Tag: Food

The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway

The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway
I like my slow cooker for the convenience of knowing that dinner can be waiting for us at the end of a busy day. There are things I’ve made in the slow cooker that were good and others that were less so, but I wouldn’t have characterized anything I made in the slow cooker as... Read more »

Favorite places to eat and drink in Savannah, Georgia

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia (or even if you have), go ahead and do the tourist stuff: Eat at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding Room, grab a drink (and a praline sample) on River Street, do a ghost tour. Those are all great, but there are a lot of less cliche places to enjoy in Savannah... Read more »

How Twitter got me an off-menu Pittsburgh sandwich for my birthday

What is a Pittsburgh sandwich? Pittsburghers know them as Primanti’s Brothers sandwiches because that’s where they originated. What makes the Pittsburgh sandwich unique is that the cole slaw and fries are served on top of the sandwich. The story is that make it easier for the trucker drivers to eat; however, it makes for a... Read more »
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The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic

The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic
A guest post by Adam Irving You’d think being diabetic would make Halloween a problematic yearly ritual. And for many years, that’s the way it was. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween night when I was six. Yes, yes, the irony has never been lost on me. That was the end of... Read more »

The Teal Pumpkin Project: Teal is the new orange this Halloween

The Teal Pumpkin Project: Teal is the new orange this Halloween
A guest post by Emily Levenson When Kim reached out and asked if I wanted to write a Halloween-themed post, I excitedly said yes. I’m a big fan of Halloween — any holiday that encourages dressing up as a unicorn is a-okay in my book. Of course, I’m also a big fan of the candy.... Read more »

3 favorite holiday cookie recipes and a make-ahead appetizer recipe

For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing some of the holiday recipes that work for me. I have many favorite recipes that I make every year. The three favorite holiday cookie recipes that I’m sharing below were chosen primarily because they are the ones that are available online, but there are truly among... Read more »
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The mystery of the abandoned cupcakes

When I saw four Whole Foods cupcake in our work refrigerator last Monday I did not realize they would become the key figures in a mystery that I would obsess about for the rest of the week. The cupcakes were there when I put my lunch away on Monday morning. I figured they were one person’s... Read more »

I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto

I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto
A while ago ChicagoNow bloggers were challenged to write a post about what they believe in, possibly in the style of Crash Davis’s “I believe…” speech from Bull Durham or maybe the “This I believe” segments on NPR. I thought that was a great prompt, but I believe I was too busy that week. Besides,... Read more »

100 pumpkin spice products to love or loathe

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, is patient zero in the pumpkin spice pandemic.
I admit that I like pumpkin flavors this time of year, and yes, I do expect that the pumpkin be prepared with some spice. Occasionally I like pumpkin spiced with curry, but usually I like pumpkin things spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, the flavor combination that has come to be known as “pumpkin spice.”... Read more »
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How to cheat at cake decorating: 7 simple tips

1. TRACING<br><br>

Although this cake took some patience it did not take much skill because of tracing!<br><br>

I traced a Cat in the Hat decoration onto wax paper. I placed the wax paper on a smooth layer of frosting and pressed in the design using a dinner knife. I colored the design using frosting pens, since decorating tips and icing bags can be a mess if you aren't used to them.<br><br>

If that's still too ambitious, my other tips are even easier.
I’ve always loved to bake, so it made sense that I would make my own cakes and cupcakes for my kids’ birthday parties. Unfortunately, although I am skilled at baking delicious desserts I am not skilled at decorating them, which tends to be an expectation for children’s birthday parties. That’s why I had to come... Read more »