In terms of deliciously simple sandwiches the best, in my opinion, after the grilled cheese is the tuna melt. A quintessential American sandwich, the tuna melt is sublimely good tuna smashed with oozy cheese between two slices of crisped, buttery bread. It makes an excellent afternoon snack, fast & easy dinner, or late night treat. An advanced level of culinary skill is not necessary unless you want to get fancy and use homemade mayonnaise. For tuna melts two ways read more
Posts for August 14th 2007
What if I told you that you could make the perfect French fries with only a spoonful of any oil? You'd probably tell me that I was crazy and that I should stop dreaming. Well, it's time to wake up, because the folks at Tefal have actually come up with a device that allows you to do just that. The ActiFry will allow you to prepare genuine fries with just one spoonful of oil! The patented technology circulates hot air around the fries, while the mixing paddle disperses the oil. The technique results in fries that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Personally I think it sounds too good to be true, but you know I'd give it a try. Well maybe if it wasn't for the $300 price tag...
What do you think? Would you give it a try?
To check out a video of the ActiFry in action, read more
Stuff Magazine just created their list of the top ten hottest women of food network. The list starts off with Ina Garten at #10 ("she isn't exactly pinup material, but she's rich, she's a great cook") and ends with Giada. Suprisingly, Paula Deen ranks higher than Nigella, Rachael and just about everyone else. - Stuff Magazine via Food Network Addict
An Italian flat bread traditionally brushed with olive oil and dusted with sea salt. Herbs (such as rosemary or sage), olives, and other spices can be added to create a tasty snack or accompaniment to soups or salads. The dough is related to modern pizza dough, and the finalized bread makes an excellent pressed sandwich.
A few weeks ago, Yum and I were discussing peanut allergies. The allergy - which leaves many unable to consume the childhood staple of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches - affects thousands of schools, children, and families . Even the smallest amount of peanut oil can cause severe reactions. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a magical way to cure peanut allergies? He's no magician, but Mohamed Ahmedna, a food science professor may have discovered an enzyme that will reduce the effect of peanut allergies. The enzyme locates the peanut allergies in the body and deactivates them before any shock reactions can form.
If additional research confirms Ahmedna's findings, more people, many of them young children, will be able to eat peanuts and peanut-containing products safely. Food processors will be able to use peanuts more freely. New peanut-based products could be created.
While there is very positive hope that the peanut-allergy fighting enzymes will be mass marketed and produced, Ahmedna's findings have yet to be reviewed by the scientific community. Once the enzyme has been patented, the studies will be released.
Do you know anyone with a peanut allergy? Pass the positive news along!
Take the Quiz
The folks at Threadless recently launched a new shirt called Skip Dessert. I personally love the concept, that little cupcake is working out (actually he's skipping, get it?!?) and those veggies are so cute! To celebrate this new shirt, I thought it would be fun to do a little cupcake quiz. Are you ready? Let's go!
Warning: Viewer discretion advised.
And so began the final episode of Hell's Kitchen and the final installment of my weekly recaps. In a somewhat anticlimactic finish, tempers raged, seafood was under/over cooked, tears fell freely, and a winner was selected. Things began where we left them last week with the return of the battle of the sexes. Bonnie is relaxed with her approach to leading the ladies and Rock goes in strong and fierce assigning the boys their stations, explaining the menu, and stating what he needs from each guy. To find out what happened next and who opened the door to their very own restaurant, read more
Sometimes you just need a quick and easy idea for dinner. This time why not make garlic shrimp and eggs on toasted bagels? - What's For Lunch Honey
The book party that I'm planning begins in the late afternoon - between lunch and dinner - so a light, afternoon snack will be great for guests. Choose dishes that fit the theme, time, and tone of your book. If certain foods play a prominent role in the book, make variations of those dishes. Pride & Prejudice will be the topic of discussion, and since it's a book about the fabulous frivolity of girls, the menu will consist of appropriately girlie dishes. Wrap long, skinny breadsticks with paper thin slices of proscuitto. An assortment of homemade tea sandwiches are dainty, bite sized, and perfect to munch on while chatting about the delicious Mr. Darcy. You can find the all vegetarian recipes for radish, apple and cheddar, and goat cheese chive tea sandwiches if you read more
Have you ever desired to bake some lovely homemade treats, only you didn't because you only wanted a few bites of cake, or few cookies. Didn't you wish there was a way to bake exactly what you wanted? Well, author Debby Maugans Nakos knows exactly how you feel. That's why she's created Small-Batch Baking, an entire cookbook full of recipes that yield just enough for one or two servings. She's even come up with an ingenious way to bake a two layer cake using clean cans. While I love the concept in theory, I did have a problem with the use of egg substitute. Everything is measured out exactly, that you're often measuring out 1/2 of an egg, etc. Also, some of the editing is a little sloppy - ingredients listed on the same line instead of separate ones. I've used a few of the cookie recipes, but found the flavors to be so-so, I'd rather make a large batch of my favorite dough and freeze the rest to bake for later. However, the cake recipes are quite ingenious as sometimes you do just need a little cake. If you've ever wanted just one or two bites of something, then it's definitely worth checking out.
For the recipe to Debby's mini chocolate cake, read more