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If you're a huge fan of farmers markets and you love the experience of dining out, it's time to check out a farm-to-table restaurant. These eateries are associated with the local food movement, a social campaign concerned with connecting people to what they eat and, more importantly, the farmers who grow it. Farm-to-table chefs seek out the very best ingredients from the best local farmers and dream up gorgeous recipes on the fly, before they grace your plate with all of that goodness. Sound like this is up your alley? Here are five reasons to try the farm-to-table experience.
- It's local and sustainable. Everything on the menu at a farm-to-table restaurant will be locally sourced when possible. Instead of cooking for a recipe, these restaurants cook for the ingredients. Much like the practices of a CSA box, you have to be creative with what you're working with. Farm-to-table restaurants are up for the task.
- It supports a community. Farm-to-table spots strive to connect the customer to the source of the food, a practice that's unheard of in the majority of restaurants worldwide. Less than one percent of the population in the US is made up farmers. Restaurants with locally sourced food gives these farmers a chance to create a quality product and thrive in the local economy. Instead of falling victim to conventional farming methods that go against ancient tradition, the people who are creating your food are treated with dignity and respect. And all that love pours out onto the plate.
- It provides inspiration in your home kitchen. One of the most amazing things about eating in a farm-to-table restaurant is that you see ingredients that you may never have considered tasting, or using, before. You can pick up the same produce from your local farmers market and re-create a dish at home with the same ingredients. Or you can get creative and think up new ways to use what's in season.
- It's an adventure. You never know what you're going to get on a given day. With many farm-to-table restaurants, the menu changes weekly, or even daily. Farmers harvest depending on what looked perfectly ripe on a specific day, not for whatever a big company needs. The mantra of many of these farmers? Grow for flavor.
- It tastes better. Really. It's true. You can't imagine the decadent flavor until you've tasted freshly picked produce straight from the farm. Your taste buds will sing your praises! At these restaurants, the chefs don't need to cover up or mask anything on the plate. The ingredients speak volumes for themselves.
Have you ever eaten at a farm-to-table restaurant? What was your experience like?
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Breadsticks aren't something that I think about very often. What I mean by that is often I overlook them for other, more exciting snacks or appetizers. But I've recently come to realize that a fresh batch of breadsticks is simple, uncomplicated, and completely addictive.
As far as bread goes, this definitely can be considered a fast and easy recipe. It takes just minutes to come together, followed by one hour of resting, then about 30 minutes of baking.
There are a few things that I think could really enhance this recipe: a sprinkling of sesame seeds or good kosher salt. I also upped the temperature a bit to 375° F (or you could roll your breadsticks thinner) because I found that they weren't crunching up as much as I would have liked.
Find this incredibly straightforward recipe when you read on.
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The recipe calls for Italian-style flour, but I used regular all-purpose flour. If you find your breadsticks aren't crunching up enough, up the temperature to 375º F.
4 cups "00" flour (Italian-style flour)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 7-gram package active dry yeast
- Put flour, oil, sugar, salt, yeast, and 1-1⁄3 cups water into a large bowl and stir well to combine (the mixture should be sticky). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to let rest for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Form dough into 30 1-1⁄2-inch-wide balls (each about 1 ounce). Working with 1 ball of dough at a time (keep others covered with a towel), roll and stretch dough into a 16-inch rope. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets as done, keeping the ropes about 1 inch apart. Bake until light golden brown and crisp, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack to let cool.
Makes 30 breadsticks.
This year's a lucky one for American taxpayers — not only do we get two extra days to file our taxes due to a Sunday and a less-than-widely-known holiday, we also have more opportunities than ever to snag deals at some of the country's most popular restaurants. Taxing? We think not. Here, we bring you a compilation of Tax Day's best nationwide deals.
Tax Day Deals
- Bruegger's: Download a Facebook coupon for a $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (a baker's dozen of bagels and two containers of cream cheese).
- Chevys: Stop by participating Chevys locations today and have two premium Herradura margaritas for $10.40 — then have the Mexican restaurant pick up the tax on your meal.
- Hooters: Wing it with 20 boneless wings for $9.99.
- McCormick & Schmick's: Enjoy an extended happy hour — complete with special-edition tax-themed cocktails — that lasts through 11 p.m. Bloody Mary tax code, anyone?
- P.F. Chang's: Score a discount of 15 percent off everything, excluding drinks or happy hour menu items.
- Sonic: Half-priced fountain drinks and slushies all day.
To see more deals — including stuff that's entirely free, no purchase required! — keep reading
While I'm sure each one of us has a grave hatred of some ingredient or another, it occurred to me that these three condemned foods all have something in common. They're famously controversial, all of 'em: you either like mayonnaise/coconut/celery or you don't! On top of those, I'd add raw onions, Bloody Marys, and of course, cilantro. What foods would you add to the list?
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We've all heard about the importance of a solid breakfast, but more often than not, good intentions fall victim to making the 8:10 a.m. train. I can't tell you how many New Year's resolutions I've set, only to find myself choking down pasty instant oatmeal at my desk or — gasp! — forgoing breakfast entirely. Difficult as it may be to believe, you really can make time for a filling breakfast, whether you pause for a moment to eat before running out the door or take it to go. We've compiled 10 recipes to combat the fiercest of morning hunger pangs and time crunches.
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Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are just as delicious without the food coloring. Click here to see how they were made.
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