From Easter brunch to baseball season, there was no shortage of good food for our favorite celebrity chefs. This week cooks like Jamie Oliver and Chris Cosentino tweeted away with mouthwatering photos of what they were up to in the kitchen. Pizza and cupcakes were just a few of the snaps that made us hungry. In case you missed them, check out these foodie pics of the week!
- This Southern appetizer will win your guests over
- How to throw your own Mad Men premiere party
- Pour this mango mimosa and toast to Spring
- Forget pigs in a blanket and try this instead
- Homemade butter biscuits? Yes, please!
- Ditch the frills and shake up a clean, green gimlet
- The votes are in: our 22 top brews
- Kick off baseball season with these all-American bites
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
Thank goodness Mad Men returns for its sixth season this Sunday; any longer, and I might have taken up a three-martini lunch habit. I am giddy at the return of retro style and classic cocktails. Even as it evolves, the 1960s-set show always shines a compelling lens on American cocktail culture. Celebrate the return of this tribute to classic libations by mixing up a drink (or three) featured on the show.
The big moment is here! In our final episode of One of a Kind: Milly, our winner Laura receives her one-of-a-kind Milly handbag that designer Michelle Smith created just for her. But what Laura doesn't know is that we have several other surprises in store for her. Let's just say she's getting a few other treats, including a dedicated photo shoot! Watch on to see the entire journey unfold.
I'm rarely inclined to re-create a restaurant dish at home, as they often involve multiple components best executed in a setting where a coterie of chefs and prep cooks can pitch in to their prep. That said, I knew I'd have to break my rule after obsessing over a biscuit topped with pimento cheese, prosciutto, and microgreens at California's Artisan Cheese Festival.
Thankfully, none of the components involved are particularly trying to produce. Pimento cheese involves little more than a few swipes of a grater; drop biscuits are a dump-and-stir operation; the other ingredients are a mere matter of sourcing. Combine these all into a rustic finger food, and the result is a hearty appetizer far greater than the sum of their already dangerously enticing parts. Make them yourself, and I'm sure you'll agree.
- Remembering Roger Ebert: film critic and food writer — Zagat
- Oh sugar, sugar! Snap-pea recipes for Spring — HuffPost Taste
- KFC fried chicken could be going completely boneless — Eater
- Futuristic McDonald's opens in Georgia — Delish
- Should there be a "best female chef" award? — Grub Street New York
- NYC fast-food workers on strike, in pictures — BuzzFeed Food
- Will China be the next Bordeaux? — Wall Street Journal
Throwing a Mad Men-inspired cocktail party? Then you'll want to tune in to this video for a little '60s inspiration. Watch Theme My Party host Brandi Milloy to learn how to set the mood just right, from the themed invitations and the inviting labels (who'll be able to resist Don Draper's old fashioned?) to vintage barware and colorful centerpieces. Your guests will be so charmed, they won't want to return to 2013!
Can you guess what's in this drink? Don't let the orange hue fool you; these mimosas aren't made with oranges — instead, they're made fruity with the help of mango purée and grapefruit juice. Mango thickens and sweetens the mimosa, while the grapefruit provides a crispness that complements the sparkling wine.
Nothing beats fresh, so if you have time, then whirl up ripe mango chunks in a food processor to make homemade mango purée and squeeze some grapefruits in a citrus juicer. Keep reading for the recipe.