Hedgehog Dumplings

Look at these adorable little hedgehogs! Don’t you just want to eat them up? That’s what you do, because they are dumplings, stuffed with sweet cream filling. But they are only available at one restaurant, in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, Japan.

The spiky little treats are available at Yoseigo, a dim sum takeout joint that’s been in business since 1946. If you’re after orthodox fare, Yoseigo has steamed shrimp dumplings, egg rolls, and the like. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, and also a little playful, you can’t go wrong with their hedgehog dumplings.

The palm-sized snacks appear to be steamed first, and then later deep-fried to help give them a more defined shape. This brings us to what might be the only negative point about the hedgehog dumplings. Though they have a pleasantly crisp texture, the “quills” on their spiky backs are indeed a little sharp, so you’ll want to chew carefully to keep from poking yourself.

The dumplings are available individually or in economical herds, er, multi-packs to go. See more pictures at Rocket News 24. -via Nag on the Lake


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24 Origins of Cheese Names

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It’s true that most cheeses are named after their place of origin, so John Green goes ahead to tell us the story of the cheese’s origin as well. Even cottage cheese was once made in cottages. However, there are some in which the name is a little more complicated, like Monterrey Jack (there is a Jack involved). There’s even a cheese named after another cheese! Learn about two dozen cheese names in this week’s mental_floss List Show.


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Discontinued Food Items We've Loved And Lost

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Foodies get mighty attached to their favorite food products, and we continue to search online and check in with local stores “just in case” long after our favorite products have disappeared from store shelves.

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Sometimes it’s hard to accept that you’re never going to get to eat another P.B. Crisp, or take another satisfying sip of an ice cold Ecto Cooler, and the cupboards look mighty empty without your fav food products of yesteryear.

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Take a look back at some of the food products we’ve loved and lost in 26 Discontinued Foods That We Need To Bring BACK!!, and see if any of your favs made the list. 


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Coffee Around the World

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BuzzFeed put together this video of various coffee concoctions from countries all across the globe. Some are iced, some are hot, all are decidedly different than anything you'll get in most American coffee shops. Have you tried any of the recipes included here? If so, weigh in with your review in the comments. (I'll be over in the corner with my tea.) -Via Viral Viral Videos


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The Double Down Dog

KFC rolled out a new menu item Monday: the Double Down Dog. This carnivore’s concoction consists of a hot dog nestled in a "bun" of breaded fried chicken pieces. You can have yours with a splash of melted cheese or other condiments. But the supply of the Double Down Dogs was limited yesterday to 50 each at 12 outlets in the Philippines, which sold out all 600 of the sandwiches. However, there will be more Tuesday, the last day of the promotion. Will we ever see the Double Down Dog in the U.S.? That may depend on how well it goes over in this limited run. What's the point in putting a hot dog in your fried chicken, anyway?  

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Bacon Sriracha Cronut

DK's Donuts of Orange, a simple, walk-up donut stand in Orange, California, offers this donut that is anything but simple. 7 Deadly says that it would make cronut inventor "Dominique Ansel to kneel over and sob French tears." That would be a great shame, for it would be sad for Ansel to, like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, withhold future works of his genius from the world to prevent them from being altered.

What does it taste like? Let the reviewers from 7 Deadly speak:

However, the first bite makes it clear that the cronut-gimmick is merely a vehicle for the punch-in-the-face flavors of the thick Sriracha glaze and generous amount of candied bacon sprinkled on top.

If you’re looking for something “delicate,” this is not the donut for you. This savory behemoth is a Sriracha-soaked, protein-packed meal that just happens to be on a cronut-like pastry. There’s a faint hint of sugar from the dough, but that quickly gets lost as the spicy, meaty heat overwhelms every square centimeter of your tongue.


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Locally Laid Eggs

The Locally Laid Egg Company puts their name right their on cartons of their eggs, which are available only in northern Minnesota and parts of Iowa and Indiana. In December they received a letter from a man who was offended by the name. How do you respond to that? Lucie B. Amundsen, the company’s “marketing chick,” wrote, in part:

Here’s why we named our company, Locally Laid. First off, it’s completely demonstrative of what we are. We are the first pasture-raised egg company in the Upper Midwest providing you with eggs which are laid locally. More on the sassy part of the name in minute, but let’s look at local. It’s important.

