Flickr_StevenDepoloUnusual burger toppings are all the hype right now, but why should burgers alone get all the attention? Hot dogs will be leaping into the spotlight this summer, too, as they shed their traditional relationship with ketchup and mustard in favor of some more exciting toppings.
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Recently, more chefs have been focusing on the hot dog's incredible versatility, and various states around the U.S. have been establishing their own opinions about what makes the perfect hot dog. Chefs and home cooks can expand these interesting hot dog variations beyond the U.S., however, by drawing from key cuisine ingredients from various world cultures.
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As an example, restaurants and food carts like AsiaDog have been boosting hot dogs' reputation as inexpensive street food by offering customers hot dogs with an Asian twist, featuring a menu of eight hot dogs that are anything but ordinary.
But why stop with Asian-inspired hot dogs? You
Flickr_StevenDepoloUnusual burger toppings are all the hype right now, but why should burgers alone get all the attention? Hot dogs will be leaping into the spotlight this summer, too, as they shed their traditional relationship with ketchup and mustard in favor of some more exciting toppings.Read More »from Unique Hot Dog Toppings from Around the World
Holly CleggFor some people, salads are just go-to options at lunch or dinner when it's crunch time - quick, healthy options when nothing else comes to mind at the moment. For others, they're just speed bumps on the way to something greater - a perfect roast chicken, a juicy grilled steak, or a mouthwatering rack of ribs - palate-cleansers, appetizers, but nothing memorable. Just some greens with some kind of vinaigrette and maybe a few other vegetables thrown in for good measure.Read More »from America's Favorite Salads
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But salad can be so much more than just an afterthought. With a little love, you can make some truly exciting salads, and where better to start than with the culinary greats - iconic American salad recipes.
Caprese Salad Recipe
This classic Italian salad is a must-have when tomatoes are at their best. Just a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with sweet, peppery basil highlights their natural flavor. And make sure to use the best mozzarella you can
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Save some money and bring the romance home with this easy to make, decadent meal! Utilizing a basic double-boiler method, Chef Fabio shares two indulgent recipes that combine to create a perfect romantic dinner for two: his pillowy gnocchi with three cheeses and Italian sausage, and handmade chocolate-covered strawberries!
--A double-boiler or bain-Marie is the perfect tool for easy melting of delicate ingredients like cheese or chocolate. The indirect heat keeps things moving at a slow pace, and helps you avoid overheating or scorching the bottom of the pan. Don't have a double-boiler? Just use a saucepan with a heat-safe bowl that fits over the top of the pan, but is too big to touch the bottom of it.
--Dressing up familiar recipes, such as Fabio's Gnocchi, in new sauces is an easy way to expand your repertoire without too much difficulty. No time to make gnocchi? This sauce is also perfect for almost any kind of pasta!
Flickr/ cristinabeAh, summer. We've been indulging in one too many glasses of wine, one too many iced teas and iced coffees, and of course, one too many great craft beers because, well, it's summer. But summer is slipping away all too fast (despite the abnormally hot temperatures that seem to be here to stay), and there are just too many beers to drink before Labor Day hits us.Read More »from The Most Refreshing Beers for Summer
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Many of us would rather reach for a light, big-name beer, like Coors or Budweiser, instead of a craft beer during the dog days of summer - but there's no need. Jeff Wharton, the co-founder of Drink Craft Beer and organizer for several craft beer festivals in Boston and the Northeast, explains why summer doesn't have to be the "beer wasteland" of summer - in fact, it can be a beer heaven for craft beer enthusiasts. "It just goes to show you how craft beer has evolved over time," Wharton says.
