My all time favorite summer fruit is the peach. When ripe, a bite into the sweet juicy flesh is like a taste of heaven. During the peach season I want to make peach everything: peach ice cream, peach milkshakes, peach pastries, peach bellinis... I think you get the idea. When I'm in the mood for peach pie, but feel much too lazy to whip up a homemade pie crust, I make the next best thing: peach crumble. It's a dessert that comes together in virtually minutes, all you have to do is peel and slice the peaches, then top with a flour, butter, brown sugar mixture. For no fuss baking at its best, get the recipe now, read more
Posts for July 11th 2007
Krispy Kreme is turning 70 this Friday, and to celebrate, they're giving away free donuts to anyone whose birthday is also July 13th. That's right, if your birthday is this Friday, head to your local Krispy Kreme for a free dozen original glazed donuts. You'll have to bring proof that it really is your birthday, but other than that you don't need anything else. If you're lucky enough to be celebrating this Friday, find a store near you. Oh and you might want to call ahead and make sure they're participating first.
I'm all about eating and drinking locally, and one of my favorite treats of heading up to my vacation house is Snowshoe Brewery's Snoweizen beer. In my mind, it's the best hefeweizen/wheat style beer around. Smooth and creamy with a fruity aroma, Snoweizen has a golden color and thick white foam. Refreshing and light, a lemon wedge is a must have garnish for this tasty beer with a clean finish. Highly drinkable, I enjoy it by the lake in the afternoons or at the country club bar in the evening. I always bring a six pack home with me and it's gone in a matter of days. It pairs nicely with barbeque and salty appetizers. Oh, and the thing I love most about this beer is saying the name: Snoweizen. It's so much more fun than saying hefeweizen! You can buy a six-pack online for $9.95.
In a story that's still developing, the Department of Health has shut down the famous Magnolia Bakery. Apparently it's a lack of sinks - and not rats - that has caused the shut down. Guess you'll just have to make Magnolia cupcakes at home until it reopens.
Update: Magnolia has issued an official statement stating that they've operated for 10 years without this sink.
Update 2: The Department of Health has allowed Magnolia to reopen now that they've installed a new sink.
Viognier - pronounced vee-oh-NYAY - A white wine grape originally planted in the Rhone Valley of France that is now gaining popularity in the vineyards of California and Australia. Best consumed young, this sometimes difficult to find white wine is generally dry with perfumed aromas, a lush and seductive body, and citrus, apricot, and peach flavors. Pairs nicely with spicy foods.
- Don't miss this interesting article on how big chain restaurants have to evolve quickly in order to keep up with our growing foodie nation. Also, what I've been telling folks for years, British candy bars taste better than American ones, plus discover my favorite summertime treat: Vietnamese summer rolls. - New York Times
- Even in foggy San Francisco, solar ovens efficiently utilize nature's rays for everyday cooking. - San Francisco Chronicle
- Hot Chilies are landing on drink ingredient lists. I love this trend and can't wait to try the Mango-Ginger-Habanero Daiquiri. - Chicago Tribune
- Love gazpacho? Try a new twist with elegant puréed versions like Almond Gazpacho. - Houston Chronicle
- What are the ten best wines of the year, so far?- Sacramento Bee
- Discover the secrets for making plump, proper homemade gnocchi. - The Oregonian
- The latest generation of artisans are pushing Californian cheese-making to the next level. - Los Angeles Times
- Toss out the plain iced tea, and replace it with simple ginger tea, chai tea, green tea/passion fruit and more. - Seattle Times
- Historically, Americans hate bones - especially in fish. However whole fishes are starting to turn up everywhere. - Boston Globe
- Is America addicted to food? - USA Today
- And finally, an older story that is making the rounds again: How to get a stronger, better tasting Starbucks cappuccino. It's cheaper too. - Slate
So far, in our journey through food-inspired jewelry, we've gone from apple bobby pins to junk food charms, and today we'll have a look at the letters K through O. I've found kiwi brooches, scented lollipop earrings, mushroom rings, nigiri earrings (mix and match even!) and for him: olive cufflinks. Know of any great food-inspired jewelry starting with K, L, M, N, or O? Let us know below!
It's easy to make too much food when hosting a party. It happens to the best of us. You over estimate guests' hunger or people who rsvped don't show. If you don't want to spend the next week eating leftover enchiladas from your Mexican fiesta, or a surplus of goat cheese frittata from your Sunday brunch, simply turn the leftovers into dips to serve at a future date:
- Blend or process the enchiladas/frittata/leftovers in a blender or food processor.
- Thin to the desired consistency with sour cream/yogurt/mayonnaise/condiment.
- Bake in the oven for a hot bubbly dip, and serve immediately with tortilla chips, crackers or croutons. Or freeze and unthaw at your next impromptu dinner party or when guests unexpectedly visit.