The Muppets' Swedish Chef is serving up his Swéédéé Méétéé Bøøls at a Food Truck Festival when celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shows up. A challenge? It's a food fight! At least Ramsay does his own bleeps in this -after all, it is the Muppets! -via Boing Boing
Poutine is a Québécois dish consisting of gravy and cheese curd over French fries. It’s popular in Canada, where it’s eaten as fast food and a comfort food. McDonald’s restaurants in Quebec sell it. But now the company plans to make poutine available in all McDonald’s outlets throughout Canada. A serving will cost $3.99
I’ve had poutine once. It’s not available in restaurants in my part of Texas, so I had to make it myself. That wasn’t easy, as I could find cheese curd at only one specialty food store. It was delicious! I promised my wife that I would save half of it for her, but…well….
Preparing a holiday meal is a pain in the neck, and often results in the cook(s) being reduced to a frazzled, grumpy mess. But is it worth all the hassle and bad vibes? Wouldn’t you love to simply crack open a tin full of holiday meal and dig right in? Well, your prayers have been answered, the Christmas Tinner is here!
Packed full of layers of goodness, this colorful ready to eat can of Christmas cheer will make meal preparation a snap, and there’s something for everyone so your friends and family members will have their ferocious holiday hungers sated the easy way.
We've already featured a few cool cakes from the Bake Christmas Wish Fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation (like the Hogswatch and Frozen ones), but when they are all so fantastic looking, it's hard not to keep posting them. This particularly lovely gingerbread Hogwarts Castle from Harry Potter was created by Mimicafe Union in New York and it looks just about as magical as the one in the films.
This second photo shows just how impressive the detailing is on the castle.
If you've ever eaten at a serve-yourself buffet, you're probably glad to see a transparent sneeze guard between other people's faces and your food. Surprisingly, the sneeze guard isn't all that old. While smorgasbord restaurants became popular in America in the late 1930s, the sneeze guard was patented in 1959! It was the invention of restauranteur Johnny Garneau.
“Being the germaphobe that he was, he couldn’t stand people going down the Smorgasbords smelling things and having their noses too close to the food,” Barbara Kelley, one of five of Garneau’s children says. “He said to his engineers, ‘We have to devise something—I don’t want these people sneezing on the food.”
It's a comforting thought to know that the guy who owns the restaurant in which you are eating is a germaphobe. But while the sneeze guard was Garneau's most famous innovation, it wasn't his only one. On one of his restaurants, he delivered drinks to patrons at the other end of the bar by model train! Read about Garneau and how he developed the sneeze guard at Smithsonian's Food and Think blog.
Disney’s newest animated smash hit Frozen has inspired artists from all over the world to try their hand at making something shaped like one of the stars of the film. The favorite subjects so far are, of course, Olaf the Snowman and Sven the reindeer, mostly because both characters are just so darn cute!
UK cake wizard Laura Miller liked the characters so much that she decided to immortalize them in batter and sweet fondant for the Bake a Christmas Wish fundraiser, and they look good enough not to eat! She even included a process photoset so you can get an idea of what goes into making a cake look this adorable.
Love Sriracha? Love bacon? Then you'll love the new burgers from Southern California burger chain Slater's 50/50 (known for the all bacon burger and the nacho burger). Their new Sriracha burger features a half bacon and half ground beef patty combined with Sriracha, topped with Sriracha-filled coleslaw, pepperjack cheese, Sriracha-glazed bacon, Sriracha mayo, mushrooms sauteed in Sriracha and a nice drizzle of Sriracha just to make sure you mouth is on fire.
The burger hits the menu on December 9th, so if you just can't get enough rooster sauce, head out to Slater's and try it for yourself.
Many of you will undoubtedly see this cake and wonder why the heck Death is suddenly dressed like Santa Claus and what all this "Hogfather" nonsense is. But, if you're familiar with Terry Pratchett's Discworld, then you'll not only recognize this cake, but also immediately recognize how amazing it is.
The cake was made by Ciccio Cakes for the Bake A Christmas Wish fundraiser to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. You ought to check out more of the fundraiser's great cakes, which includes a fantastic Frozen one as well.
The world-famous, beloved, and OMG sooo delicious Oreo cookie celebrated its 100th birthday last year -on my birthday, March 6th! Coincidence? No food in the universe has given me the amount of joy and pleasure during my lifetime as Oreos and milk.
Oreos are the best-selling cookies in the world. They were the best-selling cookies of the 20th century, and this honor has carried on strong into the 21st century.
In 1912, consumers wanted an English-style biscuit (cookies are called "biscuits" in England) and the Oreo cookie was created to meet this demand. The "Oreo Biscuit" was first developed by the National Biscuit Company, today known as Nabisco. The Oreo was originally created and launched as an imitation of the Hydrox cookie manufactured by the Sunshine company in 1908.
