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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!

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!!

Book that cute bistro on Opentable!

8 Feb

offersI know it’s hard to believe, but now you’ve only got three days left before Valentine’s Day! Have you decided where to take your honey? If you keep putting off deciding this might help you get motivated- opentable.com has a ton of participating restaurants who all list their information on the site and let customers book reservations from the comfort of their home. Or cubicle. Or mobile phone. Or wherever! Be sure to check the site for Valentines Day specials that restaurants near you may be offering!

Here are the Open Table links for some of the bigger cities, but chances are your city is registered, too. Just visit Opentable.com and see!

OpenTable – Cleveland

OpenTable – New York

OpenTable – Chicago

OpenTable – San Francisco

OpenTable – Florida

Happy One Hundred Years, Girl Scouts!

6 Jan
 The Girl Scouts turn 100 this year – and they’ve got a special cookie out to celebrate.
While it’s true that they are not a local dining spot or cooking-related news story (the main themes of this blog), the girl scouts have been a big part of communities big and small all across the country for a century now – and we think that deserves a congrats!
The following is from Foodista.com – check out the article on their site too!

Savannah Smiles are the New Girl Scout Cookie

January 6, 2012
cookies

To celebrate their 100 year anniversary, the Girl Scouts are releasing Savannah Smiles, a lemon cookie inspired by the organization’s founder Juliette Gordon Low.  According to the website “…these bite-sized, lemon-wedge cookies dusted in powdered sugar and bursting with lemon flavor. Enjoy these delightful treats, remember where Girl Scouts began …and smile…we are so proud to offer this special cookie that will delight customers and remind girls of their rich heritage and unlimited future.”  Sounds like these cookies are staking great claims of dreaming and happiness but do they taste good? I suppose the only way to find out is to buy a box.  To find out where girl scout cookies are sold near you, click here.

Get Ready for… Christmas Cookies!

7 Dec

No holiday celebration is complete without a plate (or several) of traditional Christmas cookies. We consulted Good Housekeeping for a few good recipes. Below is our favorite – simple, old-fashioned sugar cookies. Visit the site to check out more delicious creations!

Old-Fashioned Classics: 11 Traditional Christmas Cookies

Baking cookies is a wonderful holiday tradition, and there are a few yummy treats you must have on the plate of Christmas cookies every year: decorated sugar cookies, thumbprints, gingerbread cookies. We’ve got the perfect recipes for these cookies — and for your other favorite classics. Let the baking begin!

Sugar Cookies

From Good Housekeeping

triple-tested at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute

Sugar cookies are the ideal holiday cookie — they can be frosted and dressed up in countless ways to suit any occasion.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)

On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.

Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.

When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting, if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

See more scrumptious holiday recipes at delish.com~

Cream of the Parlor Crop: The Top 50 Ice Cream Spots!

27 Jul

We went on an online voyage this week to discover how US residents liked their ice cream -and where. We sifted through an enormous number of sites, and here’s what we found out:

Our favorite answer comes from USA Today. They conducted a poll asking readers to share their favorite ice cream parlor, and then aggregated the results by state. That’s a huge list! We’ve included a few of the states in this post – for the full 50-state list, CLICK THIS LINK!

What’s YOUR favorite ice cream spot??

Florida

Every Friday at Jersey Creamery in McIntosh, Karen DeConna makes her small-batch ice cream in an 1880 train depot. That’s when you get the freshest scoop right out of the machine. Her dense product draws its sweetness from fruit rather than sugar. Summer flavors blueberry, peach and mango are best enjoyed in a rocking chair on the big porch. 22050A N. Highway 441; 352-317-8060

Recommended by Patricia Letakis, executive editor of Florida Travel + Life magazine

Pennsylvania

Berkey Creamery, a Penn State institution since 1896, is the nation’s largest university creamery, with much of the main ingredient (milk) coming from the university’s own cows. Some of the 100 or so flavors (20 available at any one time) reflect the State College academic setting. There’s peachy Paterno (peach flavored with sliced peaches) named for coach Joe Paterno and alumni swirl (vanilla with Swiss mocha chips and blueberry swirl). 119 Food Science Building, University Park; 814-865-7535; creamery.psu.edu

Recommended by Timothy Brixius, contributor, savvygrouse.com

North Carolina

Known for ice cream made fresh, in-house each week, Yum Yum Better Ice Cream serves cups, cones and milkshakes. Owned and operated by the same family since 1906 and set in the heart of the University of North Carolina Greensboro community, Yum Yum draws a mix of students and locals craving a delicious treat. 1219 Spring Garden St.; 336-272-8284

Recommended by John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News and Record

South Carolina

Located on Lady’s Island in the coastal town of Beaufort, Berry Island Ice Cream Cafe offers 24 flavors at a time. Try a scoop of a standby called the Prince of Tides, a favorite of Barbra Streisand when she was in town making the movie based on Pat Conroy’s novel. It’s coffee-almond fudge, but the name is pure South Carolina. 1 Merchant Lane, #102; 843-524-8779; berryislandcafe.com.

Recommended by Sid Evans, editor of Garden & Gun magazine