While wandering the canals and cobblestone streets of Venice last spring, I encountered a piece of candy that really made me smile. Have you ever eaten such a jolly piece of candy?Before the spumoni police come to get me, I do realize that “spumoni” is a semi-frozen Italian dessert, similar to ice cream, mixed with lots of nuts, chocolates and other goodies.But this confection, a “spamoni,” as it was sold to me in Venice, was a very different sort of thing.
Q: I am lucky enough to work at a company that stocks a full kitchen for folks that have to work late to meet deadlines. We recently bought some beef jerky that is WAY salty.No one’s going to eat it by itself, but I hate to see it go to waste. What should I do with it?Sent by LanaEditor: Lana, sometimes cured meat has a salty coating that can be washed off; have you tried rinsing the jerky to make it more palatable?Readers, any thoughts or recipe ideas for this stuff?Next question?
These roasted edamame are completely and utterly addictive, which is trouble if guests are coming in an hour and you can’t stop nibbling on them. They’re crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. The sweet flavor of the edamame is balanced by sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper. You might want to make a double batch.This recipe is a riff on roasted chickpeas, another favorite party snack.
We talk a lot about pairing wine and beer with food, but what about cocktails? Do you sip cocktails with snacks or with meals — or do you just drink them alone? If you drink them with a bite of food, do you have pairings that you love? Here are a few ideas for pairing cocktails with delicious snacks.What makes a good pairing of cocktail with appetizer? Do you look for complementary flavors, colors, or textures?
Crunchie bars are one of our absolute favorite British candies. Called Violet Crumbles in Australia, these are airy bars of caramel-like “honey comb” coated with a thin layer of chocolate. So far our addiction has been limited by the availability of the candy bar here in the states – but no longer!We had no idea that this candy would be so easy to make! Well…sorta.
My husband and I have become slightly obsessed with olive oil tortas. Have you tried these yet? We were excited to see them in Saveur‘s Top 100 List this month; they certainly deserve a spot!We had seen these tortas in their intriguing wax paper packaging in the grocery store a few times, but we were put off by the price ($6 for 6 tortas). But finally we tried them out, and oh my! They are so delicious!
Of all the pre-made and pre-packaged foods that we’ve been trying to move away from, we’ve found it hardest to let go of snack bars – particularly Nutri-Grain’s Fruit and Nut Bars. We were devastated when they disappeared from store shelves! Then again, now we’ve figured out how to make them ourselves!The beauty of making these ourselves is that we can add whatever fruits or nuts to the cereal base that we feel like.
Microwave popcorn is a college dorm staple – when your kitchen is limited to a microwave and a mini fridge, what choice do you have? But did you know there’s a way to make it that’s healthier, tastier and much, much cheaper? Here’s what you need: popcorn kernels and a paper bag. That’s it. Fill the bag with about 1/4 cup of kernels, fold the top of the bag over a couple of times and microwave on high for about 2 minutes.
Fair food nachos aren’t like any nachos we’ve had anywhere else. No fancy sauces or piles of extra toppings. No impressive presentation or attempts to win us over. We’re simply handed a paper tray of corn chips that have been drizzled with the creamiest, saltiest, and most strangely addictive cheese sauce imaginable.Wandering between booths with the sun on our faces, this is heaven.The secret ingredient to that extra-oozy, gooey sauce is our old frenemy, American Cheese.
Trail mix is the undisputed king of outdoor snacks! Whether you’re hiking the Appalachians or just going to a nearby park for some time in the sun, a bag of trail mix in your backpack is insurance against low-blood sugar. What’s your favorite mix?We like trail mixes with a nice balance of salty, sweet, and sour, and we usually keep it simple with just a few ingredients.
Do you like granola? We do. We always think about making it ourselves, but never seem to get around to it, sadly. So we jumped at the chance to try out a new online product: MixMyGranola, which lets you mix up custom batches of granola that are shipped to you overnight. What would this be, we wondered? Gimmick? Great granola?A little of both, it turned out, in the end.