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Posts for June 19th 2007
Every now and then I crave and eat an entire Caramello, so when YumSugar proposed her I Heart Candy challenge I figured I'd make a homemade version of a Caramello. However homemade caramel involves an entire hour of constant stirring, so I brainstormed and was immediately reminded of an old childhood favorite: Heath bar cake!
A Heath bar is a thin slab of English toffee covered with smooth milk chocolate. Made with a boxed cake mix, this dessert comes together in no time and can be masterfully assembled by any inexperienced cook. With layers of sweetened condensed milk, creamy caramel sauce, and clouds of pillowy whipped cream topped off with chunks of the classic Heath candy bar, this is one recipe that you have to try. Take a look at just how easy it is, read more
I have a really soft place in my heart for children's books. One of my favorites is called 10 Minutes Till Bedtime which is about a kid getting ready for bed when a hamster tour comes through his house. The artwork is adorable, and now there are instructions for you to make your own Ants on a Banana-Bus snack. So cute! - Hamster Tours via Neatorama
Last weekend my friend April and I went to the farmer's market. Along with a lovely batch of fresh strawberries, we both decided to pick up some early peaches too. The only problem was that while the peaches looked great, they were still too hard and unripe. So what could we do? We could sit them on our counter and wait for what seems like an eternity for them to ripen, or we could employ a quick trick and have them ripen in double the time.
To speed up the ripening process in peaches, place them in a loosely sealed brown paper bag on the counter. The peaches give off ethylene gas - a natural ripening hormone - which is trapped inside the bag causing the fruit to ripen faster. You can do this with a plastic bag too, but the plastic doesn't "breathe" as well as the paper, meaning moisture may collect causing your perfectly ripened peaches to rot.
Once ripe, peaches should be refrigerated and used within a few days (although they'll taste better at room temp). Ripe peaches have a sweet fragrance, are soft (but not mushy) to the touch and have a golden undertone.
This ripening trick also works for apricots, nectarines, avocados, bananas, kiwi, mangoes, pears and plums.
If you're a female and you like to cook, chances are you have a hungry male in your life who needs feeding. What do hungry husbands/boyfriends/sons/brothers/fathers like to eat? Simple foods like steak and sandwiches, or combine the two for the ultimate manly comfort food: the steak sandwich. Because of its genuine versatility, having a delicious steak sandwich recipe is a must for home cooks. Serve with a green salad and red wine for a romantic evening, or make a bunch for the boys to enjoy while watching baseball and drinking beer. Whether you're new to the kitchen or an old pro, make steak sandwiches based on your level of cooking expertise. Check out my two recipes: one for the novice and one for the advanced, just read more
The third episode of Hell's Kitchen aired last night and, unlike many of the contestants, I was prepared - Grey Goose martini in hand, computer by my side - and ready for whatever challenges Gordon Ramsay proposed. Not only did the chefs-in-training have to cook their usual dinner service, but they also had to wake up at 5am to prepare breakfast for members of the United States military. To see what went down - or as the booming, Robin Leach-ish commentator would say - what went up in flames this week, (including the dismissal of 2 rightfully deserving contestants and my list of top 5 Ramsayisms) simply read more
Sometimes designers come up with products that make you say, "I can't believe no one's thought of that yet." This time it's Clement Eloy, a young French designer, and his prototype pen called "Suck My Bic." The name is a tad bit risque, but what else would you call a pen that has a flavored candy pen cap? I don't know about you guys, but as someone who accidentally chews on the ends of pens, I think this idea is rather clever. It's only in the prototype phase, so naturally there are a few drawbacks - Do you put a sticky pen cap in your purse? What happens when you eat the entire cap, but the pen still has ink? If it ever comes to market, I'm sure they'll work out the details.
Source: Design Crack
A thick Japanese noodle made from a combination of wheat, whole wheat and/or flour. Used in soups, stews, and snacks, these noodles can be served hot or cold and are available both dried and fresh in most Asian markets.