I must confess to eating this entire bowl of soba by myself. I didn't share. I didn't look up from the bowl. I just inhaled. Fresh buckwheat soba is an entirely different food group from the dried soba we usually buy at the store. It's like night and day. The nutty aroma of the buckwheat, the perfect chewiness of the noodles, the way they slip perfectly around a chopstick — fresh soba needs little more than some dashi and a splash of soy sauce to be the perfect meal. Here's how you can make it at home.
Remember this revealing look at what 2000 calories looks like? Buzzfeed's newest video compares the amount of sugar in a few common foods, like morning cereals and baked beans. Do the results surprise you?
If you asked me ten years ago after feasting at a trattoria in Florence on fiocchetti alle pere con salsa di taleggio e asparagi that one day I would be able to replicate the experience, I would have laughed in your face. Back then the only thing I knew how to make was frozen pizza. But time has a way of changing us, and that trip to Florence changed me too. Here I am ten years later, recreating that meal of a lifetime.
Q: I'm an experienced baker branching out into nut flours and other gluten-free flour baking. When I bake with wheat flour, I use the Ina Garten method (fluff, scoop, level). But with these other flours, I don't know how I'm supposed to measure.
I was holed up in a strange apartment, my legs were swollen and I was quivering with pain. The sweltering heat pulsed from wall to floor to ceiling without mercy or regret. It wasn’t just hot. It was an inferno. I had been in Italy for mere hours and was already living out the trip from hell.
I long to be one of those people who packs a healthy, well-balanced meal when they travel. I have friends who pack lunches for their plane journeys — thinking out which foods will complement others and how it will affect the way they feel mid-flight. I don't do this. Usually I can barely manage to eat a decent breakfast before I get out the door. But what I can do is throw together a trail mix for those flights — one that's been put to the test during quick camping trips, day hikes or longer car rides. And I'm always thankful that I took the few minutes to do so.
Q: I recently received a big bag of cacao nibs as a gift, and I don't know what to do with them. The person who gave them to me eats them plain as a snack, but I don't think I'll make it through the whole bag that way. Any good recipes out there for baked goods? How else do you use them?
Dates are some of the oldest sweeteners in the world, providing deep, rich flavor to dishes both savory and sweet. We've explored cooking with whole dates and date sugar, and lately I've been using more date syrup, too. It's all-natural, unrefined, vegan, and oh so luxurious.
Some of my best cooking came from accidents. These were often the accidents that were born of necessary substitutions when I ran out of something at home or, literally, from accidentally adding too much or too little of an ingredient only to be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Such is the case with this genius single-serve muffin.
One thing about making your own almond milk is that you end up with a lot of leftover almond meal as a result. But even if you're not making almond milk, perhaps you bought a bag of almond flour on impulse that is now hanging out in your cupboard awaiting culinary inspiration. Wait no more! Here are five ideas for using up your stash of almond meal.