Take standard Thanksgiving leftovers like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and transform them into fun and tasty new dishes with the recipes shown in this video. These are easy to make, so if you're tired of cooking after T-day, they will be perfect, quickly assembled snacks and meal solutions. -Via Laughing Squid
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You might be busy preparing your turkey and dressing as you watch this, and you might make the best pumpkin pie eve, but if you learn these fascinating facts about Thanksgiving food, you’ll have something more to say besides “Thank you,” when your dinner guests compliment your cooking. John Green uses this week’s mental_floss List Show to share some trivia about turkeys, dressing/stuffing/filling, potatoes, corn, cranberries, and other traditional Thanksgiving dishes. -via mental_floss
I just bought celery and olives yesterday. I always buy them for Thanksgiving, but rarely any other time of the year. Olives are a special treat, and the adults in my family love them. I use celery in my cornbread dressing, and the rest of the stalk is served alone or stuffed. However, I did not know that the two were traditional on everyone’s Thanksgiving tables for almost a century, and then faded out in the 1970s. It all started when fresh produce began to be transported across the country to be enjoyed whatever the season.
The pairing of the two was both a result of the fact that they were introduced and made readily available around the same time and they served a similar purpose: both celery and olives were palate cleansers, and ones that didn’t require a servant.
“People were looking for a palate cleanser in between Thanksgiving’s richer courses,” explained [Rick] Rodgers. “At a family meal where you don’t have servants, the tray of celery and olives could be put on the table and you didn’t need a servant to serve a sorbet course.”
Advertising played a big part, too. Celery and olives eventually became “traditional” at Thanksgiving. But what happened in the 1970s to change that? Read the entire story of celery and olives on the Thanksgiving menu at boston.com.
Behold the almighty tater tot- the best tasting food product shaped like a tiny barrel.
Whether they’re fried, baked or microwaved they always end up tasting like hot potato goodness, and the fact that they’re easy to pop in your mouth by the handful makes them a big hit with the snack packs.
Nowadays people are going all fancy feast with their tater tots, piling cheese and other delicious stuff on top to make totchos supreme, or laying them on top of a casserole to add the perfect amount of tot-ness to an already delicious dish.
Tater tot fans are in for a treat, because BuzzFeed has put together a collection of 27 Tater Tot Recipes That Will Change Your Life, grab a bag of spud barrels and give your taste buds a treat!
Tell your Thanksgiving dinner guests you are thinking of serving Veg-All Pie Plate Salad, and you’ll either trim down your guest list or get someone to volunteer to bring a salad -or pie. It’s made of lemon gelatin and a can of Veg-All chopped vegetables, molded in a pie plate and cut in wedges, like a pie. Yum! Pie Plate Salad one of the many recipes that the makers of convenience foods like Miracle Whip, Jell-O, and Campbell’s Soup filled women’s magazines with in the ‘50s and ‘60s. There are a few recipes that survive from those dark days, but Pie Plate Salad is not one of them, for obvious reasons. This is from a list of 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Food Advertisements at Buzzfeed.
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In just a few days, we'll have one of the best holidays of the year: the Day after Thanksgiving. It's all of the good things about Thanksgiving (the food) with none of the bad things about the day (the workload and pressure).
You've got a lot of leftovers left over from the previous day's feasting. What are you going to do with them? Well, if you're like me, then you've already eaten an entire pumpkin pie while standing in front of the open refrigerator door at 6 AM before anyone else has woken up.
But Amy of the great good blog Oh, Bite It! is not like me. She wants a creative alternative to cold leftovers. So she took samples of some of the classic Thanksgiving foods, such as cranberry sauce, candied yams, turkey, green bean casserole, and stuffing. Amy placed these between 2 4-inch circles of canned crescent roll dough, then deep fried them. The result is a quick, hot meal that will increase your gravitational attraction.
“Oh my God!”
“Do you have to make a mess?”
“Science is generally very messy. Yes, you should know that. You can’t make an omelet unless you break a few eggs.”
With that, Francis pushes forward to make his own Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.
As we’ve recently mentioned, Pepsi is currently testing an official version of this product. But Francis doesn’t want to wait until it’s on the open market. He’s making his own and, in this video, showing how you can, too.
The recipe is surprisingly simple. There are only two ingredients. I’ll let you guess what they are. Combine them in a blender. How does it taste? Francis says, “You know that’s going to be good when you see the chunks in it.”
I recommend watching the entire video. The verbal interaction with the woman holding the camera is very funny.
-via VA Viper
Girl Scout Cookies—especially Thin Mints—are delicious! They do, however, have low alcohol content. That’s in sharp contrast to Andrea Romano and Laura Vitto of Mashable, who created this video showing you how to make shots that taste like popular Girls Scout Cookie flavors.
