Posts for January 20th 2009
With the new year in mind, I've made a string of resolutions, and one of them is to be more prepared for last-minute parties. That's why I'll be making this cookie dough, courtesy of Jenious. Each cookie is filled with the subtle flavor of toasted pecans, and since the cookies freeze well, they'll be ideal for constant entertaining. I'll be making extra dough for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine's Day. To see her quick recipe and lush photos, read more
The other day, I was on OpenTable to book a reservation at Range, a popular restaurant in San Francisco, and the online service prompted me to enter in my credit card number. It may not be the norm, but some restaurants — like Agave and Momofuku Ko — stand by this policy. Although it could seem risky to reveal a credit card number before any sort of purchase has been made, the practice seems to make sense for those restaurants who would have lost significant business due to no-shows.
What is your opinion on this issue? Are you willing to, or have you, plunked down your credit card number to secure a reservation?
The lunar New Year and the year of the ox begins on Jan. 26. To celebrate, gather friends and family for a Chinese-style banquet. Food symbolism plays an important role in Chinese New Year, so select the menu carefully. Start by serving mushroom spring rolls. The crispy, golden rolls represent gold bouillon. Serving a chicken whole represents a sense of unity — this recipe produces juicy, tender meat. Chinese noodles seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and cilantro signify longevity. Oysters braised with sea moss is a traditional dish that brings luck to business transactions and rounds out the menu. To look at these recipes, read more
As we shared with you last year, new phrases are introduced on conversation hearts every Valentine's Day. At an event emceed by acclaimed chef Ming Tsai last week, the candymakers at Necco revealed that this year's hearts will spell out food-inspired phrases. They include:
- Recipe 4 Love
- Table 4 Two
- Stir My Heart
- Top Chef
- Sugar Pie
- My Treat
- Yum Yum
- Honey Bun
- Spice It Up
I don't know about you, but my favorite has to be (you guessed it) Top Chef. It may have something to do with one popular TV show . . . Will you be on the lookout for them in stores? Which slogan is your favorite?
- Winter is an opportune time to bring the grilling indoors.
- Winter is an opportune time to bring the grilling indoors. — Serious Eats
- A pro-life group is upset over Krispy Kreme's free inauguration doughnuts. — Eat Me Daily
- Six ways to use citrus as cocktail garnishes. — The Kitchn
- Speaking of citrus, broiled grapefruit is a simple, healthy dessert. — The Epi-Log
- Looking back at George W. Bush's top 10 food moments. — Endless Simmer
- Lentil salad with goat cheese crostini is a gourmet, on-the-go lunch. — Chow
According to eye witness Ezra Klein, Joan Nathan, the award-winning cookbook author of Jewish Cooking in America and hostess of the event, began to choke on a piece of chicken. Colicchio happened to be nearby and when Alice Waters shouted, "Does anyone know the Heimlich maneuver?" he was able to perform the life-saving technique on Nathan.
Nathan was lucky to have such a strong, quick-thinking chef nearby. After hearing this news, do you consider Colicchio a hero? Does it make you want to learn the Heimlich maneuver?
Looking for a comforting new soup to introduce to your family? Take them to Greece with this variation of avgolemono, the classic Greek soup made with chicken broth, eggs, and lemon juice.
Traditionally rice is added to thicken the soup, but this recipe calls for orzo. The consistency is rich and the flavors clean and soothing. To learn the effortless technique, read more
Time reports that Taiwan's number one coffeehouse, 85C Bakery Cafe, introduced a sea-salt coffee that's been topping its sales charts. The sweetened coffee has a thick foam that's imbued with the flavor of sea salt.
Tell me: Do you think this sounds more appetizing than a hot smoothie?
Yesterday, Paula Deen, the Queen of Butter, turned 62 years old. To honor her, I thought I'd put together a quiz to see how much you know about the Southern cooking authority.
You may love her chicken pot pie and her collard greens, but what can you tell me about her life and accomplishments? Find out when you take our quiz.Take the Quiz