Beets have a wonderfully sweet and earthy flavor--like a cross between a carrot and a wild mushroom. Roasting concentrates the natural sugars, making beets a perfect partner for citrus, cheese, and horseradish. Plus, they're the most visually stunning food around. They range from a deep ruby-red to a bright orange-gold to a playful peppermint-candy stripe.
5 Ways to Cook Beets
1. As a spread for crostini: PUREE roasted beets and stir into softened goat cheese; season with salt and pepper. Serve spread with toasted baguette slices.
2. For a crunchy salad: TOSS shaved raw beets, fennel, celery, artichoke hearts, and apples with a Sherry wine vinaigrette.
3. As an omelet filling: WILT beet greens in olive oil and minced garlic; add to an omelet along with crumbled feta cheese.
4. For beet fries: Lightly DUST matchstick-size strips of raw beets with cornstarch. Heat oil to 340 degrees F and fry beets until crisp outside and tender inside.
5. On sandwiches: ADD thinly sliced roasted
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Beets have a wonderfully sweet and earthy flavor--like a cross between a carrot and a wild mushroom. Roasting concentrates the natural sugars, making beets a perfect partner for citrus, cheese, and horseradish. Plus, they're the most visually stunning food around. They range from a deep ruby-red to a bright orange-gold to a playful peppermint-candy stripe.Read More »from 10 Ways to Cook Beets
Despite what some may lead you to believe, not all olive oil is created equal. With distinctly different ones now made in more than 30 countries--from the Old World (Italy, Turkey) to the upstarts (Australia, Chile)--we tasted our way through dozens of bottles to bring you our five favorites from around the globe.Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit's Favorite Olive Oils
Sicily Bright-green Gianfranco Becchina Olio Verde lives up to its description; it's fresh, distinctive, and perfect for dipping. $31 for 500 ml; 888-952-4005; markethallfoods.com
Australia Yellingbo Gold Limited Release works as a delicious finishing oil that's vibrant and balanced. $14 for 250 ml; Whole Foods markets and yellingbo.com
Chile Light and flavorful Olave Organic is a good value, and it's great for cooking. $21 for 1 liter; 718-842-8700; chefswarehouse.com
Corsica La Maison de l'Huile d'Olive is full of olive character; ideal for vegetable sautes. $29 for 500 ml; 800-596-0885; chefshop.com
Turkey Made in a typical, buttery Turkish style, Ta-Ze Erkence is
- bon appétit magazine | Mother's Day – Thu, Apr 29, 2010 3:56 PM EDT
This year, treat the world's best mom (yours!) to a home-cooked breakfast in bed. And what better way to surprise her than to serve it on a beautiful tray? Once you've nailed the perfect menu (see more breakfast and brunch recipes ideas), you can explore your tray options. After all, presentation is key. Check out our top picks!Read More »from 9 Fun Breakfast-in-Bed Trays for Mother's Day
From top, clockwise:
1. Deluxe Bent Wood Bed Tray in walnut, $199, from breakfasttray.com
2. "Le Petit Dej'" breakfast tray, $92, from aplusrstore.com
3. Kartell "Usame" table, $300, from unicahome.com
4. Folding oak serving tray, $80, from dwr.com
5. "Delica Tray Zebrano" tray $99, from conranusa.com
6. Alessi classic rectangular tray, $178, from unicahome.com
7. Macrame tray, $175, from conranusa.com
8. Decorative Things trellis serving tray, $70, from amazon.com
9. Wood stand and tray, $133, from westelm.com
- bon appétit magazine | Mother's Day – Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:27 PM EDT
La Cafetière Ceramic Coffee Press
A pretty, vintage-look French press fitted with a stainless steel filter is an elegant way to make coffee. It holds up to eight cups of your favorite brew.
"Pura" French press in red by La Cafetière; $24; salutwineoutlet.com
Dabney Lee Monogrammed Recipe Box
This sleek "monogrammed" recipe box keeps favorite recipes organized the old-fashioned way, but gussied up with a classic updated look.
Dabney Lee Monogrammed Recipe Box; $80; dabneyleeathome.com
Bram Egyptian Clay Cooker
This terra cotta soup pot is durable enough for the oven and stovetop, and has the perfect Old World-look for a chic table centerpiece.
Bram Egyptian Pot; $92; bramcookware.com
Iacoli & McAllister Cake Stand
These one-of-a-kind pedestals made from vintage candlesticks are gorgeous enough to complement your decadent homemade sweets.
