Elisabeth Sherman's Recent Articles
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Genius Gift-Giver Made Pretend Instant Pots for Her Nieces
Here’s a sweet way to encourage cooking skills in any aspiring junior chefs you may know: Make an Instant Pot in which they pretend cook all their favorite recipes, both real and imagined! It’s like a play kitchen, but even better. The process of making these mini pots isn’t exactly simple, but it’s absolutely worth busting out your crafting skills for. And when it’s done you’ll be bringing a kid joy during the holidays.
Dec 20, 2018
Joanna Gaines’ Ingenious Hack for Making Your Kitchen Look Bigger
Living in a big city means paying a lot for a small apartment. And as a person who cooks almost every day, the meager amount of counter space available in my kitchen is a constant source of frustration. Thankfully, Joanna Gaines — known, of course, for her uncanny ability to overhaul and redecorate homes — has the secret weapon to maximizing your counter space.
Dec 20, 2018
Fox News Guest Insists That Gingerbread Cookies Are Always Men
Yesterday on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News talk show, his guest Tammy Bruce, a conservative political commentator, dropped by to play defense in the imaginary war on Christmas. The latest crime against this most revered of holidays? Gender-neutral gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread men should not be renamed “gingerbread people,” for the sake of, I don’t know, the children? “Obviously, they’re men,” Bruce declared on the show.
Dec 19, 2018
Oreo Continues to Outdo Itself, This Time with a Carrot Cake Flavor
Join me on a journey to the past, to a simpler time. You were a kid, coming home from school. First thing you did after dropping your book bag on the floor was pour yourself a glass of milk and pull the blue package of Oreos out of the cupboard before your parents caught you. Back then, of course, the Oreo formula had only a few variations, and you stuck to the classic: Vaguely vanilla crème sandwiched between chocolate cookies.
Dec 18, 2018
A 23,000-Square-Foot Starbucks Just Opened in New York City
When you go to your local Starbucks in the morning to pick up your coffee before heading into the office, do you ever think to yourself, “I wish this was fancier,” or “I wish I could bring a date here”?
Dec 18, 2018
Martha Stewart Is Living Her Best Life on Santa’s Lap
Martha Stewart’s entire existence seems like a fairy tale. She rides around her farm on her horse snapping pictures of her pet peacocks like the queen that she is, presumably in between sending texts to Snoop Dogg. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but aspire to her level of carefree bossiness. Of course, Stewart’s power only grows during the holiday season, when she can truly flex her cookie-decorating and table-setting skills.
Dec 15, 2018
You Should Wash Your Avocados Before Eating Them
Confession: I have never washed an avocado before eating it. I have never even thought about washing an avocado before eating it. That rough, thick outer shell just seems, to the naked eye, like a perfectly suitable layer of protection against disease, a far cry from the fragile leaves of say, my romaine lettuce. I’m going to start, though, and I suspect that many other people are in my position, because as it turns out, you do need to wash avocados.
Dec 13, 2018
An Unexpected Use for Your Toaster Oven, According to Eric Ripert
When Eric Ripert, the chef mastermind behind three-Michelin-star seafood restaurant Le Bernardin (and close friend of Anthony Bourdain), tells you how to cook something, it would be best to listen to him. His latest recommendation is probably not one you’re expecting, though. It doesn’t involve any fancy, expensive machinery that you’d only find in a professional kitchen. In fact, all you need is a toaster oven.
Dec 12, 2018
Millions of Pounds of Beef Recalled Due to Salmonella Concerns
If you thought that epic romaine lettuce recall was bad (which, by the way, is now over), you’re in for a rude awakening, because there’s another huge recall happening now: According to a recent report from the USDA, about 5 million pounds of raw beef that may have been contaminated by salmonella have been recalled. CNN reports that a company called JBS Tolleson Inc. has recalled the tainted products, which were packaged between July 26 and September 7.
Dec 6, 2018
Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with Aldi’s Stuffed Carrot Toy?
The carrot's name is Kevin.
Dec 4, 2018
Here’s What You Need to Know About the “Dirty Snowman” Drink
As a kid, you probably drank hot cocoa by the gallon. It always seemed like the right time for a cup of hot cocoa, and yet in adulthood I would bet that you don’t drink it too much anymore. What hot cocoa really needs is a grown-up upgrade. Enter: the Dirty Snowman cocktail. It’s basically childhood nostalgia with a boozy twist.
