Posts for March 28th 2013
Chocolate Easter bunnies, while adorable, are often more style than substance and are perhaps best suited to those of the age who still believe in the critter after which they're modeled. Still, ever curious, we set out to tackle the somewhat-daunting task of sampling the gamut of options available to see if any could pass muster with our slightly more sophisticated palates.
To keep the playing field even, we stuck to milk chocolate bunnies available at our local Target — no dark chocolate, novel flavors, or fancy-pants mail-order bunnies need apply. Keep reading to find which bunny reigns (relatively) supreme; we'll start with the most offensive and go from there.
Home-curing gravlax, while perhaps not on par with dry-aging steaks at home or transforming a slab of pork belly into bacon, might still seem like a culinary experiment best left to the experts, but that's not the case. Minimal effort and time are required — the salmon cures for a mere three days — to yield results far superior to the majority of store-bought options. This is largely because you, not the producer, are in control of the quality of fish you select, as well as the choice of flavoring agents. And at a third of the price, home-cured gravlax is far more economical than store-bought, even when using top-quality ingredients.
Seek out the freshest salmon you can acquire: the flavor of the fish intensifies as moisture is lost in the curing process. Instructions here are for gravlax with a classic dill and anise flavor profile, but feel free to experiment with other spices and herbs; just keep the ratio of sugar, salt, and fish consistent.
Boozy frosting? No need to say more. We've shown you how to make kiwi-melon Champagne cupcakes, and now it's time for drinks to meet dessert in a new way with alcohol-infused frosting. Host Brandi Milloy and Lisa from Sin City Cupcakes show us how to whip up the treat that you'll want to spread over cakes, cookies, cupcakes — any baked goods, really. We can't wait to try this for our next soiree, and making it is a cinch: all it calls for is sugar, dry milk, cream cheese, and your favorite alcohol. Does it get any easier than that?
As soon as I had my first sip of today's cocktail — a tangy balsamic-vinegar-enhanced bloody Mary — I knew that I had found my be-all-and-end-all bloody Mary recipe. Spicy (tone down the horseradish a notch if your heat tolerance isn't particularly high), slightly sweet, salty, and perfectly balanced, this weekend morning staple — with a twist — is so perfect that I've already planned a brunch date to share it with my girlfriends.
A quick note on garnishes: unless you have a strong aversion to celery salt, don't leave the salted rim off. If you're not on speaking terms with the stuff, sub out kosher salt; either way the saline punch is crucial. Likewise, a celery stalk is a classic aromatic addition, but bloody Marys are by nature customizable, so try one of these garnishes if you're looking to change things up.
- The bacon trend is officially out of control — Zagat
- This Greek salad sandwich is the best of both worlds — HuffPost Taste
- A new Julia Child book is on its way — Eater
- How to host a Game of Thrones dinner party — Yahoo! Shine
- Gordon Ramsay's opening a steak house in New York — Grub Street New York
- Quick, healthy, flavorful stir-fried pork — Tasting Table
- The top 100 hot-spot restaurants in America — Delish
- Must make: Passover spinach and ricotta gnudi — Cooking With Amy
There's no denying the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and the fact that the dishes taste so delicious is a major bonus. You might not be able to travel to the waters of Greece or Italy, but you can still get the yum factor right at home with these recipes rich in nuts, vegetables, beans, olive oil, and fish. You'll want to try them ASAP, since many are springtime staples.
Easter is just three days away, but if you still find yourself looking for some colorful inspiration for your table, you've come to the right place. We've been covering the holiday all week with fast and easy ideas for what to serve, how to decorate, and what to sip on, all of which come together in no time. Click through to find all of our ideas plus more!
This Thai chicken zucchini noodles recipe from Running to the Kitchen is both simple and luxurious.
A healthy way to satisfy that Thai craving.
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