The clean, fresh flavors of a Greek sandwich — lemon, tomato, cucumber, onion and spiced meat wrapped in flatbread — are so ubiquitous that they can feel somewhat cliched, but the authentic gyro experience is a thing of true beauty. In a perfect world, one would find an amazing Greek restaurant that cooks the meat on a vertical spit, basting the rotating roast in its own delicious juices. The cook would then carve off thin slices of the meat and roll them up in a warm pita with crispy vegetables and tangy tzatziki. It would be “sauce dripping down your chin” bliss.
Until you have that restaurant nearby, these not-quite-rotisserie-style spiced meatballs absolutely hit the spot.
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1. Get your morning off to a delicious start with Joy the Baker’s puffy triple berry dutch baby.
2. Drink away your IRS woes — or celebrate your imminent refund — with tax day-themed cocktails on Flicks and Food.
3. Girl Versus Dough swirls creamy Nutella into her showstopping, streusel-topped babka.
4. There’s more to chickpeas than hummus, like these hors d’oeuvres-sized patties topped with harissa aioli from A House on the Hills.
5. Pass the Sushi blends together fresh peas and sprigs of mint to form a bright, springy sauce for grilled king salmon.
According to the themed aisles at your local drug store, Easter is most certainly on the way. It’s this very weekend, as a matter of fact. Easter Sunday is a great time for teaching kids valuable life lessons about sneaky hiding places. It’s also a great time to eat a ton of chocolate, usually in bunny form. You could just buy a couple of Hershey’s bunnies and call it a day, or you could spring for the heavy artillery.
Nicolas Cloiseau, master chef at La Maison du Chocolat, has concocted a magical, edible scene for Easter 2014. It shows a family of bunnies in front of a workshop. This charming set is entirely edible, and made from a variety of different chocolates. Now here’s the rub. It’ll set you back a carrot-crunching $1,200. That’s like 1,200 candy bars or a Macbook. In its defense, it does contain over 11 pounds of sweet, sweet chocolate.
If you are still interested, you can plunk down your cold, hard cash here.
Does a tiny foil-wrapped chocolate egg just not do it for you on Easter morning? Here are some offbeat, awesome Easter treats actually worth the hunt this Sunday morning.
In the (admittedly rewritten) words of Cool Hand Luke, “I don’t care if it rains or freezes, long as I have my chocolate Jesus.” Though perhaps not for the most humorless Easter observers, this gilded four-inch edible icon ($14.40) from mouth.com is a refreshing update to the standard chocolate chick. There’s also a chocolate Moses if you prefer your edible action figures in pairs. (Available for overnight shipping through the end of the week.)
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These may seem a little upside down. We usually think of meringue piled high above the lemon pie filling, not the other way around. In this simpler twist on the classic, there is no crust to deal with. So they are lighter and faster to make, but contain all the same tangy-sweet allure. The meringue shell is whipped until it is light as air, then spooned into little clouds that are baked until they are set but still slightly soft in the middle. Once cooled, the meringues are topped with lavender-scented lemon curd. The tartness of the curd is a perfect match for the sweet meringue, and a bit of lavender creates a gentle floral touch, without going overboard. It tastes just like spring.
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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?
With eight days of Passover meals to whip up, it takes a little bit of creativity to transform matzo from a dry cracker to the star of a delicious dish. Throughout the holiday, the unleavened bread takes on many forms, from soup dumpling to cake tiers to this breakfast staple. Matzo brei starts with just two ingredients — crumbled crackers and scrambled eggs — allowing cooks to come up with their own clever sweet and savory combinations. Sara Moulton’s take on the dish is inspired by her Jewish mother-in-law, but the star takes cues from another morning favorite: the omelet. Packed with caramelized onions, creamed spinach and herb-flavored Boursin cheese, the dish works as a post-Seder breakfast, an easy weeknight Passover dinner or, in a few weeks when you stumble upon boxes of leftover matzo, as a unique brunch option.
Matzo Brei with Creamed Spinach and Crispy Onions
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… Like the word radish comes from the Greek word Raphanus meaning “quickly appearing” because you can pick them just three weeks after planting the seed. Check out our awesome video guide to radishes for more intel on selecting, prepping and serving spring’s raddest root vegetable:
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What are you to do if the extent of your cooking knowledge rhymes with the words ‘shmamen shmoodles?’ Learning to cook is hard, but it sure would be nice to experience tasty home-cooked meals. Forget upping your skill level. Just trick your brain into thinking the slop you create is delicious instead. That’s what this nifty fork does.
The enthusiastically capitalized AROMAFORK uses the common wisdom that smell enhances flavor to, well, do just that. A capsule of “liquid aroma” sits underneath the end of the fork and, with each bite you take, releases some of its pungent payload. The end result? Your brain is tricked into thinking the additional smells translate into beaucoup deliciousness. If only they had this during the days of Charles Dickens.
You can pre-order your own, ahem, AROMAFORK right now by plunking down $60. That’ll get you four forks and four different types of liquid aroma.
In the immortal words of some random scientist, “Don’t just play with your food, experiment with it!” It’s with that spirit that we present to you the greatest, wackiest and just plain tastiest experiments with food in the history of cinema.
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In my lifetime, I’ve bought (and eaten) a pretty significant amount of creme fraiche, which is like a thicker, tangier sour cream that falls somewhere between condiment and fresh cheese. I’m not a terribly fancy hors d’oeuvres person, but every so often there’s a recipe that calls for it, or a dessert that might otherwise be too sweet. I’m a big fan of serving it alongside chocolate cake, which I think I stole from April Bloomfield at The Spotted Pig long enough ago that it’s officially become my own personal thing.
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