Sure, you could freeze those overripe bananas for bread or smoothies.
But wouldn’t it be nice if they just stayed yellow longer?
Try a hat.
That is, a hat designed to preserve your favorite tropical treat.
This one’s a two-parter: First, place the silicone cap over the crown (where the bananas connect) to slow the absorption of ethylene gas, which is what causes them to turn brown. Second, place the cute knit hat over the silicone one (they secure with magnets). Unicorn and viking or watermelon and pineapple? The choice is yours. Then, voilà! Bananas stay fresh longer—and look great while doing it. Which means you’ll waste less food and money. Yep, all that from a little hat. Made in California. ($25.00 from Uncommon Goods)
what’s the most unusual ‘kitchen tool’ you’ve ever purchased?
“i’m getting so old, i don’t even buy green bananas anymore.”
variations of this quote attributed to: lou holtz, chi chi rodreiguez, claude pepper
my two favorite sauces in the world
sanders hot fudge sauce and fresh bernaise sauce
sweet and savory
what’s your magic sauce?
march is national sauce month, so sauce it up!
throw a little extra sauce on some of your favorite meals.
whether you like it hot, mild, sweet or savory,
it’s the perfect time to celebrate all things saucy and have some fun with it.
since sauce is so diverse, one kind of it or another can go on literally anything.
“an ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.”
-anthony bourdain (rip)
i recently made a new recipe
finally used my worcestershire sauce!
like finding an old friend
nothing had really changed
still can’t pronounce your name
still in that familiar bottle
how nice to bump into you
so long until i see you again
whenever that might be.
“i’m pretty sure 2020’s safe word was
and we couldn’t say it right.”
i’ll never forget that wonderful yellow cake with the warm apple topping
my mom would sometimes serve us after dinner
years later when i was a mom
i thought of it again
asking her for the very fancy recipe
she was surprised
oh that? it wasn’t fancy at all
i bought a pre-made pound cake, cut it into slices,
heated up a can of apple pie filling, and poured it on top.
then i was the one who was surprised.
What secret family recipe is in your lineage?
“don’t let the secret recipe die with the inventor.”
The NYT has traced the first nachos back to Piedras Negras, Mexico, in 1940, with just three ingredients. As the story goes, a group of women walked into the Victory Club in Piedras outside business hours. Aiming to please, Ignacio Anaya, the maître d’hôtel known as Nacho, ran to the kitchen and made a quick appetizer with ingredients he found. Today’s nachos know no end to their variations: They can have a number of seasoned layers or simply be topped with cheese sauce, like those sold at concession stands. But the simplicity of its original, with its barely salted chips, nutty melted cheese and briny pickled jalapenos, is sure to charm true nacho fans.
“we’ve all invested emotionally in nachos.”
credits: Christoper Simpson(NYT) and Simon Andrews- food stylist (NYT)
Reese’s is putting pretzels in peanut butter cups, because ‘the hell with it, it’s 2020’
Alexis Benveniste, from CNN Business, reports the following big news from the world of confections:
This year has been far from sweet, so Reese’s is embracing its salty side by adding pretzels to its peanut butter cups. The Hershey’s candy brand, which launched ‘breakfast cakes’ last month, introduced the newest addition with the slogan: “The hell with it. It’s 2020.”
The candy giant is nervous about Halloween this year, which typically accounts for 10% of Hershey’s annual sales, as the pandemic threatens to put a damper on trick-or-treating. The company is shifting its strategy for what is typically its biggest season. That means less Halloween-focused packaging and more family-sized packs, as many Americans gear up to celebrate at home. Reese’s with pretzels are set to hit stores in November, and the mini cups with pretzels won’t be available until January 2021.
“Let’s face it, we’re all feeling a little bit salty this year,” Ian Norton, Reese’s senior director, said in a statement. “In true Reese’s fashion, we channeled our feelings into sweet and salty deliciousness with new Reese’s Big Cups with Pretzels.”
Hershey, like other confectioners, relies on impulse purchases to drive sales. But people are shopping less during the pandemic, making new and somewhat outrageous candy combinations more important than ever for junk food companies. That’s why there are seemingly two dozen flavors of M&Ms in the candy aisle and a new variety of Lay’s potato chips every month.
“fortune befriends the bold.”
(not my breakfast, but how i imagine it to look if i had ordered the daily specials)
how fun to discover
that one of my favorite breakfast places
has changed up their menu a bit
(maybe now that the students are back on campus?)
adding 11 ‘breakfast beers’
and a daily special of
cake and ice cream
“celebrate everyday like your birthday!”
what’s not to celebrate?
“i discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch.”
avalon bakery and cafe, ann arbor, mi, usa
late summer 2020
when walking downtown
this just sitting on a corner
no palm trees to be found
if you are missing your coconut
did you leave it behind
did you lose it
and not notice?
“in the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.”
after spending the night at daughter #3s’ house
i woke up early at my usual farmer time
everyone else still fast asleep
hunted and gathered food items from their kitchen
soon realizing i had put together a ‘c’ themed breakfast
that was quite satisfying –
coffee with cream, chocolate cookies, cheetos cheese things, computer
i believe all food groups were well represented.
i know this guy might think that ‘c’ is only for cookie, but —
“health food may be good for the conscience, but oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”
Fried Beer- a crispy creation that lets you bite into your brew.
You receive a plate of fried, ravioli-shaped dough with a dark filling. You take a bite expecting meat and are met with the flavor of warm, rich stout. Welcome to the world of fried beer.
Fried beer is the brainchild of Mark Zable, who debuted his creation at the Texas State Fair in 2010 and won that year’s Most Creative award (an honor also bestowed tofried Coke in 2006). Even for those who might be skeptical of the culinary appeal, one has to admire the logistics of deep-frying a liquid. It would be easy to simply fry a beer-based batter, but fried beer keeps the brew—Guinness, to be specific—intact while frying the pretzel dough around it. This is no easy task. It took Zable three years to figure it out. Although he won’t reveal the exact recipe, speed is key. Each nugget of beer-filled dough should be deep-fried for no more than 20 seconds.
And just how does it taste? Zable says, “It tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer.”
Have your ID handy. You must be 21 or older to enjoy fried beer.
“food is vital, but also associated with enjoyment. ”
credits: David Berkowitz, Gastro Obscura