Last week we tasted 34 different kinds of store-bought dip. It was chip-dunking madness! We lined a long conference table with numbered cups of dip, spread potato chips on one end, tortilla chips on the other, and got to work ranking our most and our least favorite.
Most of us still feel a little sick. We didn't love any of them. Now more than ever we recommend a homemade dip for your Super Bowl Sunday.
See our Top 10 Dips Recipes
But we know there's game-day party time crunch. So we are pleased to present you the results of our blind taste test and we're eager to get your feedback on our selections. --Emily Fleischaker
Bean- and Cheese-Based Dips
1. Trader Joe's Taco Seasoned Beef, Bean, Cheese
"most complex [of them all]," "nice balance of cilantro, cheese, onion, beef, and bean," "not as bad as I thought," "tastes like Taco Bell Mexican pizza :)," "tastes homemade."
2. Tostitos Salsa con Queso Medium
"gotta love regular cheese dip," "standard cheese dip but not too spicy
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Feb 2, 2010 9:56 PM EST
Last week we tasted 34 different kinds of store-bought dip. It was chip-dunking madness! We lined a long conference table with numbered cups of dip, spread potato chips on one end, tortilla chips on the other, and got to work ranking our most and our least favorite.Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit Taste Test: 10 Best and Worst Dips for the Super Bowl
Bon Appétit's taken this humble combination way beyond basic.
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Biodynamic farming, a holistic approach that bans the use of pesticides and artificial additives, produces wine in a sustainable way. It's better for the environment and better for your conscience. Here are five biodynamic wines to try.Read More »from 5 Green Wines to Uncork
Gemtree Vineyards 2008 "Tadpole" Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, $11
This hearty Aussie red has blackberry and chocolate notes with floral aromas, and would be a good match with beef or lamb.
Marc Kreydenweiss 2006 "Perriyres," Costiyres de Nimes, France, $17
This earthy red from the south of France is made from Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan. Try it with braised meat dishes.
Bonny Doon 2008 Ca' del Solo Albarino, Monterey County, California, $20
Made from a Spanish variety of grape, this fruity white wine has citrus, almond, and ginger notes. Great with Asian food.
Pierre Morey 2007 Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy, $20
A bright and fruity white with crisp acidity that shows the lighter side of Burgundy. And you can't beat French
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Mon, Feb 1, 2010 6:20 PM EST
Not that we dieters should care, but that's a Chocolate Stout Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting.A study out of Stanford University seems to prove what my office vending machine has known for years: that people are more likely to give into temptations--like fattening food--when their brain is hard at work on other tasks.Read More »from Why Your Diet Is Hard to Keep (and 5 Recipes to Help)
(The details of the study hold more credibility than a machine that often refuses to drop a package of Pop-Tarts for $1.25, so read on.)
Stanford University professor Baba Shiv divided several dozen undergraduates into two groups. One group was asked to remember a two-digit number, the other group was asked to remember a seven-digit number. Then each person had to walk down the hall to another room, all the while remembering their number. Along the way, they were interrupted and offered a snack, either a slice of chocolate cake or a bowl of fruit salad.
Here's the crazy part: The people with two digits in their head almost always chose fruit. Those trying to remember seven digits almost always chose cake. The seven-digit students were more than twice as likely
Every Valentine's Day, one question looms over the heads of modern-day Lotharios wielding a wooden spoon: What do women want to eat for a romantic meal?Read More »from What Do Women Want to Eat on Valentine's Day?
We asked our female Facebook buddies what they hope to see on their dinner plates come February 14th. The results showed that our readers want to get down and dirty with decadent meals. Luxurious seafood; a hearty, meaty main; and dessert (of course) were the most common requests. Did I forget to mention the Champagne?
So if you're cooking for your lady, leave the Romaine lettuce at the market and go home with some fresh oysters, red meat, and bubbly. Here are a few ideas from our readers:
-Dawn Renee Skaien of Santa Barbara, California tells us that she would want "a black and blue filet mignon with a balsamic reduction, Australian lobster tail, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach."
