I think it’s a bummer that we treat hummus only as a dip or a condiment. Don’t get me wrong; I’m more than okay with its ubiquity. The fact that I can now snack on my commute home with a grab-and-go pack of roasted garlic hummus and pretzels from the train station kiosk makes my day complete. But I see hummus bound for bigger and better things. Forget the warm-up act; I see hummus playing the main stage.
My husband often speaks of a meal our buddy, J. M. Hirsch (who you should absolutely follow on Twitter), once made for him that was simply a plate of hummus topped with deliciously spiced ground beef and served with torn pita in place of silverware. He waxes poetically about how it was simple, boldly flavored and one of those fun meals that you get to eat with your hands. What more could a guy ask for?
Rife with opportunity to personalize it to your own tastes, meals like this are well-deserved. They shake up the daily routine by bringing in the flavors of a global cuisine that you may not get to experience everyday. Plus, second only to tackling foods eaten on a stick, eating with your hands may just be the most playful thing you do all day long.
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They say monkeys are our closest ancestor, so why not put those freeloaders to work? Bananas aren’t free, after all. With that in mind, here is a restaurant that employs monkeys as part of their valued waitstaff.
North of Tokyo, in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, lies a simple sake-house called Kayabukiya Tavern. Sure, they have a human waitstaff, but they also have two macaque monkeys. One takes drink orders and delivers them to the bar and the other hands out hot towels to customers. The restaurant’s owner says that he is currently training more monkeys to take over more available waitstaff positions. Is this how that whole primate apocalypse starts?
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Forget bacon; caramelized onions make everything better. They’re how to make green beans infinitely more appealing and the secret to the best ever onion dip. When gooey cheese comes to play, you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven. It may be a dreary and cold Monday, but Chuck’s Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions alongside a bowl of creamy tomato soup will make everything OK.
The key to really good caramelized onions is patience, not a bunch of oil or butter. Cook the onions for at least twenty-five minutes in a heated skillet over medium heat. The low and slow cook time transforms the once harsh and crunchy slices into a melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and savory phenomenon. Pile it high on top of sharp cheddar for a game changing grilled cheese sandwich.
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Sure, the fast food restaurants in Japan may look identical to those found in America, but beneath the familiar colors and bespectacled Southern gentlemen lies a secret. The menus often have oddball items that will never, ever make it across the pond. Burger King Japan is especially guilty of this.
BKJ has just unveiled something not very burger-like but absolutely king-like: a gigantic turkey leg. The legs are smoked with a blend of oak and beech chips and come in “King’s Turkey Party Sets” which is sort of a fancy way of saying combo meal. Oh those royals and their unnecessary word choices.
If you live in Japan, you can put down a reservation (really) for some legs now.
Hey, it’s the holidays! It may be cold outside, but it’s also a time for celebration, indulgent foods and festive drinks. Get ready for some holiday entertainment here on Cooking Channel from Sunday, December 8, to Saturday, December 21, every night starting at 8pm ET.
Start the feasting with G. Garvin’s Southern Holiday this Sunday, December 8, at 8pm ET. G. Garvin throws together a delicious, Southern-inspired holiday meal with the help of his family. The feast starts with appetizers, including G’s Deviled Eggs and Pimento Cheese Toasts. For the main course, G makes show-stopping Glazed Orange and Honey Ham, Roasted Cornish Hens and slowly braised Short Ribs.
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On Sunday, December 8th, at 8pm ET, G. Garvin is putting together a Southern holiday feast that will make you wish you were part of his family. The menu includes yams, Cornish hens, short ribs, deviled eggs and glazed ham — and that’s not even half of it.
G’s mother and daughter even join him in the kitchen to make some of their family favorite sides. Watch how they live, love and eat on G. Garvin’s Southern Holiday. Till then, check out this web-exclusive video of how G gets through the season stress-free: