The world of vending machines has not been exempt from the forward march of technology. Sure, you can plunk down a few coins and get yourself a bowl of fresh rice, but what about pizza? A vending machine called Let’s Pizza has been pumping out fresh pies for the past two years. Unfortunately, only Europe has had access to their warm, cheesy embrace. That’s all about to change, however.
A vending machine called Pizzabox is set to give America what it has always wanted, robot-made pizzas baked fresh for a measly five dollars a pop. These machines, built by the same folks who created the similarly-themed Burritobox machines, are even equipped with video conferencing capabilities so you can discuss how lonely you are with a customer service representative as your pizza cooks. Cool!
Pizzabox machines are currently in the testing phase and will begin an official rollout early next year. In the meantime, you’ll have to keep ordering pizzas the old-fashioned way, by clicking on your mouse a few times.
AKA THE APPLE OF MY PIE
My great-uncle Richard used to own acres and acres of orchards in Pennsylvania, and I fondly remember picking apples for him after school. I’d climb up the rickety, old ladder, an apple basket in hand, and shimmy out onto a branch to pull ripe fruit from the tree limbs. Uncle Rich taught me at an early age the differences among all the varieties — which ones were used for baking or for cider, and which could be eaten right off the tree, crisp and sweet. Oddly enough, despite having an unlimited supply of fruit, we didn’t eat a lot of apple pie growing up. It wasn’t until I was graduating college and moving in with my boyfriend that I figured I should learn to make pie. I failed at it many times back then — forgetting the sugar, using the wrong apples, forgetting to add the top crust — it’s a wonder I didn’t set our apartment on fire. That boyfriend became an ex-husband, and as I got better at relationships, I also got better at baking pies.
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Ah, the open road. You know you are really and truly on a road trip when you pull into your first gas station and start gorging on gross snacks. What if, however, those snacks weren’t gross? There are only so many Corn Nuts and pieces of beef jerky a person can eat, after all. Some gas stations across this great land of ours have eschewed the gross in favor of the gourmet. On tonight’s season premiere of Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy, you’ll get to pull off the tourist-jammed highway to fuel up on some of these secret gas station restaurants.
You’ll have to tune in at 9:30pm ET to see Jim’s picks, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite fancy-pants gas stations that serve fancy-pants grub.
The Best Gas Station Food
Tune in to Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy at 9:30pm ET to meet the roadside rebel chefs and their quirky eateries that are off the beaten path.
There is nothing worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere and forced to consume subpar coffee. That stuff doesn’t even work! It may as well be called ‘anxiety juice.’ But what else are you going to do? It’s not like you can carry everything you need to make a great cup of coffee right in a little briefcase thingamajig. Oh wait, you can.
Blue Bottle Coffee and messenger bag manufacturer Timbuk2 have teamed up to create this caffeinated travel kit, which contains Blue Bottle coffee beans, a Porlex coffee grinder, a Bonmac dripper and filters, two enamelware cups, and, of course, matching felt cup sleeves. Everything fits snugly together in a fancypants bag, like a focused and hard at work game of Tetris. You’ll be juked up on beans in no time, annoying friends and family alike by discussing your magnum opus.
If you have $179 laying around, and a hankering to drink high quality coffee around a campfire, then have a gander at this travel kit.
Around the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices, everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s 7th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, beginning tonight. For four days, NYC will be taken over by food industry innovators cooking, speaking and feeding folks at nearly 100 different events across the city. Our brazen editors will branch out, attempting to cover as much ground as possible to report back to you hungry Devour and FN Dish readers on the festival’s happenings.
If you’ve never been to a food festival, it’s important to prepare yourself before diving into the gluttonous, glorious adventure that they can be. I recently had the opportunity to attend Feast Portland — a three-day food festival celebrating Oregon’s unique culinary culture — where I learned the hard way that even food editors have finite stomachs. And so, too, do you — so read on as I reveal 10 food festival truths to help you navigate the bottomless bites to come.
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This isn’t summer, folks. Gone are the easy days of slicing up raw cucumbers and tomatoes, sprinkling them with salt and calling it a meal. Fall vegetables take a lot more determination and know-how. Winter squashes —those vibrantly-colored gourds that double as centerpieces — are a case in point, with their intimidatingly hard shell. But once you crack your way in, delicious fall and winter dishes are yours for the making. So let’s eliminate those concerns:
How do I cut them? Use a sharp, large knife. Start to cut by placing the knife on top and giving it a good whack in the center of the squash. Cover the sharp end of the knife with a towel and rock the knife back and forth.
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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.