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Just in Time For Easter: Jellybean-Flavored Milk

Easter. It is a time for solemn reflection on the death and rebirth of deities. It’s also a time to eat a whole boatload of egg-shaped chocolate, chick-shaped marshmallows and jellybeans. But what if you recently got into a brutal bar fight, leaving your jaw absolutely useless? How will you consume massive quantities of jellybeans? Don’t worry, young pugilists, there is now jellybean-flavored milk.

That’s right. All of the sugary joy inherent in those tiny beans can now be yours to drink down by the gallon. Illinois-based Prairie Farms Dairy company has just released a line of jellybean-flavored milk. The consistency is thick and the color is magenta. It may look eerily like Pepto Bismol, but according to those that have tried it, it tastes more like something resembling strawberry milk.

If you are in the Illinois area, pick up a half gallon and make this Easter a bizarre one.

Munchies Alert: Roy Choi’s Oreo-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Since when is a cookie a suitable dinner? Probably since Oreo asked Roy Choi to turn their cookies into the best savory snack we’ve tried in a long time. The recipe was part of a three-chef Snack Hacks challenge to use the retro classic as an ingredient in an entirely new dish.

Los Angeles-based chefs Michael Voltaggio, Nguyen Tran and Choi stepped up at a media event last week, morphing the cookie into dessert nachos with a lemony cookie-filled shandy (courtesy of Voltaggio) and a no-bake bread pudding (Tran). But it was Choi’s clever Oreo-crusted chicken tenders that left us thinking that cookies might actually have a place in savory cooking.

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Light and Easy Easter Brunch Ideas

Easter brunch is the perfect excuse to celebrate your favorite spring foods. Eggs, asparagus, strawberries, peas and ham are all invited to the ultimate spring feast! For a mix-and-match Easter brunch that’s light, easy and luscious, just choose a dish from each category. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just a few, here are some dishes that will be perfect for this Sunday.

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Spring Fest: 6 Easy Easter Sides

Though ham and lamb may get the Easter spotlight, spring’s marquee holiday is the ideal time to play with the season’s fresh vegetable superstars like asparagus, peas and green beans. A welcome respite from hearty winter greens, these three are healthy, quick and easy to dress up. Here are six preparation ideas that could easily steal the show at the holiday table.

1. Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles
Turn asparagus into an edible present by wrapping a slice of silky smoked salmon around each spear. Not only does that salmon add an excellent smoky flavor, but it also brings a festive pink hue to the table.

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Inventor Creates Viagra Ice Cream Because, Well, Science

Nowadays, you can grab an ice cream flavor for whatever suits your fancy. We are no longer living in a vanilla, chocolate strawberry world. Wacky ice cream flavors are the norm, but there is still one world the creameries have consistently avoided. That world? Prescription medications. Well, one man is changing all of that.

A food inventor named Charlie Harry Francis has already gifted the world with glow-in-the-dark ice cream and now he’s pitched his tent to create the world’s first ice cream flavor based on a prescription medication, Viagra. The flavor, appropriately named Arousal, actually tastes like champagne, however each scoop is laced with 25 mg of sweet, sweet Viagra.

Mr. Francis was tasked to erect this ice cream variety by a nameless celebrity, who apparently was “very happy” with the results. Sean Connery, you old horn dog (there is absolutely no evidence that it is Sean Connery.)

Hump Day Snack: Lemon-Lavender Champage Cake

Had enough of marshmallow cream eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans? Impress your guests and satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth this Easter Sunday with this stunning Lemon Lavender Champagne Cake.  To save time, use boxed lemon cake mix for the base, then whip up a pretty, pastel buttercream frosting using lemon juice, lavender extract and purple food coloring – but don’t forget the bubbly! The recipe calls for a generous, celebratory dose of champagne in both the cake mix and the frosting, leaving just enough for an Easter toast. Assemble the cake using four layers of cake and frosting, and cover the top and bottom edges with a ring of colorful, candy-coated sunflower seeds for the perfect ending to your Easter feast and the ultimate dessert pairing for after-dinner sparkling wine. Cheers!

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Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar’s Pantry Staples for Cooking Tuscan-Style

Cooking Tuscan is all about simplicity, freshness and, ultimately, generosity. It is about working very conscientiously in the kitchen, inspired by the necessity of caring for the ones you love. Cooking is pursuing a bond with people around the kitchen table, and food is the medium by which this is achieved. “The cook” in this equation is just a catalyst — sometimes in the form of a mother or grandmother, and sometimes in the form of a restaurant chef or a farmer.

The Tuscan kitchen reflects this sentiment abundantly. Nothing is more important than the table; it should be the right size and should feel warm and familiar, something that facilitates the celebration of a meal together.

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25 Ways to Use Matzo

Have you already run out of Passover-friendly meals and never want to see another piece of brisket again? (Okay, maybe just one more slice). To help you avoid the Passover food rut and the twice-a-day matzo pizza, we’ve gathered recipes to fill your 8 days of unleavened bread. Because you can really only eat so much matzo ball soup before becoming an actual matzo ball.

  1. Matzo Brei is a mix between French toast and scrambled eggs in the best sort of way. You can go sweet and add some cinnamon and sugar while you scramble, or go savory with Matzo Brei with Creamed Spinach and Crispy Onions.
  2. Up the ante in the search for the afikomen, a game played during the Passover Seder, by hiding Chocolate Coconut Matzo Bark (pictured above) instead of a plain piece of matzo.
  3. Matzo meal, finely crushed pieces of matzo, is a game-changer during Passover. Although pretty bland on its own, matzo meal is the base for delicious dishes like Matzo Apple Tea Cakes.
  4. Matzo farfel is a Passover-friendly egg pasta dough (often sold pre-made) that is mainly used in kugel, soups and side dishes, but it can also be used to make Chocolate Matzo Farfel Haystacks, an easy sweet treat.
  5. These ain’t your grandmas’ matzo ball soup recipes: Bobby Flay adds flair to Throwdown’s Matzo Ball Soup with the addition of jalapenos. You can also go the mushroom route with Truffled, Shiitake Matzo Ball Soup and gribenes, the kosher version of pork rinds. Alternatively, Sephardic Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Herbed Matzo Balls give matzo balls a saffron makeover.

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Improve Your Insight with Our Guide to Carrots

Did you know that if your carrots become limp, you can recrisp them in a bowl of ice water? If you carrot all about sweet, crunchy root vegetables, check out our complete guide to buying, prepping, using and storing carrots for more tips to amaze your inner Easter bunny:

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California Restaurant Tempts Fate With Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Photo: Sara Norris

All hail the mighty cinnamon roll. This hearty dessert has been the subject of both classic comedy bits and stern lectures from cardiologists for years. Now, thanks to an industrious California chef, it is becoming the stuff of breakfast sandwich legend.

Chef Matt Gordon of San Diego’s Sea & Smoke has juts unveiled his ode to coronary disease, a cinnamon roll breakfast sandwich. As the name suggests, it entails a bunch of savory breakfast foods being stuffed into a cinnamon roll. Once you embark down this particular rabbit hole, you may as well roll with it. As such, the sandwich contains two meats in the form of ham and bacon. It’s rounded out with eggs, white cheddar and maple syrup. Also, it looks really, really (really) good.

If you ever find yourself in San Diego, you can grease up your afternoons by hitting this ‘wich for brunch which is available every day.

 

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