When I ran across a CNN story about the worst foods to bring on planes, I totally agreed: hard-boiled eggs and tuna salad are the worst when you're stuck in a metal tube for hours.
But thinking back on my plane rides, the only time I can remember being angry about food on a plane is when I got sick trying to eat almonds and read a magazine at the same time. Some of my worst inappropriate-food experiences actually come from other places, and the biggest offenders tend to be people who sneak food into movie theaters.
Chances are, if you're sneaking food into a theater, you're either a) too cheap to buy the candy and popcorn there, or b) you think you're being creative by bringing a picnic to a movie. But we all know that creativity and thrift can easily coalesce into a vortex of obnoxiousness. So next time you decide to combine dinner and a movie, please remember to avoid these three foods. Your crotchety fellow moviegoers will thank you.
1) Leftovers. Many movie theaters are attached
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Fri, Apr 9, 2010 5:42 PM EDT
When I ran across a CNN story about the worst foods to bring on planes, I totally agreed: hard-boiled eggs and tuna salad are the worst when you're stuck in a metal tube for hours.Read More »from 3 Foods You Should Never Sneak Into a Movie Theater
According to the World Watch Institute, 100 billion plastic bags become trash every year in the U.S. The statistics vary from source to source, but the numbers across the board are staggering.Read More »from How to Turn an Old T-Shirt into a New Grocery Bag
As far as old, stained shirts filling landfills go, I found no definitive reports, but I'm sure they can be turned to better use than garbage.
For instance, one great idea is to use them to make your own perforated grocery tote (like the ones used to package grapes).
HOW TO: Between the Lines posted the following nine easy steps with photos so you can soon give your oranges and apples a stretchy, earth-friendly ride back from the market.
What you need:
- an old T-shirt
- matching thread
- a button
- a piece of ribbon
- sewing machine
1. Take an ironed adult size T-shirt, right side out. (You could use a kid's T-shirt for a smaller sized bag).
2. Fold it in half as shown in picture 2.
3. Cut off the sleeves as shown in picture 3 and put them
Lamb has long been overshadowed by its bigger, beefier competition at the butcher counter. But there's no better time for Americans to try this overlooked red meat:Read More »from 3 Reasons You Should be Cooking Lamb
1. Nutrition. Lamb is an excellent source of protein (one serving provides 50 percent of your daily value), vitamin B12 (45 percent of your daily value), and zinc (30 percent of your daily value), and the leaner cuts of lamb have only around 72 to 85 milligrams of cholesterol, which is comparable to chicken.
2. Flavor. As for taste, innovative farming techniques in the last 20 years have allowed farmers to raise more tender lamb (without the gamey flavor your grandmother may remember) year-round, outdoors, cage-free, and without using growth hormones.
4. Versatility. Its mild flavor makes it as versatile in the kitchen as beef; lamb can be broiled, roasted, grilled, baked, or even ground for Lamb Burgers.
How to Buy: Australian lamb is shipped fresh, chilled in vacuum-sealed bags that "wet-age" the cut--a process that
- bon appétit magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Apr 8, 2010 4:27 PM EDT
I'm not one to complain about my skin. As a teenager, I had no serious acne outbreaks that I had to worry about, and I got away with never using any fancy moisturizers or cleansers. Plus I had a mother who encouraged frequent fruit and vegetable consumption. Of course, once I went to college, the sweet tooth I had suppressed for so long went off-the-charts crazy.Read More »from The Truth Behind Excessive Sugar Intake is All Over Your Face
The dining hall in my dorm had a dessert bar fully stocked with cookies, pie, and cake. There was also a soft serve machine--my best friend during finals. (I ate my way through several Styrofoam cupfuls while reading Milton.) Baking at home only cemented my addiction to all things sweet.
This dependency on sugar escorted me from college life to adulthood. I started working at Bon Appétit nearly four years ago and, being the conscientious worker I am, I always volunteered to sample mail-order treats and dessert from our Test Kitchen. And boy, our food editors really know their way around a good dessert.
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Just when we thought that coffee gadgets couldn't get any more outrageous, darkroastedblend.com digs up over-the-top coffee and espresso contraptions that might inspire you to cash out your 401K, or shake your head in disbelief.Read More »from Coffee or Bananas? 3 Crazy-Looking Coffee Makers
1. Elektra Company's vintage espresso machine (pictured above) is R2D2's brassy cousin. Loving the extra room for cup storage, but it doesn't appear to be user friendly for the average coffee-drinker. The user manual must be difficult to get through.
2. esPRESSivo's Portable Espresso Coffee Maker allows you to "press the beans, light up a small flame at the base of the unite to brew your cuppa, and stores the surplus." This is designed for outdoor use, but I can see how it's perfect for the lazy espresso fanatic who wants to do the grinding and extraction--while camped out in front of the television.
3. Heart Bean Coffee Grinder is a purchasable experiment designed by Adi Navwany, Michal Shamsian, Itamar Paloge, and Danielle Ram that grinds beans to the
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Thu, Apr 8, 2010 3:21 PM EDT
A growing number of produce washes sold in grocery stores claim to clean contaminants and dirt from raw produce better than water alone. Usually made from a blend of essential oils and plant extracts, produce washes are applied directly to fruits and vegetables and rinsed under running water. But do these washes make raw produce safer than plain water does?Read More »from Do "Produce Washes" Clean Fruit Better than Water?
"For the most part, washes that use all-natural, organic ingredients won't hurt you," says Shelley Feist of the Partnership for Food Safety Education. In other words, avoid washes that are detergent or chemical-based, since any residue affects the flavor of food and can actually cause stomach upset when ingested. However, while natural produce washes may be safer, it hasn't been definitively proven that they clean better than water. The FDA recommends washing all raw produce with water, using a vegetable scrub brush on firm-skinned produce like cucumbers, and drying with a paper towel.
"Peeling the skin from fruit and removing the
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that's easy to prepare and fun to eat. Its taste is a reminder of springtime-fresh, clean, and light. That's why it's such a good accompaniment to any meat or pasta dish. On its own, steamed asparagus can be eaten chilled, warm, or hot, with or without a sauce on the side.How to Buy
Whether you're buying thick, thin, or medium asparagus, choose firm, bright-green stalks with tight tips and moist ends. The best season for fresh asparagus is February through June.How to Use
Because asparagus is grown in sandy soil, you should wash the spears and remove any grit from the tips. If the stems are thick, use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer.How to Store
Asparagus is best eaten fresh; if that's not possible, store it in the refrigerator standing upright in a container of water, like you would keep flowers, but covered in a plastic bag.
Related:Read More »from Spring Guide: Asparagus 101
In Date Night, Carell stars as a man desperate for a romantic evening out with his wife, played by Tina Fey. The couple steals a reservation at a popular Manhattan bistro, which kicks off more thrills than the duo bargained for. But had his character taken advice from the real-life Carell, he'd know that sometimes all you need for true romance is beer and pretzels.
What was your most memorable date night?
The first date I had with my wife. We went to Green Mill, a well-known bar in Chicago. I believe we ordered beer and pretzels.
Have you ever cooked a romantic dinner for your wife?
I love my wife dearly, and, therefore, I've never cooked a meal, romantic or otherwise, for her. Keep in mind that we've only been married for 14 years-there's no need to rush these things.
What do you consider an aphrodisiac or romantic food?
I find pork chops with those little white underpants around the bottom to be very romantic.
What's your favorite dish to make atRead More »from Bon AppÃ©tit's Q&A with Steve Carell
Also known as globe artichokes, these prickly veggies are actually edible flower buds in the thistle family. They grow on stalks, with a large bud at the top and smaller ones below. The smallest buds are sold as "baby artichokes." (Sunchokes, which also go by the misleading name of Jerusalem artichokes, come from an unrelated plant-a variety of sunflower.)
How to Buy:
Artichokes are available year round, but they peak between March and May. Look for buds that are heavy for their size with a tight leaf formation. The leaves should squeak when you press them together, but avoid buds that look too dry. As for color, a browning isn't good, but a slight discoloration caused by frost is okay. Small artichokes are often more tender; rounder bulbs have larger hearts.How to Store:
Keep artichokes unwashed in the fridge for up to 4 days. Wash just before you cook them. Covered and refrigerated, cooked artichokes will last up to 3 days.How to Trim:
Trimming artichokes takesRead More »from Spring Guide: Artichokes 101
You may soon be able to buy everything from food to tabletop products to kitchenware on your favorite brands' Facebook pages thanks to tech companies that want to turn Facebook into a one-stop shopping mall.Read More »from Would You Go Grocery Shopping on Facebook?
According to a post on the technology blog TechCrunch, two companies have developed platforms that allow vendors--for example, Whole Foods (see above)--to add a storefront to their Faceboook page. Take BigCommerce, a company that builds eCommerce sites and today announced a new Facebook app called SocialShop. Companies can use SocialShop (at a monthly fee) to add a "shop" link to their Facebook fan page, then load in their eCommerce store's URL (the eCommerce store is also powered by BigCommerce). Then Facebook visitors can browse the company's products and share products with friends (viral spread!), but the transaction itself happens on company's eCommerce website.
Watch this video to see how it works:
The interesting part isn't where you'd buy your groceries, entirely. The