Unpopular opinion: I don’t like Sriracha. Spicy things are just not my jam. That said, I can respect the fine art that is a quality hot sauce, and it’s clear that nothing satisfies quite like Sriracha does. The American Chemical Society (yes, that’s a thing) agrees and created this nifty little video breaking down the science that goes into making this beloved condiment so awesome. Hint: the burn of the sauce releases endorphins and creates a delicious dance of pain and pleasure in your mouth. (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter) The scientists in the video explain the technicalities of it in much more detail, so check it out while I give sriracha one more shot at winning over my taste buds. [USA Today]
This week marked the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo. Cake artist Michelle Wibowo commemorated the occasion in a very, ahem, sweet way, by recreating his masterpiece, “The Creation Of Adam,” using frosting, marshmallows, and sprinkles. The resulting edible artwork is breathtaking (not to mention drool-inducing), and the entire process — which took 168 hours and half a billion cake sprinkles — was documented in this time-lapse video. It’s calming and slightly hypnotic to watch her turn a pile of sprinkles into God. And now I really want a piece of cake. [YouTube via Design Taxi]
As I stated earlier in the week, when I shared my recipe for roasted chicken, potatoes and broccolini, my cast iron skillet is probably the most essential item in my kitchen. It can go straight from on the stove to in the oven and is ideal for cooking everything, from the obvious (roasted meats and vegetables) to the surprising (like brownies and pot pie). Need further convincing to buy one yourself or make use of the one you have? Click through to see just 13 recipes — from breakfast to dessert — that you can cook in a cast iron pan…
Consider yourselves (and your stomachs) warned: The end result of clicking through this slideshow is utterly ravenous hunger. Even if you just ate. You will want to eat more, specifically every single taco recipe contained within. There are steak tacos! Pork tacos and chicken tacos and mushroom tacos! Tacos for vegans and vegetarians! And there will be tacos all up in your mouth for the foreseeable future because you will want to eat them ALL.
Alas, our days of ignorant bliss about the contents of Hot Pockets are over. Giant Foods has issued a massive recall of Philly Steak & Cheese Hot Pockets, because they may have been filled with “diseased and unsound” meat from a processing plant that evaded FDA inspections. As gross as the exact details are, is anyone really shocked at the revelation that a product called a “hot pocket” is made with sub-par meat? I think comedian Jim Gaffigan said it best: “What was the idea behind Hot Pockets? Was there a guy in a marketing meeting somewhere, like, ‘Hey I got an idea: How about we take a Pop-Tart and fill it with really nasty meat? You could cook it in a sleeve thing, and you could dunk it in the toilet.’”
Seriously though, if you have Philly Steak & Cheese Hot Pockets in your freezer, DO NOT EAT THEM. Take them back to the store, get your money refunded, and then watch Jim’s entire Hot Pockets routine, which I’ve posted below for posterity’s sake. Keep reading »
Yesterday was National Drink Wine Day! In celebration, we got drunk, put together this list of our favorite wines under $15 and then passed out before we could post it on time! Typical. Click on for our recommendations…