When it’s this hot out, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven and braise a pot roast–give us some chilled white wine and a fresh, simple salad and we’re good to go. In honor of the latest heatwave, we’ve rounded up 10 salad recipes that are delicious, easy, and healthy. Whip one up, make yourself a boozy popsicle for dessert, and try to enjoy these 90-degree nights…
Just as I was kinda sorta maybe starting to get sick of the cake pop trend, I am introduced to the concept of pie pops, and my faith in ridiculous-desserts-on-a-stick is restored. This pie pop mold lets you bake mini pies and fill them with anything from fresh berries to Nutella to meat (or, if you’re feeling really wild, a mixture of all of the above). I feel a pie pop party coming on… [$24.99, ThinkGeek]
My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I never suspected that the chocolate could actually be to thank for my clearer, more radiant complexion. A new report in the Journal of Nutrition discovers what may in fact be the Best News Ever: not only do women who eat more chocolate tend to have smoother, more hydrated skin, but chocolate itself is choc-full of antioxidants that help to shield skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep reading »
Inspiration can be found in the least likely places — like, um, frozen yogurt. Pinkberry is good, but is it good enough to provide a solid foundation on which to launch a collection of jewelry? To honor the grand opening of Pinkberry’s first outer-borough location, Brooklyn-based jewelry brand Sorrelli fashioned earrings, necklaces, and bracelets to be sold both online and from a pop-up shop outside the new store in Park Slope. The pieces, made from berry-colored Swarovski crystals and antique gold, will retail from $38.40 for a pair of earrings to a seven-inch bracelet for $74.40. The collection isn’t the most … refined, and I’m not entirely sure how it’s meant to channel the beloved yogurt (other than, you know, being pink), but hey, what did you really expect from costume jewelry inspired by food? [Racked NY]
Ever since we discovered the awesomeness of red wine fudgesicles, we’ve been eagerly gathering up more recipes for boozy popsicles. Sometimes called “poptails,” these sweet, frozen cocktails-on-a-stick are fun, delicious, and super easy to make. Basically they’re the perfect summer food (drink? Whatever). From sangria to bellinis to mojitos to margaritas, here are 10 mouthwatering recipes that will let you have your popsicle and get drunk too!
If you have Instagram, you know how addicting it is to snap artsy photos of food, sunsets, and good hair days and share them with friends. In fact, the only thing more addicting than Instagram might be these Instagraham crackers, which combine the adorable camera logo with the sweet crunch of homemade graham crackers. Make a batch, take some pics, and share! [Neatorama]
It’s baby season. I mean, fruit season. I mean, I didn’t realize there were so many fruit babies being born out there. The word is that people bring fruit babies to baby showers. But isn’t that kind of creepy to eat a baby? Oh well, who am I to judge? These babies are making me hungry. Click on for more adorable and delicious fruit babies. Just like real babies, no two are the same.
In “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Violet Beauregarde met her sad end when she chewed a piece of Wonka’s Three-Course-Dinner Gum. The most amazing, sensational piece of gum in the world included tomato soup, roast beef and a baked potato. But it was the dessert course that went all wrong. The blueberry pie made the poor Violet turn violet and blow up just like a blueberry. Archie McPhee’s TV Dinner Gumballs promise that the same thing won’t happen to you. Instead of one meal, the gumballs are divided into courses — roast beef, buttered corn and apple cobbler. If only Wonka had thought of that, Violet would still be chomping away. The dream is still alive for all of us gum addicts, Violet. Only $3.50 for a week’s supply. I may be switching to gum for dinner. [Laughing Squid]
Artist Steph Mantis has done some pioneering work with pizza: specifically, encasing real pizza slices in resin to preserve it, in her words, “FOREVERRRRR.” These “pizza ninja stars,” which turn four harmless pieces of pepperoni pizza into a deadly weapon, look terrifyingly delicious (or is it deliciously terrifying?). [Neatorama]
Based on a very unscientific opinion survey, approximately 90% of people think red wine fudgesicles are proof of divine intervention, while the other 10 percent (ahem, Julie) gags at the thought of them. If you’re part of the majority who would love a refreshing lick of wine and chocolate on a stick, check out the recipe here. Cheers to summer! [A Beautiful Mess]