What We're Reading: June 23, 2015

 

If you ever find yourself in the nearly inconceivable position of having leftover cake, take a chance and experiment with a few of these recipes. [CakeSpy

 

Can’t imagine breakfast without cereal? Fill your bowl with these lower-sugar varieties to give your day a healthy start. [Food Network

 

Middle Eastern pantry staples for falafel-fiends. [Serious Eats

 

JBF Award Winner Christina Tosi shares her hack for sous vide chicken sans fancy gadgets. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake (Plus a Cookbook Giveaway!)

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake from the JBF Award–winning cookbook Flavor Flours

 

For years flour played an essential but largely unobtrusive role in baking, like the foundations of a building. Wheat flour was king, and the main options were “all-purpose” or “bread.” Then came the rise of the gluten-free diet, accompanied by the surge in “alternative” flours. While not new to the market, these products have been game changers for the growing wheat-avoidant ranks, and have also helped gluten-free foods overcome their (often undeserved) reputation for being tough and bland bummers.

 

Thanks to Alice Medrich and her latest book, Flavor Flours, winner of the 2015 JBF Baking and Dessert Book Award, we might be seeing the dawn of yet another new age in baking, one that values the so-called alternatives not for what they lack, but for the unique and full... Read more >

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It's Valentine's Day and You Should Go For It


A home-cooked Valentine's Day dinner should be a little over the top. Roast chicken stuffed with foie gras? Bring it. Pasta carbonara topped with Dungeness crabmeat? Of course. Dark Valrhona chocolate baked into individual soufflé cups? It's a special occasion. Now's not the time to hold back. Give it your all with recipes like these:

 

Roasted Chicken for Two

Can chicken be sexy? This one is.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

You could eat this Lady and the Tramp–style, but chances are you're not going to want to share.

 

Blackberry-Glazed Lamb Chops

Perfectly cooked, bone-in lamb chops say, "I care enough to buy... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 12, 2015

 

Knife, microplane, or press? The best way to mince garlic. [Serious Eats

 

A new federal grant program aims to increase Internet access for American farmers. [Civil Eats

 

A provocative video has sparked a debate over animal rights at certified humane and organic egg suppliers. [NYT

 

JBF Leadership Award winner Deb Eschmeyer has been announced as the new executive director of Let’s Move! and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. [Politico] ... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Parsnip Cake

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. 

 

With only a day left before the great feast, Thanksgiving cooks are often forced to choose between efficiency and creativity. Fortunately, this recipe for parsnip cake allows for both. Delight your diners with this seasonal yet unconventional dessert, which takes advantage of parsnips’ natural sweetness to balance the warming fall spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Using basic pantry ingredients and with a cooking time of under an hour, this cake will impress without throwing a wrench in your holiday schedule. Get the recipe.

 

Maggie Borden is assistant... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Jack Daniel's Birthday at the Beard House

 

It’s officially fall. It’s the end of bikini season, it’s time to go apple-picking, and you can’t go two feet without stumbling over a pumpkin-spiced something.

 

In a nod to the season of spiked cider and hot toddies, here's a look back at Hill Country Barbecue’s 2009 Beard House dinner celebrating the birthday of Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, known by some as the founder of the Jack Daniel's distillery. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes was on hand for a very special dessert: a 60-pound cake in the shape of the birthday boy, complete with a whiskey barrel and a bottle of the eponymous liquor. In perfect fall form, the food was decadent, the cocktails flowed, and the cake’s flavor? Pumpkin, of course.

 

Take a peek at the video below to watch Duff ceremoniously cutting the cake:

 

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What We're Reading: July 22, 2014

Pie

 

Cake vs. Pie: Which is more American? [VOX

 

White House welcomes 54 kids to cook for the President and First Lady. [NPR

 

In New York, tea is the new coffee. [WSJ

 

A few tips on how to make bad wine taste better. [TIME

 

A new toaster provides edible selfies. [ABC

 

FDA warns that powdered caffeine is dangerous. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 24, 2014

Stevia

 

A ninth grader discovers that Truvia sweetener contains insecticides. [Food Beast

 
Think beyond pork: duck bacon sales are on the rise.​ [Food Republic

 

Woman raises the bar on birthday baking with a homemade pizza cake. [ABC

 

A Velveeta recall leads to liquid gold shortage. [NBC]  

 

Kentucky community raises thousands of dollars for injured local chef.  [Today] ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 19, 2014

Break out the rubber bands: a better way to cut cake? [Gizmodo]

 

Five Southern chefs discuss the history and future of their region’s cuisine. [Food Republic]

 

Some restaurants know exactly how often you use their bathrooms. [NYP]

 

Yes, you can cook a hot dog in a Pringles can. [Food Beast]... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 19, 2014

 

chocolate milk

 

As Connecticut discusses school beverage legislation, chocolate milk is caught in the crossfire. [Fox News]

 

The Gaza Strip is going organic, but some locals are resisting higher prices. [NPR]

 

The baumkuchen trail: how the "tree cake" traveled from Germany to Denver and elsewhere. [NPR]

 

Understanding gluten: a video tries to demystify these confusing proteins. [LAT

 

Why smoking meat is part of... Read more >

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