The news about the effects of watermelon inspired me to create my newest popsicle: watermelon margarita! Served with a small bowl of margarita salt, these uberfrozen margs were tangy and delicious. Beware, the popsicles contain liquor and melt rather quickly. To avoid a melty mess, I froze my platter for an hour before serving. Learn how to make these simple, scrumptious popsicles when you read more
Posts for July 14th 2008
Bye Bye Budweiser! American King Now Belgium
An American treasure — Budweiser beer — is now Belgium. Perhaps baseball or apple pie will leave us next. For $52 billion Belgium company InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch, pledging to keep the North American headquarters in St. Louis, while cutting $1.5 billion in costs.
Are Heinz Baked Beanz too much of a mouthful?
Citing difficult pronunciation, Heinz will be dropping the word "baked" from the Heinz Baked Beanz label and changing the official title to Heinz Beanz, the Telegraph reports. Four years ago, Heinz changed the "s" of beans to "z" to modernize the brand. Now the company explained why the popular British shelf item, which will retain its distinctive teal tin, is ready for another name change:
Heinz Beanz have been powering the nation for over a hundred years, and to say thank you to our loyal fans, we have given this iconic product a 21st century makeover.
Do you think Heinz made a wise choice in ditching the word baked? How will it impact their brand, positively or negatively? In general, what are your thoughts on food companies rebranding classic items to be more modern?
In honor of Bastille Day, which celebrates the start of the French Revolution, mix (or order!) a French 75 cocktail. Named for a type of gun, this drink was originally created by a World War I, French-American fighter pilot. The combination of gin and champagne packs such a potent kick that people believed drinking it was like being shot with the powerful gun.
Now, the French 75 is considered a classic Champagne cocktail. The strong concoction is easy to make and even easier to drink. Get the recipe and read more
Coq au Vin, pronounced, coke-oh-vahn
Literally translated to "rooster in wine," coq au vin is a classic French stew of chicken pieces, bacon or lardons (salt pork), mushrooms, and onions cooked together in red wine. Many regions of France have developed their own variations of the dish using local wines.
With reality stars posing as fashion designers and singers turning into restaurateurs, it's no surprise that Starbucks and Subway would expand into something other than caffeinated beverages and sandwiches. Tomorrow Starbucks is scheduled to launch a new smoothie line. Called Vivanno Nourishing Blends, the smoothies come in two flavors: Orange Mango Banana and Chocolate Banana.
Scrambling to increase sales with innovative new products like smoothies, Starbucks has reason to worry: Subway is testing out a cafe concept. The Subway cafes will be larger than the existing sandwich shops with comfortable seating, wi-fi, espresso drinks, gelatos, and paninis. Subway isn't the first fast-food chain to expand into coffee, both McDonalds and Burger King have been heavily promoting coffee drinks.
What do you think about these announcements? Will you try a Starbucks smoothie or Subway coffee?
Hunting for a new house, packing everything you own, and moving is seriously exhausting. However, once you are settled into your new space, consider hosting a housewarming party. Think of the housewarming like a reward for the move.
Invite friends and family members over for a tour and tapas. Introduce them to your place while tantalizing their tastebuds with delicious bites. Start by selecting a date and sending invitations. To learn how I made these simple, stylish invites, read more
Maybe you hosted a wine and cheese pairing in honor of Bastille Day over the weekend. Or perhaps you decided to have fun with fondue. Either way, you've got eight (expensive) odds and ends of cheese in your fridge that you don't know how to salvage. No worries, make fromage fort, a French cheese spread! Any type of cheese can be used to make this tasty spread for crackers and bread. To learn how it's made, read more
Last night on the Next Food Network Star, the final four arrived in Vegas, dined with Paula Deen, and competed in a scaled down version of Bobby Flay's Throwdown. Perky Kelsey was sent home for making dishes that were too complicated. Certain she was a Food Network shoo-in, I was shocked when the judges asked her to leave.
How abut you? What did you think of the elimination?
This one-pot meal, complete with vegetables, pork and nutrient-rich red rice, is sizzling with flavor. Didn't grill on Sunday? With store-bought ingredients, there's still virtually no prep required on your part. For the recipe, read more