I'm a big fan of the fancy hot chocolates that come from coffee shops--the ones with little shavings of chocolate and a big dollop of whipped cream on top of the actual drink. With the Chocolate Mill from Williams-Sonoma, I can add those little tastes of chocolate to drinks at home. Using the Chocolate Mill is just a matter of loading it with the chocolate chunks of your choice, holding it over your drink, and turning the hand crank. You can choose chocolate a little more out of the ordinary than the typical milk chocolate most coffee shops seem … Read more
I like popcorn. Considering how much popcorn is sold in this country, I'm betting a lot of you do, too. Whether you think of it as a movie-viewing essential, or a casual TV snack, the popped kernel of corn is a staple of American snack food. And, popcorn is one of the rare snack foods that actually isn't bad for you! That is, until you dress it with gobs of flavorings.
I'm not against flavored popcorn. I enjoy as much as anybody else the myriad flavors that are out there: kettle corn, caramel, cheese, butter, extra butter, … Read more
If I cook brunch for a group, then setting out coffee with a sugar bowl and creamer pitcher is a necessity, but even if I eat alone, leaving the sugar and milk separate until I'… Read more
Polka dots, stripes and mosaics: French Bull's Storage Container Sets are a major change from the typical Tupperware most of us rely on to store food. They come in bright, cheerful colors--the polka-dotted set has bright reds, blues, oranges and more. Each set includes three containers of varying sizes. The smallest has a 5.5-inch diameter and a 2.5-inch height. The medium container is 6.5 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches high. The largest of the containers is 7 inches in diameter and 3 inches high. French Bull also offers a Mini Storage Container Set that … Read more
Silicone molds have become popular vessels for baking. They store easily, allow for painless food removal, are dishwasher safe, and prevent the burned-on residue that shows up so frequently on metal pans. Since the heart is an odd shape, using a silicone mold means that your cake will come out … Read more
Each season, 32 football teams battle it out in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. This year the Arizona Cardinals (do they have cardinals in Arizona?) are one of the teams in the big game. Besides the teams battling it out on the field, there is a second, more delicious battle, vying for your attention on game day: the food spread. When I think of the Southwest, I think of spicy food, and considering that Arizona is home to a good deal of Mexican-inspired food, it only makes sense to include it in your game day festivities. When it comes … Read more
Super Bowl week continues, and whether or not you watch the game for the commercials or the actual game, most likely you will tune in. Even more likely is that you will find yourself in a room full of different snacks and treats of varying degrees of healthiness. My advice is to steer clear of the chopped celery, carrots and cauliflower (those will just get smothered in a dressing anyways) and go for the good stuff. Chances are pretty good that somewhere on the spread is a pile of chicken wings.
The perennial football favorite, chicken wings are personal, portable, … Read more
Finally, it is time for the Super Bowl. The flip side to Thanksgiving, where delicious homemade full meals are served, Super Bowl Sunday is another great food day, albeit with less, shall we say, wholesome foods. Gone are the turkey and potato dishes with vegetable sides, replaced instead by greasy and fatty snackable treats. If Thanksgiving is the true start of the holiday season, perhaps Super Bowl Sunday is a fitting end.
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles lost and won't be appearing in this year's game, the Philly cheesesteak is still a timeless success. Deconstructed, its constituent ingredients … Read more
This numerical color-standardization system is called the Pantone Color Matching System, introduced in 1963 by the Pantone Company. The company's main product is a series of cardboard strips, printed with closely matched colors and bound as tiny books. These booklets have made color matching a more straightforward task for painters, print companies, and graphic designers. … Read more
I find it impossible to eat an entire cake before it goes stale. While that might be a good thing for my waistline, I'd like it if my cake lasted for just a few more slices. I've tried careful wrapping, cake keepers and more, but none of them really extended a cake's life. The Fresh Box, however, can add days to the time that I have to eat that whole cake. When you put a cake, loaf of bread or even fruit into the Fresh Box, it uses a vacuum pump to remove air from the box. … Read more