Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Chef's Smoking gun

Oh the things I would do with this! Okay now I have a confession. . . I have a sliiight obsession with new cooking gadgets. Since I'm laying out out on the table I will tell you that I have a larger obsession with fire. And smoke leads to fire which means this gun is PERFECT for me! Polyscience offers The Smoking hand held food smoker for $99.95. The gun helps to add a smokey flavor to food items that would not necessarily be able to handle a high temperature of heat, or just need a hint of smokey goodness. Examples:
Smoked butter
Smoked Ice Cream
Smoked raw oysters

It comes with many flavors such as Cherry-wood, hickory, apple-wood, and mesquite. Watch the video below to learn more! :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chocolate fashion! How did I miss this one?!

No idea how I missed this one but on November 17th 2010 New York held it's 13th annual Chocolate Fashion Show. 14 different designers were asked to create an ensemble that was not only made of chocolate, but reflected the theme of "saving the oceans". The four day expo invited world chefs as well as pastry masters and chocolatiers. If anyone wants to get me a fabulous birthday gift next year I would happily go with you! :) Thank you to Stylist for the video as well!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Weird Global Food trends for 2011

From what I have noticed it typically takes about a year and a half for international food trends to get mainstream in the states. Some of these may be more time (like using ash as a garnish?!) and some less. So here I give to you some of the Nationals online magazine 2011 food predictions. You can read the rest by clicking the link above. (disclaimer: excuse my messyness! still figuring out lining it all up next to the photos. :)

1. One ingredient restaurants. Places that make sure a main ingredient is in EVERY SINGLE DISH. ie: ketchup, mayo, herring, chicken.

2. Soup pasta (YAY!)

3.New Dairy loaded with healthy bacterias.

4. Neck meat (<---- has anyone had this? how was it?)

5.Restaurant gardens

6. Ash. Yes the burnt stuff! For garnish and flavor. :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dessert from snow. Yes snow.

Living in California has it's benefits but where I am from we unfortunately do not receive the blessings of snow. So for all of you who do get to witness snow on a regular basis I give you this! Surfing the iterwebs (the family kitchen on this morning I stumbled across this little gem of a recipe. With a little bit of snow, eggnog, and a few other ingredients you can have a very delectable dessert.

Eggnog Snow Cream Recipe:
1/2 cup eggnog
1/8 cup sugar
4tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 cups of fresh snow
Mix the eggnog, sugar and vanilla together until the sugar dissolves. Then mix with 4 cups of snow, adding 1 cup of snow at a time & mix until you get a thick consistency. Add some cinnamon if you wish!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Food Fight?!

What a great Christmas! I hope you all gave and received generously. I know I did! I have a top five of fav gifts but number one definitely takes the cake. Presenting the marshmallow gun! Simply place mellow in gun, pump 15 times, aim and shoot. Of course my husband and I disobeyed the warning that says "Do not aim at each others mouths." So much fun, and I must thank my father-in-law for understanding that I always do love to play with my food!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What happens when art and cookie dough meet!

Christopher Niemann's award winning illustrations have graced the covers of the New Yorker, New York magazine, Wired and many other well respected media outlets. For your pleasure his latest seasonal work is a fun take on what to do with cookie dough! Enjoy! :) To see the rest Click here!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How fantastic are these paintings?!

This shop on Etsy offers some of the most realistic food paintings I have ever seen! With a touch of Nostalgia and all things delectable I am sure you would want one on your wall.
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