Posts for August 5th 2008
I haven't made any fresh hummus recently, but when I came across Shiloh Jolie Pitt's recipe, I remembered how it's super easy to make. While you could buy a commercial variety from the grocery store aisle, there's a significant difference between the taste of store-bought hummus and the creamy homemade kind.
To make the entire meze even better, take a few minutes to toast the pita chips in the oven — they'll come out warm and crispy. Like Shiloh suggests, it's easy to vary the flavor by adding sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, parsley, or anything else that suits your fancy. To get this delicious recipe, read more
In a response to soaring food prices, McDonald's announced yesterday that it will be restructuring its dollar menu. This means swapping out the dollar menu's most popular items and replacing them with less-costly offerings. The company is testing changes to its $1 bestseller, the double cheeseburger. Chief Operating Officer Ralph Alvarez said:
The way the dollar menu looks today won't be the way it looks next year. . . . What fits on the menu will look different than now because it has to be profitable.
To offset the rising cost in cheese, which is expected to rise 21 percent this year in the US, many stores are using only one slice of cheese instead of two and touting the new offering as a "double hamburger with cheese." Other franchises have increased the cost of the double cheeseburger to $1.19.
If removed from the dollar menu, the double cheeseburger will be replaced by another burger. What do you think about the development? Will you be upset if the double cheeseburger is no longer a part of the dollar menu?
This past weekend I went camping and all the meals were family style with massive food spreads laid out for everyone to share. The only rules? No stealing the plate, no sitting, and no double dipping.
Since I grew up eating Chinese food, I'm accustomed to sharing food on a lazy Susan, so this setup didn't bother me. I've learned that you have to be aggressive about getting the best stuff first! Still, I can see how some might dislike family-style dining, especially picky eaters or those concerned about sanitation.
How do you feel about the matter?
Starbucks has announced its plan to offer an afternoon discount to morning customers. Present a receipt of your morning beverage after 2 p.m. and you can order any iced grande coffee drink (including Frappuccinos!) for just $2. The promotion begins on Tuesday and runs until Sept. 2. According to Brad Stevens, the vice president of customer relationship management, the discount is a no-brainer:
I think we've kind of hit the nail on the head. It's easy for baristas to implement and it's easy for customers to understand.
Since Starbucks's iced drinks are a little pricey the concept is quite clever. However, I rarely order two Starbucks drinks in one day, so I don't know how often I will be able to use the discount. How about you? Will you use the discount?
The Olympics are taking place in Beijing, so I plan on serving a dim sum-inspired Chinese menu. Dim sum are small dishes usually consumed at brunch. Since my viewing is in the evening, the recipes aren't necessarily über-traditional; they are, however, divinely delicious. Shrimp shau mai are bite-sized pillows packed with delicate flavors. Chinese spareribs with teriyaki glaze will satiate the hunger of carnivore guests, while sweet and spicy fried cauliflower will tantalize the vegetarian tastebuds. When served in individual take out containers, spicy sesame noodles make an excellent hors d'oeuvre.
If you have a large crowd coming over, supplement this homemade menu with store bought Spring or Summer rolls and pork buns. To check out the recipes, read more
- What to do when a recipe goes wrong. — The Kitchn
- Quickly catch up on Slow Food Nation. — Chow
- Meet the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world. — Serious Eats
- The latest news of the food crisis: the number of food scientists is on the decline. — Slashfood
- How to travel on a doddering dollar. — The Epi-Log
- A crazy coincidence: Smitten Kitchen makes Yum's key lime meltaways on the exact same day. — Smitten Kitchen
- Does your grocery list say something about your personality? — SavvySugar
- Looking for a decadent dessert? How about raspberry chocolate bundt cake? — Baking Bites
- How cute are these Pucco cupcakes?! — Hostess With the Mostess
This recipe gives the classic steak sandwich a healthy makeover. Broiled steak is tossed with a crunchy cucumber-romaine salad before being stuffed into a whole wheat pita. A simple dressing made with mustard, lemon juice, and olive oil adds a fresh moistness to the sandwich. For a vegetarian variation, substitute mushroom caps for the steak. A great on-the-go meal, these pitas are perfect for those nights when there isn't time to sit at the table. To learn how to make it, read more
Lately, I've heard an increasing amount of hype around how much wine in a box has improved over the years. Like screw-cap wines, boxed wine has become more widely accepted. Because of their unique dispensing system, the wines can last up to six weeks — much longer than the average bottle of wine, which can only survive a couple of days. I haven't tried a boxed wine in years, but I get a hangover just thinking about the boxed wine my friends and I used to buy in college. Perhaps I should seriously consider giving it another chance. What about you: Do you appreciate boxed wine?
A slice of watermelon may be the standard for a hot Summer day, but this vegetable (which is actually related to the cucumber) can be enjoyed in a multitude of unconventional ways. If you aren't ready to go all out with a watermelon recipe, add salt to a slice, as it brings out the sweetness of the fruit! But if you are ready to experiment with watermelon, here we introduce to you seven watermelon ideas that are far from ordinary.