She goes on to explain the importance of free-range, organically-raise chickens and how they differ from nationwide factory farms. She also explains how important mid-sized farms are to preserving local economies. It’s pretty interesting, in a post that's all due to a customer with a dirty mind. -Thanks Carol Anne!


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Reinventing the Potato

A couple of years ago, we linked to a story about how the variety of apples diminished to just a few kinds, and the efforts of one man to bring back their glorious diversity. The same fate has befallen potatoes. Thanks to market forces, particularly the demands of the French fry industry, the overwhelming majority of potatoes available in the U.S. are Russet potatoes. Contrast that with the many kinds of spuds that are still grown in South America. Potatoes were first cultivated thousands of years ago in the Andes mountains, on the border of what are now Peru and Bolivia.

Back then, the potato was synonymous with diversity. The Andeans inhabited a mountainous mosaic of microclimates in which one plot of land presented a very different set of growing conditions than its neighbor. No single variety could survive in such a heterogeneous landscape, so the Andeans diversified — to the extreme. Farming so many different types of potatoes also provided a more interesting and enjoyable diet, a tradition that is still alive today. “If you go to a typical Andean household,” explains Stef de Haan, a researcher at the International Potato Center in Lima, “they will eat what is called chajru, which means ‘mixture’ in the Quechua language. They sit around a big bowl of potatoes. And the joy of eating those, the culinary delight, is that every time you pick a potato, you pick a different one. In Quechua, especially when it comes to the taste of potatoes, they have this whole unique vocabulary — almost like somebody from France would tell you about the taste of wine.

Now a few folks are trying to bring back potato variety in the U.S. One is helping chefs develop ways to harness different tater flavors, colors, and textures, while another is encouraging diversity on farms. Read about the many types of potatoes we could be eating soon at Modern Farmer. -via Digg


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Haggis Pops

Happiness is possible on this earth because these haggis pops are actually real! It's more portable than the world's largest haggis and surely just as tasty. Instructables member PenfoldPlant, the inventor of the Möbius bacon strip, made them for a Burns Supper, an annual celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns that takes place on January 25.

PenfoldPlant, a true traditionalist, made them from fresh sheep guts. He even cleaned and prepated the stomach itself, which serves as the coating of these delicious wonders. This step required careful work. He placed a ping pong ball in part of the stomach, then tied off and cut that part off the rest of the stomach.

-via Foodiggity


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Haute Cuisine: Ants on Shrimp

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The famous Danish chef René Redzepi has brought the entire staff of Noma, his restaurant in Copenhagen, to Tokyo. At his new location, he's offering his unique take on Japanese cuisine. He launched the endeavor with a grand 16-course feast that began this dish. It's jumbo shrimp served with black ants. The Japan Times describes the taste:

But it is the seasoning — “flavors of the Nagano forest” the menu calls it — that defines this dish. A dozen tiny wild black ants are carefully arranged on the shrimp, their little pinpricks of sharp acidity acting as a perfect accent for the sweet, pink flesh.

-via Spoon & Tamago


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Deep Fried Beer Batter Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Mere strawberries don't cut it anymore, nor do cheesecake-filled strawberries. Fia Fortune of Fia's Maine Kitchen pushes the boundaries of culinary decadence even further with this deep fried concoction. She used Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, which is a strawberry-flavored beer, for the batter. The stuffing consists of cream cheese and confectioner's sugar.

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Cantaloupe + Ice Cream = Happiness

People in Japan love cantaloupe, where last year one lovely pair of melons sold for $17,500. Hokkaido, the northernmost of the large islands of the Japanese archipelago, is particularly well known for its cantaloupe. When Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 visited, he saw this simple and delicious dessert on sale. It consists of nothing more than soft serve ice cream and sliced cantaloupe served in its rind. I can almost taste it though the computer screen!


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A Collection Of Hilarious Wedding Cake Toppers

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Weddings are nerve wracking enough as it is, so why would the bride and groom want to darken that magical day with the same old boring ceremony leading to the same old reception serving the same old cake?

The wedding ceremony might need to be timed and regulated but the reception is all about having fun, and nothing says fun-loving newlyweds quite like a hilarious cake topper.

There's a topper for the groom who took more than a little convincing to walk down the aisle

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Toppers for the Bridezilla and her Gameroom who can’t get enough of those megasized monster movies

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And a mighty modern topper for the couple who are obsessed with social media

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Why, these toppers almost make the whole wedding experience look like fun! If only the entire ceremony could be one long reception...

