It's that time of year again. Use the form below to submit your favorite holiday dessert recipe, and we'll run some of them in our annual holiday food section.
Here in Florida, Land of No Seasons, it's hard to tell when certain produce is having its moment. Take apples, for instance. Up north and in the Midwest, they're already picking the crispy red orbs from trees. The next few months are prime apple season. So even though our grocery stores have apples year-round, expect soon to see more variety, and maybe even at a reduced price.
It is a good time of year to try to work the fruit into as many of your meals as possible. ...
Use an olive oil dispenser to store dish soap: This week's Cook Hack is more of a kitchen tip, not a cooking tip, though it'll certainly come in handy after you've cooked up a big meal and need to wash some dishes. Ah, yes, the bane of my existence: washing dishes. I know some people find it therapeutic, but there are few things about the process that I enjoy. So I find this little trick fun and useful: Use an olive oil dispenser to store dish soap. To cut down on cost and waste, buy the largest container of dish soap you can find at the store, then fill up one of those tall, glass dispensers with the easy-pour spout on top with the soap. The soap will come out of the bottle much easier than in a plastic squeeze bottle, and it makes a much more attractive addition to your sink....
Brace yourselves. There is yet another salacious layer to the recent Pumpkin Spice Latte news that sent the Internet into a pumpkin-spiced frenzy.
M&M's is releasing a Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor of its candy, set to be available exclusively in Target stores some time this week. The official M&M's Twitter account confirmed the news, via its Green M&M character, a brassy broad who is, no surprise, really into the seasonal coffee drink....
Somehow, my busiest day of the work week is Monday. Hence the blues. For days like these when I need to be out of the house and into productivity fast, I gravitate toward reliable outfits that I know will a) fit b) look decent c) be at least somewhat comfortable. This outfit hits all the marks. Unfortunately, I spent 20 minutes trying on four other outfits first before landing on this one, but hey, it wouldn't be Monday without some struggle....
Not exactly sure what to do with your garden bounty? You don't have to work too hard to make any of these fresh, right-from-the-ground veggies taste good, but here are some ways to jazz them up.
Radishes are commonly eaten raw, and have a delicious zingy, peppery quality that way. But the flavor mellows a bit if you roast or saute them, giving off more of a turnip vibe. Below is a recipe for sauteed radishes, though if you don't want to cook them, you cannot go wrong by slicing them thinly and placing them atop a buttered baguette, then sprinkling with sea salt. ...
This is a tale of how I spent six hours soaking my hands in a bowl of ice water thanks to a stuffed pepper craving.
I didn't expect this to happen. Just a week before, I had cooked a stuffed poblano pepper recipe from the meal delivery service Blue Apron. The method was standard: Char peppers, split peppers in half, scoop seeds and innards out, stuff with goodness. Everything went according to plan, and in less than 30 minutes my boyfriend and I were enjoying dinner....
If you can't get your hands on chorizo, you can sub in ground beef. Or, to make it a vegetarian meal, try using cubed and roasted sweet potato. And click here to join our Lunchtime Chats at 12:30 p.m. today and every Monday to talk about all things food.
Forget using peanut butter in kids' lunch boxes this week. We have five ideas for the nutty spread beyond PB&J sandwiches.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor
Homemade granola bars are simple to make and convenient to have on hand for on-the-go cravings or less sinful desserts. This one is especially filling, with protein from the peanut butter and lots of fiber from oats. To make: In a large bowl, mix 3 cups old-fashioned oats, ½ cup chopped walnuts and ½ cup ground flaxseed. In saucepan, heat 1 cup peanut butter and ½ cup maple syrup until smooth, then stir into oat mixture. Press into 9- by 13-inch pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until set. Recipe from First....
Tips for picking a ripe pineapple: There are a couple of fresh fruits that you take a gamble on. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon — it's tough to know what's going on inside, and sometimes the flesh is too soft or too hard to be enjoyed. Add pineapple to that list. This is the one that we tend to have the most trouble with, so we set out to perfect some tips for choosing a ripe pineapple. First, look for a dark green top and shiny skin. Next, pick it up and make sure it feels heavy for its size. Large, soft spots are a red flag. If the pineapple gives off a potent fragrance, it is probably overripe, though it should smell lightly of pineapple at its base. And just because it's green doesn't mean it's not yet ripe; a pineapple's skin can have a variety of colors when it's ready to eat. ...
National Lemonade Day is Aug. 20. Here are three homemade lemonade recipes to try — we can't think of a better way to beat the heat this time of year....easy
- For the sugar syrup:
- Grated zest of 2 lemons
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- For the lemonade:
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons), with half of the rinds reserved and roughly chopped
- 3 cups cold water
Source: Lemonade by Fred Thompson (Harvard Common Press, 2002)
- To make the sugar syrup, combine the zest, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Transfer the syrup to a 2-quart pitcher. Let cool.
- Add the lemon juice, chopped lemon rinds and cold water. Stir. Chill. Serve over ice. Makes 2 quarts.
Have you been to Hyde Park Village lately? If you said yes, we sympathize with your empty bank account. If you said no, Sunday is the time to make a trip.
Tampa's high-end outdoor shopping plaza is hosting a pop-up market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the emphasis is on locally made goodies. It's taking place at Anthropologie, our favorite overpriced boho-chic store of them all (tip: head for clearance). Vendors include Tahlulah, Sweet Harvest Farms, Squeeze Juice Work, King’s Arms Coffee, Three Sisters Herbal, Your Fortenberry, Green Body / Green Home, The Hyppo and Porch Therapy....
For some of us, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte drink is the true harbinger of Florida fall. What else is supposed to signal that the seasons are changing - the weather?
So Monday's news that the coffee company will start using real pumpkin in its popular seasonal drink, instead of chemicals that taste like what we wished pumpkin tasted like, is relevant to all us basic, boot-wearing Florida-fall lovers....
08/18/15 Food & Dining
This week, Starbucks finally realized it can no longer get away with not having real pumpkin in its massively popular Pumpkin Spice Latte drink — not when other food companies like General Mills and Panera Bread are taking strides to remove artificial ingredients from their menus. ...
Use an egg carton to store nearly empty condiments: I always feel like I should be repurposing empty egg cartons when I throw them out. Those compartments just seem so handy. Here's an idea that could prove useful. Remove the top half of the carton and use the bottom half. It should be the perfect width for the shelves on the door of your refrigerator. Use the carton to store condiments like ketchup, mustard, really any squeezable that is nearly empty nozzle-side down. It's a helpful way to collect the rest of the sauce from that bottle without having bottles sloshing around on the shelf. ...