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Cooking isn't so difficult. Anyone can take a slab of meat and throw it into a pan, or stir together flour and water and stuff it into the oven. However, what comes out might look less like a meal and more like some dough got too close to a volcano. Where cooking really happens is often in the seasoning. Being able to mix and meld flavors is what can change a bland brisket into a succulent supper or transform a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese into gastronomic glee. Do it right, and the flavors are exceptional. Do it wrong, and you end up with a black pepper and honey catfish that even the dog won't touch.
A tale of two chorizos ... no, this is not a classic work of Latin-American literature, but rather a reminder that Mexican and Spanish chorizo are two entirely different things. Spanish chorizo is the type of sausage you'd see on a charcuterie board as it's fully cooked (or rather, cured) and somewhat resembles salami or pepperoni. Mexican chorizo, on the other hand, is loose-packed ground meat seasoned (but not cured) and therefore needs to be cooked before you can eat it.
As we know from the perma-craze surrounding the proverbial pumpkin spice latte that emerges from its leaf-strewn cave this time of year, fall is nothing less than a holy season for warm beverage lovers. If you're able to drop $7 on the barista-crafted seasonal coffee drink at your local cafe, then by all means, pony up. But if you prefer to spend a little less while still leveling up your morning cup of joe beyond a simple splash of milk, you might turn to your rich and creamy friend Coffee Mate.
We may receive a commission on purchases made from links. With holidays around the corner, more people are going to be looking for ways to brighten up their usual fare, especially when guests are involved, and luckily, Whole Foods has your cheese needs covered. What better way to celebrate fall than with an autumn-inspired charcuterie board? However, when it comes to finding the perfect cheeses to pair with those fresh in-season figs and apples, the process can be a tricky one if you're not a cheese professional. While you could take the cheese advice of select TikTok users, why not go to the grocer directly?
While butter cake is a classic American dessert, it's based on the traditional English pound cake. Butter cake is a delicious but surprisingly light confection, especially when you consider the fact that butter is the prime ingredient. Recipe creator Jennine Rye adds a nice glaze that makes this an even better version of a plain butter cake. Or at least this recipe makes a version that's sweeter and more distinct, even if it does add a little extra cooking compared to a basic butter cake recipe.
We are always in search of flavorful appetizer recipes that are a bit out of the box because we can get bored with the typical starter selections served over and over again. A perfect solution is this recipe for a creamy corn dip from recipe developer and health coach Miriam Hahn. Hahn says, "This makes a great appetizer for game day, a dinner party, a brunch or even just a midweek side. It is great to have in the fridge for a quick snack." With versatility like that, who wouldn't want to have this recipe on hand?
We may receive a commission on purchases made from links. What popular ingredient do Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Olive Garden all have in common? Cheese. The beloved food item is a staple in the American food landscape. According to CNBC, on average, Americans eat 38 pounds of cheese each year, up from just 14 pounds back in 1975.
After a delicious meal you might be inclined to order dessert, but don't bypass the option of an after-dinner drink as its benefits are far better than a piece of molten chocolate cake. Not to be confused with the dessert drink, an after-dinner drink is meant to help in digestion after a big meal. These drinks, called digestifs, are usually higher in alcohol and less sweet. According to The Mill Kitchen and Bar, the best drinks to serve after dinner include brandy, cognac, fortified wines, and liquor cocktails.
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When most people think of salad, they think of a big bowl of leafy greens, maybe a few veggies, and then a drizzle of dressing on top. While traditional and straightforward salads are always delicious, it's fun to think outside the box from time to time. As you can tell from the title, this mango shrimp salad combines those two ingredients as well as a delicious, mayonnaise-based dressing with a hint of sriracha for some added heat. It's just about as refreshing of a salad that you can make, and while the combination of mango and shrimp aren't necessarily common, it should be because the two work so well together.
We've all been there. You cook rice on the stove, intending to eat the large batch throughout the week. But then life happens, and suddenly that Tupperware of leftover rice is taking up valuable real estate in your fridge. Can you freeze cooked rice and still have it taste good? We did some digging to find out.
With the leaves beginning to turn and cool air finally gracing your front porch, you may be itching to show appreciation for the change of seasons. Perhaps you want to get in the autumnal mood by following your own delicious pumpkin cake recipe, or better yet, by creating your very own pumpkin decorations in one of Duff Goldman's cake workshops at Duff's Cakemix. After all, the multi-talented baker recently announced plans to partner with a franchise organization to expand his Los Angeles-based DIY studio worldwide (via Bake Mag).
