These cheese and olive penguins are almost too adorable for words. We know they're more in tune with the holiday season, but why wait?
Doesn't fun food make holidays and parties feel more celebratory? I think so too. Auntie Miranda made these for a family party and the little guys were the hit of the evening. They're almost too cute to eat. Almost. Delicious!
Photo by A Fridge Full of Food
We're guessing these muffins are as delicious as they look and sound. Give 'em a whirl:
Beautiful eaten soft and steaming, straight from the oven, but as nice taken on a picnic. Use blackberries, plums, damsons or blueberries in place of the raspberries, if you wish.
Photo by The Telegraph
What's a lahmacun you say? Turns out it's a tasty Turkish twist on pizza.
Photo by The Telegraph
The Huffington Post has been doing some chain-restaurant comparisons lately, and nachos were this week's hot item. Applebee's, The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's, Hard Rock Cafe, Red Lobster and T.G.I. Friday's were in the running for the best chip and cheese concoction. Much like we discovered in our recent issue, HuffPo declared nachos best when renovated. T.G.I. Friday's took home the gold with their quesadilla-nacho hybrid stuffed with refried beans.
"Whoever it was that reinvented this nacho is a genius. A pretty great take. Live it!"
Lactose-intolerant cheesemonger Emiliano Lee gives us the lowdown on his career and lifestyle, taking us hour by hour for an interesting and honest account.
Emiliano Lee comes from a long line of grocers and his passion for cheese dates back to his childhood in Oakland, where he could be found stealing bites of Rouge et Noir brie from the wheel in his father's desk drawer and spending his allowance at the 6th Avenue Cheese Shop in San Francisco.
World's Most Expensive Desserts: Three Twins Ice Cream Founder Claims Specialty Sundaes Are Priciest On Earth
Gottlieb's San Francisco ice creamery is well-known for their organic choices, artisan flavors and charity work. Some lesser-known menu items are pricey sundaes, including a banana split made with syrups from three rare dessert wines, which tops out at $3,333.33. Of course, a third of the proceeds are donated to charity.
Gottlieb told the Chronicle that no one has purchased either of the sundaes, but someone did purchase the company's third obscure package: 100 pints of ice cream personally delivered by Gottlieb in a green tuxedo for $3,333.33.
From Serious Eats, here's some good info on what's going on in Northern Italy after the earthquakes, and how people can help out the cheese producers as they pick up the pieces:
Cheesemakers can continue to age undamaged wheels to full maturity (12 to 24 months), at which point they can be certified by law as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Unfortunately, if the interior of a wheel was cracked by the fall or the rind was broken, the cheese can't be aged any more. While the cheese itself is still perfectly edible, it can't earn its certification and must be sold as unbranded hard-grating cheese.
The economic impact of the disaster has been devastating for cheesemakers all over the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy created this informative video to give viewers an idea of the kind of impact the nation's dairy farms have the environment.
According to the video, the dairy industry contributes less than 2% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. Watch the video for more surprising facts
China is expanding its domestic milk production, while simultaneously buying more milk from the US. If you're wondering how this makes sense, it all has to do with China's growing demand for milk products. In essence, the people want more milk than China can currently supply on its own"
China's appetite for dairy products is growing quickly, according to the analysis prepared by Ed Jesse and colleagues Bill Dobson and Fengxia Dong for the Babock Institute. Dairy foods aren't part of the traditional diet, but consumption has risen as incomes have gone up and more families have acquired refrigerators. The economists expect per capita consumption of dairy products in China to grow 3.4 percent to 5.7 percent annually.
U.S. dairy exports reflect this. The value of U.S. dairy product sales to China increased more than eleven-fold from 2000 to 2010, according to the report. In 2010, China replaced Japan as the third-largest market for U.S. dairy exports.
Recent studies show that a "secret ingredient" (a vitamin) found in milk might help keep us slim. That sounds ok to us!
NR is a relatively new type of vitamin discovered in milk just five years ago by a biochemist at Dartmouth Medical School. According to Telegraph India, researchers found that NR plays an important role in keeping mice slim and fit -- even when fed a high-fat diet. Mice fed NR supplements burned more fat and showed greater endurance in their muscles than their NR-deprived friends.