March 5, 2013

Green Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

Holidays are a great excuse to have fun with food. What other day can you go crazy with green food dye? From green beer to green mac and cheese, here are eight ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food. Read the rest of this entry »

August 11, 2010

I Want S’more!


What a week of sweet-toothed goodness!  First it’s National Banana Split Day, then a Pop-Tart Cafe opens up in New York, and now it’s National S’mores Day!!  I can’t imagine a sweeter series of events.  Read more to learn about the  amazing desserts that are s’mores- we’ll even include some more yummy dessert recipes for you to try!

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July 1, 2010

Make an American Flag Cake this 4th of July!

Patriotic cake

This Fourth of July, I really want to blow away my friends and family by making something incredible.  It’s gotta be sweet, it’s gotta be good-looking, and, last but not least, it’s gotta be patriotic!  After some careful searching, I have decided to make an American Flag Cake. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10, 2007

Odd Combinations

My New York food saga continues with the mad musician J* (ok, he plays the violin but it’s fairly rad), someone who luckily matches me in adventurousness and overall gluttony. We delight in wandering up to a dessert display case and picking out the most unidentifiable creation. For example, we sampled an interesting ball of sweet, crispy noodles topped with pistachio and tasting rather similar to baklava in a cafe in the East Village. It was absurdly messy yet tasty, and I have no idea what it was. If you think you know, leave me a comment!

I was waiting for J* outside Grand Sichuan in Chelsea last night with a growing appetite as I stared in at bright green bok choy, wontons, and gorgeous braised meats. Complete with pig’s feet, and ox tongue, Grand Sichuan is widely considered to be one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in New York. Instead of making people uncomfortable staring at their food while I waited, I wandered down into Chelsea and eventually found an adorable little shop called Three Tarts. I was browsing through the colorful tableware and aprons, and eventually found the glass jars of homemade marshmallows. I couldn’t help but let out a delighted “ooooo,” amusing the powdered sugar covered women behind the counter. The marshmallows came in a variety of traditional flavors and more interesting choices such as the aromatic rosemary. I opted for one strawberry and one mango, and surprisingly, even pridefully, managed to eat only half of each, saving the rest for J*.

We split Braised Beef in Chili sauce at Grand Sichuan, which was easily one of the spiciest dishes I have ever enjoyed. Now I love spicy food, but this was the kind of tear-your-face-off spicy that made my lungs feel the burn as I inhaled. My sinuses were cleared, I was sweating, and I loved it, though we could not inspire the waitress to adequate levels of water-refilling. After such an intense meal, simple marshmallows coaxed our systems out of all out revolt.

Here’s a simple recipe for making the deliciousness known as Homemade Marshmallows. Experiment with cocoa powder, fruit juices, swirling in sprinkles, or anything your culinary genius can concoct. Have fun.


Photos Compliment of Flickr, mcauliflower and munkeyjenn

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