February 27, 2009

Food In The News: Pasta, An Apple and HFCS

Pasta experiment - New York Times writer attempts to save water and energy by boiling pasta with less water than the 4-6 quarts advised.

Interview with the ‘Orangette – SeattlePi.com sits down with Molly Wizenberg, writer of the new book: A Homemade Life.

Doing something about HFCS – Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Snapple remove high fructose corn syrup from their formulas to respond to concerns over the ingredient.

An apple’s 200th birthday – The Bramley variety of apple turns 200 this year and is still being used in many apple recipes throughout the world.

Splitting Soars – Restauranteurs have noticed a surge in their customers splitting entrees or appetizers with their dining companions to save money.

February 26, 2009

Top Chef: The Finale

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Well, we have a winner. And it’s certainly not who any of us expected. Cooking the best three course meal of your life without any guidelines can sometimes be more daunting than having guidelines and that led our fan favorite to falter and our egotistical predicted winner to become, well too egotistical.  I’ve complained about the outcome here, here and here, but now that I’ve sat down to write this blog, I think I have some different opinions. Here’s why…

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February 25, 2009

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

Ah, the Irish car bomb: a mixture of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Whiskey dropped into a pint of Guinness stout, it’s essentially a celebration of all the delicious alcoholic beverages that hail from the country of Ireland. Forgive me if you’re offended by the name, but this is how I was introduced to the drink. Guiness mixed with a shot of Jameson and Bailey’s is something I learned to love and learned to hate  in my college days but haven’t experienced since. Or at least, not until Smitten Kitchen introduced me to her car bomb cupcakes!

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February 24, 2009

Free Pancake Day at IHOP

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It’s not too late to grab your free pancakes at IHOP! In honor of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, the restaurant is giving away free pancakes from 7 am to 10 pm to help symbolize the last splurge before Lent begins tomorrow. In exchange for a free short stack (3 pancakes), IHOP asks that you consider donating to Children’s Miracle Network. So far, they’ve raised $35,000 nationwide.

If you don’t live near an IHOP but you’re still craving pancakes for Pancake Day, check out our favorite pancake recipes after the jump!

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