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When people first started drinking craft beer (a "rebellion" to
flickr/ pablo76It's widely accepted that most of the best lobster rolls in America can be found in Maine. Why? There's no shortage of lobster there, for one, and there's something about the sea breeze, the salty air, and the even saltier fishermen who you'll find at the best lobster shacks that make a Maine lobster roll not just an amazing sandwich, but a life-affirming experience. Thankfully, that experience isn't exclusive to Maine, and elsewhere in the country there are not only incredible lobster rolls to be eaten on patios overlooking the water, but at fine restaurants as well.Read More »from America’s 5 Best Lobster Rolls Outside of Maine
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In order to find the best lobster rolls outside of Maine, we searched far and wide for those that have the highest level of renown, but also ones that meet all the qualifications set forth above. While obviously the opportunity to eat your lobster roll on a picturesque dock overlooking a harbor filled with lobster trawlers is ideal, that's not a make-or-break criterion for a great
Sugar and spice, and everything nice!Churros are the epitome of my childhood. Street food vendors lined the entrance of my elementary school in Mexico. They waited anxiously for the bell to ring and the kids to rush out and purchase everything they had to offer. From mangoes on a stick sprinkled with chile powder to aguas frescas to nieve de garrafa (sorbet). But Fridays were special. On Fridays, the churro vendor showed up. 15 minutes before school let out, one could smell the warm sugar and cinnamon in the air and you knew he had arrived. With money in hand, and crossing my fingers the churros weren't sold out, I made my way through the crowd for the coveted Friday churro and a sweet start to my weekend. Now I'm able to make churros any day of the week. To make it extra special, I pair them with a gooey dark chocolate dipping sauce for added sweetness. Enjoy!Read More »from Here's the Saucy Solution to a Better Churro
Homemade Churros and Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup water
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 5, 2013 10:53 AM EDT
Summer is a great time for salad! The ingredients are in season, there is little to no heat involved, and the final product is refreshing fare for a hot day. You simply can't go wrong! These fast salads are not only perfect for summer but also simple to prepare, leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy the season. - By Jane Maynard
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Flickr/bwcImagesYour stay in the hospital could become a little healthier. Under Obamacare, hospitals are offering healthier food options to patients, according to The Washington Post.Read More »from Better Hospital Food with Obamacare
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Hospitals across the country are investing in healthier food initiatives by offering hotel-style room service, growing on-site gardens, and selling local produce in the lobbies.
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More hospitals are investing in their patients' experiences as a means to gain greater reimbursements outlined in the new health reform law. In order to receive those reimbursements, hospitals must score well on patient satisfaction surveys. Hospitals believe that a better culinary experience will improve patients' overall satisfaction.
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"Patients remember their food… It's the one thing that comes to them three times a day," says Richard Schenkel, the CEO of a
Arthur BovinoBy now, most of us have experienced the blazing hot heat, humidity, and sun of summer. Think back to those days - now what did you have for dinner? If you're like me, you probably found yourself trying to come up with a quick, cool, and refreshing dish you could put together without getting near the toaster or stove… or you may have found yourself seeking refuge in the blast-chiller-like temperatures of your local go-to restaurant and shelling out the bucks for a family meal out.Read More »from No-Cook Ideas for Weeknight Dinners
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The next time the temperatures climb over 95, forget dining out and instead fix something light, healthy, and delicious for the family at home. Cool gazpacho is easy to make and refreshing (plus, if you make extra, it's perfect for lunch the next day). If you have kids, they'll love designing and rolling their own wrap sandwiches. Just two of you? Pop open an ice-cold bottle of white or rosé and enjoy a platter of chilled Mediterranean
Flickr/A Girl With TeaMany sing the praises of green tea and the benefits it can have, but a new study found that the positive effects it can have might reach farther than previously thought.Read More »from Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a flavonoid in green tea known as EGCG protects the brain from the amyloid plaque buildup. Scientists believe these plaques cause the brain deterioration associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to Forbes.
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In addition to this finding, a similar study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study consisted of 12 people who were given a beverage and then asked to perform a "memory-stimulating task." The participants received either two different doses of green tea or a placebo drink that contained no green tea, according to Forbes. Those who had drunk the green tea extract had increased activity in the
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