Sure, we may appreciate the delicate beauty of a flower, but what about its taste? Zucchini Blossoms are on of the few flora we consume as well as admire, and as Melissa Clark of the New York Times learns, they make an excellent wrapping for rich burrata cheese.
Next, I tried stuffing them with a cheese that does not require applied heat to ooze. Soft goat cheese, ricotta and buffalo mozzarella would have all worked (and can be substituted), but I went for the richest thing I could get: burrata, which is essentially mozzarella filled with heavy cream. I spooned some into the flowers, dotting the cheese with a tangy, garlicky tapenade. Then I piled the blossoms onto a platter, slicked them with good olive oil until they shined, and sprinkled them with crunchy sea salt.
Have you ever thought of wearing milk? It's a possibility in the not so distant future, as a German biologist and designer has invented a new process to make silky, chemical free clothing from casein, a milk component and critical cheese ingredient.
Milk does a body good from the inside out--we know this from those TV commercials that aired in the 1980s--but it’s trying on a whole new identity thanks to Anke Domaske. The German biologist and designer has converted the beloved lactic liquid into Qmilch, a textile--yes, textile--that’s soft as silk, durable as cotton, and incredibly kind to extra-sensitive skin.
Jim Paice, Britain's Agriculture Minister, made an embarrassing reveal when he admitted that he does not know how much a pint of milk costs in Britain. His gaffe comes on the heels of major protests from dairy famers across the EU over proposed cuts to milk prices that farmers claim will endanger their business.
The minister responsible for farming admitted yesterday that he did not know what a pint of milk costs.
Jim Paice should have been prepared for the question, which is frequently put to politicians to test how in touch they are with normal life.
A while back we posted about Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers, who requested cheese while aboard the International Space Station. So it's fitting that the same day Kuipers returned to Earth on July 1st, several hundred cubes of Old Amsterdam touched down in the Netherlands, complete with tiny parachutes.
On the morning of July 1, 2012, people in Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands were surprised when they saw hundreds of parachutes with cheese cubes attached to them landing on the beach. The cheese cubes seemed to be falling from the sky. The reason for this landing was the safe return to Earth of Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.
Are your friends not responding to your calls? Well don't worry, because this milk jug will send you a text message. Except, it will only text you when your milk is spoiled. Our bittersweet reaction would be something like this: Holy cow! This milk jug is texting me and that's awesome! But that also means I need new milk :(
Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning with a growling belly and a yen for a big bowl of cereal…only to find that the milk you’ve just poured on your Golden Grahams is chunky and disgusting? It’s a first-world problem, perhaps, but still pretty frustrating. The Milkmaid is a milk jug that will never let you experience this kind of disappointment again. Created through a partnership between GE Labs and crowdsource manufacturers Quirky, the Milkmaid monitors the amount of milk you have left as well as its level of freshness.
Because the drought in the Midwest hasn't ended, prices for animal feed keep rising. In turn, struggling farmers will have to charge more for their meat and dairy products.
Michigan State University Extension Agricultural Economist Jim Hilker says it's all part of the food chain.
"When you have less production, you have higher prices. The biggest use of corn and soybeans is for feed for livestock and dairy animals," said Hilker. "You have higher feed prices, that means it costs a lot more to produce milk, beef and hogs."
The milk protein, called IDP, is supposed to help maintain oral hygiene. Products using the ingredient are being developed in New Zealand.
Hamilton biotechnology company Quantec has signed a deal that could open up a $2 million-a-year oral and throat-care market in China for its patented milk protein ingredient.
Quantec managing director Rod Claycomb said Auckland-based NZ New Paradise had bought exclusive rights to the milk protein ingredient, patented as IDP, for use in oral-care and throat-care confectionery products made in New Zealand and exported to China.
You will either be delighted or appalled to learn this recipe contains Velveeta. But really, don't you think you could make an exception for something that sounds as delicious as "beer cheese"?
I liked these pretzel bites and the accompanying beer cheese dip as is. Rachel found the pretzel bites to be a little too doughy, which could have been because I made the balls too big (mine were golf ball size) or didn’t bake the extra minute or two they needed. When we bake for a party I’m going to do them as logs; easier for baking and party dipping too.
The beer cheese dip I found to be a perfect accompaniment to the pretzel bites, especially as I drank the remainder of the beer used in this recipe. The horseradish gave a little zing to the dip, and the cream cheese and Velveeta were creamy smooth.
Looking for something original to bake? Try these gluten free cheese biscuits that make use of coconut flour, cayenne peppers and garlic.
Photo by Until The Thin Lady Sings
Girlichef created a coffee cake that looks like it might kill us with how good it is. We can't wait to impress our friends with this one:
I was fortunate to have friends with generous parents as I got older. They would pile me in the car and take me with them on their family vacations. Camping trips to the lake. Deer Forest. Michigan Funland. Family cabins. Sea World. And sometimes we'd stay in hotels along the way. Hotels with pools...the best kind. They were never anything particularly fancy. Not one that would have a full-service restaurant in it. It was always the kind with a Continental Breakfast. Cereal and milk. Juice and coffee. Bagels and toast and yogurt. And the part every kid looks forward to - doughnuts and danish and coffee cake.