For many years I avoided buying whole pomegranates for fear of juice splatter reminiscent of a crime scene, instead turning to overpriced, often bland and mushy prepackaged seeds. Since then I've rectified my ways, and realized that a few simple steps are all that separate me from the delicate juicy arils within, hold the mess. Keep reading to learn the tricks to this task.
KneadforFood's recipe for nutty icebox cookies is a strong argument for thin and crispy (versus thick and chewy) chocolate chip cookies.
These icebox chocolate chip cookies use bread flour for extra crispiness.
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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?
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Now more than ever, companies are making it easier to experiment with molecular gastronomy at home. The company Molecule-R sent us its Margarita R-evolution ($30) kit, containing the special chemicals and tools needed to create margarita spherification shots. What the heck does that mean? Spherification is the process of taking a liquid and encapsulating it in a jelly-like form of itself so that the outside is a gelatinous shell and the inside remains liquid.
We read, reread, and even thrice read the recipe before attempting anything, then rolled up our sleeves and hopped to it. Complete with precise measurements, illustrations, tips and tricks, and troubleshooting, the guide fooled us into confidently thinking, "We've got this!" We filled the cute little silicone mold with mango juice, citrus liqueur, and calcium lactate and popped it in the freezer. So far so good. But find out if they turned out right.
This coming weekend marks the sixth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, where foodies flock to New York to eat like royalty and rub shoulders with chefs and food personalities. Dinners, demos, and grand tastings takes place Oct. 17-20. Each year, our editors attend the festival to catch up with chefs, spot new food trends, and declare our new favorite food products. Still scratching your head? These six reasons should convince you that the event needs to be on your radar this year.
The Tickets Raise Money For a Good Cause
All the festival proceeds go to the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. With its more than 50,000 attendees, you can imagine a lot of food and millions of dollars are raised for the cause. See the entire festival breakdown, by the numbers.
Discover Top Food Trends
We spotted pickles, Jewish deli foods, and Korean as just a few major new food trends during last year's festival.
After tasting (and falling head over heels for) Philadelphia Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese, we've come to expect greatness from Philadelphia's line of flavored cream cheeses. And (spoiler alert) the brand's two newest additions, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and Chipotle (each $3), don't break from the trend. Keep reading to learn which spread will bring you breakfast bliss.
Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese
Intensely smoky and spicy, chipotle peppers can easily overpower more delicate flavors; but fear not, Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese gets it just right. This delicately spicy spread packs the heat without setting taste buds on fire. Even our typically chipotle-averse taster got in on the fun and came back for seconds, enthusiastically praising its versatility as both a spread and dip for veggies and the like.
Sprinkles may seem like an elusive confection that can only be bought at a grocery store, but what if you could learn the secret of creating your own at home? Enter in a recipe for homemade sprinkles in the new cookbook Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts by Jackie Alpers. Her method of sprinkle-making is fascinating and fairly easy.
These jimmies, as they're affectionately called, use a royal icing base. The icing dries to create the sheen and crunch factor that we love in sprinkles. I divided the batch into a few bowls and generously dyed them an assortment of colors. When adding food coloring, keep in mind that when the sprinkles dry, they will be lighter in color than the icing itself.
Transfer the icing to piping bags, fitted with a round No. 1 or No. 2 tip, or for faster piping, try this handy multiopening tip. I recommend using parchment paper or wax paper, as nonstick silicone mats will leave a hatch-mark pattern on the bottom of the sprinkles once they have dried. Take a closer look at the yellow sprinkles to see what I mean. Once the sprinkles have dried, cut them using a knife or simply break them up using your hands. You will have several cups' worth of sprinkles . . . quite possibly enough to last you three or four sprinkle-packed cupcake batches.
In addition to this recipe, the cookbook also features pages of other flawless sprinkle-studded recipes, including a recipe for "confetti layer cake," a spongy white cake with rainbow sprinkles swirled into the batter, as well as an atypical buttercream frosting that calls for the addition of whipping cream, resulting in a lighter texture.
"Happiness is rainbow sprinkles," the introduction of the book declares, and I quite agree. Sprinkles make life much more radiant.
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. These dessert cups are edible, making it possible to enjoy whatever treat you choose to fill them with in its entirety. Hosting a tea party? Edible teacups are just the ticket. Feeling minimalist? Go the solid chocolate cup route. Looking for a low-fuss project? Flaky, fluted cinnamon-sugar wonton cups take next to no time to prep. Watch the video to learn how to make all three, and then get baking!