Video games let you see the world through the eyes of a variety of cool characters, including Italian plumbers, anthropomorphic pie charts and, oh yeah, a whole lot of muscle-bound soldiers. However, there are no games in which you play as a humble slice of bread. Why can’t we just get our digital carbs on? Well, don’t tell the dude who invented the South Beach diet, but a bread-themed video game is breaking the mold.
It’s called I am Bread and, well, when you play it, you are bread. The object is to navigate a suburban household, avoid obstacles and eventually reach the fabled toaster of legend. It seems to play fast and loose with the bread physics, but one imagines it wouldn’t be a very fun game otherwise.
The game will launch for PC, but after that it should head to home video game consoles. It’ll show up sometime next year. This could be the greatest thing in games since dice lead.
Move over, pumpkin spice latte — you’re not the only squash-themed edible that deserves the seasonal spotlight. Let’s clear a path for good ol’ reliable butternut. Is it the sexiest squash at the market? Hardly. But what it lacks in front-porch decor appeal it more than makes up for with a cute name and remarkable versatility.
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There’s a certain excitement in the air when a new restaurant opens up in the neighborhood. Finally, a reason to leave the house. However, not all eateries are worthy of you escaping from your bubble of Netflix and Facebook “Likes.” Some of them are downright failures in every conceivable way possible. Here are the worst of the worst of these sad experiments in eating displeasure, the biggest successes in failure-dom, if you will.
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For more restaurants that could benefit from the expertise of Cooking Channel chef, check out tonight’s new Restaurant Redemption at 10pm ET. Tonight Ching-He Huang reinvent the food and decor of a boring and predictable Chinese place called Pho-Barclay in New Jersey.
One of the great struggles of existence is trying to decide what dessert to shove down your gaping maw. Apple pie sure is good, but so is chocolate cake and, oh, what about pumpkin pie? Life is hard! However, does it have to be? One bakery decided to just put every dessert in one big cake.
Three Brothers Bakery in Texas have just unveiled their take on the Turducken, the Pumpecapple Piecake. This beastly baked good contains layers of apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake and pecan pie. Additionally, there is caramel sauce and icing between every layer. Somehow the whole thing manages to stay aloft, which is a marvel unto itself.
The best part? You can order it for yourself here. The worst part? It costs $175 plus shipping. So you’ll have to save room in your wallet and your stomach.
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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