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WikiPearls: the future of ice cream?

24 Jul

WikiPearls

Just found a fascinating article from TheKitchn.com about a brand new frozen treat called ”WikiPearls.”These little treats consist of your standard ice cream, but wrapped inside a flavorful skin. They won’t melt all over you and make a mess, and they are positively delicious. Is this where ice cream is headed in the future? Here’s what The Kitchn had to say:

“The ice cream comes in three flavors: mango ice cream with coconut skin, chocolate ice cream with hazelnut skin, and vanilla ice cream with peanut skin. Currently you can only get WikiPearls at the WikiBar in Paris.

The masterminds behind the protective membrane, Harvard professor David Edwards and French designer Francois Azambourg, say the purpose of these protective skins, or WikiCells, is to reduce waste and improve the consumer’s health through vitamin-supplemented skins and portion control. One ice cream ball has only 50 calories.”

Check out the rest of the article here, and let us know what you think of this new sweet treat!

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Enjoy some sweetness at home this weekend

22 Feb

We’re betting if you and your sweetie went out for Valentine’s Day you might be looking for a night in. So we’re taking a break from reviewing restaurants with sweet treats to share a few home-made concoctions. We love this post from Bakeorbreak.com  – check out the blog yourself to see the whole post. We’ve shared the first few cakes to whet your appetite. Let us know what you think, and thanks to this adventurous young blogger and her husband Quinn, who takes all the mouth-watering photos!

Weekly Mix: One-Layer Cakes

Fri, Feb 22, 2013

cakes, weekly mix

Those of you even vaguely familiar with this blog know that I’m not much for big pretty cakes. I love them, of course, but my frosting skills are not the best. Nor is my patience level.

I’ll keep working on it, but in the meantime I’m sharing some of my favorite one-layer cakes. Some are frosted, and some don’t need anything but the cake. These beauties are just lovely in their one-layer awesomeness.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake | Bake or BreakWe’ll start with the cakes pictured at the top of the page. First up is this amazing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake. This cake comes to us from one of my favorite New York bakeries, Baked. The beauty of this cake is that you can probably talk yourself into justifying having a slice for breakfast. That, my friends, is winning.

Pecan Cake with Rum Frosting | Bake or BreakNext is a cake that I just shared with you earlier this week, but it definitely bears repeating. This Pecan Cake with Rum Frosting is a perfect balance of nutty cake and sweet frosting.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake | Bake or Break

Read bakeorbreak.com to see the rest of these beauties!!

There’s no such thing as wassail

11 Dec

Wassail

If you’ve never tried or prepared Wassail (WAHS-ul/Wah-SALE), try it this Christmas season. Rosie Schaap, writer for the New York Times, explores this warm drink’s rich history, traditions, and debated preparation instructions. Go ahead and give it a read!

Wassail Delivers British Nostalgia in a Warm Punch

 

I AM a Dutch-German-Hungarian-Polish-Russian-Jewish-American woman. Yet every December, I turn into a 19th-century British gentleman.

It’s a little embarrassing, this surge of Anglophilia. If I must think of myself as an occasional Englishman, I’d rather be, say, a soccer-loving, beer-swilling extra in a Ken Loach movie, not a Dickens re-enactor.

Still, I put up a Christmas tree. I cook a hefty rib roast, reserving its drippings for Yorkshire pudding. This isn’t a recent development: My mother, whose father was an unrepentant Anglophile, often made a roast on Christmas and sometimes followed it with plum pudding and hard sauce for dessert. (I usually swap that out for a big chunk of Stilton, served with port.)

But this year, I’m adding something else to my faux-English Christmas repast: a great big bowl of wassail, a hot winter punch made with cider, ale, spices and an optional garnish of toast. Yes, toast.

My hope is that it will warm up my holiday dinner guests, encourage them to linger a little longer at the table — and maybe even inspire us all to sing a wassailing song or two.

Wassail (pronounced WAHS-ul or wah-SALE) is enjoying a small revival in New York bars these days, particularly those with nostalgic tendencies, whipped up in big pots or slow cookers. But for those of us who have any active associations with wassail, they are probably musical. “Here We Come a-Wassailing” is about as likely to turn up on your supermarket’s holiday Muzak loop as “The Christmas Song” or “Frosty the Snowman.”

And therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing, all but demanding that you call in a crowd. There’s really no such thing as wassail for one.

It’s a noun, a verb and even a salutation.

