Tony's Chocolonely: The Heir to Willy Wonka's Dream?

Tony’s Chocolonely

Meet the slave-free chocolatier putting joy back into chocolate. “We want to do things differently, and show that it can be done differently.” This is the driving force behind Tony’s Chocolonely, as well as our dear Willy Wonka, a magician and chocolatier first created by “the world’s number one storyteller,” Roald Dahl. Of course, Mr. Dahl never made a bar of chocolate in his life. As a child he was an eager tester of confections brought to his school by Cadbury, and as an adult he would eat a bar of chocolate every day with his sandwich during lunch. He knew, and taught his young readers, that chocolate could not be made without cacao beans, that Wonka’s factory needed billions every week, and that the Oompa Loompas themselves were absolutely wild about them. Dahl also, indirectly, inspired us to question exactly how chocolate was made. If not by Oompa Loompas,        …read more

Garlic Is More Than the Best Food Ever — It’s the Stuff of Legends

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Myths and legends for National Garlic Day. National Garlic Day is April 19, and you might wonder why you’re not getting the day off from work to honor what Merriam-Webster calls “a European allium (Allium sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery.” Allium is “any of a large genus (Allium) of bulbous herbs of the lily family including the onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot.” If you didn’t know garlic is a member of the lily family, congratulations! You can now impress friends and family at your Garlic Eve party. If you’re wondering why this pungent compound bulb warrants its own day, it’s because garlic has played a central role in human civilization almost since the beginning. Native to central Asia, garlic grows wild in Italy and southern France and has long held a highly esteemed role in the development of human health care, not        …read more

Dinara Kasko Designs Eye-Popping Pastry Art with 3D Printed Molds

3D printed molds

A baking hobbyist with a background in architecture, Kasko became a dedicated pastry artist using the technology of 3D printed molds to wow admirers around the world. In 2011 Dinara Kasko graduated from Kharkov Architecture University and began what would become a three-year stint as a designer and visualizer working remotely from home. By day, she was either sitting at her computer creating ethereal models or working as a photographer part-time; by night, she was baking cakes in her apartment’s modest kitchen. There she experimented with traditional French recipes, from mousses and sponge cakes to jellies and fruits — and, of course, all kinds of chocolate. It was her hobby, an excuse to work with her hands, and a way to be creative away from her desk. She even considered enrolling in a professional culinary school to study patisserie full-time, but upon discovering that she was expecting her first child,        …read more

6 Ways to Prepare for National Drink Wine Day

National Drink Wine Day

Winos will be raising their glasses for National Drink Wine Day on February 18. From food pairings to avoiding a headache, here’s how to prepare. Now’s your chance to salute the beverage intertwined with human history (we can thank the Phoenicians for spreading it around the world). While there’s nothing wrong with just popping the cork out of your favorite bottle to commemorate this vino-lovers’ holiday, partaking in some pre-festivities planning can only make it more fun. Here are six ways to prepare for National Drink Wine Day. 1. Find Your Wine Match It may come as a surprise that your taste in coffee, chocolate, milk, fruit and beer can dictate what type of wine is your best fit. The team at My Wine Tribe has developed a quiz based on the aforementioned and more to help you discover what type of wine will satisfy your taste buds most. You        …read more

Spice It Up with 10 Eggnog Recipes from around the World

eggnog recipes

Delicious eggnog recipes from all over the globe. Plus vegan and sweet potato spins on the classic! Eggnog gets people brimming with excitement for the holiday season, when grocery stores stock up on this party staple. This year it’s time to ditch store-bought eggnog, though, and serve one (or more) of these globe-spanning eggnog recipes. And if you or yours aren’t fans of eggnog yet, these 10 unique variations just might evoke a change of heart. 1. Italy’s Il Bombardino Recipe: Eataly A direct translation of il bombardino is “the bomb,” which is what a skier reportedly called the Italian version of eggnog after tasting it for the first time in the country’s Alps. Created by a former fisherman from Genova with milk, whiskey and zabaglione (an egg-based custard), the Bombardino soon became a sought-after winter cocktail. Over time, the bomb’s recipe evolved to a creamy egg liquor, mixed with        …read more

