A pronounced yet delicate tangy essence permeates flaky but intense dough, leading way to a sweet, nutty, and mildly spiced filling. These may sound like contradictory elements, but this is how I see rugelach. Rugelach originated in the Eastern European Jewish community, but now you can find these pastry cookies almost anywhere. In the American tradition cream cheese is added to rugelach dough, which is how I know the cookies to be, but they were initially made with sour cream dough. More Here...
Cornstarch in chocolate chip cookies?Who knew. I read this blog post last week discussing using a secret ingredient to keep chocolate cookies soft and chewy. I was surprised to learn the secret ingredient was cornstarch.
I’ve soaked raw beef strips in cornstarch to make the beef tender, so I guess it makes sense. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it out. The recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson and can be found on the Food Network.
I followed the recipe almost exactly. I found the dough to be pretty dry, especially for a chocolate chip cookie recipe. As a result the cookies didn’t do much spreading and they maintained a pale color.More Here...
I'm trying to get back again to baking all the bread we eat.
Earlier this week I kneaded up another batch of dough, started with a biga. I baked four baguettes and then the remaining dough went into the fridge for two days. I took the dough out of the fridge Thursday afternoon and left it on the counter so it could come to room temperature.
If you live in the US, tomorrow is tax day! While the IRS may be taking your money, there are lots of places where you can get great deals and free food to help give your wallet a break. Check out 16 great deals you can get:
1. HOOTERS: Get 20 boneless wings for $9.99 with this coupon--available April 16 through 18 with the purchase of an entree.
2. FIREHOUSE SUBS: 'Like' the restaurant on Facebook to get a coupon for twice the meat on your medium sub
3. WHITE CASTLE: Buy a sandwich at White Castle and get one free chicken breast sandwich with this coupon. This deal is available through April 28
4. BOSTON MARKET: Get one free meal at Boston Market with this coupon if you buy another meal and a fountain drink.More Here...
When I go out for sushi I like to think an actual skilled human being is making it. Well, if you dine at a sushi joint with robots in the kitchen this will not be the case. An article on Delish discusses a sushi robot that is capable of producing 3,600 pieces of sushi every hour! Suzumo introduced its newest and fastest sushibot at this year’s World Food and Beverage Great Expo in Japan. I had read about this a while ago in Marie Claire magazine and couldn’t believe it. I read that Japanese companies were developing the sushibot but wishful thinking had me saying that it would never actually happen. Well, it did, and while it is an incredibly impressive stride in technology, something about it rubs me the wrong way. More Here...
National grilled cheese day passed on April 12th. I completely forgot the holiday. I should have made a special grilled cheese lunch. Even though the special day came and left, and I forgot, it doesn't mean we can't celebrate now.
Who doesn't like grilled cheese? It's composed of butter, bread, and cheese. Grilled cheese is quick to make, tasty, and an ultimate minor snack. In college, whenever hunger crept up on me before running out to class, I flipped on the burners, buttered bread, grabbed a couple slices of sharp cheddar, and fried up a delicious grilled cheese to go.
The greatness behind the grilled cheese is not only its quick availability, but the endless possibilities for creativity. You can make adjustments to customize grilled cheese to your liking. More Here...
After watching the Hunger Games, I was left pondering about many things. I'm sure the film did the same to you with its allegorical story lingering in your mind even after the credits blacked out.
But at the basic level, I asked myself,
"If I was put in a Hunger Game, would I know how to survive?"
The truth is that I'll probably starve or die of dehydration since I wouldn't even know how to find food or water.
So, in the hopes that many of you metropolitan, urban individuals are as oblivious of these basic food survival knowledge as I am, I've gathered up a quick few things you must know to not starve in the wild.
I mean, it doesn't hurt to have these in your head, right?
Casseroles have become somewhat of a joke, especially now that cooking from scratch is a more popular endeavor. The original casserole recipes were mostly a combination of various canned goods. At the height of the casserole's popularity, canned foods were important to food culture. Now that we have moved back to using fresh ingredients casseroles have gotten a bad rap, but we can bring them into this decade. With a facelift, this convenience food still has a place in your life as a healthy, fast meal. More Here...
I have a confession to make – sea salt and vinegar chips are one of my biggest weaknesses… they are so tangy, salty, crunchy, and addictive! I decided to roast some teeny tiny potatoes then toss them with sea salt and malt vinegar. They were creamy on the inside and tangy and salty on the outside – they were so delicious! I literally could have eaten just these potatoes for dinner and I would have been perfectly satisfied. I served this tasty side dish with the Mustard and Garlic Spatchcocked Chicken and the Garlicky Asparagus with a Splash of Lemon. More Here...
I am elated over the idea of Chick-fil-A food trucks. Yes, I know it's just fast food, but I like their food. Chick-fil-A always seems to be pulling out all the stops to provide the best customer service. They bring your food to your table, ask if you need free refills, they even give you a new milk shake if you drop it, and now they are spreading their reach with food trucks. Brilliant!