Allison is a Brooklyn-based writer, eater, and blogger. When she's not hunting for the best veggie burger in NYC, she's probably Instagramming, trying to make someone laugh, or defending the Oxford comma.
What better way to kick off a Super Bowl party than with an assortment of football-shaped foods? (Foodballs?) Even if you’re only watching the game for the commercials, you can show off some sort of team spirit with plenty of pigskin-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Whether you lean towards cheesy, savory dips, or decadent sweets, these on-theme bites are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. From whoopie pies to deviled eggs, here are 10 of our favorite foods that look like footballs.
I have watched a lot of HGTV. From House Hunters to Fixer Upper, I’ve listened to way too many soon-to-be homeowners describe their dream properties. Everyone wants character and charm, updated bathrooms, hardwood floors, and an open kitchen. I’m with them until this last item — I’m 100 percent Team Galley Kitchen.
I grew up in a fairly frugal household — my parents prioritized their spending, brown-bagging their lunches for work every day and skipping out on “extras” like cable TV. Although I had a solidly middle-class childhood (I enjoyed more than my fair share of family vacations and was gifted a used car upon getting my driver’s license), we exclusively shopped on sales racks and rarely ordered anything other than water to drink when we went out to dinner.
I love cooking for people, but I also love a good shortcut. There’s nothing wrong with buying a frozen app (or three) to serve at a party — whether you’re hosting or showing up (just make sure to check with your host ahead of time, if you’re planning on needing the oven upon arrival!). In fact, I strongly encourage it. You have enough to do this time of year!
I stand at about five feet and three inches, and I’ve yet to live in a house with a kitchen designed for not-so-tall people. While I appreciate maximizing wall space with cabinets that reach the ceiling, over the years it has become incredibly annoying to drag a chair away from my kitchen table or climb onto the counter to get something down from the top shelf.
Fact: Cleaning up as I go is a tough thing for me. I’m also prone to spills. By the time I’m done with a cooking or baking project, it usually looks like a bomb went off in my kitchen. Because I’m innately a messy cook, many of the recipes I’ve ripped out of magazines or borrowed from my mom often end up coated in flour or covered in some kind of liquid that makes the ink run. (Sorry, mom.
If you grew up or spent summers in New England, I’m guessing you’re familiar with Christmas Tree Shops. If you’re not … no, they don’t sell Christmas trees, and yes, they’re open year-round. Although the company has expanded since my childhood and now has locations in 18 states, there’s something purely “New England” about the store, and it’s one of my must-stop places whenever I go back to Massachusetts.
I’m one of those people who is constantly searching for keys, headphones, electricity bills … you name it. The door to my apartment opens up into the kitchen, so the counter closest to the doorway had become a dumping ground for odds and ends. Because it’s a small kitchen, though, any kind of clutter makes the whole room look messy. For a while, I had some hooks set up by the doorway, which were handy for my keys, but not much else.
I worked as a cashier at my hometown grocery store for years — on weekends when I was in high school, and during the summer when I was home from college. Over the years, I bagged my fair share of groceries, and was always impressed when a customer brought a particularly interesting reusable shopping bag. (First of all: Good job saving the planet! And second, love that you clearly put some thought into it!
I’ve always loved to cook, but for a long time I felt restrained by the rigidity of baking. To me, cooking allowed for more creativity and improvisation (and I could add extra garlic or hot sauce to almost everything without serious consequence).
I am not a morning person. At all. Most people know this about me — including my sister, who has felt my pre-caffeinated wrath on many occasions. As a result, she generously gifted me a cold brew coffee device this past Christmas. The gift has truly been life-changing. Or at least morning-changing! The gift? The BRUMI bottle, which I religiously use two different ways. Buy: Full Circle BRUMI Portable Coffee Brewer, $25 Before I go to bed, I set up my bottle to make cold brew.
Last year I wrote about my mom’s favorite resource for finding simple, easy-to-follow recipes: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. After going through her well-worn copy for the umpteenth time, I started thinking about how perfect so many of the recipes are for easy, weeknight baking. Whether you need a quick dessert for unexpected guests, or just want to satisfy 7 p.
