Before you reach for a sponge to clean dishes after dinner, there are a few things you should know. A sponge is heaven for germs--its moist, soft nooks are a safe home for yeasts, molds, and bacteria.
According to the USDA, if you really want to use a sponge in the kitchen, you will need to clean--nay, disinfect--it first.
Here are three ways to do it:
1. Zap it in the Microwave. Nuking a sponge on high power for 30 seconds kills almost all bacteria. But make sure the sponge is damp so it doesn't catch fire.
2. Wash it in the Dishwasher. As long as you include the drying cycle--and provided the dishwashing water is 140º F or higher--dishwashing sponges to sanitize them is just as effective as microwaving.
3. Soak it in Bleach or Lemon Juice. It's better than nothing, but soaking can still leave enough bacteria to cause illness.
The safest way of all to keep kitchen counters clean? Expunge the sponge and use disposable wipes or paper towels instead. This isn't the greenest
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Jan 26, 2010 10:16 PM EST
Before you reach for a sponge to clean dishes after dinner, there are a few things you should know. A sponge is heaven for germs--its moist, soft nooks are a safe home for yeasts, molds, and bacteria.Read More »from Your sponge could be making your dinner dishes dirtier...
- bon appétit magazine | Valentines Day – Mon, Jan 25, 2010 9:15 PM EST
"Be Mine." "Kiss Me." "Sweet Talk." Nothing signals Cupid's arrival quite like conversation hearts. This year, thanks to the landslide results of an online survey in which the candy's manufacturer solicited suggestions for new messages, one in 80 candy hearts will say, "Tweet Me."Read More »from Conversation hearts change up their phrases and flavors for the first time ever
Isn't that modern. But did you know just how vintage these 144-year-old candy hearts are?
We'll give you a short (and sweet) history lesson: The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) debuted their Sweethearts Conversation Hearts in the 1800s. Originally called "motto hearts," their precursor was a trendy fortune cookie-like treat sold during the Civil War called a "cockle," which had printed phrases rolled up inside its scallop-shaped shell. Printing words directly on the candy was the bright idea of Daniel Chase, the brother of NECCO's founder. He also invented the machine that both pressed red vegetable coloring on the candy dough and cut the shapes. The new candies were a hit, especially wedding-day
- bon appétit magazine | Valentines Day – Fri, Jan 22, 2010 10:52 PM EST
A childhood favorite grows up, just in time for Valentine's Day. Related: Tips for Valentine's Day on a Budget 17 of Bon Appétit's Sexiest Dishes Top 10 New Romantic Getaways Family Valentine's Day Dinner for 4 More from Bon Appétit: Best Restaurant Dishes for Under
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Fri, Jan 22, 2010 8:57 PM EST
What's your chocolate craving? Creamy, crunchy, milky, dark -- we've got them all.
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Yesterday we told you what our readers reach for in their pantries to boost the deliciousness of their homemade chili. Today we want to talk toppings. After all, nailing down what goes into chili is a good start, but garnish is equally important. So we asked our readers what chili toppings they love.Read More »from What's Your Favorite Chili Topping?
Can't beat super sharp cheddar and homemade cornbread
Sour cream and cheese and a little Tabasco
Cheese, onions and crushed Fritos!
-Leigh Ramert Batten
I warm up with extra-extra hot chili; secret ingredient is SPICY HOT olives.
Roasted garlic cloves or a big spoonful of f-- e Greek yogurt! It gives a tangy punch to the spicy chili instead of sour cream.
Turkish style yogurt mint sauce could be great. Use dried mint, put some butter in little saut� pan, melt it, then add dried mint leaves, just 10 seconds then let it cool down. Mix it with yogurt. Enjoy it!
Have you resolved to eat more greens this year? Start now, with four great winter salad ideas--from the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen--that you can enjoy today.
Toss very thinly sliced cabbage (or buy a bag of the presliced stuff) with chopped green onions, chopped fresh cilantro, a minced serrano chile, a mounded spoonful of mayo, and a drizzle of fresh lime juice.
