Vampires, beware. Roasted garlic is nearly impossible to resist at this time of year, whether it appears as a toast topper or an enhancement to fluffy mashed potatoes. Roasting takes pungent and spicy garlic cloves and mellows them into a soft and buttery spread. Embrace this fundamental cooking component with five of our favorites.
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Who doesn’t like a nice trip to the zoo? Those colorful, rambunctious peacocks are so adorable. The polar bears are so playful and not-at-all dangerous. The lions, tigers and bears (OM!) are an absolute delight. However, do you know what would be better than simply looking at all of those glorious creatures? Eating them! That’s what one zoo thinks, anyways.
Langau am Albis, a zoo south of Zurich, loves their animals so much that they are willing to slice them up and have them turned into culinary delights by a team of chefs. Isn’t that nice of them? Apparently it’s a form of population control, as so many new animals are born in the zoo each year. It also works with that whole ‘teaching your children the cruelty of life’ thing, if that’s your bag.
Don’t worry, however. Your beloved rhino isn’t being turned into a kebab. The zoo’s officials mostly stick with game animals such as deer, featured in the delicate Venison in Cognac Sauce, and boar, who takes a star turn in the aromatic Braised Wild Boar with Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables. That’s something, sort of.
Before you think we’ve lost our minds by sticking fried chicken on a cake, give us a second. There’s a new match for fried chicken in town — well, sort of. Next time you want to fool your friends, or you’re going to a birthday party for a buttermilk-battered fiend, whip up a batch of faux wings for this incredible “Fried Chicken” Cookie Pop Cake
. Blend white chocolate biscuits or any cream-filled cookie with cream cheese and mold the smooth mixture into ball and stick shapes. To create the look of a drumstick, pinch together the stick, the larger ball (for the meaty end) and a smaller ball (for the opposite end), then after they set in the freezer, ice the cookies with a cream cheese, butter and brown sugar icing. For the finishing touch, roll the wings in crushed cornflakes for the just-fried, crispy effect, and serve them on top of the cake with a spoonful of raspberry compote “ketchup” for dipping.
For more ways to fry up sweet desserts, check out these fried favorites from Cooking Channel:
Burgers. Some people like them simple. They want the patty itself to do the talking. Other people, however, treat them like a canvas, topping them with anything and everything they can think of. This burger is definitely in the latter camp. As a matter of fact, it’s just about the craziest burger in recent memory.
The Nerd Lunch Burger, created by Nick at Dude Foods, is a massive testament to excess. All told, it features three burger patties and the list of toppings is pretty much an average person’s entire grocery order. Are you sitting down? It’s topped with cream cheese, mushrooms sautéed in bacon fat, French fries and mustard. It’s also topped with green chiles, goat cheese, peanut butter and a fried egg. It’s also topped with onion rings, chili, blue cheese, swiss cheese and beetroot. Phew. Finally done. Oh wait. Never mind. There’s one last topping – An entire bacon cheeseburger, bun and all.
This beast would give even Wimpy a run for his money. If you have no concern for your health, or your wallet, and you want to try this at home, you can check out a recipe here.
Fans of Netflix series Orange Is the New Black know that food is integral to the story (and backstories) of the women incarcerated at Litchfield Correctional Institution. Prison politics revolve around the operation of the kitchen — and the hairnet-wearing servers wield power by dispensing or withholding helpings of mess-hall slop. As Red says early on in the show’s development, “There’s the people who serve the bread, and the people who eat the bread.”
In Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook (Bites, Booze, Secrets, and Stories From Inside the Big House) (on sale today), the show’s complex characters are further explored through their relationships with food, revealed in the headnotes to their recipes. You’ll find familiar prison fare from both Red’s and Gloria’s kitchen reigns (and that SHU Moldy Mystery Meat), but more interestingly, the food from prisoners’ pasts that provides glimpses into how they devolved into criminals. There’s Vee’s Butternut Squash Soup, which Taystee devoured as readily as she warmed to her drug-dealing family, and Red’s famous Pirozhki, which symbolizes the past she has left so very far behind.
