Each year, the folks at McCormick put out a list of 10 flavor pairings. Last year things like clove and green apple reigned supreme, but this year it's more intriguing like vanilla bean and cardamom. To see all 10 of their food-pairing predictions, click the "Start Slideshow" button below.
Posts for February 12th 2008
Nachos are one of my all-time favorite foods. So much so that on Super Bowl Sunday, I decided I would open San Francisco's first all nacho restaurant to fill a much-needed nacho niche. Naturally at Super Nacho — my restaurant's work-in-progress name — there would be a nacho cheese fountain. The nacho fountain first appeared on Serious Eats yesterday; DJ Grocery borrowed his wife's chocolate fountain and turned it into nacho lover's heaven. While I would dive headfirst into this nacho fountain, I want to know what you think about it. Would you eat nacho cheese served in a fountain?
Lisa at TokyoMango tipped us off to the latest trend in Japanese candy. The Japanese have become known for their interesting flavor combos, and this time a company in Aomori, one of Japan's top garlic-producing regions, is combining garlic and chocolate.
Their product is called "black garlic chocolate" and it is a piece of fermented black garlic, covered with chocolate and sprinkled in cocoa powder. A garlic truffle if you will. The black garlic is said to have a sweet-and-sour, prune-like taste.
Although Japan is usually the first to create such offbeat flavors, this is not the first time I've heard of chocolate and garlic. The folks at the Gilroy Garlic Festival have been doing this for years. However this may be the first time I've heard of fermented prune-like garlic. You know I'd love to try a piece? How about you?
Last Day for DearSugar & RedEnvelope Valentine's Day Giveaway
Today is our last day to give away a Valentine's Day-themed gift from RedEnvelope, and later today, three lucky readers will be chosen to win our grand prize — a $500 RedEnvelope gift certificate to help you with all of your gift giving this year!
Baking up a heart cake is a delicious way to celebrate Valentine's Day. The only difference a heart cake has from a regular cake is the shape — which makes the cake festive and special. I've found two recipes for you to experiment with. One is simple and requires no extra equipment. The other is a little more difficult and involves a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Take a look at both when you read more
There's been a lot of interesting cooking segments on the internet. First there was Sam Mason's Dinner With the Band, and then there was the super surreal Christopher Walken cooking show. Now, straight from a gangsta's paradise, we have the self-proclaimed "Ghetto Gourmet" Coolio. That's right Coolio. He's here to tell you that if it looks good, tastes good, and smells good, then it is good!
In the first episode of Coolio's Cafe — language not suitable for work or any little ones — Coolio and his crew teach you how to, "make a salad that will get their panties right off." I think it might have something to do with the "special seasonings," although I've never met anyone who doesn't love a Caprese salad. So what are you waiting for? As Coolio says, it's time to cook bee-otch!
To check out the first episode, read more
You Asked: Is Kombucha Tea Worth All the Hype?
I know many folks, that love, love, LOVE this tea. It is true that the benefits listed on the bottles are endless – Kombucha seems to cure just about everything but bunions. All that aside, clinical studies in humans are seriously lacking so there is no direct scientific evidence to back up the health claims found on the bottle.
I don't consider myself a wine connoisseur, but I do love learning more about wine by tasting new varietals! To really make the most of wine tasting, we've created a
downloadable worksheet. It's your space to make notes on all of the wonderful wines you taste. The tasting notes are perfect for a wine club meeting, a wine tasting, or simply a night in with the girls. Filling it out can help you learn more about wine in general, and it will also help you remember certain beloved bottles. To check out a list of wine-related vocabulary and to download our free, printable tasting-notes worksheet, read more