Iacoli & McAllister small yellow mini pedestal; $85; gretelhome.com
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Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us. What's the one thing we bet everyone will serve that day? Guacamole. But will everyone's recipe come courtesy of James Beard Award-winning chef and Mexican cooking expert Rick Bayless? Probably not. Now yours can. After the jump, get the recipe for Bayless's sun-dried tomato guacamole, which his test kitchen director Deb Silberstein said would be her pick for its earthy, smoky flavor. (And since tomatoes aren't in season right now, sun-dried ones are a good stand-in, she says, both in terms of taste and texture.)Read More »from 4 Essential Guacamole Tips from Rick Bayless
You can also find the recipe in his forthcoming cookbook, Fiesta At Rick's, due out in July. Before you start mushing garlic and whacking through avocados, though, here are Bayless's top four tips for the best guacamole ever:
Start ripe. You need ripe avocados. If you bring home still-firm avocados from your local grocery, leave them at room temperature until soft. When the bulbous end of the avocado yields to firm pressure, the avocado is
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Wed, Apr 28, 2010 4:11 PM EDT
"Total chaos, no way to see the race, not even the track...nobody cares. Big lines at the outdoor betting windows, then stand back to watch winning numbers flash on the big board, like a giant bingo game.Read More »from 5 Ways to Cook and Bake with Bourbon for the Kentucky Derby
Old blacks arguing about bets; "Hold on there, I'll handle this" (waving pint of whiskey, fistful of dollar bills); girl riding
piggyback, T-shirt says, "Stolen from Fort Lauderdale Jail." Thousands of teen-agers, group singing "Let the Sun Shine In," ten soldiers guarding the American flag and a huge fat drunk wearing a blue football jersey (No. 80) reeling around with quart of beer in hand."
-Hunter S. Thompson
The above excerpt, from Thompson's 1970 article, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," was considered the first appearance of Gonzo journalism in the author's life, and it is certainly not about a two minute-long horse race. It tells the story of a celebration, or as Thompson puts it, the "vicious, drunken nightmare," of the Kentucky Derby. (Download the full
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 10:13 PM EDT
If you haven't seen Karlie Kloss, you've managed to avoid looking at a fashion magazine, beauty ad, or most of the Internet for the past year. This 17-year-old ballerina booked more Vogue editorials than any other model in the world last year; she has walked the runway for designers like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, Valentino, and Versace; and she was the face of Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola--all of this after being discovered as a 13-year-old kid in St. Louis.Read More »from A Cookie Recipe from Supermodel Karlie Kloss
We were excited to hear that Kloss's hobbies extend to something we could have easily related to as teenagers: baking. Do a little research on the model and you'll discover that she loves cookies just as much as she loves haute couture.
She baked designer Alexander Wang peanut butter cookies once when she came in for a fitting and recently sent a batch of Molasses Sugar Cookies to Teen Vogue editors after the magazine published a cover story on her.
Our friends at Teen Vogue gave the cookies rave reviews and they are
George Prochnik's recent piece in The Daily Beast explores the science behind restaurants' loud music, booming echos, and clattering tables--or as I like to call those things, "Why I'm still hoarse after a night out despite the fact that I don't smoke anymore."Read More »from 3 Reasons Why Restaurants Are So Loud
As it turns out, there are several factors at play:
1) Loud restaurants draw people in. Restaurateurs have found that louder restaurants are perceived as lively and successful. Very few people want to socialize in a silent room. If you're going out to drinks and dinner (and you are not a monk), you want to go somewhere fun, somewhere with energy. And nothing says "fun" like a pounding bass line. Loud spaces are more attractive to customers.
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2) Modern design trends amplify the noise. Think unfinished spaces and naked tables. As Prochnik writes "...we chow down in spaces evocative of an Industrial Revolution sweatshop, or a family-run
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Apr 20, 2010 11:31 PM EDT
There are many places on the web to learn the artistry of seduction, but this rose made from a straw wrapper will work its way to a woman's heart faster than a KFC Double Down Sandwich. Its charming craftsmanship shows you'll take extraordinary steps to impress her. More importantly, you can put the straw into a fresh glass of our Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade, and in 10 minutes, she'll think you're not only the best drink maker and the most creative person she's met, but also one of the best looking.
Check out the step-by-step instructions on making the straw topper here.
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