Combine baby spinach leaves with chopped dried figs, crumbled blue cheese, and spiced pecans. Toss with a Sherry vinaigrette.
Make a quick white wine vinaigrette; mix in a pressed garlic clove. Marinate paper-thin slices of red onion in the dressing while you steam some green beans just until crisp-tender. Toss the beans with the onions and dressing.
Mix arugula leaves with chopped radicchio and endive. Toss with a red wine vinaigrette. Top with Parmesan cheese shavings.
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Love food? Hate being half- or fully-naked in public? Does deciding what to wear each day cause you heaps of unnecessary stress? Don't worry, like your mother, I've decided to lay out your wardrobe for the week. (Note: You'll have to figure out the pants on your own.) --Barrett BaffertRead More »from A T-Shirt Guide for Food Fanatics
Sure, you miss the weekend. Hoo doesn't? But it's nothing a little coffee can't cure. Hoot Night Owl ($18)
Maybe it's a statement that ties industrialized agriculture to the homogenized American workplace. Or maybe it's just a shirt that looks cool. Children of the Qwerty ($18)
Suddenly the weekend doesn't seem light years away. The Milky Way ($18)
Yes, wearing milk-themed shirts on consecutive days is risky. And, yes, the shirt itself is a bit risqué. But wait until they get a load of Friday's... You've Got Some Splaining To Do ($18)
Yep, you went there! And you know what, you're right: Unicorn is delicious. Unicorn Meat ($20)
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Is it possible to ski with hand warmers stuffed inside of your sleeves, shirt, and pant legs?Read More »from 5 Cozy Soups in 35 Minutes or Less
There are some people who like to subject themselves to cold weather activities even during record-breaking winters. I've got some of those people in my life, so I'm going skiing in Vermont this weekend. It will be delightful. But it will also be very, very cold.
As I mentioned, I plan to take enough hand warmers to pad my entire body. But I'd also like to combat the cold from the inside out. So I'm packing these quick soup recipes.
A quick note: In collecting these recipes, I noticed that quick soups tend to require one or all of the following things--olive oil, butter, onions (or shallots), and stock (chicken or vegetable). These are all typical pantry staples, but they're especially helpful to have around if you're interested in quick soup.
Soup recipes that come together in 35 minutes or less:
Corn and Crab Chowder
Five-Spice Beet Soup
Chicken and Hominy Soup
In 1967, the Topps company released a series of collectible trading cards called Wacky Packs that were parodies of popular consumer product brands and packaging. Now you can buy larger-than-life versions of the designs as wall decals.
The images poke fun at some of the country's best-known food brands by reimagining their packaging. "Smucker's" becomes "Smoocher's: Sticky jam for longer kisses" and "Dr. Pepper" is "Dr. Peeper: Soda for sneaks."
As pun-loving editors, we can't help but fall for their silly jokes and funky old-school graphics.
The removable and reusable decals will stick to walls, windows, or ceilings and vary in price depending on the size (starting at about $15).
Check out all of the available designs and purchase them through LTL prints.
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You may have seen the headline: A new study says that eating fatty or processed foods may contribute to depression and anxiety.Read More »from Could Eating a Burger Make You Depressed?
Well as they say, no kidding Sherlock. (Actually they don't say that exactly, but I avoided the foul alliteration.)
As an avid media consumer, I am bombarded with information about how healthy eating will improve my life: Drinking tea could make me live longer; less meat means more energy; and if I choose Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast over regular Cheerios--too much sugar--I should just stick my head under my pillow and call the day a wash.
So really, it's hard not to feel depressed when I buckle and scarf down a delicious cheeseburger or rip into a bag of nachos. Did I mention that burger was delicious? Okay, but now I feel guilty and anxious.
I saw this headline and thought, "How in the world did they come to that conclusion . . . scientifically."
A team at the University of Melbourne, Australia studied 1,046 randomly selected women aged 20-93 over a