- Fab's flipping for animal print and luxurious leather
- Yum's planning ahead for the holidays with cookbooks and seasonal candy
- Bella's smitten with Fall polish and a cure for split ends
- Très is reading new work from Ellen DeGeneres and Nicholas Sparks
- Lil's loving spooky stories and Halloween treats
- Casa's getting crafty with calligraphy and paper flowers
- Buzz is toasting to The Rum Diary and The Ides of March
- Savvy's making organizational lists and a money saving plan
- Fit's fighting for the cure during breast cancer awareness month
- Geek's going cuckoo over new Kindles and designer iPad cases
Posts for October 3rd 2011
If you are lactose intolerant or vegan, substitute cow's milk with almond or soy. For frothy, foamed milk, consider purchasing a Nespresso Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother ($99), which will cut costs on store-bought lattes.
From Anna Monette Roberts
Homemade Chai Tea Latte
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole green cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
5 whole black peppercorns
2 1-inch pieces ginger root, sliced
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon loose black tea
1/2 cup milk
Honey (or sugar) to taste
- In a small pot, combine cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on preferred strength.
- Remove from heat, add tea, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and return liquid to the pot. Discard solids.
- Over a low heat, stir in honey and milk and cook until heated through. Pour into mugs, and top with frothed milk and cinnamon, if desired.
Though it's bittersweet to bid farewell to sweet corn and other Summer produce, we've got a whole lot more sweet stuff to look forward to in October. This candy-coated month has us getting ready for Halloween, craving new cookbooks, and plotting the start of the holiday entertaining season. Click through to see this month's must haves.
Non-football fans have often taken interest in the Super Bowl because of the halftime show, which usually draws big name musical acts. While the NFL hasn't confirmed next February's performer, rumors are circulating that Madonna will headline the halftime show of the 2012 championship game. She hasn't released a new album in a while, but she's been known for her provocative performances and videos, which could make for good water cooler conversations the next morning. Would you tune in to watch Madonna if she performed on the Super Bowl stage next year?
This soup is a warming and filling fall dish, using the best and healthiest fall crops, fresh cranberry beans (aka Barlotti beans) and kale. Add some crumbled chicken sausage and nutty farro and you have an incredibly flavorful meal! This recipe yields enough for some tasty lunches as well.
Get the full recipe and photos at Gen Y Foodie.
Want to share your favorite Autumn dish? Upload it into the Savory Sights community group! You could wind up featured here.
Ratatouille may be the perfect Summer-to-Fall transition dish. It savors the heartiest of late Summer's vegetables, namely eggplant and zucchini, but offers the warm, slow-cooked comfort you need in cooler weather. It's traditionally prepared as a stew on the stove top, but this simple recipe roasts the vegetables in the oven along with bell peppers and plum tomatoes, then serves them over polenta.
The recipe calls for fresh shucked corn stirred into creamy polenta, but since corn is on its way out of the farmers market, I left it out and opted for oven-baked polenta instead. Also, I subbed in Greek yogurt for the ricotta, just because I thought it would be interesting, and it was. Ease into Autumn with this easy recipe after the break:
Now that we've sorted out the burgers from the burger impostors, it's time to turn our attention to sandwiches. How do you define a sandwich? Does it have to have two pieces of bread or is open-faced OK? Do burgers and hot dogs count? Click through to cast your vote on 10 maybe-sandwiches.
From seminars to tastings and everything in between, I've had a lot of fun attending this year's NYC Wine & Food Festival. But even though I loved the grand tasting and Friday night's star-studded Burger Bash, if you ask me, the best event of the weekend was Carts in the Parc, an outdoor gathering of more than a dozen food trucks that are not just a quintessential part of New York's food scene, but a seminal influence on the street food movement in general. From chicken biryani to Chinese pickles and pork, this event had world-class everything. Keep reading to take another look at the Carts in the Parc Event at the NYC Wine & Food Festival.
Pork belly, short ribs, and chocolate are all expected to make an appearance at a food festival, but this time I was astounded to find another item added to the regular rotation of palate-pleasing foods: green juice.
These freshly pressed and bottled juices showed up everywhere at the weekend's events, from the grand tasting, where festivalgoers checked out the Blueprint Cleanse booth and the Cooler Cleanse table, to Carts in the Parc, where The Juice Press was passing out free juice samples.
Although the umbrella term "green juice" can refer to any mix of bitter green vegetables, many of these concoctions were a mishmash of kale, parsley, spinach, lemon, cucumber, and celery. And it's not just being targeted to health-conscious diners: the folks at Blueprint told me their cleanse was "targeted toward foodies" with its gourmet lineup of juices, salads, and raw dessert bars.
After days of eating everything but vegetables, I rode the green juice wave like everybody else. Do you think this trend will catch on near you?
No weekend-long food festival — the 2011 NYC Wine & Food Festival included! — would be complete without a trip to the grand tasting. This year's epic pavilion included over 60 exhibitors, more than 70 featured chefs, and dozens upon dozens of alcoholic beverage options (the festival is sponsored in part by Southern Wines and Spirits, the largest distributor of alcoholic beverages in the country). It was hard to make room in my head and my stomach for them all, but here are a handful of items I've still got on the brain.