If I told you that the “beer and sausage diet” had been dreamed up by a man, no one would be surprised, right? I mean, half of my guy friends already follow this diet religiously, even though they haven’t officially titled it as such. But if I told you that the man who made up this diet has actually been losing weight on it, you would be kind of surprised, right? Well, it’s true. Keep reading »
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According to a new piece in the The Los Angeles Times, sommeliers who create specially curated, super expensive water menus are becoming more and more common at high-end restaurants. Water sommelier Martin Riese explains why:
“When you have good food, good wine and good spirits, you don’t want to contaminate that with [sic] water … All waters have unique tastes, and a lot of Americans think water is just water, but I completely don’t believe in that.Water has so many interesting nuances.”
I’ve been saying this since I was eight and my father would roll his eyes and tell me that I was a “snob.” I am not a snob; Arizona’s tap water (where I grew up) smelled and tasted like chlorine and made me feel sick. Apparently, I was born with a highly sensitive palate that could detect the thickness, minerality, sweetness and bitterness of various water varietals. Keep reading »
I know it sounds bizarre, but trust me on this one: this new Hot Pockets spot, featuring Kate Upton and Snoop Dogg, is a must-watch. Set to a Pockets-themed version of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend,” it’s trippy, weirdly charming, and of course makes Hot Pockets look waaaaay more delicious than they have ever been and ever will be. [via Huffington Post]
Let’s face it: Butter makes everything better. I keep praying for the day quinoa is tossed aside and butter is labeled the new miracle food. My favorite part of going to brunch at a nice restaurant is the flavored butter they serve on freshly baked bread. Cracking open a warm doughy roll and watching the brightly colored butter melt into a delicious mess is more than I can take.
Over the weekend, I came across a vendor at the farmer’s market selling flavored butter for $8! Now, although all butter is not made equal, there is no reason you should have to break the bank to enjoy flavored butter. Try some of these easy recipes and enjoy the possibilities.
First up, my maple spice butter!
There are some moments that grab you by the lapels and shake you out of routine, serving as a reminder that life is beautiful and worth living. Weddings, new babies, graduations … this deep-fried macaroni and cheese burger. Reminiscent of the trendy ramen burger but even more deliciously gluttonous, the Mac Attack Burger is topped with two deep-fried discs of macaroni and cheese and topped off with Sriracha ketchup. The beef itself is practically a supporting player to all the melted cheesy goodness. This beautiful slice of Americana was created by chef Amanda Downing of the Chicago restaurant Rockit Burger. It’s only available until October 6, so if you live in Chicago, get over there and stuff your face in honor of the rest of us who are less fortunate. [People]
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]
Everyone’s heard of the mystical powers of Spanish Fly, but what other wild and crazy aphrodisiacs are out there? To get in the mood, would you drink cobra blood, or eat any number of animal penises? Frankly, it just seems easier to get some Viagra. But we thought we’d share some the shocking libido-boosters from all across the globe in case you change your mind. Read more at Your Tango…
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!
On a recent episode of Conan O’Brien, “Masters of Sex” star Lizzy Caplan explained that while she didn’t grow up in a “naked house,” her parents had one super sexy book that she used to reference all the time. “We had an X-Rated cook book that was a gag gift from my parents’ wedding I think. My friends and I would take it into my room and look at it and it was really…an X-Rated cook book,” she revealed.
And what is an X-Rated cookbook, you ask? Good question. Conan was wondering the same thing as us. Luckily Lizzy elaborated:
“For example, you could make a tart that looked like a breast. Just use a raspberry as a nipple. That was one of the things in the cookbook. One of the things that stands out the most to me though, and can I still picture it when I close my eyes, is well, uh, the meatloaf that looked like a huge dick.”
Whether Stephanie Smith and her attempt to earn an engagement ring by making her boyfriend Eric 300 sandwiches and blogging about it annoyed you or not, you won’t be able to help but enjoy one woman’s reaction to the project. Freelance writer Stacy Brook, responded Smith’s joke, which apparently went over our heads, with a spoof blog, Ordering 300 Sandwiches, described as her “attempt to win a man’s heart, while expending as little effort as possible.”
Already on sandwich #18 for “J,” her creations like “The Shitty Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a Roll,” (“Today I ordered J a scrambled egg and cheese with bacon on a roll from the local deli. The sandwich was delivered two hours late, and without the promised bacon. Upon this discovery, I looked at J and said, ‘You better get used to disappointment. You’re 299 sandwiches away from a lifetime’s worth.’”) and “Half a Bag of Milano Cookies” (“I bought them, J ate them, and if the Italians are calling them ‘sandwiches,’ as far as I’m concerned, they count.”) are much more within my culinary and romantic comfort zone. Keep reading »