Secret: I could probably eat pasta every night. The reason I don't, of course, is I'm afraid I'd get sick of it after a while, and that would be a travesty. Although, with IVU's enormous selection of homemade pasta recipes from around the world, I just might give it a go. We can choose from Vegan Pesto to Black Bean & Key Lime Bow Ties to Sun-Dried Tomato, Garlic and Jalapeno Pasta. For
This one goes into the why?-because-you-can file : Toasty pâte brisée serving utensils and ramekin. Bread bowls? Ha!
Speak French? Then tell us all what this says, cause I'm sure it sounds savory: "oilà il est à présent temps de voter pour le projet qui vous semble le plus pertinent. Attention, fin des votes le lundi 9 novembre à 12h. Un grand merci à Nathalie pour avoir joué le jeu et pour sa proposition qui donne carrément envie de lécher l’écran !"
So, it's kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it'll still make you giggle.
"Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful "glue". Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions." From Flickr.
Happy Halloween, hamfaces.
In my very first Curbly post EVER (almost 1,000 ago), I announced my love affair with the magical silver box that is my toaster oven. Way more effecient to run and way quicker to heat, the toaster oven is a great addition to small and large kitchens alike. The Kitchn has assembled 10 great times to opt for the tiny versions over the big dudes, and the comments are full of excellent additional options.
Plus, they're perfect for Shrinky Dinks. :)
My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.
And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:
With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I'd seen 'bourbon cherries' in gourmet shops...fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here's...
So....with more than five pounds of cherries left from syrup making, I realized I was gonna have to get these dudes processable so that, come winter time, I'd be to able use them in a variety of ways. Creating pie filling for freezing was an option, as well as just throwing the cherries whole into the freezer, but I wanted to be able to keep them versatile for whatever...
So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."
"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.
"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."
Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...
Ketchup. Catsup. Catchup. Some folks in my family even choose to say 'tomato ketchup'...you know, to distinguish it from eggplant or fava bean ketchup. Or perhaps to convince themselves that it shouldn't rather be called "corn syrup ketchup."
Regardless, it's sticky sweet and acidic make-up provide from some interesting uses other than dressing your tater tots. Here's nine from the Daily Green.
1. Shine Your Copper
2. Get Those Auto Parts...
But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. "Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring...
"Matthew Yglesias at the Internet Food Association blog writes that it's really a matter of overnight cold-brewing and straining. First gather up 1 cup of coarse-ground and stir it into 4 1/2 cups of water, or strengthen the mix to taste. After that 'stick it in the...
Price check: 12.3 ounces of colored sugar = $10.00. 16oz of pure, white granulated sugar = $1.00.
Oh, but it's not colored, you say? Well, not yet.
Instructable-r StarshipMinivan offers an unbearably easy tutorial for creating your own colored sugar. And most likely, you already have everything you need in your pantry.
Just mix the food coloring into the sugar with a fork. Spread it out, allow...
Meyer lemons, a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange, are in season throughout the winter and the early spring. From Julie O'Hara at NPR: "the Meyer lemon has smooth golden skin the color of a fresh egg yolk. It also has a thin edible rind, a high volume of juice and none of the tartness of a regular lemon — yet its potential in the kitchen went unnoticed. Today, the Meyer lemon is a darling of farmers markets and beloved by chefs and...
A splash of wine, or deglazing with a broth or stock, can take an average home dish to saucy deliciousness. But, it's impractical to open a new bottle or carton just for a few tablespoons. So watch this video for a fresh idea.
It was a disaster.
So, I dried my tears, and went to grocery store and bought all new pantry...
Jim Lahey has adapted his popular no-knead bread recipe for the New York Times for an easy pizza crust. Simply make it the day before, or the morning of, let it rise, roll it out, and bake atop a flaming hot stone!
TipNut has scanned a vintage cookbook from 1961 offering some clever and alternative uses for 7up. I imagine they'd still apply with a bottle of fresh soda.
* Tangy 7up Cubes
* Pork butt or ham glaze
* Mock champagne punch.
* 7up basted fish fillets
* Chocolate sauce for ice cream
* Zip up fresh fruit
* As liquid in fruit pies
How's that for alliteration?! And how's this project for awesomeness: easy-to-make DIY cookie cutters!? With just an aluminum baking pan and free clip art, Carolyn from Juggling Frogs created her own camel cookie cutter. And, she provides the how-to here so you can ape her technique and bend some up for yourself. I think my first round will be Eames lounges and atomic ball clocks.
Careful with those sharp edges!
It's always marvelous to see what can be created with a bit o' produce and a knife. This autumn, besides all the brilliant jack-o-lanterns (which are created, after all, with produce and a knife), the watermelon brain joins the flanks nicely. Click here for a full how-to from Scoochmaroo.