Check out the rest of the 17 Hilarious Cake Toppers That Will Make You Laugh here


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How to Steal Pizza

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Dave Hax explains in detail how to get more of the pizza than you should, or more than you are entitled to. This works much better if you are the one bringing it home, or pulling it out of the oven. The only thing the other pizza-eaters can say is, “I thought I told you to order a large.” Then you assure them that you will -next time. -Thanks, Dave!


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Reese’s Pieces Snake Cake

The uncle of redditor Dookalignmike made this cake covered with Reese’s Pieces. Keep in mind the old rhyme to distinguish between a king snake and a coral snake:

Red and yellow, kill a fellow.
Red and black, venom lack.

This one is yellow and orange. But, as redditor PainMatrix points out, if you have a peanut allergy, it’s a poisonous snake.

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15 British Sweets Everyone Should Try

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If your'e a fan of candy (or sweets, as the Brits say), you'll want to check out Anglophenia Episode 22, in which Siobhan Thompson discusses and shows examples of fifteen of the most popular British sweets. There's a decidedly different set of tastes between the cultures. For example, Britain seems to have slightly more of a taste for licorice than the United States. What's your favorite type of candy from a country other than that of your origin? -Via Laughing Squid


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Krispy Kreme Waffles

This is such a perfect and simple recipe! Amy of Oh, Bite It! took fresh Krispy Kreme glazed donuts and stuck them in a waffle iron. That's it. There's no other work involved. You can't screw this up.

Of course, you'll want to treat yourself after preparing this breakfast. Indulge your sweet tooth by adding syrup, chocolate sauce, butter, and jam.

Is there anything that you can't turn into a waffle? We've seen people make waffles with pulled pork, Fruit Loops, brownies, and pizza. Could you make a waffle with a human soul? I bet that would be delicious with blueberry syrup on top.

-via Foodiggity


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2,000 Calories Worth of Food From Various Restaurants

Retaurant: Potbelly | Meal: Orange Mango juice (250), big Italian sandwich with mayonnaise (1,088), chips (220), cookie (420)

The New York Times recently had an article that featured photos of 2,000-calorie meals from various establishments. Some were fast food joints, some were fancier restaurant chains. To those who are newly conscious of nutrition, calorie content, and weight loss/maintenance, these photos may be a wake-up call. Certain restaurant meals contain the entire recommended caloric intake per day (though that varies by a person's weight and exercise level). Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that healthy choices made at home, shown in the photo at bottom, afford a person quite a lot of food per day. There's no need to feel hungry if one makes good food selections. 

See more photographs of 2,000-calorie restaurant meals here.  

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Restaurant: IHOP | Meal: 
Classic Skillet with sausage (1,880), orange juice (110)


Restaurant: Chipotle | Meal: 
Carnitas burrito (945), chips and guacamole (770), Coke (276)Food from home: Yogurt with fruit and nuts (210), toast and jam (85), beef stir-fry and farro (400), diet soda (0), pretzels (220), pear (100), chicken and arugula (490), brussels sprouts and squash (55), water (0), wine (120), cookies (200)

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A Cookbook Featuring Original Recipes Based On Video Game Grub

Have you ever been in the middle of playing a video game and thought “gee, I’m hungry, I could sure go for a bowl of that Dig Rat Stew my character is eating!”

Me neither, but the idea of bringing dishes from video games to life is an interesting one, and the basic concept behind Holly Green’s geeky gamer cookbook Fry Score: An Unofficial Guide To Video Game Grub.

Holly faithfully recreates dishes from our favorite video games, such as Yeto’s Soup from The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess or Apple Cabbage Stew from Skyrim, and by faithfully we mean she makes up her own recipes because most games don’t actually tell you what goes into each dish!

Holly’s inventive recipes sound downright delicious, like her recipe for Yeto’s Superb Soup which she shared with Game Informer here.  Geeky references and great eats- I’m game!

-Via Polygon


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Pulled Pork Waffles Are A Must Have for the New Year

Waffles are one of those perfect foods, but what could make them better? How about pulled pork and barbecue sauce? We're not just talking about a savory waffle with pulled pork inside (which would also be tasty), but a waffle made completely out of pulled pork. 

Instagram's the Vulgar Chef created this amazing monstrosity and even capped it off with bbq sauce, mac n' cheese, and, of course, bacon. He also made a similar creation with beef hash and a Spaghetti-os pizza that looks like vomit but probably tastes like heaven. Be warned though, as the name implies, there is a lot of foul language at the link.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Batcake!


