September 27, 2014

Really? Chinese Noodle Shop Owner Confesses to Lacing Meals with Opiates to Get Customers Returning for More

The South China Morning Post confirmed its story earlier this week that a noodle shop owner in the Chinese provincial capital of Xi’an had confessed to Chinese police that he had been secretly including a paste made of poppy pods into his menu items. The article reports that the restaurant owner did so in the hopes of making his customers addicted to his noodles. Read the rest of this entry »

July 21, 2014

Simple and Delicious: Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

All the recent talk about “fast casual” dining made us hungry for one dish in particular, and that’s Panera Bread’s Creamy Tomato Soup.  In fact, some of us are semi-addicted to it.  All that wholesome, velvety goodness. Add a hunk of crusty boule or a couple pieces of warm rosemary-scented focaccia, and we don’t even need a main course.

Of course, it’s not always possible to get out to the nearest Panera to fill the craving when it takes hold. And breaking out a can of Campbell’s tomato soup just doesn’t get it done. In cases of the most severe home-bound cravings for this delectable soup, only one thing will do: a flavor-packed copycat recipe more than worthy of the real thing! Read the rest of this entry »

April 10, 2013

And the Winner of Recipe Madness is…

It’s been weeks of competition for the lucky recipes that were featured in this year’s Recipe Madness, and we’re happy to see one of our favorite recipes come out on top. Who will it be? Read on to find out! Read the rest of this entry »

April 20, 2012

Rainy Day Foods to Make this Weekend

Here in Chicago, it’s definitely pretty rainy and sad outside. The warmer temperatures of a couple of weeks ago are a distant memory, and new skies of grey have become the norm. All of this just makes me want to stay in, watch a movie, and eat some good snacks and comfort food. Keep reading to see all the great recipes I’ve rounded up — after the jump!

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