The conventional list of basic needs for physical well-being includes food, clothing and shelter. But so much of the innate wisdom and discourse around the first, and arguably most important, resource is saturated with inaccuracy and misnomers. Most people believe they have perfected eating — it being the first vocation they tackled after crying — but they really haven’t improved at it since that first day on Earth.
Do you consume burgers right-side up? You could be eating better. Do you fill a glass with ice cubes (that aren’t actually cube-shaped) and then pour liquid on top of them, or do you dump ice into a glass filled with liquid? Do you even pay attention to this stuff? You could be drinking better.
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. 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?
Soup season has officially started. And while we love our hearty chilies and simmered-for-hours stews as much as ever, they’re not exactly easy to throw together in a flash. This brilliant recipe has just 15 minutes of prep and uses leftover baked potatoes, which both cuts down on cooking time and lets you use things in your fridge. Its velveteen finish and comforting flavors are amplified with buttermilk, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Garnish the bowl with chives just before serving — they’ll add a hint of onion-y flavor and make for a beautiful presentation.
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There are few foods revered for their simplicity and nostalgia-inducing power like crispy, juicy fried chicken. But on Thursday night, 17 prominent New York City-based chefs and restaurants proved that sometimes it pays to shake up an old classic when they served their unique takes on chicken to guests at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.
Held on the opening night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the fourth annual Chicken Coupe (presented by Cooking Channel) was hosted and judged by fried chicken enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg had approached festival founder Lee Brian Schrager several years ago about dedicating an entire event to the universally loved dish, and this year, she wrote the foreword to Schrager’s book, Fried & True — so you might say they know a thing or two about anointing a winning bird.
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The world of vending machines has not been exempt from the forward march of technology. Sure, you can plunk down a few coins and get yourself a bowl of fresh rice, but what about pizza? A vending machine called Let’s Pizza has been pumping out fresh pies for the past two years. Unfortunately, only Europe has had access to their warm, cheesy embrace. That’s all about to change, however.
A vending machine called Pizzabox is set to give America what it has always wanted, robot-made pizzas baked fresh for a measly five dollars a pop. These machines, built by the same folks who created the similarly-themed Burritobox machines, are even equipped with video conferencing capabilities so you can discuss how lonely you are with a customer service representative as your pizza cooks. Cool!
Pizzabox machines are currently in the testing phase and will begin an official rollout early next year. In the meantime, you’ll have to keep ordering pizzas the old-fashioned way, by clicking on your mouse a few times.
AKA THE APPLE OF MY PIE
My great-uncle Richard used to own acres and acres of orchards in Pennsylvania, and I fondly remember picking apples for him after school. I’d climb up the rickety, old ladder, an apple basket in hand, and shimmy out onto a branch to pull ripe fruit from the tree limbs. Uncle Rich taught me at an early age the differences among all the varieties — which ones were used for baking or for cider, and which could be eaten right off the tree, crisp and sweet. Oddly enough, despite having an unlimited supply of fruit, we didn’t eat a lot of apple pie growing up. It wasn’t until I was graduating college and moving in with my boyfriend that I figured I should learn to make pie. I failed at it many times back then — forgetting the sugar, using the wrong apples, forgetting to add the top crust — it’s a wonder I didn’t set our apartment on fire. That boyfriend became an ex-husband, and as I got better at relationships, I also got better at baking pies.
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Ah, the open road. You know you are really and truly on a road trip when you pull into your first gas station and start gorging on gross snacks. What if, however, those snacks weren’t gross? There are only so many Corn Nuts and pieces of beef jerky a person can eat, after all. Some gas stations across this great land of ours have eschewed the gross in favor of the gourmet. On tonight’s season premiere of Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy, you’ll get to pull off the tourist-jammed highway to fuel up on some of these secret gas station restaurants.
You’ll have to tune in at 9:30pm ET to see Jim’s picks, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite fancy-pants gas stations that serve fancy-pants grub.
The Best Gas Station Food
Tune in to Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy at 9:30pm ET to meet the roadside rebel chefs and their quirky eateries that are off the beaten path.
There is nothing worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere and forced to consume subpar coffee. That stuff doesn’t even work! It may as well be called ‘anxiety juice.’ But what else are you going to do? It’s not like you can carry everything you need to make a great cup of coffee right in a little briefcase thingamajig. Oh wait, you can.
Blue Bottle Coffee and messenger bag manufacturer Timbuk2 have teamed up to create this caffeinated travel kit, which contains Blue Bottle coffee beans, a Porlex coffee grinder, a Bonmac dripper and filters, two enamelware cups, and, of course, matching felt cup sleeves. Everything fits snugly together in a fancypants bag, like a focused and hard at work game of Tetris. You’ll be juked up on beans in no time, annoying friends and family alike by discussing your magnum opus.
If you have $179 laying around, and a hankering to drink high quality coffee around a campfire, then have a gander at this travel kit.
Around the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices, everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s 7th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, beginning tonight. For four days, NYC will be taken over by food industry innovators cooking, speaking and feeding folks at nearly 100 different events across the city. Our brazen editors will branch out, attempting to cover as much ground as possible to report back to you hungry Devour and FN Dish readers on the festival’s happenings.
If you’ve never been to a food festival, it’s important to prepare yourself before diving into the gluttonous, glorious adventure that they can be. I recently had the opportunity to attend Feast Portland — a three-day food festival celebrating Oregon’s unique culinary culture — where I learned the hard way that even food editors have finite stomachs. And so, too, do you — so read on as I reveal 10 food festival truths to help you navigate the bottomless bites to come.
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This isn’t summer, folks. Gone are the easy days of slicing up raw cucumbers and tomatoes, sprinkling them with salt and calling it a meal. Fall vegetables take a lot more determination and know-how. Winter squashes —those vibrantly-colored gourds that double as centerpieces — are a case in point, with their intimidatingly hard shell. But once you crack your way in, delicious fall and winter dishes are yours for the making. So let’s eliminate those concerns:
How do I cut them? Use a sharp, large knife. Start to cut by placing the knife on top and giving it a good whack in the center of the squash. Cover the sharp end of the knife with a towel and rock the knife back and forth.
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Vampires, beware. Roasted garlic is nearly impossible to resist at this time of year, whether it appears as a toast topper or an enhancement to fluffy mashed potatoes. Roasting takes pungent and spicy garlic cloves and mellows them into a soft and buttery spread. Embrace this fundamental cooking component with five of our favorites.
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