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Sifted: Apricot-Chocolate Ice Cream, Corn Cake + More

Apricot Ice CreamHot Links We’re Loving:

  • Peaches may get most of the attention in August, but this Roasted Apricot Stracciatella by Not Without Salt takes advantage of ripe apricots, even adding chopped chocolate chips to the frozen treat (pictured above).
  • Though it doesn’t quite align with the red velvets and vanilla buttercreams of the world, this quirky Sweet Corn & Lemon Summer Cake by Chasing Delicious uses freshly shucked, pureed corn and cornmeal to create an epically summery slice.
  • Think nothing could improve a Chocolate Chip CookiePastry Affair‘s version sprinkles flakes of fleur de sel to balance the sweetness and add a grown-up spin.
  • Whether you’re into clean eating or not, Tomato and Basil Collard Wraps by The First Mess put a little ingenuity behind rolling a good wrap. Collard greens are so sturdy that you can stuff ‘em with a good amount of quinoa, tempeh, chickpeas and more, while still being able to chow down burrito-style.
  • Though it won’t suit your kids’ lemonade stand, Spiked Blueberry Lemonade by Shutterbean is a refreshing swirl of blueberry soda, gin and lemonade. Turns out lemonade is even more refreshing when it comes with a little fizz  and maybe some booze.

Craving More?

Stir up another adults-only lemonade, but this time reach for the tequila.

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t the only thing that get better when countered with salt. Kelsey Nixon’s Salted Caramel Milkshake counters all that sweetness with sea salt.

Dinner Rush! Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken

Gather ’round and silence your chuckles because today’s lesson is all about spatchcocking. And it’s going to add some serious A-game cred to your run-of-the-mill grilled chicken.

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Now You Can Time Travel to a Doctor Who Restaurant in New York

The British television program Doctor Who used to be something of a niche affair, attracting science fiction enthusiasts only. In recent years, however, it has turned into a global pop culture phenomenon. Just how popular is the good doctor? Well, he just got his very own themed restaurant in rural New York.

The Pandorica, named after an infamous prison in Doctor Who lore, is the most Whovian-friendly eatery in the whole country and maybe the world. Housed in the quaint town of Beacon, the restaurant is decked out from head-to-toe in Doctor Who paraphernalia, from the TARDIS-shaped bathroom door to the themed mural on the wall.  The food is also Who-centric, featuring series stand out dishes such as fish fingers (French toast sticks) and custard and tea.

So if you ever find yourself ninety minutes or so north of NYC, stop in and grab some grub. You can’t battle The Daleks on an empty stomach, after all.

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Meatless Monday: Three Bean Salad with Jalapeno-Cilantro Vinaigrette

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?

If we were to choose one quality that unifies vegetarian dishes and sets them apart from their meatier counterparts, it’s the crunch factor. That satisfying sensation, delivered upon the first good-for-you bite, is one of life’s great pleasures (on par with walking shoe-less in the sand and smelling the salt spray off the ocean). This salad, which appears to be a standard bean-and-corn situation, has unexpected layers of flavor thanks to coriander seeds, cilantro leaves, honey and lime juice. String and wax beans act as the crisp foil to smooth cannellini, and all three are benefited by the toothsome pop of freshly shucked corn (not to be underestimated). The dish is designed to have a kick — it’s tossed in a zippy jalapeno vinaigrette — but if you’re not a fan of heat, simply remove the pepper’s seeds before making the dressing. Serve and crunch away.

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The Most Insane Carnival Food Ever

It’s no secret that carnivals feature some of the unhealthiest, and most-awesome, foodstuffs known to mankind. But even these festive funtopias occasionally go too far. Here are some of the wackiest and strangest foods that’ll have you tossing your triple-fried cookies all over that dang Gravitron.

The World’s Craziest Carnival Foods

Tune in to Carnival Eats every Monday at 10:30pm ET to ride a food-frenzied roller coaster of culinary delights.

Momofuku Milk Bar Reimagines Menu as Soft-Serve Ice Cream

New York City’s Momofuku Milk Bar is something of an institution, serving up wacky desserts to both tourists and native New Yorkers at each of its four (five if you count Canada) locations. They are known for decadently delicious cookies, pies and, of course, a whole line of menu items that are made from cereal milk. Never known to rest on their laurels, this treat haven is turning a good portion of their menu into soft-serve ice cream. 

That compost cookie you’ve always liked? You can now get it in soft-serve. Their infamous candy bar and crack pies? Bam, soft-serve. Their unique take on the humble birthday cake? You know the drill. Soft-serve. You can also get each soft-serve cone or cup swirled with, of course, some cereal milk.

You had better act, relatively, fast. This menu will only be around for the next few months, at which point the Momofuku Merlins will cook up something else.

Frozen Friday: Iced Coffee

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.

Over half of all Americans over age 18 drink coffee every day and 30 million of those consumers drink specialty lattes and mochas. Clearly we all know how to live drink it up. We also like to keep things fresh, especially on long summer days. Before your next coffee break, we’ve sought out some of the most creative and tasty iced caffeine kicks to keep you satisfied and energized while the sun is high.

1. Cinnamon Dolce Iced CoffeeKitchen Treaty combines cold-brewed coffee with her homemade maple-brown-sugar syrup and half-and-half for this iced spiced sip (pictured above).

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The Scoop: Bye, Bye, Satisfries

From kid cookie moguls to angry Yelpers, here’s a boiled-down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Unsatisfried: Two-thirds of Burger King restaurants will stop carrying their reduced-fat fries after less than a year on the menu.
  • Just Nuts: Almond milk has experienced a 45-percent increase in sales, helping it surpass soy as the most popular non-dairy milk.
  • In the Clear: Major food companies have discovered that shoppers are more likely to buy a product they can see.
  • Pay the Piper: Yelp has been sued by a number of frequent contributors who believe they should be compensated for their work.

 

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Peach Pie

Peach Pie

AKA Everything’s Just Peachy

This is the very first pie I made after being diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s fruity and sweet, but ginger and a bit of cracked black pepper give it the tiniest of kicks.

I grew up eating fruit pies my uncle made in his bakery, or that my mom made at home. We were the kind of family that had dessert every night after dinner, and all summer long it was pie after pie after pie. Peach pie was my favorite, followed closely by sour cherry.

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World’s First Cruise for Chocoholics About to Set Sail

Themed cruises have become something of a trend as of late. Ever wanted to hang out with the guy from Sugar Ray? There’s a cruise for that. Want to explore the open sea with an openly naked body? There’s a cruise for that. Now, finally, there is a cruise with the dessert fiend in mind. Introducing the world’s first chocolate-themed cruise.

Chocolate Journeys is being brought to us via a partnership between Princess Cruises and Norman Love Confections — and both companies have pulled out all the stops. Voyagers receive a chocolate pop when they board the ship, an endless supply of chocolate desserts, chocolate cocktails, lessons on how to cook with chocolate and, of course, a chocolate spa. That’s right. You can bathe in chocolate.

This cocoa cruise officially sets sail at the end of the year. That’s plenty of time to prepare, which means there’s plenty of time to eat a bunch of chocolate.

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