The first Oreos were manufactured at the company's Chelsea factory in New York City, located on 9th Avenue, between 15th and 16th Street. Today, this 9th Avenue block is known as "Oreo Way."
In the early years, Oreo buyers had the choice of vanilla cream filling and lemon cream. The lemon cream centers were soon abandoned and the vanilla cream center has remained the Oreo trademark.
An Oreo is 29% cream and 71% cookie. The Oreo design features 12 flowers encircling the Oreo name. It takes 90 minutes to make a single Oreo and each cookie has 90 ridges.
Who coined the word "Oreo" is unknown; in fact, the name itself is shrouded in mystery.
If you couldn't tell already, we at Neatorama love pumpkin-flavored stuff and other holiday flavors. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust are no exception -after all, pumpkin cheesecake is great and pretty popular this time of year, but there's no excuse to stop the holiday flavors with just pumpkin and its spices. Nor should you limit your crust options to simply graham crackers. Crushed gingersnaps blended with melted butter are a much better, more flavorful option.
Essentially, this Cooking on the Front Burner recipe is like getting to enjoy gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie all in one heavenly cheesecake-y bite.
You can get vodka flavored with peppermint, fruit, even chocolate and marshmallows …but if you don't want anything that reminds you of sweetness, here's one that might be right up your alley. UV Vodka introduces their UV Sriracha Vodka. Recommended for inclusion in a Bloody Mary or in one of their other recipes. Prepare your digestive system! -via Laughing Squid
Let's cook. No, not meth. Just gingerbread, but then let's go ahead and frost it and cover it with blue rock candy so it looks like it has two drug dealers and their product.
Walt and Jesse look pretty adorable in this ginerbread house by Sugar Plum Cake Shop, but I love the DEA snowman the most (and the cotton candy fumes from the motorhome). He's so adorably unthreatening. While this cake was almost certainly made to be a promotion for the company, there's nothing wrong with that when it's this delightfully sweet.
The food and coupon blog My Kansas City Mommy made these sweet-looking summer treats back in 2011 in order to promote a giveaway contest. There’s not much information about the burgers, but you can find a full recipe for the watermelon here.
It’s a lot more than just Rice Krispie treats with food coloring. To make your own, you’ll need strawberry-flavored marshmallows, watermelon/cherry drink mix and lime drink mix. The seeds can be either chocolate chips or raisins.
Ravelry member KnitsForLife made this unique crust for her Thanksgiving apple pie. She took a semi-frozen Trader Joe’s pie crust, sliced it into strips and then knitted a lattice structure for the pie top. If this becomes a popular dish, then craft supply stores should start stocking pie crusts!
Why give someone an ordinary old paper business card when you can give them a beef jerky one? Sure most people won't want to hold beef jerky in their wallet and even fewer people will find it useful as actual food, but it sure sends an interesting message -one that says "I really wish you'd eat my contact information rather than actually using it to contact me."
Of course, it's important to remember Meat Cards are only edible for up to one year, so if you haven't given them all out about 11 months after you ordered them, you probably better enjoy a delicious feast of business cards.
Did you buy a little more pumpkin than you needed this Thanksgiving? Then try using it for something else -like this delicious pumpkin tres leches cake from Willow Bird Baking. For those unfamiliar with tres leches cake, it's translated into "three milks cake," meaning it's soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream, making it rich, gooey and delicious. Now, just imagine adding pumpkin and a whipped icing into the mix and you can imagine just how heavenly this cake just might be -sort of like a pumpkin pie a la mode.
I'll be honest, I was a little hesitant to write about these Lord of the Rings cake pops at first because I'm a little over the whole cake pop thing. That is, until I saw that the bakers, Let Them Eat Cake Pops, made this amazing Bormir meme of their own pop. It is hard not to laugh at something this delightfully silly, even if you want to eat it at the same time.
All of these fantastic cake pops do look super realistic though, as do their wonderful Walking Dead pops that feature not only the living characters but also a few walkers.
At family gatherings I am the undisputed head chef and I typically steer away from what is considered traditional for the occasion and let my culinary imagination run wild. I'm not always successful but my mom, brother, and sister are always happy to help/eat.
And then grandma moved in.
I love grandma and as the matriarch grandma gets what grandma wants. Even if it means a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
To satisfy my need to be different and in charge I made pink mashed potatoes and invited a pack of pandas to join the party. Here is our Panda Thanksgiving in pictures.
