Tag: foodies

NYC, you just hit the Rice Krispy Treat jackpot

Gee, another place to eat sweets, opening in New York City? That’s no big whoop. But when the new eatery serves up gourmet rice crispy treats (because Rice Krispy Treats would be a trademark issue, right?) in flavors like red velvet, birthday cake and caramel fleur de sel? Well…that’s breaking news.   The new Treat House, which just opened last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is sure to give those ubiquitous cupcake places a run for their money. The husband (a NYC restaurant vet) and wife (a preschool teacher) owners of Treat House make seriously gourmet rice...

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The coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Personalized Father’s Day gifts are always some of our favorite to track down, but this year we kept an eye out for personalized gifts for dad that were a bit off the beaten track. So no mugs. Just these cool custom gift ideas. Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below Personalized Keychain for Dad We’re not sure if there’s anything sweeter than this sterling keychain personalized from your very own kiddo. The more imperfect the handwriting, the more perfect the gift. ($48+ from Cherished Sentiments)   Custom Pocket Square  We love that this pocket square...

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Foodies, welcome to your digital recipe box of awesomeness.

There’s an avalanche of recipe sites out there, and one of my personal favorites is about to become yours, too. Foodily (which appropriately stands for “Food, I Love You”) is a social recipe network combining a massive library of curated recipes (i.e., recipes you can trust) with your social network. Think of it as recipes with benefits.    Foodily allows users to discover, save, share and discuss recipes collected from around the web with friends. Now, with the release of “Foodily Originals,” users can also add personal recipes to their collections. That means you can combine the best recipes...

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Homemade with Love: Simple scratch recipes so full of love that you might just find yourself making homemade ricotta. Seriously.

Some of you may already know Jennifer Perillo, the food writer and recipe developer behind the wildly popular food blog In Jennie’s Kitchen. If you don’t, allow me to introduce you to one of the most talented and expressive bloggers–and now cookbook authors–this side of of your wifi.  There’s a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always endearing emotional honesty with which Jennie shares herself online. Her food comes to us straight from the heart, and now we can get even more of Jennie’s delicious cooking and heartfelt stories in a wonderful new cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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6 winning Super Bowl mail-order eats? Touchdown!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. I’m not a football fan, but I am definitely a fan of game day eats. If you are, too, you’ll be happy to know that some of the best makers of classic game day foods–from burgers to wings, hot dogs to BBQ–now deliver via mail order. Check out these 6 purveyors of the best Super Bowl party foods in the nation. No matter where you live, you can order up, sit back and enjoy the game. Or just the commercials, like me. –Stacie My favorite mail-order option (above) is an amazing selection...

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You had me at Bacon Peanut Brittle.

It seems that our society might be seeking out a few too many reasons to celebrate each and every day of the year (Penguin Awareness day anyone?). That said, I have found room for some elite exceptions. With today being National Peanut Brittle Day. In this house, brittle is king. My husband is quite the connoisseur and in our foodie expeditions in and around our eclectic island city we are happy to share that we have struck pure gold. Seeing as how it only comes once a year, I think today is a perfectly good excuse to buy some. Straight...

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5 beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes that you can make at home

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Which means I’m in trouble. I love Girl Scout cookies. Every year I’m taken by surprise by a cute little girl with a dangerously powerful sell. Whether I resist or not, I always end up baking a batch of my own homemade Girl Scout cookies. (An especially good way to stave off the craving while I wait for the order, but still support our local troops.) Making Girl Scout cookies at home is easier than you think, and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kids. The only problem with baking Girl...

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The 9 best recipes of 2012 from the 9 best food bloggers of 2012

We food bloggers are a prolific crop. Here, I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite nine (and, yes, I’ve shamelessly included myself), and I’ve asked them to all share a favorite recipe that they posted this year. Some of them are moms, some not, but regardless, all of them make fresh, laid-back food that I’d be happy to serve at my family table. And you will, too. Enjoy these nine best recipes from nine of my favorite food bloggers of 2012. Oh, they are delectable. -Stacie Is it wrong to start with sweets? I dare you to look at...

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5 New Year’s Eve appetizers with cocktails and mocktails to match for a chic, family-friendly party

Whether you’re cozying up with family or hosting a big New Year’s party, New Year’s Eve calls for party food that’s easy, potentially kid-friendly, but also elegant for us cool parents. High maintenance? Nah. We’ve got New Year’s Eve eats and drinks that hit all those marks and then some, no problem. These five appetizer recipes are just as easily turned into a fun family tapas style dinner. And the cocktails pairings? They’re just as good spiked with booze as they are without, so that everyone can have a fancy sip. Celebrating the New Year with fabulous family style...

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Sugar Wish: a last-minute gift that’s super sweet

I love candy. But being a bit of a candy connoisseur, I’m very particular about my sugar. Personally, I like a combination of sweet and sour, with just the right amount of gummy. But it’s hard to know what will delight someone’s particular sweet tooth, you know? That’s why Sugar Wish is such a cool way to give sweets to your favorite sweeties. When you gift a Sugar Wish, you choose a recipient and a box size. You write a sweet message (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) and then, boom, your friend’s inbox lights up. He then gets to...

