Hot dogs and burgers cooked over an open flame may be associated with summer, but they are not the only foods that go well with warm weather and outdoor activities. A much sweeter option exists, and will be found in the hands--dripping down the fingers--of people everywhere. S'mores seemingly exist mainly to fuel packs of sugar-hungry kids as they tear around on campgrounds, beaches, and parks, but those ravenous (and sticky) youngsters no longer have to wait to get to the great outdoors to enjoy the goopy treat. Now, this high-octane snack can be made easily indoors.
Would you let a man who created a piece of furniture called the "scum chair" anywhere near your food? I would, as long as the man is design engineering student Hannes Harms from the Royal College of Art in London.
Harms has hatched a concept called NutriSmart that melds the tracking power of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags with the yumminess of Twinkies, Cheez Wiz, or just about any other food product you can imagine. The edible tags could hold information about where the food was grown or shipped from, what the ingredients are, how far it has traveled, and what the nutritional content is.
The NutriSmart prototype includes a smart plate that reads the RFID tags in the food. It can tell you how many calories it is costing you (150 for that Twinkie) and how it stacks up nutritionally in your diet.
Harms imagines a kitchen with a smart refrigerator that tells you when your milk is going sour or that it's time to replace that aging bottle of ketchup you haven't touched in a year. It could also be used to alert allergy sufferers when a potentially dangerous ingredient is present. … Read more
My bookshelves hold tons of cookbooks, but I've always used Google to search for recipes. It's been helpful to compare multiple recipes and see how they line up with the ingredients I already have in my pantry. I could take a bit of one recipe and add it to another and create a meal.
But now Google has introduced Recipe View, which allows you to filter out the non-recipe content from your results. In the past I've always just typed in "recipe" in the search box, and it filtered out most of the unwanted content. … Read more
'Tis the season for a big steaming hot pot of food. Even in the warmest of weather a slow cooker full of goodies can be enticing. Certainly the ease in which it can be used is enjoyable for everybody. Just pop in some ingredients, set the timer, and in a matter of hours a thoroughly satisfying meal can be had--one that warms straight down to the bones.
The not-so-secret allure of slow cookers such as the Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker is the ability to time cooking completion to whenever one wants. The new model ups the ante with an automatic … Read more
Setting down to dinner accompanied by some tasteful tunes has always been an appetizing way to start a meal. As the silverware clinks together, the sounds mingle with voices and music and create a soundtrack that seemingly enhances the food. Surroundings are taken into account, and the high-gloss enamel of the table is observed; the music seems to be emanating from within the dinner table itself. As it's an odd place for music to be, one steps back and examines the table in full: it is a piano, with an iPod placed where the sheet music would go.
This … Read more
Doughnuts aren't typically the type of things one thinks too often about creating at home. Most every community has a doughnut shop nearby, and if it doesn't, then the next one over certainly will have one. Aside from the ubiquity of doughnut purveyors, the simple fact is one (or a dozen...) will usually suffice. But don't let all that stop you from whipping up a batch of five at home.
Germs are no fun; candy, however, is. Those most notorious of candy addicts, kids, aren't particularly well-known for their fastidiousness. But when it comes to candy, they harbor no ambivalence. Attacking bowls of candy with no regard for others is a common trait, and one that is hard to avoid. Kids will be kids, after all, but don't let that ruin the candy bowl. For the hygienically challenged (of any age), there is hope.
Much has been written about the eventual robot uprising. However, until that time comes, Earth and the sky above are the domain of humans; clearly, we should make the most of it while the time is ours. With Skynet in its incubation stage, we humans are free to toast and enjoy the fruits of our creations, with a cold drink and a cupcake, of course. Naturally, the best way to enjoy this meal would be with robot-themed accessories.
For whatever reason, finding a robot drink to toast over a robot cupcake has never been too easy. Luckily (or not), times … Read more
There is no denying the deliciousness of much takeaway food. First of all, many might say the convenience alone ups the flavor factor. Certainly every maker of microwaveable food would agree. But there is more to it than that: Since the beginning of comfort food itself, people have tried to capture that elusive essence that can make a meal felt down to the bones. (And not just the ribs either.) No, the common quality is not necessarily fat (although we all know that equals flavor) or freedom from the kitchen; the elements that all comfort foods have in common are … Read more
Most people have an inkling about what to do when they decide to eat healthily. Of course that doesn't mean they will do it. We're all guilty of occasionally choosing convenience over counting calories, and considering just how easy it is to stray it is no surprise that eating right can sometimes be a challenge. The trick, naturally, is to make healthy eating as convenient as possible. For example, preparing healthy meals ahead of time is one way to go about it. Another way would be making sure that something good to eat is only a press of … Read more