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Dinner Rush! Honey-Bourbon Chicken + Herbed Salt Potatoes

Summer state fairs are a big deal in my stomping grounds of New York and New England. Concerts, ring tosses, red wine slushies (yes, they’re a thing) and the state’s finest butter sculptures — they’ve got it all. The best part, though, is the fair food. Footlong hot dogs and funnel cakes are fine, but the real jackpot is the salt potatoes.

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Sifted: Coconut Rice Pudding, Banh Mi Fries + More

Coconut Rice Pudding

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• Jasmine rice simmer in coconut milk to create this thick, dreamy Coconut Rice Pudding What’s Cooking Good Looking then finishes it off with roasted cherries and a cascade of roasted coconut.

• Sandwiches naturally go with fries, so it seems natural that a loaded banh mi sandwich would be just as palatable reinvented as i am a food blog‘s Banh Mi Fries. Top matchstick-thin fries with Chinese barbecued pork, pickled daikons and carrots, jalapeno, cilantro and a squirt of sriracha.

• Next time you have fresh, juicy strawberries on your hands, swaddle them in a lightly sweet, diaphanous homemade crêpe. Sweet Crêpes, courtesy of Herriott Grace, are the perfect way to put your market haul to use, especially when drizzled with some pure maple syrup.

• Using just one mixing bowl and a cast-iron skillet, The Earthen Table conjures a Blueberry Oat Cake that’s light and moist, not to mention vegan and gluten-free.

• What exactly adds the spice into these oozing Spiced Blackberry Hand Pies? In This Kitchen hits the fresh, fruity filling with cayenne to lay down some subtly sweet heat.

Craving More?

• Looking for more ways to add heat to your pies? Sugar Bakeshop’s Apple Green Chile Hand Pie gets a dose of spiciness from freshly roasted green chiles.

• On a rice pudding kick? has a treasure trove of rice pudding recipes.

G. Garvin’s Indiana Travel Tips

Bartender Jennifer pouring me a drink at Valley

Indiana is considered “The Crossroads of America” because of all the highways that run through it. It’s next door to a number of great states, but has some amazing attractions of its own. The farmland is beautiful and makes for some incredible restaurants. While Indianapolis is an awesome city, check out Valparaiso the next time you’re in the Chicago area. The food scene will surprise you.

Valley Kitchen and Bar
Valley Kitchen and Bar comes from a husband-and-wife team with a love for farming. I had a great time in their kitchen making their take on a chicken potpie. When you come here be open to their seasonal menu and enjoy trying different comfort dishes. Don’t forget to have a drink or two like the John Deere Margarita!

Wildflour Bakery
Abby Leetz took her catering business to another level and landed a great spot right downtown. She can bake anything and everything for her guests. I got a crash course in her croissant bread pudding and peach-raspberry crisp, and it was absolutely amazing. I can promise you’ll find something here for your sweet tooth.

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Seaweed Beer Now Exists to Fulfill All of Your Kelp-Based Ale Dreams

Beer can be made from a great many ingredients, including coffee, chocolate and, uh, even brains. However, until now, there has been no significant push to make beer out of seaweed. This is probably because people tend to view seaweed as that annoying stuff you get your foot stuck in at the beach and not a delicious ingredient for adult beverages. One Maine brewery sees things a bit differently.

The Marshall Wharf Brewing Company just released a new beer called Sea Belt. The brew starts with a fine Scotch ale and then, well, they throw in a bunch of dried kelp. Sixty pounds of seaweed goes into every 200 gallons of ale, which results in a saltier than average brew that may cause you to start quoting soliloquies about Moby Dick.

Of course, this company is no stranger to bizarre concoctions. Once a year they brew a batch of their infamous Pemaquid Oyster Stout which, surprise, is made from live oysters.

Meatless Monday: Smoked Panzanella

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating 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?

Sure this salad uses peak produce — cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, snap peas — but the day-old bread really gets top billing. Traditional Tuscan recipes call for soaking the loaf (in water or another liquid) before tossing it with other salad ingredients. Kelsey adds extra crunch and flavor to her version by baking her cubed bread in the oven, then mixing in the other ingredients. Smoked mozzarella lends just enough heft to this otherwise light meal; its rich taste subs in for (completely unmissed) bacon. Best of all, this easy recipe can be made in minutes, so the only thing you’ll need to worry about is grabbing a fork and digging in.

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The Scoop: Cake Convicts and Peel Pointers

From cake convicts to peel pointers, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Pastry Perpetrators: Vehicles and front yards in Portland, OR have been vandalized with cakes, doughnuts, yogurts and breads.
  • Waste Not, Want Not: An infographic from Sustainable America presents 10 nifty uses for banana peels, which constitute 780 million pounds of waste in the U.S.
  • Binge Cycle: Tour de France competitors eat around 6,000 to 9,000 calories per day, and many employ personal chefs to help them do so.
  • Where You Can Have it This Way: Buzzfeed has an awesome interactive sliding tool to compare fast food promotional photos to their actual appearance.

Frozen Friday: Ice Cream Truffles

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Does a full ice cream cake seem like too great a commitment? (Are you crazy?) If so, go for a more poppable alternative that also happens to be one of the easiest and most gourmet-looking summer desserts around, especially for the minimal effort it requires. Perfect for a party of one or a house full of hungry guests, ice cream truffles sport that crunchy exterior and smooth interior that is almost too quick to delight. Suddenly sitting around all day eating bon bons doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

1. Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Truffles: It’s love at first sight (like Valentine’s Day months early) with Hungry Happenings‘ black-raspberry-chocolate ice cream truffles coated in chocolate shavings and pink candy melts (pictured above).


2. Pistachio Ice Cream TrufflesBitterSweet prepares a homemade orange-scented pistachio ice cream dipped in liquid chocolate that just so happens to be vegan.

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52 Weeks Fresh: Feed the Bees, Feed Yourself

Bee populations are down significantly across the country and the world. Though the primary cause of Colony Collapse Disorder is still being debated, many experts believe pesticides, foreign parasites and other pathogens are the culprits. Busy pollinators, bees — especially honeybees — are crucial to our fruit and vegetable supplies. One way to strengthen bee colonies is to plant food sources for them.

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11 Most Bizarre Food Foods in Sci-Fi

They often say truth is stranger than fiction. However, science fiction is much stranger than truth or everyday fiction. Throughout the history of the sci-fi genre, television shows and movies have often been called upon to show their characters eating — guess what? — really weird stuff. Here are some of the weirdest foods in the world of sci-fi.

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The Twinkie Burrito Exists. Get Ready for Heartburn.

Once upon a time there was a marvelous snack that both cured hunger and helped describe paranormal activity. This tube-shaped Twinkie, as it was to be known, put a smile on faces everywhere until it was rudely discontinued. Now it’s back and ready to be used in ridiculous food mashups.

Food blog Oh, Bite It! just unveiled the Twinkerito. This Twinkie/burrito hybrid finally adds more oil and carbs to the clearly-much-too-healthy snack cake. It starts with a Twinkie rolled in a wonton wrapper. Then the whole thing is deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar.

This sounds absolutely disgusting and absolutely amazing at the same time. The blog has the recipe up if you want to tempt fate and try it yourself.