After making their shots, Romano and Vitto immediately consume them. So they become increasingly intoxicated through the video. Thus they follow a classical rule of videography: shoot drunk, edit sober.
-via That’s Nerdalicious!
Thanksgiving is great, but cooking a turkey takes hours. If you can't handle the wait time (or if you just can't get enough junk food), you can always try cooking a hot dog turkey, aka a Hot Durkey. Oscar Meyer created this crazy concoction that helps pack in all those holiday calories in a fraction of the time. Be sure to garnish it well to make the celebration feel complete.
Or if you're really lazy you can just grab a few bags of potato chips.
Find the full recipe infographic over at That's Nerdalicious
Guy Fieri is known for many things- his abrasive attitude, his kick ass cooking and his numerous TV appearances, but overall the guy is known for one main thing- his signature style.
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The spiked bleach blonde hair, the goatee, the flashy clothes and the multiple piercings are the features most people use to identify Guy, so what would happen to that FIeri flare if he no longer sported his signature style?
According to this rendering created by Twitter user Wrong Opinion Guy (@gewqk) he would look like a totally average schlub were it not for his spiky blonde ‘do and rugged goatee.
But how would this make-under affect his cooking? I'm thinking he'd finally start using quinoa in his recipes, and his signature dish would change from Cajun Chicken Alfredo to a fresh tofu and kale salad...
Head over to BuzzFeed if you wanna see the transformation happen right before your eyes via image slider, it's truly terrifying!
Don't That John! is my ongoing series of daring experiments that push the envelope of culinary science and, dare I say, human achievement. In the past, I've made a taco pizza, a Taco Bell Doritos taco smoothie, and a French toast Reuben Nutella Elvis sandwich. Today, I decided to make a pizza.
But not just any pizza. Pizza is wonderful, of course. But so are Rice Krispie treats. So I made a pizza that had a Rice Krispie treats for the crust.
Other people have made Rice Krispie treat "pizzas" in the sense that they have made Rice Krispie treats decorated with candy so that they look like pizzas. But I want a meal--a pizza meal.
This week, humanity reached out and landed a probe on a comet. This was an unprecedented event brought about by great intellect, daring, and determination. In the same spirit and initiative that made the Philae lander possible, I offer to you the Rice Krispie treat pizza.
Fifty states, fifty-two recipes: The New York Times looked for Thanksgiving dishes from each state (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) that say something about the state or its unique cuisine. Russian Salmon Pie makes perfect sense when you’re in Alaska. In Arizona, they put chiles in the cranberry sauce. Some recipes incorporate pioneer or Native American foods, while others reflect the immigrants that settled the state. More likely, you’ll see recipes that incorporate the local meat or crops. Try to guess what recipe will represent your state before you look -but be sure to check them all out, because something new at your Thanksgiving table is always welcome.
Master bento artist Micky Araben can recreate any scene from your favorite cartoons and movies—and do so with a flair that will make you laugh! I especially like the chibi-style Death Star pictured above. I’ve never wanted to hug a planet destroying battlestation so much!
Some mothers in Japan make creative bento lunches for their children every day -and they make them for their husbands, too. Every once in a while, married people are not on the best of terms with each other. A woman who gets up to make bento for a man she is angry with may make a lunch that differs from the usual creative, lovingly-packed lunch. The blog IroMegane collected some examples of Shikaeshi Bento (仕返し弁当) or “revenge lunchbox,” for which you can imagine a salaryman opening his lunch in front of his co-workers and finding out exactly how angry his wife is with him.
Some have snarky sayings cut from seaweed, in Japanese, so you have to read the captions. Some are illustrated, like the cockroaches at the top. Others are just difficult, like the corn. All he has to eat it with is chopsticks! See more of these at IroMegane. -via Metafilter
Whether they’re making a bold fashion statement, creating kooky themed restaurants or coming up with a new way to have a virtual girlfriend experience the Japanese don’t settle for slightly crazy- they do like Stallone and go over the top.
The world of Japanese fast food is no different, and restaurant chains in Japan like Lotteria are constantly trying to come up with new food products that wow customers and outshine the competition.
Cracked put together this list of 7 Japanese Fast Food Items (Almost) Too Insane To Be Real, which includes the delicious Kit Kat Pizza, vegetable flavored ice cream and the Attack On Titan burgers, which come in five, seven or ten patty sizes and destroy the walls...of your stomach.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least if some of these strange taste sensations make their way to the U.S. soon, but if they do the Titan burgers and fries should come with a Surgeon's General warning!
Hardly any of us get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet, but I can tell you from experience that making salad is expensive, time-consuming, and more complicated than a typical lunch. It’s not exactly fast food. Yes, you can get a salad at many fast food outlets, but have you seen the prices? A startup founded by Luke Saunders called the Farmer’s Fridge (previously at Neatorama) aims to change all that, by offering salad from vending machines, for as low as a dollar in selected low-income areas.
