TV chefs are the new rock starts of our pop culture. They are idolized, adored, emulated and seemingly have the inspirational powers to convert culinary agnostics into devoted cooks. Every item they tout — from an exotic herb, spice or infused oil to a kitschy utility knife or sauté pan — is revered.
For all you hibernophiles out there – Irish lovers of whom we have 40 million in this country — join in the fun. St. Paddy’s Day on Saturday, March 17 provides an annual excuse for kickin’ up your heels, doing the Irish jig, and having a grand old hooley at home or your favorite pub.
Question: My husband and I are summer sizing to get in shape for our June vacation. I’ve noticed quinoa is the new healthy grain, popping up everywhere from divey diners to high-end eateries and even on supermarket shelves. Should I be eating it as a carb side dish or a main-course protein? What’s quinoa’s status update?
This February has 29 days, a phenomenon that occurs every four years with some quirky exceptions. Called a bissextile or Leap Year, swelling the calendar to 366 days, it means different things to different folks. For most of us it is trivial, we have to cook an extra three meals a year, it delays the arrival of summer by one day, and we have to go to work (or school) for an additional day.
For 187,000 Americans and 4-million others worldwide who were actually born on Leap Day (Feb. 29), that’s another matter.
Tailgate parties will be heating up from Boonville to Gary, making a pit stop at 500 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis this Sunday, 6:30 Eastern Time.Roughly 70,000 stalwart Super Bowl attendees will be cozying up under the retractable dome of the $720-million Lucas Oil Stadium. Frigid temperatures outside, the field turf will soon sizzle as hot and hunky quarterback stars — New England’s Tom Brady and New York’s Eli Manning — bandy their football prowess with halftime punctuated by an iconic tight end – Madonna.
My kids and I love eggnog. At the supermarket the other day when I was reaching for a carton, a fellow shopper warned me to avoid products containing raw eggs. Should I boycott eggnog altogether or are there safe alternatives?
Chino Farms, the cognoscenti of farmers’ markets in our own Rancho Santa Fe backyard, has become a rock star in agronomy and is now a cookbook seller of famed chefs, including Alice Waters who will be there on Dec. 11 to sign her newest book
There’s good news and bad news as we waddle away from the Thanksgiving table. The Bad: The more than 45 million turkeys consumed will yield copious amounts of leftovers from 535 pounds of breast meat, thighs, wings and legs. The Good: There must be 50 ways to use your leftovers.
I’m shellacking my nails black and stirring my caldron bubbling over with Beluga and blinis and pumpkin martinis for a grown-up Halloween hoopla. All Hallow’s Eve, an ancient Catholic custom honoring saints, has morphed into a $3 billion-a-year trick-or-treating candy orgy. But big kids can have fun, too.
Among the month of October’s claims to fame, is National Pizza Month. Here’s the deep dish on America’s favorite slice of life, a beloved industry that has swelled to $30 billion a year. When archaeologists excavated the “frozen” city of Pompeii, they discovered shops that resembled modern pizzerias. The ancient Roman pies were naked flat breads — sans the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese — as the former were considered poisonous, and the latter had not yet made a pit stop in Napoli. By this time, the pioneer pizzas sold throughout Naples by street vendors had become a popular peasant food since they were cheap, tasty and satisfying.