The Competitive World of Gingerbread House Design

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These artists take their gingerbread house creations seriously. Very, very seriously. Gingerbread house making isn’t reserved for kids and the kitchen table. Gingerbread dates back to ancient Greece, and in the Middle Ages gingerbread cookies were all the rage. When the Brothers Grimm released the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the gingerbread house took off — losing the evil witch attachment in favor of a winter-wonderland fantasy. Gingerbread house construction grew into an art form that continues today — so much so that there are yearly competitions to crown the best of the best. The National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina, is the biggest, with magnificent entries that look too good to eat. The National Gingerbread House Competition For 25 years, artists of varying skill levels have entered The National Gingerbread House Competition. The number of competitors was highest at 289 in the early 2000s. “It was almost        …read more

Internet Food Wars: I Don’t Care What You Eat on Your Pizza

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From controversial canned pineapple on pizza to ‘basic’ pumpkin spice lattes, there’ve been a lot food wars online lately. I’d been doing a pretty good job of ignoring the food fights on the internet, but I knew we’d reached new heights last autumn when it suddenly involved apple cider. Apple cider seemed to me like the least controversial food or beverage on the planet, but maybe I’d been naive. Suddenly my social media feeds included people who were really mad at the “pumpkin spice people” and proudly declared themselves “apple cider people.” There were memes. There were claims that apple cider was the real beverage of autumn and all other beverages were merely wannabes. I squinted hard at my screen. I knew I had to try to wrap my head around the food wars going on all around me. The phenomena of people loathing other people’s food choices is not a        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Savory Sauce Recipe

savory sauce recipe

Use this savory sauce recipe to add flavor to anything! (Well, almost anything.) Welcome back to my Mad Science lab, where I’m stirring up delicious recipes that anyone can master and customize to their own tastes. This savory sauce recipe will kick up the flavor of your main dish. Simply grill, broil or otherwise cook a delicious single serving of any protein, such as chicken, fish or beef. Meanwhile, whip up this savory sauce recipe and then pour it on top. The magic will happen. Once you master this basic recipe, use your own Mad Science to make it your own. Your kitchen is going to smell so good, and you’ll love the bold flavor of this savory sauce. Are you ready? Let’s do this! Savory Sauce Recipe Turn up the flavor with this savory sauce recipe 1-2 tablespoons of oil 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped onion or shallot 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms Salt and pepper to        …read more

On International Beer Day, Thank the Woman Who Created Beer

International Beer Day

Celebrate International Beer Day and the woman who achieved goddess status when she discovered the frothy beverage — by accident. The world loves beer. So much so that it’s celebrated on International Beer Day the first Friday of every August. Whether it’s grocery store classics Budweiser or Coors, a locally brewed craft beer, or one of the many Belgium creations that will knock you off your feet with their alcohol percentages, beer is a global treasure. It’s been that way for centuries (when water wasn’t safe to drink, humanity guzzled beer). More often than not, in modern times beer is stereotypically considered a man’s drink — 44% of women surveyed by AB InBev said as much. And 54% of male drinkers in the United States told Gallup they prefer beer over other alcoholic beverages; only 23% of women said the same. There’s a funny thing, though, about beer history: this frothy        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Welsh Rarebit Recipe

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Feeling hangry? Welsh rarebit (melted cheese on toast) is the cure. Welcome to the Mad Science lab, where I’m whipping up an easy indulgent recipe: Welsh rarebit. Sometimes called Welsh rabbit (don’t worry — there’s no rabbit involved), this delicious melted cheese served on toast makes a fantastic snack, or it can be cut into pieces for a popular appetizer. This cheesy goodness on toast is classic pub fare and pairs perfectly with a beer. With a little Mad Science experimentation with vegetables and proteins, you can easily make it a satisfying meal. Heat up the stove, and let’s get started. Welsh Rarebit Recipe Satisfy your hunger! 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup beer or stout 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup grated sharp cheddar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard Salt and pepper to taste Melt butter on low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for        …read more