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Cinnamon candies! Pear + clove candies! Bergamot candies! Papabubble…you’re killing me

While there’s no shortage of ideas for food gifts around the holidays (we even have six of them you can make yourself, in our Holiday Gift Guide), here’s one more I absolutely adore. But no, you can’t make them yourself. And that’s okay. If you’re not familiar with the spectacular handmade candies from Papabubble, they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen–or tasted–before. All handmade,rolled, stretched, cut and packaged right in their NYC shop, when these gorgeous creations are packaged in little bags or 20g jars they make the most perfect gifts for friends and family you’re dropping in on all winter...

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Sweet and safe: an allergy-free gingerbread house kit

Food-allergy suffers and vegan families, fret no more at Christmas! You, too, can experience the joy (and balancing act!) of gathering around the table to assemble a candy-covered gingerbread house. This year, an allergy-free bakery in Orange County, California, will save you the extensive labor and time of whipping up your own allergy-free, vegan gingerbread and icing. They’ll send you the pieces, and you and kiddo get to assemble the sweet abode, safely and simply. How cool is that? Sensitive Sweets Bakery is a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley, California. Lucky for everyone not local to Sensitive Sweets, the...

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Gourmet Spotting: Great taste, in the mail

Need a quick hostess gift that doesn’t require wrapping? We think a gourmet box for foodies is always in good taste. Especially when it gives back a little too. Yes, we already delivered a spiffy round-up of amazing gift subscription services for adults, but we couldn’t help including this fun new find that brings carefully curated gourmet goodies to your favorite foodies. Gourmet Spotting is a new NYC start-up by two globe-trotting foodies, who love to share their locally sourced and organic finds from around the world to help reinvigorate meals at home. Each month you’ll get full-size gourmet...

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8 spectacular holiday cookie recipes to kick off the holiday baking season

If you ask me, the best part of the holiday season are the holiday cookie recipes. Holiday cookies are affordable and easy to make, they never fail to make everyone happy, and they always give us a good reason to get together with friends and family. (Hello, cookie swap!) Holiday cookies make both a great dessert and a fabulous gift. Enough said. As your faithful cookie elf, I’ve rounded up 8 amazing holiday cookie recipes so that you can start getting your holiday baking on. And, no, it’s not too early. Make, bake, eat, freeze, then make more. I’ve even...

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Highlighting Hanukkah with 7 sensational latkes recipes

Hanukkah is around the corner. That means it’s time to get our best latkes recipe on! The humble potato pancake is a traditional Hanukkah food loved by Jews and non-Jews alike, and with good reason. Who can resist crispy fried cakes of shredded potato and onion served with sour cream or applesauce? Certainly not me.But what if we veered off the traditional path? What if we maintain the basic principles of latke-making, but ditch the classic recipe, which calls for little more than potato, onion and egg? Then…magic, is what. Here are 7 amazing latkes recipes to prove it,...

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10 of the best subscription box gifts that bring the awesome to someone’s doorstep

Big boxes are good. Little blue boxes are sometimes better. But gift boxes that arrive in the mail every month are maybe the best way to remind the folks you love that they’re always on your mind. Whether you have a favorite foodie, a beloved bibliophile, a luxe loved one, or a caffeine fiend on your list, we’ve compiled a sweet array of monthly subscription gifts for adults that will make that special someone (or someones) squeal with joy. For the sophisticated foodie: NewYorkMouth With six different monthly subscriptions from chocolate to jerky to pickles and a variety of...

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The most sophisticated Advent calendars for adults. (Truffles, anyone?)

I love Advent calendars as a way for my kids to count down to Christmas (did you catch our most recent picks?). But why should they be the only ones to have all the fun? If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more sophisticated, here are some amazing options that you may want to grab before the first of December. –Christina I grew up eating waxy molded chocolates that I pulled out of the drugstore Advent calendar that my mom bought each year. Now that I’m grown up, I still love to find little treats, but I’d prefer them...

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Mmmmmmmarshmallows!

I have this inkling that gourmet marshmallows just may be the new macaron (which was the new whoopie pie which was the new cupcake). And when you see the flavors like the ones from Wondermade, you are going to agree with me completely. Wondermade Marshmallows are no child’s play. Made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup,the flavors include a sophisticated Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Maple Bacon (zomg), or Guinness, which couples the dark beer with cane sugar, crushed pretzels and pure vanilla extract. If you like your gelatin-based dessert treats a little more sobering, there’s Honey Pear, Pumpkin Pie,...

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Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day!

Hey, wake up! It’s National Coffee Day. So If you love coffee, raise your mug! And if you support fair trade coffee…well, we have a lot to talk about. Whether it’s tall, grande, venti, with extra shots, with whip, made by baristas, or filtered through a paper towel and poured into a cracked mug with shaking hands at 6am, we’re big fans of coffee; but in today’s world, it’s important to us that our favorite brew is grown and harvested humanely. Keep reading for some lovely ways to enjoy cruelty-free coffee. When we found the amazing SlaveryFootprint.org  we were...

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