Have you ever wished you could eat a picture of your wife, kids, pets, family or even yourself? Well, now you can thanks to Boomf, the company that allows you to print any picture of your choice on marshmallows. Just upload your Instagram pics to the site and bam -you can put any picture inside your delicious hot chocolate. Right now you can only get things shipped to the UK, but you can sign up to have the company email you when they start shipping to other companies.
Cranberry sauce, French silk pie and pecan pie make for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, they're all so filling. Fortunately, there's always room for Jell-O, especially when it is filled with boozy goodness. Best of all, they can all be topped with whipped cream, just like real slices of pie so you get the full flavor and fulfilment of dessert all while drinking at the same time. Tablespoon has all the directions you need to make these a reality for your Thanksgiving meal -just make sure you make them early enough to give the Jell-O time to set.
Cinnamon rolls are always are great breakfast option, especially during the winter. But if you want something really seasonal, try tweaking the recipe a touch like Crazy For Crust did with this great gingerbread spice cinnamon rolls with a maple frosting. Of course, if you're like most of us Neatorama writers, then you probably wouldn't mind making one change to the recipe -working a little bacon in there whether crumbled on top or baked in the middle of the roll itself. Especially because maple and bacon are so good together.
The Thanksgiving feast has always been about extravagance, but at one time the custom was to go out to a restaurant instead of cooking it yourself. This was mainly during the Gilded Age (1870-1900), when fancy restaurants opened in American cities. It may seem strange to us now, but consider that the Pilgrims didn't eat at home with the family -they had a massive community feast to celebrate the harvest.
It seems to have been during the Gilded Age when the Thanksgiving banquet at the luxury hotel or restaurant first became popular. This coincided with a general movement into fashionable new restaurants by the upper class. “Before then, you stayed home because you didn’t want the riffraff to see what you were doing,” says Evangeline Holland, a social historian who writes about the late Victorian and Edwardian periods on her website edwardianpromenade.com “But with the rise of the nouveau riche, people in England started dining out at restaurants and Americans followed suite.”
What better day to flaunt what you had than on Thanksgiving? “With the Gilded Age, everything is over the top,” says Stephen O’Neill, associate director and curator of collections at Pilgrim Hall Museum. “Thanksgiving is very much a celebration of abundance, so I think they sort of used that as an excuse to promote these extravagantly large dinners.”
The affairs were held at such famous, luxury hotels and restaurants as the Vendome, Delmonico’s and the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Even luxury cruise ships got into the act, offering elaborate Thanksgiving Day dinners to their seaborne passengers. The upper crust in smaller communities had them, as well, usually at the fanciest place in town.
The custom tapered off, particularly during the Great Depression and World War II. Somewhere along the line, the idea of home and family came to be associated with Thanksgiving dinner, but it was not always so. Read more about the extravagant offerings of the poshest hotels and restaurants of the time at Smithsonian's Food and Think blog.
What's better than boring old pumpkin pie? Well, if you're a fan of cookies or cheesecake, you might just prefer these delicious pumpkin cheesecake stuffed cookies from Tahnycooks! They even feature a delicious maple sugar glaze on top to tie all those wonderful flavors together. While everyone will expect pie on Thanksgiving, it doesn't hurt to have a few other dessert options, and with something this rich and delicious, they are certain to be a hit.
S’more season (that’s all year) is upon us! Niko Triantafillou visited the Macaron Parlour in the East Village of New York City for an appropriate snack. That bakery is locally famous for its exotic macarons, including the Cheeto macaron.
Although Cheetos are a traditional Thanksgiving food, the Macaron Parlour has prepared a treat for a more modern palate: the s’mores-stuffed donut.This graham cracker-topped donut is filled with a mixture of marshmallow and chocolate ganache. Yummy!
A Snickers bar consists of nougat, caramel and peanuts covered with milk chocolate. Little B. doesn’t stay completely true to that design, but her fudge bars certainly look like them and would be delicious.
The bottom layer consists of milk chocolate, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. The second layer has marshmallow crème, peanut butter, evaporated milk, butter and peanuts. The third layer has melted caramel cubes mixed with heavy cream. Finally, the entire confection is topped with a layer of milk chocolate, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Yummy!
If you love the TV show Bob's Burgers than you know that the Burger of the Day sign is one of the best running gags on the show. Aside from delightfully terrible puns, they also often have bizarre ingredient combinations, that often sound outrightly awful. Of course, on occassion they actually sound pretty amazing -save for the terrible puns.
That's why it's so great to see The Bob's Burger Experiment, a site dedicated to replicating all of the burgers on the show. While they only have a few pages of burgers so far, they started with some of the best, like the Pepper Don't Preach above, featuring black pepper and garlic topped with a creamy raspberry chevre and diced cherry peppers, and the So Much Thyme, So Little Parsley Burger below that has a mixture of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, gruyere cheese, and parsley and is served with a time salad.