Nov 29, 2018
Did the Grinch Make These Creepy Santa Eggs?
Look, I understand that the holidays aren’t always full of cheer. There can be a lot of pressure to deliver the perfect holiday party fare, instead of the same old boring wine and cheese spread you find yourself snacking on every year. You want to impress your judgmental relatives so that they’re all talking about the ingenious appetizers you served before Christmas dinner for years to come.
Nov 29, 2018
I Tried Starbucks’ Juniper Latte and It Really Surprised Me
In the realm of drink flavors, Starbucks isn’t known for its subtlety. Think back to the green and purple Witch’s Brew Frappuccino the company unleashed for Halloween to get an idea of what I mean. Even the Peppermint Mocha, my favorite among the Starbucks’ holiday drink lineup, is a bit heavy-handed on the peppermint syrup. So when Starbucks announced that the juniper latte would be available nationwide this year, I had my reservations.
Nov 28, 2018
Why “The Great British Bake Off” Contestants Finally Left the Tent
On The Great British Bake Off, the white tent where the contestants create their marvelous mouth-watering bakes is a place of comfort and joy, even when the pressure is on. Yes, The Great British Bake Off is technically a competition, but the white tent also represents the bond between the bakers and their love of baking.
Nov 28, 2018
How Much You Spend Online Shopping, According to Your Favorite Cocktail
Don’t be embarrassed. You can admit it: You’ve indulged in a little drunk online shopping. I know I have. The perfect time to shop is actually after a couple cocktails. Your inhibitions are lower, and it’s easier to convince yourself that you deserve the expensive appliance you’ve had your eye on for months. Plus, you can find anything your heart desires from the comfort of your couch, now that the internet is just one big shopping mall.
Nov 27, 2018
21 Simple Salads That Are So Good You Won’t Even Miss Romaine Lettuce
Yesterday the CDC issued a stern warning to the country: Do not, under any circumstances, eat romaine lettuce. An E.Coli outbreak may have contaminated all types of romaine. If you bought any heads or hearts of romaine, go into your kitchen right now and throw it out. Same goes for any boxed salad mixes. In fact, you better stay in there and disinfect your refrigerator. Better to play it safe.
Nov 21, 2018
New Drug May Reduce Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions to Peanuts
Researchers have developed a drug that may have “potentially life-saving properties” for children who suffer from peanut allergies. The drug won’t cure peanut allergies in children, but rather decrease the chances that accidentally ingesting peanuts will lead to a life-threatening allergic reaction, according to a report from The New York Times.
Nov 19, 2018
Netflix’s “Nailed It!” Is Back with Special Holiday Episodes
Nailed It! changed the game in the baking-competition genre when it premiered earlier this year, with its comedian host Nicole Byer and focus on amateur bakers who tend to have more flops than triumphs in the kitchen. Now, the series is back with an all-new holiday-themed season. In a new clip teasing the season, Byer and her co-host, master pastry maker Jacques Torres wax poetic about how joyful the holiday season can be — mostly because of the food. Christmas cookies! Hanukkah cakes!
Nov 15, 2018
Of Course You’d Only Buy This 4-Foot-Tall Wine Glass from Costco for Decoration. Of Course.
No, you shouldn't drink actual wine out of this thing.
Nov 6, 2018
Here’s All the Free Food You Can Get If You Vote
Tomorrow is Election Day. Across the country, your fellow Americans will be voting for governors, state attorneys general, Senate representatives, even school board members. Voting is one of the most important actions you can take as a citizen; it’s a simple way to serve your community, and to actively participate in our government.
Nov 5, 2018
Starbucks Rings in the Holiday Season with New Cups
Halloween is over, which means it is officially socially acceptable and not weird at all to start unpacking your Christmas lights and inflatable sleigh and reindeer. Okay, maybe that only applies to your Christmas-obsessed neighbors. If you’re not feeling exactly festive yet, Starbucks has some tricks up its sleeve this year that will surely help stoke the Christmas spirit inside us all.
Nov 1, 2018
This Is the Only Olive Oil Ina Garten Will Use
No, it's not from Italy.
