Posts for September 6th 2007
On a recent flight, I found myself flipping through the pages of the recent Gourmet magazine, when a bourbon-based drink called Briar Patch caught my eye. I tried my best to wish myself into the photograph, but that didn't happen, so I ended up just wishing I had one instead. I thought that perhaps it was the three screaming children on the flight that made me wish that, however once I landed I still craved the chile-blackberry bourbon mixture. I haven't satiated it yet, but hope to do so soon. If you'd like to join me, check out the recipe, just read more
I'll admit, even for a trained bartender like me, making perfect lemon twists to garnish a drink can be a pain in the butt. To help you out, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: the easy way to make these pretty little garnishes. Don't worry, no special gadget is required, the only tools you'll need are a wooden or metal skewer and a knife. To learn the technique that can be applied to any citrus, complete with flipbook style step-by-step pictures, read more
A type of sheep's milk cheese native to the La Mancha region of Spain. It is Spain's most popular cheese is pale in color with a waxy rind and is usually sold in cylinders or wedges. It's a semi-firm, rich cheese with a mellow to sharp flavor depending on the age. The most commonly exported cheese is aged 3-4 months and is known as curado, while the older kind is called viejo. Great for snacking and melting.
If you've just left the comforting confines of your parents' house for college life, or life beyond college, you may be wondering what on earth you are going to eat. Don't panic, I've put together a bunch of tips that will ease you into the wonderful world of dorm style cooking. As most dormitories ban ovens of any sort, the George Foreman Grill and the microwave will be your most coveted companions followed closely by the mini fridge. Depending on the dorm's regulations you may also acquire a blender, rice cooker, or hot plate. To see my helpful hints on creating edible meals with these gadgets, read more
After last episode's shocking elimination — I really thought Tre was going all the way — and a week hiatus, Top Chef lost a little luster in my book. However, I knew I couldn't let you down, so I ponied up and forced myself to turn on the tv... oh who am I kidding? You know I was going to watch it anyway!
This week's episode — entitled "Chef Overboard" — begins with the "Aisle Trial" quickfire challenge. The cheftestants are greeted by Padma and guest judge Michael Schwartz and asked to draw knives. Each knife has a number on it and that number corresponds to an aisle in the grocery store. Once numbers are chosen, the chefs head to their aisles with a $10 budget. So who won? Who bombed and who went home? To find out read more
Pizza how do I love thee! While many people turn to sandwiches or pasta for their favorite quick fix meal, I turn to my beloved pizza. Trader Joe's makes an excellent pizza dough that keeps for a few weeks in the freezer or fridge. Tonight's version is a classic veggie with sautéed mushrooms and zucchini. If you want pizza, but still feel like grilling, before topping the pie, grill the veggies instead of sauteeing them in a frying pan. Serve with a nice green salad or sliced, salted tomatoes. Pair it with a Rosé and you've got yourself a delicious almost weekend meal. Sound great? Get the recipe now, just read more
Would you like cream or sugar with your coffee? How about an extra shot of coffee with your coffee? A new company called Stōk has created a Black Coffee Shot that is sold in those little containers that usually contain creamer.
The Black Coffee Shot is a non-dairy product that adds an additional 40 milligrams of caffeine (equivalent to one shot of espresso) to your morning. Right now it's available in two different varieties, the plain Black Shot and the Sweet Shot (which is like adding a packet of sugar to your coffee). Right now they are showing up in convenience stores for free — which makes me wonder why you'd even buy the coffee, when you can have the caffeine jolt for free — but there's a disclaimer limit of 2 per day. If you're interested to try it yourself, you can get 50 shots for $13.95 or 200 for $39.95.
Have any of you seen/tried it? If so, let us know how it is!
Source: Boing Boing