- Boo-tifully delicious Halloween cookies
- PopSugar LA: get a color change at Demi Moore's favorite nail salon
- Simple tip: leftover melted chocolate makes easy bark
- Muppets OPI nail polish: see the best colors!
- Books to help us understand domestic violence
- Channel Fall's Anglo trend like a prep-school pro
- Cheap and cheerful sofa facelifts — starting at $40
- See the Pretty Little Liars dressed up for Halloween!
- Getting back on budget: how to escape a downward spiral
- 5 toppings and stir-ins that make yogurt healthier
- Howl-oween photos of pups with pumpkins
- Halloween costumes for Internet meme addicts
- Pink cozies up to baby Willow on set
- Video: Lindsay Lohan handcuffed and jailed for violating probation
Posts for October 19th 2011
Making your own candy for Halloween? Next time you dip anything in chocolate, be sure to make the most of the melted mess that's left behind. Rather than dumping it down the drain, do what I do: assemble homemade chocolate bark!
- Use a rubber spatula to transfer the tempered white, milk, or dark chocolate onto a baking pan covered with wax paper. With an offset spatula, spread the candy as evenly as possible into a thin sheet.
- Sprinkle it with anything you like: almonds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, crushed candy, or all of the above. (My personal favorite is fleur de sel — to offset the sweetness.)
- Stick the entire pan in the freezer; within the half hour, the chocolate will have hardened into a luxuriously thin sheet of chocolate.
- At this point, you can break it into pieces, stick it in a ziplock bag, and refrigerate it to keep on hand anytime the craving strikes.
Serve it to houseguests for dessert, give it away as an edible gift, or hoard it all for yourself; the choice is yours. What do you do with melted chocolate?
Wine tasting can be quite a production: between vying for a space at the bar to begin tasting, paying high prices for comparably tiny pours of wine, and figuring out how to safely get from winery to winery without someone having to miss out on all the tasting, it can feel like more trouble than it's worth.
I recently visited Clif Winery's new tasting room in St. Helena, CA, Velo Vino, where the vibe was decidedly more relaxed. The tasting room in general is inviting, warm, and impeccably wine-country chic, but I was especially impressed with the large communal table where the winery hosts its special Yellow Jersey tasting. On my visit, the table was already set for a tasting, and it gave me a few great ideas for hosting a fun, informal wine tasting at home. Want to host your own? Here are a few tips!
- Set the scene: The point of a wine tasting is to enjoy each sip and chat with friends, rather than to power through as much wine as possible, so make your guests want to stay awhile. Set up your tasting somewhere comfortable, and lay out everything your guests will need during the tasting, including glasses, paper for taking notes, a pitcher of water, and a bucket for pouring out unwanted tastes.
- Move from lighter to heavier wines: This may be a wine tasting cliché, but that doesn't mean it isn't true! Each wine affects how the next one tastes, so start with lighter wines, like whites, sparkling wines, or Pinot Noirs, and transition to heavier reds like Cabernets and Syrahs.
- Provide small bites to pair with each taste: It can be overkill to serve a full meal alongside a wine tasting, but having small snacks on hand that pair nicely with your wines will enhance the overall experience, and keep your guests from getting too hungry! Clif Winery offers a variety of paprika-spiced almonds, dried cherries, and roasted pistachios that pair perfectly with different varietals.
More wine tasting tips after the break!
Inspired by the idea of a vampire-themed party, I decided to make my own bloody yet delicious treat. With Halloween only a couple of weeks away, I pulled out the ice-cream maker and started on a blood orange and mint sorbet — a perfect treat for your fangtastic friends! Although the last time I made ice cream, I had a problem with curdling custard, making this sorbet was easier and much less risky.
I started with a mint-infused simple syrup. While that cooled, I pulled out my glass citrus press (just like my grandmother had!) and hand-juiced some blood oranges. Even with the manual juicing, the whole process is quite quick and in only a few hours, I had refreshing and flavorful sorbet. If you want to feed your vamp guests this sensational sorbet, keep reading.
One of the highlights of Halloween is the chance to carve pumpkins, and while the faces carved each year may change, what remains constant is the tasty snack enjoyed during and after the ritual: roasted pumpkin seeds! Serving up pepitas, as they're called in Spanish, is an incredibly easy process. All you need are the pumpkin seeds, an oven, and a cookie sheet. Keep reading to see how you do it.
In October, there's nothing more delicious than a heaping bowl of candy and your favorite scary movies, but sometimes it's nice to go beyond the wrapped treats and create a special Halloween dessert. After you've been adequately inundated by an overload of snack-sized candy and all that delicious goodness, take it to the next level when you celebrate Halloween this year. Here are 10 fun dessert ideas to get you inspired!
Fruit-flavored candy fiends, tell us: does Starburst deserve to trail Sour Patch Kids? If not, it's up to you to vote for your favorite confections in our Best Candy of All Time bracket!
From Peanut M&M's to Milky Way, and Red Vines to Twizzlers, we've selected 64 of the most beloved candies, and we need your help to pick the winner! Start by clicking above, and go through the first-round matchups by picking your favorite candy each time. Once you've done that, we'll take your favorites and pair them against each other until there is only one winning candy left. At the end of the month, we'll tally up your votes and crown our ultimate candy. Plus, when you finish voting, you'll have the opportunity to enter to win a year's supply of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar. What are you waiting for? Play now!
Since moving into our neighborhood 2 1/2 years ago, mieko14 and I have become decent regulars at a local breakfast spot, The Village Grill. Every time we've gone I was always intrigued by the Traditional Irish Breakfast on their menu. . .but always opted for pancakes and a side of corned beef hash (which, in my opinion, is the best in town). I finally decided to try it a couple weekends ago and now I'm kicking myself for not doing so earlier. In hindsight, it should've been a no-brainer: eggs, three kinds of meat products, beans, etc. How could it possibly not be good? Let's just say the corned beef hash now has some serious competition.