Is it just me, or is anyone else always on the hunt for good snack ideas? I can usually manage coming up with a healthy lunch or an inspired dinner, but my afternoon hunger often caves to chips, salsa, and melted cheese. Seriously, you'd think I would have outgrown that old standby by now...
My love for The Snack runs deep—crunchy, salty, sweet, chewy, or otherwise. I would live on snacks if I could, and in college, I think I did. This is why I quite literally squealed with glee when I saw this new book by Lara Ferroni. She covers everything from how to make our own Thin Mint Cookies and yogurt-covered raisins to homemade Cheetos and tater tots. (Along with gluten-free and vegan versions of every single recipe. Hello!) The next chance I get, I'm headed straight to the kitchen with this book in hand.
I know what you're probably thinking. Why would you need an automatic popcorn-launcher when you can toss popcorn into your mouth perfectly well on your own? And to that I say: Why wouldn't you want a machine that uses the voice-activated command "Pop!" to shoot a piece of popcorn directly into your mouth? Still don't believe me? See it in action below.
Q: This is my first year teaching, and my lunch period is early: 10:45 AM! I'd like to have two smaller meals (one at 10:45 and one when the kids leave at 3:00). Does anyone have any ideas for filling and healthy snacks that could serve as a two-part lunch?
I am a self-professed granola bar fiend. Maybe it's an ingrained snacking habit from the countless bars eaten in the back seat of the car before ballet practice all through grade school. Or maybe it's the fact that I tend to get hangry if I go too long between meals. Either way, I nearly always have a granola bar or two close at hand. Making my own from the assortment of oats, nuts, and dried fruits that are always in my cupboard was a natural next step.
I could eat deviled eggs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. These classy, slightly retro deviled eggs, which have a savory hit of smoked trout mixed into the filling, are fine additions to any of those meals, but I especially like them as cocktail-hour appetizers. Layering the irresistible flavor of classic deviled eggs with a beguiling smokiness, they'll be the first to disappear at any party.
If you've ever been tempted by the unfamiliar snacks at the local bodega, but unsure about what you're getting yourself into, check out this helpful photo guide to Mexican sweets and snacks from Saveur. Identifying snacks like tart tamarind candies and sour-spicy potato chips, it has me itching to try some new treats.
My wife and I are trying to determine the perfect beach food for our 18-month old daughter as we prepare for an upcoming vacation. The qualities we desire are obvious: Easy to make, travels well, and no heating required. Another factor to consider is our daughter's burgeoning independence and desire to hold everything and feed herself. I was thinking how perfect a wrap would be, if I could just make it small enough and devise some way to keep it from unrolling. So I got in the kitchen and, after a few false starts, came up with what seems to be a great solution, and I owe it all to one secret ingredient: Edible glue.
It's that time of year again, y'all! Yep, football season is upon us, and I'm busy dreaming up new appetizers, dips, chilis, and stews to carry me all the way through the fall. If you're like me, you have a few go-to appetizers that are simple to throw together and guaranteed to please. Yet I am still always in search of the new best recipe, and holy smokes, I think I just found it!