I know that many people like to go camping because they enjoy roughing it. I'm not one of those people. I despise camping, but if I must rough it, I'm expecting some pretty delicious and comforting food. Grilled pineapple is sophisticated enough to make you feel like you're on a luxurious, relaxing vacation but simple enough to make in your campground. Accompanied by a sweet, honey syrup this pineapple is a wonderful, light finish to any meal. For the recipe, read more
Posts for August 22nd 2007
Before Ruth Reichl was the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, she held a six year stint as the restaurant critic for the New York Times. That period of her life is detailed in her third memoir, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, which is a fun and enjoyable read. Reichl had what some considered to be the best gig in town, but instead of just allowing herself to be wined and dined, she took her job quite seriously and would often create elaborate disguises to ensure anonymity. Her disguises often included wigs, makeup, thiftstore duds, glasses and even credit cards in other names. Sometimes she was Brenda, an auburn aging hippie, other times she was Chloe, a blonde divorcée. Her writing is hilarious and refreshing, and always mouth-watering — you'll put the book down only to realize your belly is fully rumbilng.
Imagine this scenario: You're out camping and you're ready to unwind for the night with a glass of your favorite wine. You find your best camping glasses/plastic cups and are ready to pour when you realize... there's no bottle opener!!! Sure you can go all MacGyver and find ways to open the bottle, but just think, if only you had brought a box of wine instead...
That's right, a box of wine. These days boxes of wine don't carry the same sort of stigma that they used to. In fact in scenarios like the one above they're actually quite handy. They're easy to transport and have a low-risk of being damaged, you usually get more for your money, they can be sealed back up and will therefore last longer.
So now that you're keen to the idea of box wines, let me introduce you to the Wine Cube. Available in both 3 liter (4 bottles) and 1.5 liter (2 bottles) sizes, the Wine Cube is a Target exclusive and costs between $10-$16. There are twelve varieties to choose from — including Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, and Sangria — but it is the Pinot Grigio that took home the Double Gold Award at the 2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition. In fact, it was the only boxed wine to win a Double Gold Award that year.
A variety of red grape used to make wine. The first Zinfandel vineyards were planted in Calfiornia in the 1830s. It is thought to be the state's most widely planted grape.
Zinfandel is used to make sparkling wines, white wine, light reds, and more complex reds.
Even though there is some controversy as to whether or not milk is good for you, or whether or not you should drink raw milk, the folks at America's Milk Processors keep pleasing us with new celebrity Got Milk campaigns. This time it's Hayden Panettiere and Masi Oka — aka my two favorite Heroes — who are sporting milk mustaches.
When asked about the photo-shoot Hayden said:
"I am so excited to be doing Got Milk. It's amazing I was looking through the book and just seeing the people that have done it before me — you know, it was always something I grew up looking at, but I just have never realized how many other people I look up to have been involved with Got Milk."
To hear what else Hayden had to say, and to get a link to a behind the scene's video, read more
- Herb gardens are coming to a lovely peak at the moment. Don't miss the know your herbs primer. Plus, in the market of frozen vanilla non-dairy desserts, Whole Soy is deemed queen. - San Francisco Chronicle
- A pizzeria in Southern Italy is touting their new anti-wrinkle pizza — even the pope loves it. - BellaSugar
- Tomato season is upon us! Here's a week's worth of recipes. Plus, read the review of 23 belgian summer beers. - New York Times
- One of these days I'm going to finally make a blueberry pie from scratch. Especially since this step-by-step video makes it look rather manageable. - Boston Globe
- Too hot to turn on the stove? Try one of these no-cook summer meals instead. - Dallas Morning News
- Remember the non-edible wii cake Martha Stewart made for Wired? Well, someone has one-upped her by making a beautiful edible wii cake. - GeekSugar
- Two of my favorite things about summer: simmering salsa and sinful sangria. - The News and Observer
- Funny how the bill can turn a nice group of people into animals. Here's a funny breakdown of each type of group bill-paying personality. I'm so the calculator... - Seattle Times
- Handmade paletas — Mexican ice pops — are a way to bring traditional flavors and style to your next party. - Los Angeles Times
- Lunchbox ideas guaranteed to get you an A+ from your child. - Houston Chronicle
Yesterday I started planning the menu to a camping weekend in Yosemite. Instead of supplying the food for all the meals, ask guests to contribute. Have one couple bring sandwich fixings for Saturday's lunch. Have another bring Sunday's breakfast in the form of bagels, cream cheese, muffins, and fruit. For Saturday's dinner wrap salmon in foil and bake over the grill. Potatoes and onion packets cook the same way, wrapped tightly in foil. Cherry tomato skewers round out the menu.
A store bought fruit pie with whipped cream finishes the night on a sweet note. On Sunday before you pack up and drive off, serve guests a filling lunch of stuffed hot dogs. For these recipes read more
I've never been to Japan, but with all of the crazy Japanese food circulating the web these days, I can't help but want to experience these interesting dishes first hand. After pizzas loaded with every topping imaginable, bento boxes turned works of art are the next most popular craze. Take the one pictured at right, how cool would it be if you opened your lunch-box to find an edible Hello Kitty??? The rice body and corn button nose are just too cute for words. I'm not sure if you can order these babies at Pizza Hut, but I double dare you to recreate one at home! Share the process and final products on TeamSugar so we can all learn how to make edible masterpieces.
Source: Fashionably Cute
As you may have heard, geeksugar recently brought in a large bag of apples. She didn't know what to do with them, so Party and I have decided to make treats for the office. I originally intended on bringing a pie, but the pie pan has gone MIA and I wasn't quite feeling like a tart. What I was feeling like was a big gooey caramel mess. So I took out my trusty peeler and went to work. The result was like caramel apple pie filling on a thin oaty crust. In other words, it was a teeth-rotting delicious caramel treat. For the simple — honestly, the apple peeling is the hardest part — recipe, read more