For Piper, food often serves as a mirror, contrasting her present-day existence with the frivolity of her life with Larry. When Red tries to starve her in Season 1, Piper finds it ironic that she used to subsist on lemon-cayenne-maple syrup cleanses to lose weight, and she yearns for the Whole Foods lifestyle (and the Crack Almonds to be found there). Then there are the types of beverages inmates concoct to get them through their sentences, like Poussey’s Hooch, shared here with the number of different mixers that compose the illicit cocktails. The full-page photos and clever behind-the-scenes tales will give eager binge-watchers something to nosh on until Season 3 is released sometime in 2015 — and plenty of time to prepare a themed viewing-party menu.
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It’s no secret that popular pizza chains start doing kooky stuff once they leave the comforting shores of America. You want a cheese pizza topped with marshmallows? How about one with hot dogs in the crust? You can do all of that and more. Now, thanks to Pizza Hut Korea, you can even have both dinner and dessert right on one pizza.
The fast food giant has just introduced something called the Star Edge Pizza to the Korean market. This pie is something of a surf ‘n turf masterpiece whose toppings include calamari, shrimp, broccoli, peppers, bacon, sausage and steak. If that already didn’t entice and/or confuse you, the crust is stuffed with dessert. That’s right. Each and every crust partition is stuffed to the brim with cream cheese and fruit. Ah, that glorious union of shrimp and cinnamon apple.
Of course, you’ll have to be in Korea to get your hands on this bad boy. You’ll also need deep pockets. The Star Edge Pizza costs around $30.00.
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?
Don’t be fooled by the banality of root vegetables. Sure, they’re often dirt-covered and tough to chew, but once washed (peeled, if need be), cut into manageable pieces and scorched in a hot oven, these colorful fall favorites develop a caramelized coating that rivals the flavor of candy (and, if you partake, bacon). In this vegetarian recipe, carrots and cauliflower are tossed with whole walnuts — an ingredient that not only adds welcome texture, but provides enough protein to make this a hearty, and incredibly healthy, main course.
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Sometimes you just want to eat a whole bunch of precious metals. Unfortunately, most restaurant menus are suspiciously devoid of menu items containing diamonds, gold or even platinum. They just want to hog all the treasure for themselves! One London eatery, however, is sharing in the wealth by introducing a burger that is literally covered in sweet, sweet gold.
Honky Tonk, an American-themed diner in London, just rolled out their Glamburger. Just how glam is it? Well, in addition to the buns being dipped in gold leaf, the whole thing is also topped with a gold-covered duck egg. Don’t worry. This gold is fully edible (so they say.) The patty itself is comprised of glamorous Kobe Wagyu beef and venison. Two animals meeting on the afterlife dinner plate isn’t quite enough, however. There’s also Iranian saffron-poached lobster and candied bacon in the mix. That’s four! It’s like a tasty zoo.
However, you’ll have to shell out a lot of inedible gold to get your maw around this edible gold. The burger costs $1,700, but one lucky patron will get it for free thanks to a Groupon contest.
What if you are desperately itching to get drunk but also wanting to chow down on a bowl of refreshing ice cream? You can’t just pour a bunch of booze into a half-eaten pint, as that would be absolutely disgusting. No, it looks like you’ll have to travel to Japan to taste what Häagen-Dazs has just brought to the table.
Häagen-Dazs Japan has just unveiled a booze-flavored ice cream dessert. The treat, called Antoinette, is made from “high-grade red wine” from Bordeaux, France. It also features a layer of plain frozen custard and, due to its cake-loving namesake, a pillowy layer of sponge cake.
It sounds pretty good, right? Now the bad news. This ice cream concoction features a paltry 0.6 percent alcohol. You’ll have to eat 20 of these to even get a buzz on! Looks like it’s back to pouring booze into half-eaten pints.