If you don't know anything about wild foods, don't fret, because TikToker Gabrielle Cerberville has your back. Cerberville is well-versed in all things mushrooms and plants, and she forages most of her food from her own backyard. The wild food educator has amassed approximately 974K followers and 16 million likes to date for her creative and outdoorsy recipes — some of her most popular meals are her giant puffball pizza or chicken of the woods nuggets.
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Do you like green eggs and ham? Do you like them, Sam-I-Am? While the idea of green ham is understandably troublesome, eggs, it seems, can turn green for reasons as benign as cooking them in a cast-iron pan while still being perfectly safe to eat. While restaurants such as Subway will sometimes do their own take on this Seussian classic, they typically employ a harmless food coloring agent, while more upscale versions such as the one served up at Pike Place Market's The Crumpet Shop may use something along the lines of pesto.
When it comes to truffle oil, an elegant condiment that is often found among the chicest items in the grocery store, the options are endless. Truffle oil has truly made a name for itself in the culinary world and is considered an extravagant ingredient among eaters of all walks of life. TRUFF, the Huntington Beach, California-based brand best known for its unique-tasting, silky, vegan, gluten-free, fancy-schmancy, truffle-infused hot sauces has also expanded its portfolio to tap into the mayonnaise, pasta sauce, and oil markets. The company has done well for itself thus far — LeVar Burton swears by the signature hot sauce, and Oprah told her fans to "put it on everything."
Brownies might be the easiest recipe any baker could make, replicated in hundreds of kitchens and bakeries, and made in different shapes and flavors (yes, zucchini brownies exist!). But, regardless of its popularity, there are tons of rumored secrets to unlocking brownie perfection. Many insist that a pinch of salt should be added to the raw mix, while others say the key is the chocolate quality or browning your sugar before preparing. This tends to be entirely subjective as brownie preference varies from foodie to foodie. There are those obsessed with cakey brownies, with a drier texture, while others cheer when they bite a brownie that's gooey with rich and melted chocolate.
The Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl seems to be as synonymous with the fall season as the Pumpkin Spice Latte, a TikTok user pointed out. The popular Sweetgreen menu item has a base of shredded kale and wild rice. On top, it's dressed with quintessential fall ingredients like sweet potatoes, apples, roasted chicken, and almonds. Sweetgreen finishes off the bowl with crumbled goat cheese and ties everything together with balsamic vinaigrette.
Baseball season may be winding down for the time being — apart from the usual suspects destined to meet in the Fall Classic — but Rachael Ray recently hosted a special baseball episode of the "Rachael Ray Show." The episode features recipes for cute baseball-shaped meatballs complete with bacon laces as well as "Batter Up" corn dogs, so you can tell she's really going all-in on the theme. One of the highlights of the show, however, is a cocktail with a name that seems somewhat mysterious at first. It's called the Triple B, but what is this supposed to stand for — balls, bats, and bases? Or how about the ingredients? The drink contains beer, bourbon, and ... nothing else beginning with the letter "B" (no, there's no bacon in there).
The culinary world suffered yet another blow from the loss of rapper-turned-cookbook-author Coolio on Wednesday, September 28. According to Billboard, Coolio was only 59 years old when first responders found him unresponsive at his friend's house in L.A. Coolio is perhaps best known for his 1990s hip-hop stardom, selling more...
Pumpkin season is here, and it seems like everywhere we go, whether in person or online, we're seeing pumpkin baked goods. Pumpkin muffins are back at Costco, Trader Joe's has a new pumpkin cake offering, and Crumbl Cookies just brought back a pumpkin-inspired flavor. October is National Pumpkin Month (via Gazette Journal), so it makes sense that this orange gourd would be front and center when it comes to autumn desserts. It's not just the stores that are rolling out their pumpkin baked goods. Home cooks are mixing up a storm, too.
There's no doubt that the slow cooker makes everything easier. Once fall and the cooler months roll around, many people bust out their beloved crockpots to make warm meals for the family without the headache and hassle of really cooking. According to Watson Lake Inn, cowboy beans are super-popular in the southern United States and they have a fun backstory. Cowboys out on the trail would pack up beans since they were easy to transport, store, and cook. Once they arrived at their final destination, they would make a big batch to serve. But instead of just plain old beans, the cowboys spiced things up with a tangy sauce to add plenty of flavor.