My mother has a strict policy against specialty cleaning products in her house. I have no idea how she keeps the place so clean without the help of a Swiffer or Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, but she manages. She does, however, break her own rule for one specific cleaning product. She always keeps a little bottle of yellow stuff under the sink — and it’s since become a staple in my own apartment, too. What is it? An adorably named product called Goo Gone.
There are so many different types of pumpkins to choose from! At just one farm stand, there could be more than a half-dozen options. How can you pick the very best pumpkin for carving? We turned to some gourd-growing professionals to get expert opinions. Have you ever seen signs for “Pie Pumpkins” and “Carving Pumpkins?” Farm stands will often label the pumpkins for you to help remove some of the guesswork. What’s the difference?
Pumpkins are good for all sorts of things (carving, painting, turning into pies). If you ask us, though, the seeds are the main attraction. Whether you coat them with savory spices or go with something sweet, roasted pumpkin seeds are just so perfectly “fall.” Plus, they are a great alternative to sugary Halloween candy, and just as festive. So how do you pick a pumpkin that’s guaranteed to have plenty of seeds? We consulted some pumpkin professionals to get the inside scoop.
My first summer job was at the local supermarket in my hometown. For 20 hours a week, I traded my swimsuit for an unflattering maroon smock and rang up groceries, enjoying the air conditioning and fairly mindless work of scanning items and swiping credit cards. Little did I know that I was actually learning (about myself!) while I was there!
Maybe your apartment is too small for even a tiny breakfast table, or maybe you just want to unwind with some takeout, some quality television, and as little conversation as possible? Whatever your reason for sitting on the couch while eating dinner, I can not judge you (I do it all the time!), but I can offer you some ideas for how to make the meal feel a little more special.
Maybe you’ve recently perused a cocktail menu and noticed the many varieties of bitters in the lists of ingredients. Or perhaps you’ve noticed small bottles labeled “Angostura bitters” while browsing your local liquor store (the distinctive label that looks too big for the bottle might have caught your eye)? And maybe you’re wondering, “What exactly is this mysterious ingredient, and does it belong in my home bar?
The worst part of winter? It’s not summer! And that means you can’t have picnics. Unless you can. While the temperatures continue to chill us this February, consider planning an indoor picnic. You’ll just need a few things — and we’re guessing you already have them. Perhaps the most important ingredient when it comes to getting cozy, blankets are a must, must, must-have. You’ll need at least one as your base, and several more for people to snuggle up with.
Nothing says “comfort” like a Southern kitchen. And these days, Southern kitchen design is branching out way beyond the typical gingham and country store look. Check out 10 of our favorite spaces, from sleek and sophisticated to cute and cozy. This newly renovated kitchen stays true to the 150-year-old house it lives in, thanks to an understated color palette, traditional finishings, and thoughtful touches.
Most people associate aromatic bitters with Angostura bitters — you’ve probably seen the bottles, decked out in the brand’s signature oversized label on supermarket shelves or at your local liquor store — but there are plenty of other bitters out there that will make your tipples tastier and also impress your friends. Check out five of our favorite bitters (besides Angostura) and learn what to pair them with.
An all-day cooking project is fun! (Especially if it’s blizzard-ing outside.) An all-day cleaning project is not. If you’re tackling a super-involved snow-day recipe, you’ll need these tips to minimize your cleanup time and maintain your sanity. Your kitchen should be spotless (or spotless-ish!) and the dishwasher and sink (or dish rack) should be empty before you even begin cooking. Adding to an existing mess will stress you out even more.
Maybe! If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party, the answer, of course, depends on a few things: how many people you’re planning to invite, how long you’re willing to have them at your house, and how much your friends drink. This should help. A keg in the U.S. is half a barrel, which is 15.5 gallons of beer — approximately equal to 165 12-ounce bottles of beer. So, if you’re having a party with 40 people, everyone gets around four drinks.