-Another reader, Cathy Negus, couldn't be happier with a feast of "shrimp bisque to start" followed by a "medium-rare duck breast with
It's an unbreakable pattern: Every night 10pm swings around and I crave something sweet. I'm trying to reverse the tolls of holiday indulgence, like everyone else it seems, so I removed all temptations from my pantry. But since the latke- and cookie-filled days of December, I'm tortured by cravings. And when I do succumb, a few cupcakes here and there go down much too easily.Read More »from 10 Smart Cures for a Sweet Tooth
So I'm giving up. I have a new plan. I embrace my sweet tooth, but I feed it mindfully and in small doses. Keeping a few relatively healthful treats around seems to help. (At least I've stopped maniacally searching for any leftover Hanukkah gelt around the house ... because that just made me feel crazy.)
Here are some ideas from our recipe archives:
1. Cranberry and Vanilla Bean Sorbet
Here's a clean, bright dessert that makes a great finish to any meal and can be prepared days ahead. Plus, who knew that mellow vanilla would go so beautifully with tangy cranberries?
2. Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
- bon appétit magazine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 27, 2010 5:53 PM EST
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Food Writer and Oyster Expert
Jacobsen has made the world his oyster by traveling up and down the coasts of North America sampling every variety between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of A Geography of Oysters, a definitive history and guide to the bivalve in North America. Here, he shares the raw truth about his favorite subject.
What should an oyster taste like?
Like the sea. Like your most vibrant childhood memory of waves crashing on the rocks at the coast on a blustery fall day. Or, to quote the French poet Léon-Paul Fargue, "Like kissing the sea on the lips."
Are oysters considered a sustainable and green food?
By all means. Oyster farms are beneficial to estuaries, and oysters eat algae, which helps clear the water. Also, shell beds provide a habitat for many small species. Oysters are considered a keystone species.
What should one look for when buying oysters?
Oysters in a shop should have their shells tightly closed. They
This year, your a capella version of "Bowm Chika Bowm Bowm" may not cut it. In that case, try these eight songs to help convey your affection for your valentine.
1. Sarah Vaughan/ IT'S CRAZY
Like love, Grammy Hall of Famer Sarah Vaughan's voice fluctuates in range but remains sublime. In this 1954 swinging number about amorousness unhinged, her engaging vocals are matched only by Clifford Brown's nimble trumpeting.
2. Shuggie Otis/ INSPIRATION INFORMATION
Depart with your lover on this psychedelic, soulful-funk flight of passion and wallow together in its airy melodies.
3. Chris Knox/ NOT GIVEN LIGHTLY
In this New Zealander's ode to devotion, pleasant strumming overlays subtle distortion-a fitting backdrop for lyrics about unfaltering allegiance undeterred by occasional gritty moments.
4. The Mojo Men/ SIT DOWN, I THINK I LOVE YOU
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Jan 26, 2010 11:49 PM EST
Cooking a Valentine's Day dinner for your special someone? Good for you! Seal the deal with these nine easy tips. vday man in kitchen.jpg
1. Have a plan
There are times for spontaneous culinary improvisation, but this is not one of them. Yeah, they cobble something together with pretzels and half a jar of pickle relish every week on Iron Chef, but someone always loses. That would be you. Figure out your menu before the event.
2. Go with what you know
How confident are you in the kitchen? Not so much? I'd leave the gigot farci en croute for another time, and stick to dishes you can easily figure out. A simple, well-made dish served with confidence is always better than a noble attempt buried in wreckage.
3. Map it outRead More »from Valentine's Day 101: How to Seal the Deal with a Meal
What are you going to make? Read through your recipes and make sure you can make them, have all the implements on hand, and that they don't compete for oven time, counter space, or attention at the same time. Print out your recipes and tape them above your work surface
Feeling the pinch this Valentine's Day does not mean you have to literally tighten your belt. You and your sweetheart can still enjoy a few luxuries-like caviar, truffles, pâté, and bubbly-without breaking the bank. In our guide, sustainable American caviar substitutes for the pricey imported variety, versatile truffle oil takes the place of scarce shavings, and DIY chicken liver pâté fills in for foie gras. And whether you decide to splurge or save, each item comes with some tips to make sure you get your money's worth.Read More »from 6 ways to impress for less on Valentine's Day
Splurge: Imported Caviar (around $150 per ounce)
Steal: American Caviar (around $20 per ounce)
Caviars from the Caspian and Black seas are considered the finest in the world, but environmental concerns have severely limited their availability in the United States. As a result, imported caviar is either illegal or astronomically expensive. Even if you can splurge on the fancy stuff, there are still sustainability concerns: Some sturgeon populations that produce