Posts for January 27th 2009
Since a few of my friends have birthdays in February, I've been browsing all over the web in search of a birthday cake that fits my mood. I found it, of course, right underneath my nose in the Kitchen Goddess group. TeamSugar regular celebrity_soup took a hiatus from posting recipes, but has been back and on a cake-making frenzy, as demonstrated by her delectable desserts. Case in point: This opulent hummingbird cake, which I've definitely added to my birthday cake list. To see the recipe, read more
Now that the holidays are over, food, and drink events are back in full force across the nation. This month is all about restaurant week dining deals, from New York to Miami to Los Angeles. Some of them last into next week, so right now's the time to take advantage of affordable meals. If we've missed anything, please let us know in the comments!
- New York, NY: New York Restaurant Week — Jan. 27-30
- Los Angeles, CA: dineLA Restaurant Week — Jan. 27-31
- San Luis Obispo , CA: San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month — Jan. 27-31
- Miami, FL: Miami Spice — Jan. 27-Feb. 2
- Boston, MA: Boston Wine Festival — Jan. 27-Feb. 2
- San Francisco, CA: ZAP Zinfandel Festival — Jan. 28-31
- San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Wine Festival's Wine Competition — Jan. 31
- New Orleans, LA: The Four Seasons of Rum — Feb. 2
Super Bowl XLIII is less than a week away, but this year, lovers of the chicken wing — game day's unofficial snack — will be enjoying their poultry on a wing and a prayer. Since few Super Bowl parties are without chicken wings, consumer demand, as it generally is during football season, is sky-high. Unfortunately, the supply for chicken wings is way down. Major wing supplier Pilgrim's Pride of Pittsburgh, TX, recently filed Chapter 11 company reorganization. As a result, the price of wings is soaring nationwide, and in some cases, up to 30 percent in the past three months.
Consumers, restaurants, and distributors are handling the crisis in different ways. Some are setting aside vast quantities of wings for the big game. Other restaurants, feeling the pinch, have doubled the prices of wings on their menu.
In turn, customers, like the wing lovers of Buffalo, NY, the birthplace of the spicy chicken wing, are so fed up with astronomical prices that they've called for a wing boycott. This year I'll be serving buffalo chicken fingers or buffalo chicken cheese dip instead of wings.
Have you noticed an increase in price? Would you be willing to pay more simply to have chicken wings at your Super Bowl celebration?
The Super Bowl is this Sunday and to make sure you host the best blowout bash, I'll be sharing all of my ideas for an awesome party. To get things started let's talk about the menu. Before you select a bunch of dishes, think about the crowd you will be serving. Will it be mostly people who are invested in the game? A male heavy group? A mix of football fans and people who are simply there to socialize? Choose dishes that will accommodate this group. My crew falls into the last category with a variety of meat-lovers and vegetarians planning to attend.
For appetizers set up a buffet of store bought or homemade dips (guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, hummus, and artichoke crab dip are my favorites). As the main course, offer oozing grilled mozzarella sandwiches and cheesesteak sliders. No Super Bowl party is complete without a deep fried treat and guests will be delighted to snack on super crispy onion rings. To look at these recipes, read more
- Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi reports he has an issue with his jaw.
- Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi reports he has an issue with his jaw. — Eat Me Daily
- Learn how to make Chinese five spice powder. — The Kitchn
- Create stadium-worthy seating in the comfort of your home. — Chow
- 1,001 foods to try before you die. — The Epi-Log
- This Super Bowl Sunday, jazz up the guacamole by adding bacon. — Serious Eats
As much as I love making a slow-cooking lasagna, sometimes there isn't enough time. On days when you crave the comforting Italian dish, but are too busy to slave over the stove, consider making this hassle-free variation.
All the flavors of a classic lasagna — tomato sauce, thick pasta, melted cheese — are present in the quick recipe. The secret is to use store-bought ravioli instead of lasagna noodles. Interested in the recipe? Please read more