette tapes, your Game Boy cartridges, your Super Nintendo consoles and your faceless heads of Princess Diana (we’re pretty sure that lovely hair and crown are inspired by the late beloved British royal).
by Amy Reiter in News, July 17th, 2015
A new study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that adventurous eaters — or “food neophiles,” as the researchers term them — tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those whose eating habits are more restricted.
The study, published in the journal Obesity, included a nationwide online survey of 501 diverse young women (average age around 27) that measured how adventurous their eating habits were, as well as their perceptions of new foods, the characteristics of their lifestyle and psychology, and their BMI. Not only did adventurous eaters — those more inclined to eat foods like seitan, beef tongue, kimchi, rabbit and polenta — tend to have lower BMIs, they were also more prone to cook foods linked to their own heritage, have people over for dinner, engage in physical activities and be mindful about healthy food consumption.
by Amy Reiter in News, July 15th, 2015
S’mores are all very well and good (and when done precisely to your taste, well, very good), but a new app and website — Fireside Provisions — takes camp food to the next level.
Click through and you can have healthy, high-end-sounding camp food — scones with “natural jams,” Starbucks coffee, maple mustard pork chops and spicy chili-baked yams, and yes, “gourmet s’mores” (not to mention essentials like organic sunscreen and soap, natural toothpaste and biodegradable toilet paper) — delivered right to your door in advance of your camping trip.
by Amy Reiter in News, July 13th, 2015
Thank you for giving us an excuse to eat ice cream every day — sometimes more than once..
There, now that that’s over with, let’s talk scooping. I always thought a scoop was a scoop was a scoop (unless you’re talking about a super-duper ultra-big scooper like this one). But the Huffington Post has just offered five tips to make scooping easier — and, by extension, make summer even better.
For softer ice cream and smoother scooping, the site suggests:
by Amy Reiter in News, July 12th, 2015
We Americans are notoriously clueless about the finer points of English tea. Just ask British royal biographer Hugo Vicker, who once struggled to school Stephen Colbert in proper tea-drinking etiquette — to memorably hilarious effect.
Trusting, perhaps, that the rest of us are slightly better students than the hysterically hapless Mr. Colbert, NPR’s The Salt blog tells us, in a recent post, how to tell our high tea from our afternoon tea from our elevenses, as well as what, exactly, we should do with our pinkies when we sip our tea. (Tuck them in! Sticking them out is not proper; it’s pretentious.)
Here’s the deal:
Elevenses: This late-morning work break (analogous, perhaps, to our morning coffee break here in the States) generally occurs at 11 a.m. (thus the name) and involves hot tea or coffee and a light snack, like a muffin, scone or biscuit. Even though the tradition probably didn’t start until sometime in the 20th century, elevenses is now considered an essential element of British culture.
by Amy Reiter in News, July 11th, 2015
Every ice cream lover knows cones come in just a handful of shapes. You got your pointy sugar cone, you got your flat-bottomed safety cone, you got your fancy-pants premium waffle cone, and there are always going to be those who prefer a cup. But now you have a new option: a cone in the shape of the letter J.
The J-shaped cone, which made its debut in 2013 in Philippine malls, where it is known as “Jipangyi,” is currently a major craze in South Korea, Grub Street reports. It has now made the leap to America, delighting and perhaps embarrassing novelty-seeking ice cream eaters in New York City, where it is being sold (for a modest $4 per cone) via the Play J ice cream truck.
You can enjoy your yogurt straight up or frozen, and now, you are cordially informed, you can enjoy it as a liqueur.
Dutch distiller Bols, which makes spirits like gin and vodka, as well as liqueurs in a staggering variety of flavors, from Sour Apple to Sea Buckthorn, Blueberry, Banana, Butterscotch and beyond, has now brought the world a “Natural Yogurt” liqueur.
Made from yogurt both “real” and “fresh,” Bols Yogurt Liqueur is said to combine a “sweet and sour taste” with a “rich and smooth texture.” It needs no refrigeration (which is perhaps a little unsettling) and may be served straight up, on ice or mixed with fruit, juice, soft drinks or other liqueurs in a creamy cocktail.