If you're looking for food-related wedding favors but want something that will last longer than an edible favor, then check out our list of kitchen-themed gifts for guests. My favorite part is the horribly cheesy puns they use to sell you on them. From the "gratest" love to stuff that "a-peels," you'll find kitchen-themed wedding favors when you click the Start button.
Posts for April 18th 2008
The Smurfs are turning 50 this year, and to celebrate, Stirrings — maker of my favorite on-the-go drink mixers — has created a specialty cocktail. While the classic cartoon characters were blue, the drink has a pretty burgundy color.
A combination of orange-flavored vodka and wild blueberry juice, the Smurfette is one potent cocktail. If you loved the Smurfs as a child, you will surely enjoy this cocktail as an adult.
To see how it's made, read more
In what is becoming a disturbing trend, more and more celebrity chefs are hamming it up on screen and being made to look like cartoon characters. Take the beginning of Hell's Kitchen, for example. The cheftestants frolic around stupidly: one throws a giant animated tomato, another catches the tomato, and yet another slices the tomato in half with a larger-than-life animated knife. Clearly these scenes were filmed on a green screen.
Rotoscoping — the film technique in which live action is mixed with animation — can also be scene in the opening credits of Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals. In it, Ray spins and sits on a colossal clock. The Rescue Chef — another Food Network show starting Danny Boome — is oozing with cheese. Even Bravo has jumped on the bandwagon with the super-cheesy portrait photos of the Season 4 Top Chef contestants.
Am I the only one whose noticed and is bothered by this trend? What do you think? Has food television becoming too cheesy?
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Ever since I saw the March cover of Gourmet magazine, I've been craving cream puffs. However, the recipe the cover featured had ice cream and I prefer my cream puffs filled with lusciously smooth cream — like the ones seen here. Cream puffs are a classic dish that every home baker should artfully master. They are lovely with a cappuccino, delightful with a glass of bubbly, and complete crowd-pleasers.
I've found two recipes, one is super easy and the other is a little more time consuming. Experiment with one, both, or combine the two to make your own version! To get started, read more
I love everything about creamy, decadent pasta sauces. However, I know they're incredibly unhealthy. That's why I enjoy making lighter versions like this low-fat fettuccine Alfredo. The recipe calls for skim milk and tons of crunchy, green broccoli. A small amount of good quality parmesan cheese adds depth and flavor. To recreate this classic pasta dish in a more healthful manner, read more
- Alton Brown talks about his next big career move.
- Alton Brown talks about his next big career move. — Chow
- Remember the award winning peanut butter cookies? Here they are recreated from scratch. — Baking Bites
- Or, if you're wondering what it tastes like when you make them exactly like suggested, see what other folks have to say. — Cookie Madness
- Check out this healthy tip for packing salads for a week. — FitSugar
- Learn how to effectively warm bread in the microwave. — The Kitchn
- Discover these fabulous tea finds. — Simply Stated
- One dish, two meals. Make double dinners with half the effort. — iVillage
- Looking for more Passover dessert ideas? — The Food Section
- Get the 411 on building and planting your own planter box. — CasaSugar
- It only took three years, but Pinkberry is officially "frozen yogurt." — Eater LA
Some of you are lamenting the fact that San Francisco's Ryan Scott had to leave the competition already, while others are glad to see him gone. I was actually bummed to see him leave already, I think he's a really fun guy, and besides, it was tough to see another San Franciscan say farewell. Yet, no matter what you think of the guy, he's quite charming and is a lot of fun. We had a chance to speak with him yesterday afternoon. He chatted about football, future plans and putting himself up for auction. To find out what he had to say, read more
Use tones of blue, white, and silver for the look of your Passover Seder dinner. To bring focus to the table, cover it with a gorgeous silver cloth. For each place setting, use navy blue placemats and white, blue, and silver fine china. Pour the ceremonial wine in to elegant crystal wine goblets. Don't forget to set four glasses for each setting. A sleek silver bowl is perfect for the traditional washing of the hands. The most important part of the ritual is the Seder plate so place yours where all the guests can admire it. Finish off the look with blue and white candles and fresh flowers. Since songs are sung throughout the meal, harmonicas are festive and fun party favors.