Most of Saunders’s machines are installed at private office buildings, food courts, and convenience stores, where the salads cost upwards of $7. Eventually, he wants to drive down the price to the point where anyone can afford them.
The Farmer’s Fridge machine at the East Garfield Community Center is his initial attempt to bring healthy food to a low-income area. The buck is a nominal fee—the salads are actually day-old donations that didn’t sell at the corporate locations. (All of the salads are perfectly good for up to three days.)
It sounds like a good idea, although you can see where the economics could be the project’s undoing. I would imagine there would be a great many salads not sold for $7, leading to plenty of $1 salads, but how could you sustain the project with such massive markdowns? The question in the article at The Atlantic is: would people eat healthier food if it were more convenient? There are some who will never eat fresh vegetables no matter how cheap and convenient they are. And although my family will eat salad, it has to be custom made or offered salad bar-style, as everyone hates some ingredient that the others love.
(Image credit: Farmer’s Fridge)
Pictured above are deep fried starfish, scorpions, and a seahorse. They're traditional street foods in some parts of China and some of the amazing exotic foods rounded up by When on Earth. Would you like to try deep fried guinea pig? How about stink bugs in a tortilla or bear paws?
The dish on the list that I really want to try is cobra heart. Yes, cobra heart! It's the heart of a cobra (hence the name) served in a glass of cobra blood and venom with a splash of vodka.
Strangely, the list includes haggis, which is a perfectly normal food that should not be surprising to anyone.
Yes, there's a recipe. But more than that, Josh Scherer of Culinary Bro-Down* speaks to my soul when he describes his relationship with food:
The other day I was explaining to someone the nuance behind making a proper Red Bull Vinaigrette and they interrupted me with a stupid question.
“Wait, wait, wait. Does it actually taste good?”
“I don’t know. Not really.”
“Well then why’d you make it? Isn’t that the point of cooking? To make things taste good?” [...]
So why even make food? And more specifically, why waste 12 hours of my life on ramen donuts?
Because I don’t want to consume food culture, I want to produce it. By recycling the same Pinterest recipe for red velvet kit-kat cheesecake over and over, you’re complicit within cultural stagnation; you’re taking things from the conversation without adding anything new. I’m just trying to spark up a few lines of dialogue. I want to do things that are unique, things that have never been done before, and whether they taste good or not is tertiary to the real goal of progress.
Exactly! The point is not to make good food. It's . . . . Well, I'm still processing that one.
Anyway, he provides a recipe for ramen donuts, which includes ramen, horchata, eggs, frosting, and donut fillings. The horchata and eggs apparently act as bonding agents. Cook them together, then freeze the mixture, cut it into donuts, and fry them in oil.
*Content warning: foul language.
This is a brilliant idea! Cheri Alberts of The Watering Mouth shows us how to make shot glasses using just marshmallows. The delicious cups are entirely edible. Just toast a marshmallow over a fire or a hot stove. Bake all sides except one, which will implode. Pour liquor or liqueur into that hole.
You have to drink them pretty quickly. So I suggest making 10, then immediately drinking them. Then repeat the process as often as necessary.
-via That's Nerdalicious!
Anne Widya makes dinner into works of art for her four children. She started out with simple shapes, but when she posted a picture of a meal on Facebook, she received lots of encouragement. Since then, Widya has made food art her hobby, to the delight of her children. Continue reading to see more.
Holly Lofthouse's recipe looks quite simple. She took canned biscuit dough and sliced a pocket into each biscuit. She then stuffed sliced cheese and tiny pepperoni shingles into the pocket. After sealing the pocket, she cooked them on a waffle iron for 3 minutes.
-via Messy Nessy Chic
PYT is a restaurant in Philadelphia known worldwide for its research into the burger sciences. The geniuses in its laboratory have developed revolutionary new hamburger products, such as the cheeseburger-stuffed donut, the deep fried Twinkie burger and the peanut butter and jelly sandwich bun burger.
Since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, PYT is now offering its Thanksgiving meal burger. It has a patty made of turkey dark meat, stuffing, rosemary gravy, and cranberry sauce. Yummy!
(Photo: Steve Barnes)
Doritos and Mountain Dew naturally belong together. When combined, they form the main fuel of the human body. We've previously seen them combined in cupcakes. But that was unofficial and unsponsored by the parent companies.
Redditor Steve Barnes, a freshman at Kent State University, spotted a kiosk distributing free samples of a new Mountain Dew product: Dewitos. Yes, that's Mountain Dew flavored like Doritos. Barnes reports that "it actually tasted like Doritos." Quartz received an email from Pepsi, the company that makes Mountain Dew, confirming that this is a real product being tested. So we now have reason to keep living, dreaming, and hoping for a better future in this broken and fallen world.