Nov 1, 2018
The “Parts Unknown” Crew Reveals What It Was Really Like to Work with Anthony Bourdain
Even though it’s been nearly six months since Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain died in his hotel room in France, his fans are still having trouble coming to terms with his passing. CNN decided to air the final season of Parts Unknown, perhaps to give fans some closure, though it was incomplete —Bourdain had not yet added his voice-over to many of the episodes. The final episode of the show, which will take place on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is set to air on November 11.
Oct 30, 2018
Starbucks Unveils Halloween-Themed Witch’s Brew Frappuccino
Starbucks continues its reign as the master of the holiday-themed drink: The coffee chain began the tradition with the vampire-inspired Frappula Frappuccino for Halloween in 2015, and carried it on with the Zombie Frappuccino (topped with pink whipped cream that resembled brains) last year. Now, Starbucks is ushering in the Halloween spirit(s) with its latest creation: the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino.
Oct 26, 2018
Here’s How to Watch the First Episode of “Good Eats: Reloaded” Without Cable
Alton Brown’s cult-favorite cooking show Good Eats is getting a makeover for the Cooking Channel. There won’t be “new” episodes of the show (yet), but some of your favorite episodes of the defunct series are getting “remixed” — which basically means new updated scenes. This is great news for anyone who has been missing Brown’s sharp sense of humor and ingenious cooking hacks in recent years, but what if you don’t have cable?
Oct 16, 2018
Here’s Why Avocados Might Not Actually Be Vegan-Friendly
Avocados, a seemingly innocuous creamy green fruit, have been the subject of a startling amount of controversy over the past several years. Avocados have been blamed for driving millennials to the brink of financial ruin, then became a health hazard with the proliferation of “avocado hand” injuries (caused by sloppy attempts to remove the pit with a chef’s knife).
Oct 15, 2018
Alton Brown Reveals the Trailer for “Good Eats: Reloaded”
Alton Brown’s cult-favorite show, Good Eats, which premiered in 1999 and ran all the way until 2012, is officially getting a makeover. Last week we learned the premiere date for Good Eats: Reloaded (October 15 on the Cooking Channel), and this week he shared a trailer of what is to come. Can you even handle all the excitement?
Sep 28, 2018
Over 100,000 Pounds of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated by E.coli
Carnivores should be on high alert: A meat supplier for many grocery stores including Publix has decided to recall over 132,000 pounds of ground beef due to E. coli concerns. The trouble began last month, when Publix stores in Florida announced that it would be pulling beef products made from ground chuck from shelves after 18 people became ill. Cargill Meat Solutions, the supplier in question, is now taking extra precautions to make sure that no one else gets sick.
Sep 21, 2018
What the Hell Is Happening on Bon Appétit’s Cover This Month?
Every year, Bon Appetit‘s September issue reveals the editors’ picks for America’s Best New Restaurants, and accompanying that much-lauded and anticipated list is usually a stunning cover. Last year, it was a single green dumpling held aloft by a pair of chopsticks. Simple, striking, and elegant. Bon Appétit is known for this kind of out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to its aesthetic (remember that time the cover’s only edible element was half a peach?
Sep 7, 2018
The Most Brilliant IKEA Transformation Started with a Wooden Cutting Board
When life gives you an old, broken IKEA cutting board make … spoons? At least that’s what BuzzFeed writer Erin Chack decided to do. When her wooden IKEA cutting board broke in 2016, she saw something more than the splintered fragments most people would deem as trash. She saw promise, she saw hope, she saw a new project. Erin saved both money and space by upcycling an old kitchen cutting board, and the results looks like they came straight out of Williams Sonoma.
Sep 7, 2018
Starbucks Opens New Cafe Staffed Entirely by Senior Citizens
A newly opened Starbucks cafe staffed entirely by senior citizens has opened in Mexico City, perhaps another sign that the company is making good on promises to create a more inclusive workforce. According to WXPI, Starbucks partnered with the National Institute for the Elderly to “spearhead a program of labor inclusion,” giving its older adults an income boost at the same time.
Sep 5, 2018
Watching This Netflix Movie Might Be Good for Your Health
Netflix breakout hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before launched the internet’s collective crush on Noah Centineo, but the movie had one more surprising side effect that no one could have predicted: Yakult yogurt enjoyed a spike in sales. Even if you don’t know the name of the fermented skim milk smoothie — which was created in Japan in the ’30s and made its way to America in 1999 — you’ll almost certainly recognize the packaging.
Sep 4, 2018