- Play Yum's candy bracket for a chance to win a year's supply of candy!
- Pop culture Halloween: costume ideas for guys
- Must-try Fall hues and 10 perfect ways to wear them
- Law gives minors right to get HPV shot without parental consent
- Think small: create a menu of bite-sized kid friendly party foods
- PopSugar NYC: explore the city's sweetest candy stores
- Ultimate leggings guide — at every price point
- Tour through practical yet marvelous mudrooms
- Smart savings tips for your next supermarket spree
- Essential etiquette tips for the yoga studio newbie
- Cute alert: pretty little pugs
- Geeky costumes for your dog
- DIY: try making your own Missoni inspired drink glasses
- Rachel Zoe brings Skyler to join Lauren Conrad and more for a weekend of polo
- Video: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are married — get all the wedding details!
Posts for October 10th 2011
I'm the first to admit it: while I'll enjoy the occasional shot of tequila, it's not usually the first thing I'll order when I saddle up to the bar. But at a San Francisco Cocktail Week seminar, I learned a good bit about the basics of tequila — and just how awesome the Mexican spirit can be. Here are four legit reasons why tequila is seriously underappreciated.
Eggplant parm is one of our favorite vegetarian entrées, and we love how it's ideal for feeding a crowd. But did you know that it makes fancy-looking party bites, too?
I came across the creative idea at Carts in the Parc, where FoodParc vendor Fornetti was serving bite-sized antipasto skewers — along with miniature stacks of eggplant parmesan. The execution was elegant, but the idea simple: construct a towering sandwich of battered, fried eggplant slices, mozzarella cheese, and flatbread, then skewer and slice into one-inch mouthfuls. Serve each skewer on its side to show off its layers of flavor and texture, and top it off with marinara sauce and a chiffonade of basil.
Two important takeaways: serve the skewers on their sides to show off their impressive construction, and insert some sort of bread to help secure everything in place. Oh, and takeaway number three: everything tastes better on a stick — eggplant parm included.
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Do you recall how last year, Hawaii became the first state to ban shark finning? Well, California followed suit this past weekend. On Saturday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that bans the possession, sale, and distribution of imported shark fins, calling the practice "cruel" and the new legislation "in the interest of future generations." Fins already in the state may be sold and possessed until July 1, 2013.
Shark fins are used to make shark fin soup, an expensive Chinese delicacy that can start at a whopping $40 per bowl. Although a number of public figures — Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, and Yao Ming, to name a few — have spoken out against the practice, others believe the ban to be an assault on Chinese culture and cuisine.
While Oregon and Washington have also implemented similar laws, California is the largest and most influential state to pass the ban thus far. With such a critical state on board with the ban, do you expect the rest of the country to follow?
When it comes to candy making, a great place to start is with bark. The technique for making bark is simple: you melt chocolate, spread on a baking sheet, throw on the toppings, refrigerate until cold, then break into pieces.
Use whatever kind of chocolate (milk, white, dark) and toppings (nuts, dried fruit, candy) you feel like. When selecting toppings, choose an assortment of flavors and textures: chewy, crunchy, sweet, salty — this will result in a delicious bark where each bite is filled with layers of goodies.
To celebrate Halloween, I made black and orange bark with a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, dried apricots, pretzels, and candy corn. It's a great after-dinner treat, or packaged in a pretty cellophane bag makes a fun edible gift. To learn the easy and adaptable method to making bark, keep reading.