-via That's Nerdalicious!
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The Happy Dog is a restaurant in Cleveland. Since Sean Kilbane purchased and renovated it in 2008, it’s been a happening place for live music and original food. The chef decided to start by offering only 4 foods: hot dogs, vegetarian dogs, French fries, and tater tots. But to these you can add a vast array of toppings.
The menu includes 50 hot dog toppings. Yes, you can have ketchup and nacho cheese. But you can also get fried eggs, brie cheese, and SpaghettiOs. You can ask for mustard, but you’ll have to be specific because the restaurant offers three different kinds.
The chef’s best idea was to offer Fruit Loops. I’ve never had them as a hot dog topping, but it really makes sense.
-via Alton Brown
Miss Cakehead and London Mess catered a dinner to promote the Surgeon Simulator game for the iPhone. It was pretty gruesome! The food was served in an operating room, around a live surgical patient, called “Bob” just like in the simulator. The first course was served in pulp trays, with Miso added from drip bags. The meat dish was disguised as Bob’s ribcage. Drinks came in urine specimen jars, and candy was distributed in pill form.
Dessert? That was a Brain Piñata, which guests cracked open to reveal delicious chocolate inside. And there were no eating utensils besides surgical instruments! See more from the Surgeon Sim Dining Experience at Miss Cakehead’s site.
Redditor Rcrowley32 said, “My daughter had a very specific birthday cake request 'animals wearing birthday hats, having a party'. I think I managed to pull it off.” The birthday girl also asked for strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting, so that’s exactly what she got. It’s a serious challenge to fulfill such specific requests, but mothers get a lot of satisfaction from accomplishing it. These are some real party animals!
Cake designer Kylie Mangles challenged herself to do something new and different with cake that she’d never done before. She selected an image of Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons by Erick Flores called Cutout Ralph. How do you translate this into a cake? Mangles combines a lot of art and cake techniques to get it done, and described the process at Threadcakes. A snippet:
Then the fun part began: adding the intestines, spine, ribs, what I suspect might be a gallbladder and spleen or maybe a kidney. Then I added the cut up leg and arm. There was one more support dowel in the arm to hold everything up. I wanted to do the black outline but I wasn't sure how it would turn out, so I put him all together first and then added the black outline after. I think it would have been easier to add the black lines as I went along but it worked out in the end, just with a little more patience and a lot more coffee. While I was doing this I also removed all his lower teeth and added to his lower jaw to bring it out and put his teeth back on.
Thanks to the black outlines, the finished product really did look like a drawing. But they ate it anyway, and enjoyed it. There are lots of pictures to remember him by. By the way, the image above is of the cake, not the drawing!
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Elvis Presley's favorite ice cream flavor was vanilla.
John Lennon's favorite room service snack was corn flakes with cream. He grew up during the war, when cream was rationed and was a rare luxury.
Jerry Lewis is crazy about Wendy's burgers.
Wilt Chamberlain's favorite sandwich was peanut butter and mayo on white bread.
In 2011, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a pledge that he would only eat meat from animals he has slaughtered himself. He once sliced the throat of a goat. He also killed a chicken and ate it's heart. The pledge lasted over a year. At his wedding, Zuckerberg, his bride, and their guests dined on a mouse-shaped chocolates, a snack the couple both love and had shared on their first date.
George Reeves loved snacking on chocolate doughnuts he'd buy at the local farmer's market.
Michael Jordan's favorite fast food is Taco Bell.
Sarah Palin's favorite food is moose stew.
George Clooney's favorite food is Chaya steak. He is also a beer drinker. He had a keg of Guinness installed in his dressing room during the filming of Ocean's Eleven.
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Is your ice cream trying to hide from you? If it wants to survive, then wearing camo could be a good idea.
The ice cream shop chain Baskin-Robbins is selling ice cream and cones that come in a woodland camouflage pattern. It's a mixture of chocolate, salty caramel, and cake flavors. So if you go into a Baskin-Robbins, you'll have to stalk your prey more thoughtfully. You are hunting the most dangerous game--ice cream that can not only hide, but also approach you in stealth.
-via First We Feast
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Christi of the food blog Love from the Oven has been working hard all week, rounding up inventive and delicious recipes that can be made with popular Halloween candies. So raid your kids’ trick-or-treating bags and start cooking!
Earlier this week, I directed you to her list of 50 Butterfinger candy bar recipes. Christi has created similar lists with Snickers bars, Whoppers, and peanut butter cups. The latter are among my favorite candies, so I’m really tempted by this cheesecake that looks like a massive version of a peanut butter cup. Jocelyn of Inside Bru Crew Life made it.