Robin Mather Chicago Tribune Published 11:00 PM EDT Jul 31, 2019 Need something easy to add to an otherwise mundane menu? Or something simple to take to a potluck, cookout or another social occasion? What you need is a good quick bread. They’re called quick breads because they’re quick to make, at least compared to yeast-risen breads, and they fall halfway between cake and bread. Whether sweet or savory, quick breads can incorporate the best of summer’s fruits and vegetables. Quick breads have a rich history in American foodways. Life changed for home cooks back in 1846, when baking soda — often called saleratus at the time — was marketed, making the first quick breads easy to bake at home. Mixed with acidic soured milk or buttermilk that might otherwise have gone to waste, baking soda created a chemical reaction that made possible the gas bubbles that leaven these breads. Further innovation came 10 years later, when baking powder, a mixture of a … [Read more...] about Use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory
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By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch Published 10:39 AM EDT May 2, 2019 Cauliflower’s moment in the sun as a food fad came to an abrupt halt a few years ago when someone sliced it crosswise and called it a cauliflower steak. Cauliflower is not a steak. There is nothing steaklike about cauliflower. And while we’re at it, you know those cauliflower-based pizza crusts that they say don’t taste like cauliflower? They taste like cauliflower. That said, I love cauliflower, except in its steak and pizza applications. One friend of mine calls cauliflower the tofu of vegetables, because it soaks up and takes on the flavor of anything it is with. And that is true when it is served with a cheesy or spicy sauce. But when it is served by itself, unadorned, it has a mildly nutty flavor all its own. To sample the many different aspects of cauliflower, I made it four ways. One was in a highly flavorful chilled salad, one was a traditional Indian presentation and one was in … [Read more...] about Cauliflower? Good. These recipes? Better.
Kate Halse, provided by Published 1:40 pm CST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 TheInsider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Baking mats provide a non-stick surface so you can safely bake foods without using butter or oil to guarantee an easy release. There's not a whole lot of variation between baking mats, but the Silpat mats rise above competitors for their durability, eco-friendly construction, and longevity. The mats are so long lasting that many people keep their Silpat mats for years before finally replacing them. The good news is that the lack of differences between baking mats can help you narrow down the options. For example, your top pick might be a set of mats that will work well in a traditional cookie sheet as well as smaller pans. Others choose mats that are dishwasher safe, or that contain measuring marks for rolling out dough, crusts, and … [Read more...] about The best baking mats you can buy
THURSDAY-SUNDAYOpening weekend for this special opportunity to experience "American Prom," a work by poet/playwright/rapper Idris Goodwin commissioned by Theatreworks. Runs through Feb. 10 at Ent Center for the Arts. When a young white man asks his black friend to prom, they challenge age-old barriers in their small hometown in middle America. How to make their way toward a special prom night and more inclusive future? 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees, tickets $20-45.50, uccspresents.org THURSDAY-SUNDAYWarren Epstein does solo comedy about an area he knows well, the Catskills in New York, as Borsch Belted premieres, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St. Join the fun, directed by MAT's Jim Jackson. $25, $18 on Thursday. themat.orgTHURSDAY-SUNDAYWinter sports at their most daredevil. Experience Winter X Games, Buttermilk Mountain, in person. All the sports competitions are free and open to all. The evening concerts are sold out, but … [Read more...] about 14 things to do in and around Colorado Springs this weekend: Idris Goodwin play, Chinese New Year, Dragon Theatre, films in Black Forest, fruitcake fling
Lee Svitak Dean Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Published 5:31 PM EST Dec 26, 2018 It has been a breakout year for books for kids — cookbooks and food-related volumes — as the writers from America’s Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping and beyond vie for readers. And the winners are kids — and their parents. “In the French Kitchen With Kids,” by Mardi Michels (Appetite by Random House, 184 pages, $24.95) may be the most revolutionary. Michels, a French teacher at an all-boys elementary school in Toronto, runs after-school cooking classes for ages 7 to 14, where she serves up recipes far beyond the usual fare in kids’ cookbooks. “The boys NEVER think something can’t be done unless they’ve been told it’s supposed to be hard,” writes Michels. “Puff pastry? Choux pastry? Sushi? Molecular cuisine? … No problem for kids who believe they can do anything.” That means macarons and madeleines, crêpes and … [Read more...] about Cookbooks for kids entice youngsters into the kitchen