On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I had brunch at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. While my entire meal was delicious, I especially enjoyed the variety of breads that accompanied the breakfast. There was crunchy coffee cake, dried fruit-tequila scone, and my absolute favorite: bite-sized jalapeno biscuits. The flaky biscuits were spicy without being overpowering; a perfect balance of heat. I loved them so much I decided to experiment with a homemade re-creation. These scrumptious and easy-to-make biscuits were similar to the ones I ate at the restaurant. They would be a perfect accompaniment to a big bowl of chili or a hearty black bean soup. If you are sensitive to spiciness, be sure to remove all of the seeds and white membrane from the jalapeno. To get started on your own spicy buttermilk biscuits, read more
Posts for January 26th 2009
I've always looked forward to the Super Bowl. Not because I'm a huge football fan, but because I'm a foodie. It's an excuse to unashamedly devour nachos, chili and buffalo wings. Anything excessive, spicy, unhealthy, and cheesy is welcome on the Super Bowl table.
How about you? What's on your Super Bowl menu? If you aren't cooking, what do you plan on eating while you watch the game?
Traditional French appetizers of raw or blanched vegetables, served with a dipping sauce. Popular crudités include celery sticks, carrots, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, and endive.
Although the fifth season of Hell's Kitchen debuts this Thursday on Fox, Gordon Ramsay's empire may be crumbling. According to the New York Post, the celebrity chef's company is "finding life pretty tough at the moment."
In the past couple of months the celebrity chef has faced many challenges. One of his restaurant's lost two Michelin stars and another establishment dramatically cut back its hours. The overall price of dining at a Gordon Ramsay eatery has dropped as well, to only $21 a head. Top that off with two years worth of unpaid back taxes, an alleged 7-year affair, and you end up with one burnt Ramsay. In an attempt to solve his problems, he's fired his public relations guru.
However, if Ramsay's luck runs out as a restaurant chef, he's always got his television career to fall back on.
Do you think Ramsay will survive the setbacks?
Tea has been an incredibly trendy ingredient for the past two years. Recently, I was bombarded by so many different types of new tea products that I was quite overwhelmed. So much so that I avoided the enormous amount of tea booths at the Fancy Foods Show.
Until one — the Republic of Tea's Be Well Red Tea line — caught my eye. With names like "get happy," "get some zzz's," and "get relaxed" the collection of South African rooibos teas are each specified to change a certain aspect of your life. They're caffeine free and naturally healthful. They come in brightly colored, tin canisters. I enjoy their unpretentious packaging, clean herbal flavor, and soothing qualities.
Do you drink decaffeinated tea? Have you tried Republic of Tea?
Which Peanut Butter Products Are Salmonella Safe? Manufacturers of peanut butter products are still in a sticky situation with the salmonella outbreak that has been traced to a Georgia plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America. The widespread situation has caused new recalls to be announced left and right, making it tough to keep track of what is and isn't safe to eat.
Advertising campaigns in which one company slams a competitor are nothing new: There's the coffee war between Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, and the burger battle of McDonald's versus Burger King. The latest companies to publicly duke it out? Domino's Pizza and Subway. According to a taste test conducted and promoted by Domino's, consumers prefer their baked sandwiches over Subway's sandwiches by a two-to-one ratio. Subway quickly responded to the claims by sending Domino's a letter telling the pizza chain to stop airing the commercials. Then last week on national television, Domino's president David Brandon burned the letter. Subway has yet to comment on Domino's aggressive advertisement, and a lawsuit is likely.
After tasting Domino's baked sandwiches, I find it hard to believe they could beat out Subway's sandwiches in a blind taste test. I also think the behavior in the video is childish and immature. Burning a letter? It doesn't necessarily make me want to run to the nearest Domino's for a sandwich. Watch the video below and tell me what you think. Whose sandwiches do you prefer?
At the Food Fête party this week after the Fancy Foods Show, a representative from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas handed me a kit sealed with a vanilla bean. She suggested that if I didn't want to cook with it, I could take advantage of its pleasant fragrance.
"Oh, don't worry — I'll cook with it," I reassured her. Although they're rather expensive — pods cost around $5 each — cooking with vanilla pods, in my opinion, imparts a more natural flavor than using vanilla extract. I like to use them in everything from cakes to vanilla-flavored hot chocolate. What about you?