Posts for October 28th 2008
Browsing TeamSugar the other day, I was absolutely taken by a Fall recipe. This apple butter was created by Kitchen Goddess founder, Twinkle, when she wasn't able to locate any apple butter in her adopted homeland, Finland. Since she is a domestic divinity, she took matters into her own hands and came up with an original recipe. I can't get enough of apples, and making apple butter (which doesn't actually include any butter) is the perfect way to use up a surplus of the fruit. Plus, it's a healthy spread alternative to jams and jellies. To get her delicious recipe, read more
This week is all about quality over quantity: There aren't as many festivals on our radar, but all of them are can't-miss events. The Giant Omelette Celebration is sure to be an egg-cellent time. Now that we have yet another excuse to drink beer, let's enjoy some at the Great World Beer Fest. And a festival that's all about tamales? Who couldn't get behind that?!
Know of anything we've left out? Drop us a line in the comments below!
- Denver, CO: Denver International Wine Festival — Oct. 29-Nov. 1
- Terlingua, TX: International Championship Chili Cook-Off — Oct. 30-Nov. 1
- New York, NY: Great World Beer Fest — Oct. 31-Nov. 1
- Apalachicola, FL: Florida Seafood Festival — Oct. 31-Nov. 1
To see the rest, read more
Last week, fast-food chain Pizza Hut launched an online ordering system on the social networking site Facebook. Now those of you who are addicted to social networking can order dinner without having to exit Facebook! For extra-quick reordering, the application also remembers your favorites.
While we recently learned that Americans are drinking less beer, perhaps they should reconsider.
Recent studies show that xanthohumol, a chemical found in hops, can inhibit enzymes that trigger cancer as well as help detoxify the body of carcinogens.
In addition, other researchers at Rice University are trying to genetically engineer brewing yeast in order to create beer loaded with resveratrol, a cancer-preventing compound.
Perhaps this could help bring back America's beer drinking traditions. Would you drink beer that was genetically engineered if it had potential health benefits?
Walking around the tasting tent at the Food Network NYC Food and Wine Festival, I came across a fabulous decorating idea — it's perfect for Fall or the holidays — that I plan to re-create in a tablescape. You can to, here's how to:
- Start by covering the table with a simple cloth. Arrange a thin layer of gauzy fabric over the tablecloth.
- Sprinkle the table with rose petals in a color that matches the party's theme. Place the cinnamon sticks around the rose petals.
This is an inspiring idea that can translate into many different table decorations. You could wrap twine around cloth napkins and place a cinnamon stick inside each one. Or make placecard holders by cutting a slit into the side of the cinnamon and sliding a piece of labeled cardstock inside. What do you think? Have you ever used cinnamon sticks as party decor?
Since the election night party starts around dinnertime, I plan on providing guests with some substantial snacking. However, the party is at Elixir, a bar with no kitchen, so all of the food has to be made in advance, and it must taste delicious served at room temperature.
To keep up with the patriotic theme, LibertySugar and I have come up with clever names for each of the dishes. Spicy buffalo chicken left-wings (or right! depending on your party) are cooled off with a scrumptious blue cheese dip. A campaign trail mix is crunchy and filling.
Lipstick pigs in a blanket are sure to be a crowd-pleasing favorite. Seven-layer dip with red, white, and blue tortilla chips rounds out the menu. To get the recipes to these festive election night eats, read more
- Beer drinkers beware of cheater pints. — Chow
- Chef Eric Ripert invites you to host a seasonal dinner party. — Serious Eats
- Learn how to make homemade tofu. — U Handbag
- Why you need a cake cover. — Baking Bites
- Halloween recipes so good, it's scary! — Epicurious
- Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are in season. — The Kitchn
Have dinner on the table in minutes with this flavorful salmon dish. Select thin, six-ounce salmon fillets that are firm, but delicate. Once seared, the salmon takes on a buttery, melt-in-your mouth texture.
The fragrant sauce combines citrus juice with crisp fennel and salty olives. For a hearty meal, serve the salmon and vegetables atop couscous.
To look at the delicious recipe, read more
Pepsi's redesigning their look and I've got a sneak peek at the logo redesign! The new logo, shown here at bottom right, is the 11th in Pepsi's 110-year history. It was designed by the Arnell Group and took five months to create. Graphically, the logo is loosely characterized by a smile.
Advertising experts estimate that rolling out the new look of the brand — updating trucks, vending machines, point-of-purchase displays, and other signage — will cost Pepsi hundreds of millions of dollars. Do you think the redesign is worth the cost to roll out the new look?