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Last week YumSugar asked what kind of pie you preferred. While the majority opted for the classic apple or holiday pumpkin, there were quite a few, myself included, who declared banana cream pie as their fave. With its delicious vanilla custard and peaks of billowing whipped cream, BCP is a dessert that can be enjoyed any time of year. I like BCP because it's not as common as peach, cherry or pecan pies, so when you do stumble upon a slice it's that much more of a sweet treat.
But why wait when you can make and enjoy BCP in your kitchen today?? I've got two recipes, one easy and one a little more challenging, so take a look and make it tonight! Check out the recipes, read more
Apparently rum is making a comeback. I wasn't aware of its disappearance, but with the development of many new high-end brands, rum is definitely coming to a bar shelf near you. Processed in the same manner as super premium vodka, Bambu rum is the bottle with the most hype. Made with hand picked sugar cane, it's quadruple distilled and triple filtered. With its chic little bottle and bright pink label, Bambu is touting itself as the "first and only rum designed with women in mind."
Founder David Kanbar got the idea to create a female friendly rum after his wife complained about the harshness of rum cocktails. I always thought Malibu was the female friendly rum, but wouldn't mind giving this luxury liquor a sip.
What do you guys think? Do we women need our own rum? Has anybody tried Bambu yet?
Source: Gourmet Newsletter
Many of you have written in and asked my opinion of Curtis Stone, aka The Take Home Chef. Truth be told, I don't know too much about him, other than he started at Melbourne's Savoy Hotel at the age of 18, and then later moved on to The Grill Room with Marco Pierre White (Godon Ramsay's mentor/nemesis). I also know that he's the author of a beautiful book called Cooking with Curtis: Easy, Everyday and Adventurous Recipes for the Home Cook.
The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, as well as three difficulty levels, and is full of mouth-watering dishes like Deep-Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with Basil, Lentil Stew with Spicy Sausage and Crispy Pork Belly. It is clear that Stone's mission is to celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients and to get you, the home cook, interested in exploring the possibilities. There are plenty of tips and each recipe has a gorgeous photo to accompany it.
To get a taste of what the book has to offer — aka the recipe for Deep-Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with Basil — read more
A type of dry seasoning that is native to the Caribbean. It's primarily used in preparing meat — most commonly pork and chicken — for grilling. Although the ingredients can vary, it generally consists of chilies, thyme, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves), garlic, and onions. The seasoning can be directly applied to the meat or mixed with a liquid to create a marinade.
If I ever find my way back to Japan, I will have to remember this three part series on the subtle art of eating blowfish. - Gadling
Chowders are a wonderful meal for this time of year, as they make a lovely transition from summer to fall. Not all chowders take hours to make and this one with poached halibut and soft sweet potatoes can come together in just 30 minutes. It's not too heavy on the cream either — the recipe calls for only 1/4 cup — and if you don't have saffron threads substitute saffron powder. Make this for dinner tonight. Get the recipe, read more
Think you love chicken wings? Well think again. Matt Reynolds, a journalist from New York, recently left his job at Reuters to search for the best Buffalo wings in the state of New York. He's joined forces with 8 other wing enthusiasts — including a semi-pro eater, a chef and an old hippie — to create a documentary about their search for the ultimate chicken wing. They began eating, traveling, and movie making on August 18 and will continue hunting until September 2.
They update the status of the trip regularly online, so anybody can follow along in the quest. Just yesterday the Hunters were seen making a surprise stop at a pizzeria in Rochester. Did they eat wings? We'll just have to wait and see when the documentary comes out. Until then, you can check out the trailer to get a taste of their hysterical journey. To watch the clip, read more