Posts for October 16th 2007
In my opinion, every home cook should know how to make a good chili. With its hearty beans and spicy sauce, it's a comforting American classic that can be served at many different functions, so it's insane not to have a recipe (or three) in your repertoire. It's easy to adjust the quantity of a chili recipe, it travels well, and the stuff is a genuine crowd pleaser. If you are short on time and skill, try my beginner recipe, and if you have time to soak the beans over night, practice with the expert recipe. Choose which one suits your needs when you read more
The other day I talked about my love for a lizard-shaped bottle opener, and today, as I was browsing the Yum Market on TeamSugar, I noticed a wide variety of animal extras. Animal accents add a touch of whimsy to a stark kitchen and a hint of humor to a formal table setting. Look for small pieces in the form of salt and pepper shakers, coasters, napkin rings, or place card holders. I personally adore these durable, pewter bird cheese markers that shelleymonster saved. The set comes with additional cheese labels so you can write or print your own label in a font and style that matches your party. Browse below for more animal accents.
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Raise Your Pom Poms for Pomegranates It's pomegranate season, and there are plenty of reasons to be a cheerleader for this healthy fruit. The beautiful garnet-colored seeds are high in antioxidants, and pomegranates are also a great source of potassium. They make a great addition to any fall salad and are tasty scattered over roasted squash.
Upon my early morning arrival the first time I visited Buenos Aires, I begged my sister to take me to a decent cafeteria, where I immediately ordered a cortado. Along with the espresso came a small but delicious sandwich cookie. My sister explained that this cookie, the "alpha whore," was as ubiquitous in South America as chocolate chip cookies are in the US. While the name made me laugh, the subtle butter taste highlighted with the creamy caramel filling made me hungry for more. However, you don't have to travel south of the equator to enjoy these delightful cookies. To whip up a batch — they make excellent gifts and pair nicely with coffee — read more
On YumSugar, we decided to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by giving away three sets of Riedel's limited-edition Pink Vinum Rosé wineglasses to one lucky winner. Each glass has an elegant clear bowl and a soft pink stem, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support breast cancer diagnosis and management.
Well, we now have our winner! Congratulations, Dolls123, who gets six of these elegant glasses for a good cause. Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway!
"Everything on your plate is corn." That line, uttered by an interviewee in King Corn, is essentially the premise behind this new food-focused documentary. Much the way that Super Size Me uses a clever gimmick to take on the fast-food industry, King Corn follows two friends, Ian Cheney and Kurt Ellis, who move to Iowa to find out how this unassuming crop has made its way into so many grocery-store staples in the form of corn syrup, malodextrin, and other not-so-healthy ingredients.
With humor and a vagabond attitude, Cheney and Ellis establish a one-acre corn farm so that they can follow the life cycle of their crop. Along the way, they visit the Midwest's sprawling corn complexes and interview experts about how the highly subsidized crop has become an easy target in the fight against obesity. The movie opened this weekend in New York, and over the next few weeks will be showing in other cities, including LA, San Francisco, Austin, and Chicago. (Check the King Corn site to find out if it's coming to your city.) Watch the trailer and tell me what you think when you read more
If you've got kids who are picky eaters, why not trick them into eating their vegetables by slipping beet puree into chocolate cake? That's what wife to comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica, does. Now with her cookbook and blog, Deceptively Delicious, you can get your kids eating good food too. — Deceptively Delicious