Mike’s Amazing Cakes
 made this cakealicious scaled model of the Batcave, just as it looked in the 1966 Batman television series. This Batcake comes complete with the Batcomputer, an atomic reactor, the handy instant costume change lever and secret entrance, and the Batmobile. There's even little Batman and Robin figures inside the Batmobile, though the car and figures are not edible. The Batmobile is a diecast model which was supplied by the client, and around which the cake was designed. Bat Appetit to Mike's client! 

Read more and see another photo at Between the Pages. -Via i09


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ABC News' Top Ten Recipes of 2014

Herhey Kisses Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you're entertaining over the next few days and are looking for another dish or two to liven up your spread, check out this top ten list that ABC News/Good Morning America whipped up, consisting of the most popular recipes in their database during the past year. From the savory to the super sweet, each recipe looks absolutely delish. See all ten dishes and get the recipes for each here.

ETA:
Cannoli filling recipe seems to be missing, but I found it somewhere else. Try this.
 

Tyler Florence's Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

The Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's cannolis 

 Joe Montana's Dry Rub Chicken Wings


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A Doughy Meal Prepared With Play-Doh Toys

It’s time to take our kitchens back to the days of Play-Doh buffets and Easy Bake Oven cake walks. It's time to return our refined palates to those days when we ate something the lunch lady called stew and chewed on random things we found lying on the playground.

Okay, maybe we shouldn’t take food prep back that far, but Rhett and Link brought a bit of their childhood back for their show Good Mythical Morning by preparing a meal using Play-Doh shapers.

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They created an edible dough akin to Play-Doh out of flour and water, then added colors and assorted fruits and vegetables to make the whole thing more palatable.

The Play-Doh-esque food was supposed to mimic real foods like hot dog buns and spaghetti and meatballs with toast, but in the end kiddie fun food time just couldn’t satisfy their full grown taste buds!

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He’s Packing Heat

Talk about armed and dangerous! This picture was posted at reddit and labeled “Only in Louisiana,” which doesn’t quite make sense because there’s no shortage of hot sauce at any eatery in Louisiana. However, the vest tells us he’s working outside and wants to be ready for any emergency, even lunch.   

You can order a Tabasco holster in denim, although the leather looks nicer. As you can imagine, the conversation under the picture turned to the merits of Tabasco vs. other hot sauces. Several were mentioned, which made me wonder what y’all thought.

Which hot sauce is best?











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Christmas and Hanukkah Rice Krispie Treats

I've previously featured the work of the baker and artist Jessica Siskin, AKA "Mister Krisp." But in the intervening months, my attention drifted away. That's a shame because I missed her reproduction of Kim Kardashian's internet-breaking posterior.

But I have returned to the fold soon enough to see Siskin's fantastic Rice Krispie treat sculptures designed with Christmas and Hanukkah themes. Check out her Instagram feed for more.

-via Make


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Dessert Wine: Wine Ice Cream

A family-owned dairy and creamery in Boonville, New York called Mercer's has developed a way for folks to get both their drink and dessert on simultaneously: wine ice cream. The dessert, which is 5% alcohol by volume, comes in eight flavors: red raspberry chardonnay, peach white zinfandel, riesling, cherry merlot, spice, strawberry sparkling, chocolate cabernet and port. 

Visit the Mercer's website and Facebook page to learn more.

Via: Distractify | Images: Mercer's Dairy


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Deep Fried Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men are an icon of the holiday, but more for their fun distinctive look than for their taste. In fact, many people, myself included, think they are just too dry and cardboard-like most of the time. Fortunately though, these little cookie men have finally been offered a little bit of help in the flavor department with the help of Oh Bite It, where you can find a recipe for deep-fried gingerbread men. In the good old fashioned tradition of "everything's better deep fried, I can't wait to give these suckers an oil bath in my own home.

Via That's Nerdalicious 


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How to Make a Bacon Christmas Tree

These days, people typically chop down evergreen trees to serve as their family Christmas trees. This is a modern convenience that is a substitute for the original practice: cooking and assembling a bacon tree. Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It! shows us how to follow the old ways and make the classic decoration/breakfast.

You'll need 3-4 pounds of bacon. Cut the strips in half, then bake them in muffin pans. Pile them into the shape of a tree, using vanilla or maple cake frosting as an adhesive. Add a bit of decorative flair, such as sprinkles or (my suggestion) even more frosting.


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