Posts for September 17th 2009
No specialty cocktail is needed at an Okotberfest celebration, the German festival is all about one thing — beer. Instead invite friends to partake in a beer tasting! There are several different ways to host a beer tasting. You can get the same kinds of beers, say German pilsners, all made by different breweries. You could select one brewery, purchase all the varieties of beer they make, and serve those. Or you can just buy a bunch of beers from various styles and regions. Head to Bevmo, Trader Joe's, or other local shop that sells a wide assortment of beers and purchase six packs or larger bottles for the tasting. To get more beer-tasting tips read more
It's a tale that'll go down in burger history. At an event this week in London, Guinness World Records revealed a host of new record breakers, among them a 185-pound, $499 whopper of a hamburger, which is officially the world's largest. The record belongs to Mallie's Sports Grill and Bar in Southgate, MI. Owner Steve Mallie, who said the bun must be baked for eight hours and the burger for 15 hours, remarked, "Being in the book is the greatest accomplishment we've ever done. I've worked my entire life to build this restaurant and being able to have the notoriety of Guinness makes it just that bit more rewarding."It seems, in today's world, that everything bigger is better. This week alone, Westhoughton, UK, garnered attention for serving the world's most massive English breakfast (10 sausages,10 rashers of bacon, 10 slices of toast, 10 eggs, fives slices of black pudding, and tomatoes, mushrooms, and black beans); Sacramento, CA, made headlines for a 42-foot-long, 1,200-pound tamale; and Valencians in Spain managed to assemble the world's longest restaurant table. At this rate, the next record will need to be for the world's most capable scale. Are these feats, like the Mallie's burger, legendary stuff, or simply gross?
From The Hearty Boys
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Chocolate ganache for topping, recipe follows
Special equipment: 9-inch round foil cake pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using a hand held electric mixer, beat the eggs and salt together in a large mixing bowl until frothy.
- Add the sugar and beat until the eggs are thick and pale yellow, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and beat an additional 30 seconds.
- Put the butter and chocolate in a microwave safe container and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to insure that the chocolate has melted. Microwave an additional 30 seconds, if needed.
- With the mixer running, pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture.
- Add the flour and beat 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat an additional 30 seconds.
- Spray the cake pan with a pan release spray and pour in the brownie batter. Place the pan on the top rack of the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes until the center is barely set.* Remove the pan from the oven and let cool. Top with the ganache and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
- To serve, remove from freezer and slice immediately. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
*Cook's Note: If tested with a toothpick the center will still be gooey. If tested by touch, the center will be soft. It will set once frozen.
1/2 cup (4 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
- Put the chocolate chips and cream into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
- Remove the bowl and stir with a whisk or fork until well mixed. Use immediately. If using the ganache later it will need to be reheated.
Makes 3/4 cup.
We played chefs and cowboys on last night's episode of Top Chef. On a ranch outside of Vegas, the chefs slept in tepees, made s'mores, then cooked over fire pits for a bunch of ranchers. Didn't you love when Mike I asked, "Is Padma sleeping in a tepee, too?" See how much you remember and take my quiz.
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We love Slashfood so much that every Thursday we round up their most delicious stories. Here are this week's finds:
- Case closed: Oysters are responsible for The Fat Duck-related food illnesses.
- Cheftestants, take advice from Master Rick Bayless himself.
- Top 10 most bizarre celebrity food commercials.
- Is gesturing an appropriate way to get your server's attention?
- One UK eatery calls a rowdy toddler the f-word on a check.
Source: Flickr User Allerina & Glen MacLarty
Sick of eggplant parmesan? Well get excited, this recipe is for you. It replaces the purple vegetable with tofu steaks. Instead of deep-frying them, the tofu is coated with bread crumbs and cooked in just one tablespoon of oil.
Store-bought marinara is enhanced with sauteed mushrooms and onions. Using part-skim mozzarella reduces the fat content of this Italian classic. To make it for your family tonight, get the recipe and read more