We’ve boiled down the latest food news for you to peck at:
We’ve boiled down the latest food news for you to peck at:
Oranges are available year-round, but during winter (when citrus is in season) they give us the little burst of tropical elements and vitamin C that we need to stave off cabin fever and colds alike. So while you’re sifting through these recipes and deciding which ones you need to make immediately, put on the Beach Boys and channel your inner tropical paradise.
Ah, comfort food. Is there anything better than sitting down, preferably in front of the TV, and gorging on one of your all-time favorites? The same goes for music. Is there anything better than driving around when one of your all-time favorite comfort tunes comes on? Let’s combine the two and take a look at the world’s greatest songs about comfort food — yummy for both your mouth and your ears.
Listen: Best Songs About Comfort Food
The ultimate goal of any alchemist worth her salt is to turn ordinary metal into precious gold. Besides that, however, the second greatest goal is to turn not-so-precious water into wine. Science doesn’t quite allow for that, but here is a machine that gets pretty darned close.
It’s appropriately named The Miracle Machine. Consider it like a Sodastream for wine. All you do is fill it up with water, yeast, grape concentrate and finishing powder packets, and let the machine do the rest. In three days flat you’ll be sucking down so much wine you are liable to turn somewhat purple. Speaking of purple, The Miracle Machine makes six varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Chardonnay, Oregon Pinot Noir, a Tuscan blend, Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc and some kind of bizarre red and white hybrid.
The makers of the miraculous contraption are about to start a Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to make sure we end the tyranny of having to go down the street to the wine store when we want a glass. Thanks, guys!
It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
When thinking of the ideal brunch cocktail, we want a boozy drink that also pairs well with our meal. So we might as well go ahead and tip a bit of the maple syrup that went on our pancakes into our cocktail as well!
Even though our brazen use of maple syrup might be considered luxurious, this Old Vermont Cocktail balances the sweet syrup with cocktail bitters, sour citrus, and aromatic gin. Serve this gin-centric cocktail in a martini glass with an orange slice, and serve with warm pancakes.
AKA Soup-ual Healing
The Price Is Right. Gilligan’s Island reruns. A pile of blankets. Chicken noodle soup. These are the four things I want when I’m feeling under the weather, no matter what time of year it is. Whenever I was home sick from school, my mom always made chicken or beef noodle soup for me, and she let me eat in front of the TV. It was the best! In college and into my 20s, I resorted to the canned stuff whenever I had the sniffles and needed some culinary TLC.
We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
Right now we’re all languishing at that middle point between the winter and spring holidays, when everyone’s holed up indoors without an excuse to celebrate. Though it may be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the season, you can be social and stay cozy by hosting a comfort food potluck party. With a few rustic decorations and a bring-your-own menu of indulgences, this party will help beat the winter doldrums. (Want to hammer home the comfort factor? Invite guests to come in sweatpants — seriously.)
To host your own comfort food potluck party, you’ll need these five essential ingredients:
These five sauce-less pizzas are loaded with soft, savory cheese and indulgent, meaty toppings. Even red sauce lovers will do a double take.
1. New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza (pictured above)
America’s best pizza is a notoriously loaded subject, but the white clam pies native to New Haven, Conn., always surface at the top of the heap. Before making the pilgrimage, try preparing this legendary Neapolitan concoction at home. Fresh, briny littleneck clams come together with an intense dose of garlic, olive oil, oregano, and grated cheese atop a charcoal-colored crust. You won’t be disappointed.
Sure, life can be beautiful. It can also be a tough, desperate slog. Case in point? Sometimes you want to gobble up an entire pint of organic ice cream but your freezer is empty and your couch is really comfortable. What to do? You can’t call and order some because everyone knows ice cream can’t handle the climate-based rigors of delivery.
Not so fast. A San Francisco creamery called Three Twins has teamed up with a startup called Ordernear to create an iPhone app that allows for home delivery of scrumptious frozen treats. If you live in or around San Fran you can have pints delivered to your door within 60 minutes of ordering. Each pint will set you back around five bucks.
There is no word on if this app, or something similar, will begin melting hearts in other parts of the country.
Don’t let the remnants of snow and the freezing temperatures fool you – on Sunday at 2am, the clocks will move ahead one hour to begin daylight saving time and the long-awaited countdown to spring. In the spirit of brighter mornings and longer days, we think this DIY Lemon Citrus Cake is the perfect way to spring forward and wake you up from the winter-woes. Using just two simple cookie-cutter shapes, these lemon slice decorations are easy to make, so you can spend most of your time soaking up the sun, or catching up on sleep after missing that extra hour on Saturday night. Change up the colors to make other fruits, like limes or oranges, or you can even use the citrus slices as cupcake toppers.
For more lemony, sunshine-inspired sweets, check out some of Cooking Channel’s brightest stars: