Turkey CakeIt's a Thanksgiving turkey best served cold. Baskin-Robbins is bringing back the Turkey Cake, a glazed confection first introduced in 1976.
The seventies weren't exactly a heyday for desserts. See Jell-O salads for proof. But the Turkey Cake—glazed in caramel and stuffed with ice cream—has its share of loyalists.
On first inspection, the limited edition dessert looks like it could be another gelatinous recipe garnished with cabbage leaves, or even a lacquered version of a turkey dinner in a dusty old diner menu. But looks can be deceiving.
The cake, which serves up to 10 people and costs $32.99, can be customized with one or two Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, before it's glazed in a sweet caramel shell. The shell, by the way came in 2008, when the turkey cake was re-introduced. With the modern incarnation, even the drumstick tips are edible—they're actually sugar cones.
Turkey legIf you're not prepared to be that guy that brought that cake to Thanksgiving dinner, you can still
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Nov 14, 2012 1:25 PM EST
Turkey CakeIt's a Thanksgiving turkey best served cold. Baskin-Robbins is bringing back the Turkey Cake, a glazed confection first introduced in 1976.Read More »from Baskin-Robbins' Turkey Cake: Delicious or Disturbing?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 13, 2012 12:32 PM EST
Newlyweds Michael Bof and Cynthia Reese. (Photos:Mark Riggs/Akron General) Last week, an Ohio hospital transformed into a full-service wedding hall for a pregnant patient's special day. Nurses became wedding planners, patients provided bridal accessories, and the gift shop catered the whole affair. Just hours later, the bride became a patient again when the staff delivered her baby.
It wasn't every bride's fantasy venue, but for Cynthia Reese it was perfect.
"Everything went so well with the wedding, that the baby wanted to come see it too," joked the exhausted new mom during a phone interview with Yahoo! Shine.
Reese, 27, was seven months pregnant last Monday when her water broke.
"I was mopping up the floor at work when it happened," says the Aeropostale sales assistant. "It was really terrifying."
She immediately checked in to Akron General Medical Center for fetal monitoring as doctors tried to slow down her contractions. She was put on bed rest and checked into the hospital for the duration of her pregnancy. The biggest concern forRead More »from Bride Weds in Bedsheet Gown at Hospital Before Delivering Her Baby. Now That's a Wedding.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 12, 2012 7:36 PM EST
(Getty Images)There are so many questions that need to be answered in this whole Petraeus scandal. There's the hard news question: "Why didn't we know about this sooner? And the tabloid question: "Were the Whistleblower and the Biographer both in love with Petraeus?" And the human interest question: "Why do women love in men in power?" And the rhetorical question: "Wait, that guy is a womanizer?"Read More »from Blogger Blames Holly Petraeus' Hair for Sex Scandal: The Worst Take on Anything Ever
And then there's the question that nobody, save for one blogger, would ever think to ask: "Did General Petraeus stray because of his wife's hair?"
A writer called "Blonde Bombshell," who is smartly remaining anonymous, posted a "thinkpiece" about the scandal today. It required multiple readings to verify it wasn't satire, and still I'm still not 100 percent.
You have to go deep into the internet mines to find Blonde Bombshell's words of wisdom. I had entered in a search engine "Petraeus" and "Hair"--two terms I will never put together again--when I found on this story on page three of the search
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Nov 12, 2012 4:10 PM EST
The best bar of chocolate in the world? Good & Evil isn't just any candy bar. It's the most anticipated bar of chocolate in years, and the brainchild of a trifecta of top chefs. It's also $18.
Is any candy, even the filet mignon of candy, worth that price? We tried it and found out…but more on that later.
On Friday, Christopher Curtin, chocolatier and owner of Éclat Chocolate, released Good & Evil, a bar he created with culinary-rock-stars-turned-TV-stars Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. Availble for order at Eclat's website and select specialty stores around the country, the bar has been the subject of speculation on foodie sites for weeks. What ingredients will make it both good and evil? Habanero chilies? Chunks of sea salt? Zaatar and rhubarb?
None of the above. It's simply 72% percent cacao dark chocolate speckled with white and purple cacao nibs. Of course, that cacao is some of the rarest and most flavorful in the world.
11 chocolate myths debunkedRead More »from $18 Chocolate Bar: Shine Tries "Good & Evil" Gourmet Candy by World's Top Chefs
The story goes that Ripert and Curtin traveled to
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Women Who Shine – Fri, Nov 9, 2012 12:43 AM ESTAdelia Zeidler (Photo by Coleman-Rayner)Wait George Clooney has a sister? Meet Adelia Zeidler, older sibling to the sexiest man alive. Where has she been and why haven't we seen her on any celebrity sibling US weekly spreads?
By all accounts, she's been busy raising a family in Kentucky, working in payroll and accounting and trying to avoid questions like, "How do you feel about your brother being the sexiest man alive?"
But for some reason this week, the 52-year-old stepped into the spotlight to answer candid questions about her brother in an in-depth interview with the New York Daily News. But what begins as a gossip story ripe for pick-up ("George Clooney's sister says he's not gay!") evolves into a profile of a unique lady with a very un-Hollywood lifestyle.
George Clooney's most famous relative
Adelia, or "Ada" as her friends know her, lives in Augusta County, Kentucky a few blocks from her parents. She's held jobs at chain stores, raised two children, lost a husband. She's in the white pages. She calls Read More »from Who is George Clooney's Sister? 12 Facts About Adelia Zeidler
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 6, 2012 5:17 PM EST
So maybe "50 Shades of Grey" didn't spark a baby boom as expected; it has inspired some very disturbing baby clothes. Onesies and baby tees stitched with quotes like "My mommy pretends Christian Grey is my daddy" are cropping up on the web retail site Etsy.com, and skeeving the pants off of grown-ups. An eagle-eyed blogger at Buzzfeed first spotted the trend, if you want to call it that.
There was a time, not so long ago, when people were embarrassed to be caught reading the pulp erotic fiction in public. Now we're advertising it on newborns. There's nothing wrong with a little light BDSM reading, or even a little light BDSM, but can we please leave the kids out of it? Prepare to cliff-dive into the dark underbelly of baby clothing. Two words: not okay. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 6, 2012 1:49 PM EST
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Powling/Lowell Sun)Watch out Bruce Willis. At three months old, Joey Powling Jr. has already out-smirked the actor, and proven braver than any run-of-the-mill action hero.
The photo of the newborn, taken by his mom shortly after open-heart surgery, has become an Internet sensation.
After his uncle posted the picture to the community board, Reddit, baby Joey was crowned "ridiculously good-looking surgery baby" and his adorable mug became a popular meme viewed by over 1 million people.
"What a legend," writes one fan of the photo. Other awesomely accurate feedback from commenters include: "A baby Bruce Willis" and "That baby is manlier than me."
But for Joey's family, the photo is more than an Internet ogling break. In an essay published in the Lowell Sun on Monday, Joey's great-uncle, Dan Phelps, explains the serious side to the smirking baby photo.
"Joey Powling Jr. was born in July with a condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot, or TOF, which is, basically, a hole in the heart (althoughRead More »from Meet "Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby." The Bravest Internet Sensation Around
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Nov 5, 2012 2:42 PM EST
Critics did not go easy on Pippa Middleton's first book, "Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends." When you're under 30, armed with a six-figure book deal, and best known for your behind and your royal sister, the backlash is to be expected.
First look at Pippa's party book
What was not expected was Pippa's response to critics. After largely skipping out on book-related press appearances, Pippa finally opened up about "Celebrate" and her reasons behind creating it on Sunday. Her defense took the form of an essay, published in the The Telegraph—the same publication that gave her book one star (out of a possible five).
"I'm a real foodie—something, I think, not a lot of people know about me," she begins.Read More »from Pippa Middleton Defends Party-planning Book from Haters. Smart Move?
Pippa goes on to discuss elaborate recipes she's tackled for dinner parties—from slow-braised pig's cheek to pigeon-breast salad
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 2, 2012 3:27 PM EDT
Duracell employees hand out batteries, provide chargers, in New Jersey. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)For every season—or weather disaster—there is a time. On Monday, when Superstorm Sandy tore through the East Coast, tragically destroying homes, towns and lives in its path, it was the time for retailers to step up or shut up.
Fashion retailers capitalize on Hurricane Sandy too soon.
As Yahoo! Shine first reported on Monday, many major fashion brands did neither. Instead they bombarded email inboxes and Twitter feeds with updates on storm-themed sales and links to their online outlets, encouraging customers to shop the storm away indoors.
First thing Monday morning, Urban Outfitters sent an email blast about free shipping during "Frankenstorm" (discount code: all soggy). "This is an insult!" wrote one commenter amidst the chorus of complaints on company's Facebook page. "I finally to work got to work today after having no power for 3+ days, no heat...and my friends and family all suffering from the storm. The last thing anyone wants to do is see an insulting ad like this."Read More »from The Best and Worst Brands During Superstorm Sandy: Some Apologize, Others Make a Difference
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Mon, Oct 29, 2012 5:06 PM EDT
On Monday evening, as a portion of the country declared a state of emergency, American Apparel declared a major sale. The retailer sent an email blast with a map highlighting the states hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and offered online shoppers in those areas a "SandySale" discount code. PHOTOS: New York After Hurricane Sandy
As if anyone in those nine states--Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland--were bargain-hunting for spandex. The opportunistic moment sparked a serious backlash on Twitter. "Sandy Sale email blast? Really? The lowest of low," wrote one Twitter user, as others called for a company boycott.
As one of the worst weather disasters in recent history tore through the East Coast on Monday, major retailers seemed more concerned with customers' wallets than their well-being. Sprinkled between the news alerts, safety warnings and personal updates on Twitter, were totally ridiculous reminders from Read More »from Retailers Capitalize on Hurricane Sandy Way Too Soon.