Unleash the KrakenWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.
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When the Custom Cake Design bakery was asked to create a confection perfect for a pirate-themed wedding, they dreamed up this impressive (albeit slightly terrifying) killer Kraken design. This unique design is beautifully executed with an immense attention to detail in the ship and the sea creature.
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We are pretty sure this cake is only for true seafaring folk, but it could be a cool idea to consider for a wedding themed around anything from pirates to H.P. Lovecraft!
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- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
Unleash the KrakenWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.Read More »from Ahoy Mate: This Pirate-Themed Wedding Cake is Incredible!
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 3:12 PM EDT
Butterscotch PuddingWhen I'm looking for comfort food, I turn to pudding. But not just any pudding. I want butterscotch pudding. One of my favorite childhood treats was Bird's Eye Butterscotch "Flavor" Pudding. Seriously, I loved this artificially-flavored, laden-with-chemicals "pudding".Read More »from Happy National Butterscotch Pudding Day! Celebrate with Butterscotch Pudding Ice Pops
So when I began seriously baking as an adult, recreating that pudding was high on my list. Ironically, using "real" pudding ingredients - you know, eggs, milk, cream - did not (at first) yield those perfect results I was aiming for.
Bits of yolk. Lumps. And worst of all? Skin.
But I persevered. I researched. I tweaked. And after many trials - and errors - I had that "aha" moment. That moment that transported me back several decades to my childhood kitchen.
The texture, the flavor - even the color - were spot on.
Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day - the perfect time to take these step-by-step instructions and make your own perfect butterscotch pudding. With no "quotation marks".
And definitely no skin.
- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 1:02 PM EDT
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Cost Per Serving: $0.93
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 7 hr 20 min
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Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 6g
• 1 medium (about 3 pounds) butternut squash
• 6 sprig(s) fresh thyme
• 4 sprig(s) fresh sage
• 2 tablespoon(s) small sage leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
• Kosher salt
• 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 1 stalk(s) celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 1 teaspoon(s) olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon(s)
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Did you know eating fast food just twice a week can make you gain 10 pounds and double your risk for insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, obesity, and a host of other health issues? Needless to say, I don't think anyone would be shocked to learn that fast food isn't the healthiest dining option out there, but it may not be for the reasons you think. Often referred to as "Franken-food," fast food is typically composed of a variety of absolutely terrifying ingredients you would never consider putting in your body if they weren't disguised so beautifully as a delicious burger or French fry, and presented in fun, colorful packaging and buried in catchy marketing messages. Take for example McDonald's menu description: "Our tender, juicy, Chicken McNuggets are made with USDA-inspected white meat. They're tempura battered and cooked to golden perfection." Doesn't sound half-bad, right? Until you look past that flaky exterior and further into the ingredient list. According to Dr.Read More »from Mystery Meat: 7 Scary Ingredients Lurking in Your Fast Food
- Everyday Food | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Love spanakopita? This classic Greek hors d'ouevre served as our inspiration for today's recipe. It's a rich and cheesy spinach pie that's made entirely in one skillet -- with absolutely no complicated phyllo folding instructions! Simply combine cooked onions with frozen spinach, ricotta, feta, eggs, and some chopped dill, before adding to your skillet and layering with buttered phyllo. Bake until the top is golden and the inside is just set (the wafting aroma of spinach and cheese will also let you know it's nearly done). This side dish is dinner-party-ready, so try it out the next time you're hosting guests!
Skillet Spinach Pie
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
20 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup whole-milk ricotta
3 large eggs
1/4 cup crumbled feta
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Coarse salt and pepper
4 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
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Bowdoin College Another school year is finally upon us, and with it comes the reality that for many, many schools across America, the dining options are nothing short of grim at best. For many students who are reliant on a meal plan, the less said about the meals eaten in campus dining halls the better. But some colleges and universities go above and beyond in their efforts to serve fresh, wholesome meals to the students who are living and studying there. From a college in Vermont that only sources its food from local vendors to one in Massachusetts that hosts a farmers' market that's entirely student-run, we tracked down the best colleges for food in America.Read More »from America's Best Colleges for Food
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
The 2013 Emmy nominees are quite the prolific bunch. Come showtime, it will be exciting to watch seasoned award show veterans (Mad Men, Modern Family, Breaking Bad) go head to head with some surprising fresh faces (House of Cards, Bates Motel, Behind the Candelabra). But who would've guessed that the best and brightest of television were also so delicious? As you get ready to watch the 65th Primetime Emmys this Sunday, try whipping up a tasty recipe inspired by this year's nominees. It's a fun way to round out your viewing experience and make you feel like you're a part of your favorite shows. And who knows? Maybe your taste buds will end up being good luck charms! - By Caitlin Morton
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Cheapest BeerLooks like Walmart is really upping their booze game; Bloomberg did a case study on several Los Angeles stores, only to find that Walmart is pricing their alcohol lower, relative to other non-boozy products.Read More »from Where Can You Buy the Cheapest Beer?
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In fact, they found that the markups on cheap beer were oftentimes far lower than the markups on items like Flaming Hot Cheetos, or even Coca-Cola.
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According to documents uncovered by Bloomberg, a 36-pack of Tecate or Coors Light was only marked up 0.6 percent from its cost, meaning Walmart's profit is only 0.6 percent of the actual price of those 36-packs. Corona Extras were marked up 1 percent for 24-packs.
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Compared to regular items (Hot Cheetos were marked up 16.2 percent, Bloomberg says, while Coca-Cola 20-ounce bottles were 29.9 percent more than the cost), this is a steal.
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Molasses CookieAs kids, we looked forward to crunchy cookie snacks in our lunch box, and as adults we melt at the aroma of freshly baked cookies. But what makes us so cookie crazy? Why are cookies America's favorite baked good? Could it be the endless varieties, limitless flavors, and ease of popping the two-bite desserts into out mouth? We asked several professional pastry chefs their opinion about our favorite dessert and also gathered together some our favorite cookie recipes from award-winning professional chefs, home cooks, and top-selling food publications.Read More »from The 5 Best Cookie Recipes You'll Ever Try
Chef Jansen Chan, pastry director at the International Culinary Center, tells us that "the mobility and transport of a solid, sweet pastry makes the cookie an ideal American snack. In a nation that's always on-the-go, the cookie is a manageable sweet snack that also showcases a wide variety of flavors." And here at The Daily Meal, we couldn't agree more. With plenty of cookies perfect for packing and eating while out and about during a busy
Sweet Soft Pretzels
1 pound store-bought pizza dough, thawed if frozen
All-purpose flour, for work surface
1/3 cup finely chopped nuts or 1/2 cup chopped chocolate or 2 tablespoons fennel seed
Olive oil, for bowl and baking sheet
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse sugar
1. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface; sprinkle with nuts, chocolate, or fennel seed. Gently knead to incorporate. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 1 hour.
2. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece into an 18-inch-long rope. To shape dough into pretzels, form each dough rope into a U-shape and twistRead More »from Give Oktoberfest Pretzels a Whole New Twist
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