In case you missed it, this week Yum and I talked a little bit about how to organize your kitchen - tips that work if you are a newlywed in a new house or a recent college grad in a teeny apartment or somewhere in between. Keeping the kitchen clean, organized, and clutter-free is essential for stress free meal making. As I was looking through the finds in the Yum Market, I noticed that you too have plenty of great ideas on how to maintain order in the cocina. Electronic paper towel holders, efficient scrubbers and cleansers, and wine bottle/glass racks. C0rkie even discovered a unique drying rack and shelf that holds all things related to babies. The cupboard packet pocket that mellie_608 bookmarked is on my must buy list. This ingenious little device will make it super easy to find those ranch seasoning packets, saving me time and cabinet space. Scroll through below for more of your awesome kitchen organizing items.
Posts for July 20th 2007
With the new Harry Potter book hitting shelves tonight, I thought it would be fun to re-post the roundup of Harry Potter inspired recipes. So enjoy these while you're waiting in line and oh, you may want to pick up a Harry Potter Preserver - after all you've waited this long, why run the risk of ruining the book now?!
- Acid Pops - Use super-sour lollipops and roll them in Pop Rocks for a super effect! Use honey to make the Pop Rocks stick if necessary
- Quidditch Players Pie - Quidditch players need a hearty meal to get them ready for the match. As Fleur Delacour says, this "zis 'eavy 'ogwarts food."
- Licorice Wands - Be sure to stock up on your ride back to Hogwarts!
- Pumpkin Juice - Just like the students drink on the Hogwarts Express.
- Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes - These should be crumbly in texture and are perfect for serving with tea. Just don't bake them too long or they'll turn out like Hagrid's rock cakes.
See the rest of the list, read more
Don't forget, the Next Food Network Star ends this Sunday. The winner gets a show on Food Network - I hear it's for six episodes, but can't confirm that anywhere. Voting has already ended, but who do you hope wins?
Oh, and if you think you can do better than either of them, casting for season 4 has already begun.
Last week Yum and I found ourselves enjoying pizza, cocktails, and the Argentina vs. Mexico soccer game. The pizza was a little too soft for our liking, but both the game and the cocktails went above and beyond our expectations. I had spent the day thinking about cherries and was delighted to see one of the seasonal specialty cocktails was a cherry margarita! Cherries muddled with tequila and lime juice served on the rocks with a lime zest salted rim sounded like heaven. It was slightly disappointing when the finished drink was made with a pureed cherry syrup rather than muddled cherries, but it was still cool, refreshing, and delicious. The lime zest really added a tasty zing to the salted rim, and if you love tequila you will definitely delight in this cocktail. Give this drink a whirl when you get bored with the regular old lemon-lime margs. To get the recipe, read more
When handling stemware, such as wine and champagne glasses, be careful. It's super easy to get caught up in the moment of toasting, being fabulous, and having a little too much wine. This very thing happened to me last week when I was out with some girlfriends. I was so excited that I downed the rest of my Pinot Grigio in one gulp and slammed the wine glass on the bar a teeny bit too hard. The glass broke, the gals laughed, and I was left feeling horribly embarrassed (and it's not the first time I've done it!). Remember that glass is fragile and unless you want a wet messy splattering of dangerous shards at your next fiesta, set down those glasses lightly, and toast with care.
How about you? Have you ever broken a glass during a toast?
This Emergency Chocolate Bar is a little bit gimmicky (okay so it's a lot gimmicky), however you all know that there are those days where something like this would have been just enough to fix everything. The label says, "For immediate relief of: Chocolate Cravings, Lovesickness, Exam Pressure, Mild Anxiety, and Extreme Hunger." They'd make a great gift, but I'm imagining them under glass with a "break in case of emergency" label on them. Maybe we can get them installed here at the Sugar HQ...
Available in milk or dark chocolate, each bar is 3.5 oz and is made with cocoa from Malaysia, sugar from Australia and milk from New Zealand. I've seen them at Cost Plus, but you can buy them online for $4.49 each.
The other day I walked past PartySugar's desk and caught her looking at some puffy goldfish crackers. I asked her what she was looking at and she said that she would send it my way. It turned out that she had found a recipe for homemade goldfish crackers. I knew immediately that I wanted to give it a try, however, there was one problem, I didn't have a fish cookie cutter. I thought I would cut them out with a knife (which is what I did for the few you see), but in the end I decided to use a bear cookie cutter instead. The final result was pretty tasty, and was very similar to store bought goldfish crackers. To make your own golden, cheesy crackers, read more
- If you're looking for something a little different in your decorating scheme, try edible centerpieces. - Slashfood
- Learn about one of my favorite desserts of all time called ice kacang (aka hong dou bing) - a shaved ice dish popular in Asia. - Serious Eats
- Justin Timberlake's new restaurant is now open. I guess this time he's bringin' fried pickles back. - Chow
- Be sure to check out this guide on how to store fresh herbs. - Kitchen Therapy
- Did you know? Lentils help you lose weight. - FitSugar
- Fox is really pushing the new Simpsons movie, they even have a Ben & Jerry's flavor called "Duff and D'oh-Nuts". - Will Work For Food
- What's better than frosted animal cookies? How about giant pimped out frosted animal cookies. - Baking Bites
- Do microwaves cause obesity? - Culinate
- Learn more about the allium family of foods - such as garlic, chives, leeks, etc. - The Daily Tiffin
- What happens when one man goes to 171 Starbucks in one day? - Via Tastespotting
A great way to help young children eat more vegetables is to make meal time fun. Combine a name like chop chop salad with the bright primary colors that kids love and they'll be begging you to make this salad more often. The crisp bacon and creamy dressing only add to the kid friendly appeal of this dish. With no cooking required (make the bacon ahead of time), this salad is fabulous on a hot summer night where standing in front of a grill or stove is completely unbearable. You can control the calorie and fat content by choosing lean bacon and fat free dressing. Enjoy this delicious dinner tonight just read more