Nothing at the Classic induces more excitement than Saturday night's big ticket, the Best New Chefs Dinner. It was my favorite event last year for a multitude of reasons: superb flavor combinations, a jaw-dropping view of the mountains at sunset, fantastic energy, and the best people-watching in the
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At her two San Francisco restaurants, Orson and Citizen Cake, chef Elizabeth Falkner is known for her avant garde desserts and experimental cuisine. She's competed on both Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters, authored a cookbook on the subject of sweets, and recently added another job title to her resume: dessert menu consultant of the Bubble Lounge.
Together with one of her sous chefs, Lexi Barry, Falkner has crafted a special menu for the Champagne-centric eatery. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend a preview where I got to taste the five treats. Falkner was on hand to explain the wonderful dishes and answer questions about desserts in general. To see what she had to say about cheesecake, ice cream, and perfecting French toast, read more.
- When making cheesecake, consider different kinds of cheese. While everyone loves the classic cream cheese variation, Falkner says she gets a kick out of making it with more complex cheeses.
- Desserts should never be too sweet. "Like all
Whether your wedding dessert of choice is a three-tiered wedding cake, homemade pies, cupcakes, or macarons, you need a picture-perfect way to display your big day's saccharine delights. And when it comes to cake pedestals, I'm seeing everything from vintage to modern and rustic to girlie designs. Don't be afraid to use mismatched styles and colors on a dessert table, or try grouping a variety of pedestals in a monochromatic palette. Here are 15 of my favorites, dig in!
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If you have a penchant for all things chocolate, you may have noticed a recent trend with cacao nibs popping up in desserts and other dishes. While they're a crucial step in the chocolate-making process, cacao nibs (sometimes called cocoa nibs) are now being sold on their own as a stand-alone item in specialty markets.Read More »from Know Your Ingredients: Cacao Nibs
Once cacao beans are picked and roasted, they're separated from their husks, then broken into pieces. These are cocoa nibs. To make chocolate, the pieces are ground into a thick paste called chocolate liquor, which is combined with cocoa butter and sugar. But these bits of bean can also be used to add a subtle chocolate flavor and soft crunch to baked goods and savory dishes.
While cocoa nibs can be eaten as a snack, I particularly enjoy them as a topping on ice cream or studded inside chocolate bars. I've heard they're great mixed into cookies as well. How have you had them?
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- YumSugar | Shine Food – Tue, Jun 15, 2010 11:02 PM EDT
I've been to a lot of parties in bars where the organizer orders a couple of pizzas for everyone to share. Most of the time they forget to supply plates or napkins and one's forced to awkwardly scarf down the pizza. However, I recently went to a going away party where I came across a genius way for serving a crowd pizza.Read More »from Simple Tip: At a Bar, Serve Pizza Bites Instead of Slices
Instead of cutting the pizza into large triangular slices, the hostess asked the pizzeria to cut the pie into bite-sized slices. No piece was bigger than three inches, so it was easy to pick one up and pop it into your mouth. Plates and silverware were unnecessary and guests could have as much or as little pizza as they liked. The next time I offer pizza in a bar, I'm totally stealing this idea!
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When I chatted it up with Food Network host and nutrition expert Ellie Krieger last week, she had plenty of suggestions for staying healthy during the coming months of Summer entertaining. In addition to discussing Father's Day meals, the Chefs Move to Schools program, and the new Cooking Channel, I
- YumSugar | Work + Money – Thu, Jun 10, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
Now that warm weather's arrived, it's finally time for bikini season. But Summer also means road trips, state fairs, ribs, and lots of ice cream. So what's a girl to do? I asked cookbook author Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, how she manages to make sumptuous yet healthful food during grilling season. Hear what she has to say after the jump.Read More »from Ellie Krieger Offers Advice For Healthy Summer Grilling
YumSugar: What do you like to throw on the grill?
Ellie Krieger: So many more things work on the grill than people realize. Summer produce is so alluring, and most of it tastes great on the grill. A lot of people don't even think to grill corn, or portobello mushrooms, or lettuce. Use a heartier lettuce like romaine or butter lettuce, slice in half lengthwise, brush with oil and a little salt, and it transforms it. And maybe a little brush of balsamic. Any stone fruit: peaches, plums, nectarines. Cherries with balsamic. You could even make a grilled fruit salad. Throw a whole fish on the grill,
- YumSugar | Shine Food – Thu, Jun 10, 2010 9:03 PM EDT
Strawberry season is in full effect, but act fast, the plump berry isn't around all year long. The fruit is at its peak from April to July so the time to make strawberry dishes is now! Luckily, I've got 10 sweet and savory suggestions for you. Ready to be tempted? Berry tempted? Start clicking.Relat
If there's one guilty pleasure of mine, it's not being able to resist the rose giving, hot tub kissing, and awkward dating that is The Bachelorette. Season after season, I swear off the torture, only to find myself once again plopped on the couch with a girlfriend or two and a glass of wine cringing
Happy Memorial Day! I'm so excited for the unofficial start of Summer that all I can think about are burgers and barbecue. Long hot days require cool salads, refreshing cocktails, and plenty of dishes that can be enjoyed under the sun, or the stars. To get excited for grilling and sangria season, I've selected my 10 favorite Summer recipes. Start bookmarking, because you won't want to let the next three months pass without making these fabulous recipes.
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