Make it a Big Night

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2014 by Food_and_Beverages

Traditionally my family makes homemade raviolis for Easter dinner, but this year we will attempt to make a timpano. Timpanos are layers of pasta, meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, cheese and various other delicious things all cooked inside a crust, as featured in the movie Big Night. Try it yourself with the recipe from the cookbook Tucci by Stanley Tucci (who wrote and starred in the movie) . . . more »

A Life in Cheese

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Food_and_Beverages

Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge Have you ever lost your head to a triple creme or apologized to your seatmate for the epoisse in your carry-on? America's production and consumption of artisanal cheese is growing quickly and grilled cheese franchises are popping up in our neighborhoods. Sample the lives of those who have dedicated their lives to cheese with the following at SCCLD. Cheesemonger : Subtitled, A Life on the . . . more »

Slow Cooker Books We Love

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 by Food_and_Beverages

The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker Slow cooker recipes are at once easy and delicious. Here are our favorite slow cooker books & DVDs to help you get started! See our full list of slow cooker books. Whether you are a vegetarian hard-pressed to find enticing recipes for your slow cooker, an omnivore looking to expand your repertoire, or a follower of a vegetable-focused diet, The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker will . . . more »

Why Is There a Tiny Baby in My Cake?

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Food_and_Beverages

plastic baby A tiny baby is in my cake! It is definitely a tiny baby! I found a tiny, beige-colored plastic baby in a piece of cake that my friend served to us. “Congratulations!” she said. This type of tiny baby cake is called a “King Cake.” According to my friend, the tiny baby symbolizes a baby Jesus, and the cake is traditionally eaten on January 6th . . . more »

The Best Cookbooks of 2013

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Vegetable Literacy Library Journal released their list of best cookbooks of 2013. Check some out and try some new recipes in the new year: Best Cookbooks of 2013 Vegetable Literacy Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison The Grilling Book The Definitive Guide from Bon Appétit Pasta Modern New & Inspired Recipes from Italy . . . more »

Eat With Your Hands

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Handheld Pies Like to eat out of hand? Try Handheld Pies: Dozens of Pint-sized, Sweet & Savories by Sarah Bilingsley. Lots of yummy recipes like peanut butter & jelly or chicken relleno pie. Some of the mini-pies are even freezable so you can have a little piece of pie ready to go anytime! Other cookbooks to try: Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes by Dani . . . more »

World Barista Championship 2013

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

The Professional Barista's Handbook Congratulations, Pete Licata! You are the champion of the 2013 World Barista Championship. Pete Licata won the 2013 US Barista Championship that was held in Boston earlier this year and advanced to the World Barista Championship that was held from May 23 to May 26 in Melbourne, Australia. It is quite exiting to know that the champion is not from Europe, Colombia or Brazil but . . . more »

Don't Throw Away Those Vegetables!

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Canning for A New Generation Preserve 'em! By now your garden is beginning to bear the fruits of your labor -- perhaps a little too well. Many a savvy gardener has turned jars to preserve their garden harvest. And the great thing about preserving in jars is that they make lovely decoration for your kitchen shelves! Here are some of my favorite preserving & canning books. -Megan Canning for A . . . more »

Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Mad Hungry Men eat differently from women. They eat more, they eat constantly, and they eat passionately. They are all appetite and no pretense. If they are "mad hungry" with no food in sight, life can be a living hell. This is reality for author of Mad Hungry, Lucinda Scala Quinn. Although feeding boys constantly sounds like a daunting job, it must be very rewarding and pleasurable . . . more »

Booze Cakes

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Booze Cakes Two of my favorite things in one cookbook! Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine and Beer by Krystina Castella caught my eye and I was not disappointed. It is full of delicious recipes, each with their own intoxication rating. More boozy cookbooks to try: The Tipsy Vegan The Boozy Baker Classic Liqueurs The Sophisticated Cookie Glorious Liqueurs . . . more »

Salad Every Day

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

To prepare meals for vegetarian family members, I make salad every day. Green salad, pasta salad with greens, bean salad with greens, potato salad…. and soon it became a chore. When I was stuck in a rut, I found this chart. What is great about this chart is that it will help you choose and mix ingredients to make fun and tasty salads that you . . . more »

Cooking Vegetables, Chez Panisse Style

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Chez Panisse Vegetables A friend purchased this book for me several years back as a birthday present. And I have to admit, at first blush, it seemed a bit under whelming. Chez Panisse Vegetables doesn't have the usual smattering of bright, eye-popping photos of mouthwatering dishes. Instead, the illustrations are simple, few, and understated. But don't be fooled by this book's Spartan visual style, there is a ton . . . more »