Posts for September 20th 2007
Did you watch Kitchen Nightmares last night? I used to think that Ramsay was a complete and total bastard but compared to Peter, the manager of last night's restaurant, Ramsay is as sweet as a lamb. Didn't Peter remind you of a mean gorilla? What did you think of the makeover? Did you think it was a success?
If you walk down the canned food aisle at your local supermarket you'll find canned fish, canned peas, canned beans and even canned meat. But what if I told you that you might find canned bread?? The B&M company's been making a canned brown bread (with or without raisins) for ages, however folks in Japan have stepped it up a notch. In Japan you can actually purchase several different kinds of canned bread — chocolate chip, coffee, fruit and nuts, and raisin and fruit, not just "brown" flavor. The cans were originally intended to be used as emergency rations, however they are now available in vending machines throughout Japan. Perfect for when that 3am carb attack hits.
What do you guys think? Would you try it?
Source: Tokyo Times
A little bit of fig, a little parma ham, some camembert and some tasty bread, I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. - The Passionate Cook
Sadly, the end of summer is this weekend. With its finish comes the conclusion of our 14 week series on ice cream sandwiches. For my last batch of sandwiches, I focused on the perfect pairing of cookie and ice cream flavors. I was a little disappointed in the overpowering peanut butter taste of my last ice cream sandwiches, so I found myself spending quite some time debating in the grocery store. First I picked out the chewy perfectly sized coconut macaroons. Next, after much time staring into the freezers, I decided on the custardy creme brulee ice cream.
Eureka! The pairing was sheer sweetness! To see how I made this super easy and delicious dessert, read more
I usually end up creating at least one cupcake yummy link each week, so I thought I'd go ahead and make it official. From now on, I'll pick a weekly cupcake for your viewing enjoyment. To start things off, I've found these lovely "Love Shack" cupcakes from the Destin, Florida bakery Cupcake Beach. Rachel from Cupcakes Take The Cake profiled this pic and I thought it was totally fitting since summer ends this Saturday. Doesn't it look like they're just soaking up those last few rays?
Are you ready for fall's arrival? As much as I hate to see summer go, there comes a time when one must prepare their kitchen for fall. So put away the ice cream maker and sangria pitchers, and make room for the dutch oven and teapot. Today I checked out the Yum Market on TeamSugar to see if you had any ideas for an easy summer to fall transition. Start by dusting off your favorite mugs and cleaning out your oversized thermoses. At the grocery store get the fixings for a whole wheat apple pie and stock up on your favorite, warming tea. Pumpkin butter tastes delicious on breakfast toast and afternoon snack crackers. Splurge on individual French onion soup bowls that can double as creme brulee pots. Lastly, fill your house with fall's fresh fragrance in the form of a bay leaf wreath. laura1867 bookmarked this gorgeous piece that can be placed on your front door, in your walkway, or above your cabinets.
For the details on how to save your fall must haves in TeamSugar please read geeksugar's helpful guide.
Last night's Top Chef was the last episode before the finals in Aspen. The cheftestants are allowed to hang out in the streets of New York before being whisked away to the famous Le Cirque restaurant. At Le Cirque they are treated to a beautiful VIP dish called Paupiette of Sea Bass. Once they're wined and dined, they find out they have 25 minutes to recreate the dish in the working kitchen. I thought this was an interesting twist on the quickfire, it was nice to see a quickfire that didn't have a weird branding attached to it. So who was the master re-creator and who had the gall to serve raw fish? Find out when you read more
Usually I consider lasagna to be a very time consuming recipe: the sauce has to be made, the cheese mixture combined, and the meat cooked before you even think about layering and baking it in the oven. However with a few simple modifications — substitute the meat with lots of veggies, buy premade pasta sauce, and use no boil lasagna noodles — lasagna can be a delicious, quick meal. The oven does most of the work, so after the assembly you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy your evening. To get this vegetarian friendly recipe, read more
In a recent study at University College of London, scientists determined that almost 80 percent of children's tendency to dislike unfamiliar foods was inherited. Dr. Lucy J. Cooke stated:
"Parents can be reassured that their child's reluctance to try new foods is not simply the result of poor parental feeding practices, but it is partly in the genes."
The study used twins as subjects in order to separate the effects of genes and environments — identical twins share 100 percent of their genes, fraternal twins share about 50 percent, while both share the same environment.
Once the results were in, they discovered that the identical twins were more likely to share food neophobias than the fraternal twins. Simple translation: identical twins have the same phobias, while fraternal twins have different ones, proving that food neophobias are related to genes.
However, just because it is in someone's genes, doesn't mean they can't overcome it. Research has also shown that the more frequently children are offered a particular food, the more likely they are to enjoy it.
So start offering your little ones brussel sprouts everyday and who knows, they might start liking them eventually.