When I was growing up, every time my mom made one of her gorgeous cakes and set it on the counter to cool, I would sneak into the kitchen and slice a very small sliver off the top of the cake, just to try it. That little sliver would be so delicious that I couldn’t resist slicing off another piece, and another, and then pretty soon I would just be digging chunks of cake out of the pan with my hands like a crazed animal. If my mom had had one of these ingenious Nibble cake pans, which lets you bake a tiny taste-tester cake alongside the full-size one, our relationship would have been much more harmonious. I think I’ll get her one now as a belated cake-mangling apology. And one for myself too, just because it’s such a rad idea. [$26, Amazon]
Buying pre-packaged kitchen staples like hummus, peanut butter, and pasta sauce at the store is easy and convenient. When you’re tired or in a rush, making tortillas from scratch is probably the last thing you want to do. But if you can carve out a little time to make some of these foods at home, I swear you won’t regret it. Making these basic foods yourself is healthier, because you choose the ingredients (and can leave out a ton of the chemicals, sodium, and corn syrup that the pre-made versions are often filled with), and it’s a great way to save money. It’s also — dare I say it? — kind of fun. I like to spend about an hour every Sunday night listening to music and whipping up a few recipes to snack on throughout the week (using my spatula as a faux microphone, naturally). Want to give it a try? Click through to get the scoop on five basic foods to make at home, plus my favorite recipes for each!
You might have heard rumors about the anal secretions of beavers (which smell and taste like vanilla beans) being used to flavor food and thought, Oh, the things people will believe! Well, the joke’s on you, sucker. You’ve probably eaten beaver anus and didn’t even know it! This week, the Swedish National Food Agency confirmed that the anal secretions beavers use to mark their territory, called castoreum, is indeed used for vanilla flavoring in things like baked goods, chewing gum and pudding. Although beaver butt juice is rarely used to flavor our food here in the United States, some products do contain castoreum. You’ll see it labeled as on the ingredient list as “natural flavoring.” Oh, that’s about as natural as it gets. Here at The Frisky, we support the use of beaver ass in baking and hope that it will soon become as trendy as chia seeds. Click through for some delish recipes featuring sweet and fragrant beaver anus. [The Atlantic]
We love a good cocktail just as much as we love analyzing the inner workings of celebrities, based off the personality traits presented to us via Us Weekly, Billy Bush’s incisive commentary on “Access Hollywood,” and their one true gift to us plebes — their bodies of work. Maybe as you flip through a waterlogged InTouch, you wondered to yourself “What would Reese Witherspoon be if she were a drink?” Rest easy, friends. We’ve taken the legwork out of life’s complicated quandaries. Curious? Click through…
I know what you’re thinking: My pancake batter isn’t as stunningly extreme as I’d like it to be. How can I amp up the crazy on the next batch? May we suggest a custom Guy Fieri mixer?
Designed by Nicole Dinardo for Un Amore, and cobbled together with hair gel and bacon grease (we guess), this mixer is strictly for serious Guy’s American Bar & Grill fans. Sadly, though, it’s one-of-a-kind, which means that if you want a mixer that’ll get you on the bus to Flavortown, you’ll likely have to make own Fieri-inflamed designs. [Un Amore]
My love for squash began with the sound of my great grandma’s parmesan zucchini fritters sizzling on the stove when I was a kid, and has grown to include every variety of squash under the sun. It’s finally fall squash season (be still, my butternut-loving heart!), so I thought I’d round up a few creative ways to cook up your farmers’ market bounty. From a quick curry to sweet squash pie to butternut bacon pizza, click through for some culinary inspiration*!
*I really, really wanted to say “Squashspiration” just then, but I resisted. You’re welcome.