Archive for December 2009

Linksplodge 12/22/09

Above, the Empire State Building made out of fifteen pounds of sugarcubes.
In an odd move, books from Artisan Books (including Happy in the Kitchen and Frank Stitt's Southern Table) are listed today on sample-sale site Gilt Groupe, at discounts only a few dollars less than their Amazon prices. As of this writing, Eric Ripert's A [...]

Fattening Up for Winter: Gravy and Béarnaise on a Steak [video]

Of note from the hour-long special Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives: A North Pole Christmas (that had Guy Fieri in Alaska visiting a whole bunch of restaurants) was the Elf's Den, a Christmas-themed restaurant in North Pole, Alaska. One of the featured dishes was the beef tenderloin filet (tournedos) that's first grilled, then breaded in panko [...]

Tamales for Christmas: A Texas Holiday Tradition

Photograph by machoroboraza.
I've always been vaguely aware of the Christmas tamale tradition, but it wasn't until I moved to Texas three years ago that I realized what a huge deal tamales are around the holidays. Stores stock mountains of corn husks and pallets of pre-made masa, the corn-based dough that forms the bulk of the [...]

'Almost Sunset' Photo Series by Liva Rutmane

Liva Rutmane. Left: Almost Sunset 01. Right: Almost Sunset 03.
Liva Rutmane is an art student in Riga, Latvia who sells some of her work on Etsy. She describes herself: "I like strange things, lot's of paint and everything colorful. I am amazed by popular cultures way of expression, but at the same time I am [...]

AM Linksplodge 12/22/09

Above: From Wired: How to Win an Eating Contest. Illustration by Lab Partners.
Dave Arnold from the FCI explains that the way we're taught to sauté mushrooms is wrong: "If you want the highest quality mushrooms what you want to do is soak your mushrooms and then crowd the hell out of them in a pan."
NYT [...]

Martha Stewart and Jimmy Fallon Make Croquembouches, Dick Jokes on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon [video]

Last night, Martha Stewart visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and 'tis the season to make croquembouches on late night shows (we guess). But there was maybe a little more sexual innuendo than we were comfortable with:
Jimmy: What are you doing for New Year's Eve? Are you partying down?
Martha: I'm going to Bangkok.
Jimmy: You're gonna [...]

How Candy Canes Are Made [video]

We were curious: How exactly are candy canes made? A couple of weeks ago we posted a video of the old-school candy cane-making technique still employed at the retro Candy Kitchen in Disneyland, but how is it made today, in volume? We found a great video from the Discovery Channel showing how it's done, and [...]

Kim Kardashian in Improbable Salad Porn, Courtesy of Carl's Jr. [video]

Burger porn is too easy. Been there, done that. So very 2009. Leave it to Carl's Jr. to hyper-sexualize... a salad. With the help of Kim Kardashian writhing around, barely clothed, on a bed and, not clothed at all, in a bubble bath, eating various ostensibly healthful ingredients. (Specifically: an apple slice dipped in a [...]

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