We’ve got a question for you: How well do you know the food in your city? Are you the type of person who likes to try a new restaurant every week, or do you you visit the same eatery with frequency? Do you know every Mexican, Italian and pizza joint around town? How about the bakeries and ice cream shops? Well, if you’re looking to become more familiar with your town’s best dining establishments, use this weekend as the perfect opportunity: create your own foodie adventure! No matter where you live, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your favorite cuisine or novelty. And while the weather’s still nice, you can hop, skip or jump from location to location. Here are just a few ideas for inspiration:
Tequila will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometime we’re looking for a spirit that’s a little more complex. Meet mezcal: tequila’s close cousin, also originating from the agave plant. While tequila can be fruity, earthy or oaky, mezcal takes on more of a smoky flavor, due to the slow-roasting of the agave hearts in hardwood fire pits in order to produce it. But the fancy knowledge stops there: Mezcal can be used in a wide array of simple yet delicious drinks that are perfect for your Thirsty Thursday. One of our favorites, The Smokin’ Dog, only requires four ingredients!
6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)
1 oz. mezcal
Splash of club soda
1 grapefruit twist
Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of soda. Garnish with grapefruit twist. Makes 1.
Music icons, presidents, sports cars and more: The U.S. Postal Service definitely has a knack for grabbing our attention (and educating us!) when it comes to their stamps. With the growing interest in the restaurant industry, food-consciousness and the term, “foodie,” it can only be expected that the newest stamps will echo the American trend. Starting on September 26th, you’ll be able to stamp your envelope with one of the five faces of the original “celebrity chefs,” who are men and women the USPS has dubbed as aspirational, yet approachable as they introduced American palates to new and different flavors from all over the world and fed our passion for cooking.
Who can you expect to see greeting you on that love letter or party invite?
James Beard, an advocate of local ingredients, after whom the James Beard Foundation was established to help promote excellence in the food and beverage industry.
Julia Child, the leading lady in French cuisine who demystified recipes and gave us the confidence to create them in our own kitchens with the help of her television shows and cookbooks.
Edna Lewis was also known as “The Grande Dame of Southern Cooking” due to her efforts to bring Southern cuisine to the forefront of American cuisine.
Joyce Chen, helped introduce Chinese food to American palates through restaurants, cookbooks and even a PBS television show.
Felipe Rojas-Lombardi is to thank for small plates since he introduced this traditionally Spanish tapas concept to American restaurants as well as Caribbean and South American food in general.
Wouldn’t it be cool to see our very own Rachael Ray’s face on a stamp one day?
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Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!
Lesson 5: Be a Veggie Whisperer
There’s no one right way to cook a vegetable. Use high heat and fast cooking for fresh, bright-tasting sides, or go low and slow for a richer, earthier flavor. Your dinners will be forever free of boring broccoli… or beans… or greens!
Happy September and — coincidentally — National Chicken Month! With the number of healthy, baked and fried chicken recipes you probably make for dinner on a regular basis, it could feel like every month is National Chicken Month. Make September extra special with some fun and flavorful meals that go way beyond the ordinary — we’re talking truly decadent dinners. Here are (drumroll, please!) six ways to make this month something worth celebrating.
Whip up a homemade comfort food classic: Cajun Chicken and Waffles.
We’ve all heard about the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but if you’re not ready to go full-on EVOO, here’s a warmup week of five Mediterranean recipes to try out. Explore the flavors of garlic, oregano, basil, olives and fennel and see why everyone’s raving about the cuisine from this part of the world.
Monday, September 1
Labor Day weekend can be bittersweet: On one hand, it means a long weekend to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. But on the flip side, it means the end of summer. So to curb your end-of-season blues, we’re sharing stress-free recipes to celebrate the beginning of something new: September!
Talk about easy prep and clean up! Just throw Carla Hall‘s Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay into a giant pot and onto the grill. Then dump all the yummy fix-ins onto a newspaper-lined picnic table and have guests wrap up their remnants as they go.
As our Instagram Snack Attack comes to an end, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite treats of the month. We’ve loved seeing all of yours — from @cheftini’s avocado smash and @thelaughingcowusa’s raisin bread with Swiss and strawberries to @wickeddeliciouskate’s smoked paprika popcorn and chex mix and @gsdreams’ crackers with fig preserves. Now, we want to send August out with a BANG! So whether you’re hosting friends for drinks on Saturday, a family brunch on Sunday or you’re just looking for a sweet treat, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you: Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our snack attack!
Nothing’s better on a Thursday night than a killer margarita. Throw a sombrero on, pretend you’re chilling in Mexico and your stress will slip away in only a matter of time. While the store-bought stuff is easiest to whip out of your cabinet when you’re in need of a staycation in your kitchen, we’re here to tell you that this simple four-ingredient homemade version is so much tastier! Cheers to hoping we just persuaded you to go homemade with your margs every time.
As if an impending kale shortage weren’t enough to remind us of how popular this leafy green has become, the vegetable is making a guest appearance in more than just our smoothies now. Introducing: NailKale, the first line of nail polish formulated with kale and all its strength- and health-inducing vitamins glory.
Photo via Into The Gloss