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:
You know it’s officially summer when one of Yahoo‘s trending topics is watermelon. Users are making all kinds of watermelon-related searches, from salad and margarita recipes to nutrition facts and preparation tips. So whether you’re buying a whole 15-lb melon or just a small wedge, here are some ideas that capture the essence of summer:
Watermelon Cups with Feta and Mint make an adorable appetizer or party starter
One way to upgrade your Mini Fruit Kebabs: grill ‘em!
Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp provides a sweet and fresh twist on this traditional summer soup
We can’t forget about cocktail time! Our Melon Patch is sweet and refreshing, with a hint of rosemary
Whether you’re in need of a diet clean-up, nutritious breakfast on the go or simply something cool and refreshing to sip on, smoothies have been all the rage in recipe searches these days, according to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse. You no longer need to run out to the gym or cafe in order to get a delicious and healthy smoothie, and these quick recipes definitely prove it:
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Maybe it’s just us New Yorkers, but it seems like every bar or restaurant we go to now serves at least one item out of a Mason jar. These adorable retro jars are great for preserving and pickling, as their air-tight lid is virtually foolproof, but the jars also make a fun alternative to the classic beer glass, ice cream cup or even dry goods container. Check out some of our favorite ways to use Mason jars, and happy canning!
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The festivities at SXSW may be over, but ya’ll are more determined than ever to find the perfect barbecue recipes. According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo Web Trend Expert, over the past month Yahoo users have been searching up just about every kind of BBQ recipe, including sauce, ribs and even chicken pizza. We’ve pulled some of our top barbecue recipes that are just as easy to make at home as they are to devour with friends or family. If you missed out on Rachael’s SXSW Feedback Party in Austin, TX this year, don’t worry! We’re sharing one of the recipes she served up below, plus more Southern specialities, too.
From Rach’s SXSW Feedback Party: BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
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Now that it’s officially maple syrup season (late February through early April), we’re craving the stuff on just about everything. Forget pancakes and waffles; the sweet, yet woodsy flavor of maple syrup goes well with lunch, dinner, snack time and even cocktail hour. While we’re plenty happy dousing, dipping and dunking into it, here are some unique ways to use maple syrup that will make you want to stock up all season long:
Maple Rosemary Almonds make a perfect cocktail party snack
Vegetarians and carnivores alike will appreciate the depth of flavor in this Sweet and Spicy Potato Ravioli
Kabocha squash makes for a hearty addition to this Maple Kabocha Cake
Keep your morning sweet with this healthy breakfast of Maple-Raisin Oatmeal
Even your cocktail can benefit from a splash of the sweet stuff. Try this Applejack Toddy, perfect for a chilly night
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When it comes to making healthy choices, utilizing zucchini may not be at the top of your list. But now more than ever, people are appreciating the versatility of this member of the squash family and using it as a substitute for carbohydrates in many unique ways. According to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, searches for zucchini recipes are up 1830% this month, and include things like zucchini noodles, zucchini lasagna, zucchini fries and baked zucchini chips. But Zucchini has a sweet side, too. Users are still looking for those classic chocolate zucchini cake and zucchini muffin recipes to stick to a healthier diet, even through dessert. Try some of our top zucchini recipes and you may never look at it as just a side dish veggie again!
Sadly, football season is over. But with the Olympics right around the corner (T-3 days!), we bet you’re still on the hunt for good game-day snacks. According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo!‘s Web Trend Expert, searches for dip recipes have spiked between 125 and 265 percent this month — and we’re keeping the trend going! To ease your search, we’ve compiled our best dip recipes in four different categories. So, let the dipping begin.
Best Take on Hummus: Edamame Hummus
Best Artichoke Dip: Deadly Good Artichoke Dip
Best Layer Dip: Seven-Layer Pizza Dip
Best Out-of-the-Box Dip: Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Dip
As if you needed yet another excuse to incorporate bacon into your diet! But according to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, everything from “bacon wrapped smokies” to “scallops wrapped in bacon” to “green beans with bacon” has been topping the Yahoo search charts over the last 30 days. And what have our readers been most interested in when it comes to bacon-wrapping? Here are our most trend-worthy bacon recipes:
These sweet, almond-laced French delicacies are having a real U.S. moment. We break down why they’re worth it. –Amy Thomas
1. Aged Eggs
Cracked egg whites (used to make the shell) age up to five days in the fridge before they’re mixed in, so they whip up into airier cookies.
2. Perfect Pulverization
The dry ingredients must be refined several times. The sugar and almond meal are further ground and passed through a sieve to ensure the softest, smoothest shells.
3. Systematic Stirring
Mixing the meringue with the dry ingredients is a balancing act: If you understir, you risk cookies with spikes or peaks; overstirring may make them flat. Chefs say five minutes of folding by hand is ideal.
4. Rounds of Waiting
After aging the eggs, timing the steps and plowing through a piping marathon, many bakers watch the clock before putting the cookie sheets in the oven. A 15- to 30-minute resting time helps achieve the signature “foot” around the inner rim.
5. Precise Piping
Even the slightest slant of the pastry bag could cause the chefs to create inconsistent circles—and two mismatched halves!
Did you know that the weather can sabotage a macaron-making day? “Humidity is the enemy!” one baker declared. Too much moisture in the air can result in flat or cracked shells, instead of shiny, perfect domes.