On a hot summer night, sometimes I crave a cool, refreshing dessert after a satisfying dinner. A little sweet to top off the savory, but nothing too heavy. Whenever I want a less-guilty dessert that I can enjoy after eating a full meal, I make a fresh fruit parfait. Layered chunks of ripe mango, chilled Greek yogurt, and syrupy raspberry jam makes for a delicious combination. Ready in minutes, the only work this dessert involves is cubing mangoes and scooping layers. Flavored with honey rather than sugar, this recipe is so much healthier than a bowl of ice cream or a piece of cake. Get it now, just read more
Posts for July 9th 2007
The other day FabSugar tipped me off to a pair of earrings shaped like caviar. I thought they were pretty interesting, but I also passed it off as part of the "food jewelry" trend. Have you noticed how easy it is to find jewelry shaped like little edible items? Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of wearing donuts around your necklace (hey, it's better than your waistline!), however the whole idea seems a bit wild. To prove just how hip food-inspired jewelry has become, I thought we'd do a 5 part series of food jewelry A-Z. The whole thing starts off with apple bobby pins, but you'll have to scroll through below to find out what's next:
When it comes to quinoa, I tend to flip-flop on whether I like it or not. Something tells me if it always looked like this orange ginger salad, I'd probably stay on the flip side... or is that flop side? - What Geeks Eat
In case you haven't heard, the latest Harry Potter film opens this Wednesday. Since we're
total dorks big kids at heart, we're hoping to find ourselves in line for the midnight screening. However, it's bound to be chilly, so I thought it would be nice to pack a flask or two of warm delicious drinks — specifically warm, frothy butterbeer (if you have to ask what that is, then either do yourself a favor and start at book one, or run as fast as you can to the next post). If you'd like to whip up your own batch of butterbeer (we've got two versions — hot and cold), read more.
Although the 4th of July has come and gone, summer is here to stay (well at least for the next 2 months!), making it the perfect time to throw a pool party. This week I'm all about bikinis, water balloons, and blended cocktails, so come party with me by following my pool party plan. A pool party is a "the more the merrier" type of party where you can invite people from different groups of friends to come together to enjoy the glorious weather and cool off in the water. When inviting a lot of people to any event, keep the invites as simple as possible. A chic flyer invite with images of water are ideal because they are easily mass produced and can be sent though regular email. To see how I made my invites, read more
Oh Next Food Network Star, just when I think you can't get any worse... warning don't read on if you're not interested in spoilers.
What should have been an amazing episode - Iron Chef battle! - turned out to be dull and boring. The contestants have to battle against each other in "kitchen stadium junior" and are assisted by former contestants. Paul "The Party Budget" and his sous chef Mike, go up against Rory "The Backyard Bistro" and her sous chef Adrien in a striped bass battle. Jag "Latino Fusion" and his sous chef Colombe (who was made to look as slow and incompetent as possible) go up against Amy and her sous chef Tommy in a whole chicken battle. Now is it just me, or does striped bass seem a bit more difficult than whole chicken?
The challenges are done back to back, and when they're not cooking, the contestants have to provide commentary to the camera. Amy does a great job and even researches Panko crumbs, Jag is okay, while Rory and Paul are just terrible. Paul declares that plum tomatoes are from "plummy" and Rory thinks she's being cute by attacking Alton Brown. Speaking of AB, he should seriously start reading through his contracts better. He does not seem like he wants to be there and it feels as though he is "contractually obligated" to show up - maybe that's not the case, but it sure comes across that way. Not that I'm complaining, he was - for the second week in a row - actually the most entertaining part of the show.
To find out who won and who went home, read more
Just wanted to give a quick shoutout to TeamSugar member crispet1. She was our top commenter for the month of June!
Congrats crispet! You'll be receiving a YumSugar T-shirt in the mail soon!
Want your own YumSugar tee? Then come out of hiding and start leaving comments! If you're feeling a bit shy you can always order your own. I've put some of my favorites (like the apron and bib) below, but there's lots more to choose from.
If you've somehow managed to save any of last night's Chimichurri Steak then you're going to love tonight's dinner. It's a simple, easy to put together meal that is perfect for a busy Monday night. And if you didn't make last night's dish, don't worry - I've got the full recipe for those of you starting from the beginning. If the thought of toasty warm pitas stuffed with steak, blue cheese, delectable grilled onions and juicy tomatoes sounds too good to pass up, then do yourself a favor and read more
Two summers ago, my parents got a gigantic new deck at our vacation house. It's gorgeous with smooth, stained wood and a luscious view of the trees below. This summer they have finally decided to deck the deck out (sorry for the pun) with chairs, tables, umbrellas, citronella candles, and accessories such as tablecloths and tiki-torches. Let's all help my parents by heading off to market in search of a beautiful outdoor eating area. Look for weather resistant pieces that will last all summer and into September. The vacation house is in the mountains so select items that are more woodsy than tropical. Bookmark the stuff you find in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Outdoor Eating Area. I can't wait to see what you come across!
To learn how the bookmarking feature functions, please refer to geeksugar's explanation.