Orange Cranberry Scones by The Faux Martha
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- Throw on some Christmas music and bake up a batch of The Faux Martha’s cranberry orange scones.
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Everyone knows that the best holiday centerpiece is an edible one, and that means that this lush forest of fudge is the indisputable choice for your Christmas table this year. Don’t be fooled by the grassy hues, these trees are chocolatey through and through. They’re easy to make too, with a simple formula for white chocolate fudge that’s bolstered with marshmallow cream, vanilla extract and heaps of Grinch-tinted food dye. Once you’ve got your perfect green shades down to a science, just cut the fudge into wedges or use a tree-shaped cookie cutter. Prop your trees up in a bowl of snowy sugar and watch your family tear the forest apart like a ravenous pack of lumberjacks. It’ll be a merry Christmas indeed. Get the easy deets for building this festive fudge forest, then further explore the sweet thickets of Cooking Channel’s fudge collection:
The signs of winter are everywhere. Fake Christmas trees are making their yearly descent from attics. Men dressed as Santa Claus are making their yearly descent into bottles of peppermint schnapps. Ice cream is, uh, showing up on doorsteps. Wait a minute. Ice cream is showing up on doorsteps?
It’s true. An NYC-based company called Milkmade makes the ice cream and then they deliver the ice cream. It’s a monthly subscription service, kind of like the DVD portion of Netflix only with approximately ten times the calories and fat. It costs you thirty bucks a month, which will net you two creamy pints of the good stuff. That’s pretty expensive but, hey, you only live once. Spend it inside, gorging on entire pints of ice cream.
Right now the service is only available in New York City, but the company has started a “Lickstarter” to raise money to take this thing to the rest of the country.
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.