 

READ FULL ARTICLE ON NYTIMES.COM

 

Get home-delivered world-class food!

29 Nov

There’s a great start-up in the works called ”Munchery.” Check out Mashable.com’s overview – to read the full article, follow the link in the headline. Would you try this same-day delivery option?

Munchery Offers Same-Day Deliveries of Fresh Meals From Local Chefs

Name: Munchery

One-Liner Pitch: Home-delivered meals from world-class chefs.

Why It’s Taking Off: Munchery delivers fresh, affordable dinners prepared daily by professional chefs to the San Francisco Bay area.


Thinking about ordering pizza or Chinese food for dinner? For close to the same price, how about freshly-made pacific red snapper with artichoke hearts, instead?

Munchery offers fresh meals prepared daily by local, professional chefs that you can order and have delivered the same day for dinner. With a new menu each day, you can choose from delicious entrees like lemongrass fried chicken or churrasco steak with chimichurri, or from organic, vegetarian, low carb and gluten-free meals.

To make sure your meal it hot for dinner, Munchery’s chefs design and prepare each meal for you to reheat for up to five minutes in an oven or microwave when its delivered to your door. Once you choose an hourly time frame, Munchery will deliver your dinner during that time for a delivery fee of about $4. You can also choose to pick up your meal to waive the delivery charge.

In case you can’t be home during the delivery hours, you can leave a cooler in front of your door and Munchery will place your meal in the cooler. You can follow the chef’s reheating instructions once you get home so that your meal is hot and ready to eat.

Munchery

White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

8 Nov

We love this recipe from favehealthyrecipes.com — nothing beats a delicious treat, something hot to dunk it in, and a cozy corner to curl up in when the weather gets cold! Do you have a favorite coffee shop that makes divinely delicious biscotti like this?

White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Curl up on a cold evening with a warm mug of hot chocolate and one of these White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti cookies. This recipe yields a cookie that is softer than traditional biscotti, so you can eat them without dunking first. The peppermint flavor is a perfect seasonal touch that will make these a stand-out favorite at cookie swaps or family gatherings. The white chocolate drizzled over these cookies is a decadent touch that, besides adding extra sweetness, gives these cookies a festive, snow-covered look.

Read more at http://www.favehealthyrecipes.com/Cookies/White-Chocolate-Peppermint-Biscotti#hjYsJImvGeC5EeHf.99

Vegetarians, Gather: These Soup Recipes Are For You!

16 Oct

Nothing screams FALL! quite like a hot bowl of seasonal soup. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, these recipes will have you running to the kitchen to give one (or four) a try!

Article from thekitchn.com

From Lentil Spinach to Broccoli Cheddar: 10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes for Fall

Kitchn Recipe Roundup

Have you made your first hot soup of the season yet? If not, perhaps one of these filling, flavorful recipes will inspire you. And they’re all vegetarian! From meatless split pea to sweet and sour mushroom cabbage, from pumpkin tortilla to sweet potato chili, this is Fall in a pot, my friends.

TOP ROW
• 1 Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup
• 2 Kale and Potato Soup
• 3 Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
• 4 Pumpkin Tortilla Soup
• 5 Hot & Sour Mushroom, Cabbage, and Rice Soup

BOTTOM ROW
• 6 Sweet Potato Soup with Miso and Ginger
• 7 Spinach and Lentil Soup with Orzo
• 8 Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
• 9 Minnesota Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
• 10 Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili

Related: One-Pot Meatless Meals: 10 Hearty Vegetarian Soups

Craving Italian food and Sushi? Now you can have your pasta and eat sushi too.

13 Sep

Celebrating 20 years in their Naples, FL community, Matt and Seth Benevento-Berman are excited about the impact their restaurant has on the community. Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar offers scrumptious Italian fare, as well as an exquisite array of sushi options. Diners are treated to live music, seasonal events, and an atmosphere that’s unparalleled.

Noodles’ website says it best:

” Over the past 19 years Noodles has evolved into the uniquely styled, highly energized Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar – distinctively defined by its superlative interpretation of innovative New Italian cuisine combined with intricately composed Japanese sushi. Our collaboration with authentically trained & talented sushi chefs has been a wonderful surprise. Tuna Tataki or Fried Calamari? Volcano Roll or Mussels Tuscany? Soy Sauce or Balsamic Vinegar? Who Knew?  “

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you must try Noodles Cafe – you won’t be disappointed!

(Imgs courtesy of Noodlescafe.com)