Book team test cook Sara Mayer removes a cooked lobster from a pot of boiling water while preparing for a photo shoot of New England-style Lobster Rolls for an upcoming publication. Hopefully she’ll have some leftovers! See more behind-the-scenes photos at: http://bit.ly/o0qi36
Google and Amazon Rolling Out Same-Day Grocery Delivery Services: Google and Amazon and reaching past the screen and into your fridge with their new delivery services. Google Shopping Express is the search company’s e-commerce service that delivers goods within hours of their being ordered. The service is currently only offered in the San Francisco Bay Area, and during its trial period is free to the lucky few who’ve been given the chance to test it out. Amazon, not to be left behind, is expanding AmazonFresh, its grocery delivery system, to big cities beyond Seattle, where it has been running for several years. Could this be the beginning of the end of physical grocery stores?
Check Out 10 of the Weirdest-Looking Food Trucks in the World: Would you eat from a food truck named after a potentially poisonous Japanese puffer fish? Or from a truck designed to look like an iron pig wearing sunglasses? How about ordering a meal from Space Shuttle Cafe, made from the fuselage of a Douglas DC-3 spacecraft? All of these are real, as are seven more bizarre-looking, moving restaurants.
Who Invented Brunch?: The weekend ritual of brunch didn’t catch on in the United States until the 1920s. However, the meal originated in England in the late 1800s, when hungry huntsmen would return from the morning hunt wanting a big meal, and the word itself first appeared in a British magazine called Hunter’s Weekly in 1895. Whether you’re eating after a hunt or a particularly indulgent night out, the hearty mid-morning meal can do a person wonders.
Two Types of People: Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts: Boston.com took it upon itself to investigate the decades-old question: Which do you prefer, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Here in the Northeast, at least, the chain coffee shop one patronizes can be an issue of loyalty and self-identification. Some of Starbucks’ proponents say they like the ambiance; one fan from Cambridge ventures a guess that perhaps “paying too much for the coffee is appealing.” Dunkin devotees like the price, and as one Boston woman said, “They always make [the coffee] right. Starbucks is a yuppieville urban…” she paused, then continued: “It’s just not for me. It’s just not for me, hon.”
12 Desserts Inspired by S’mores: S’mores taste like summer, featuring the perfect combination of crunchy graham cracker, rich chocolate, and melted marshmallow. But why stop at the traditional campfire version? We think a no-bake s’mores pie, s’mores blossom cookies, s’mores pancakes (!), and a pumpkin s’mores layer cake sound like fun ways to play around with the classic summer camp staple.
Over-the-Top Barbecuing: A Gold-Plated Grill for $155,000: Gold-plated grills are not just for rappers and Ryan Lochte anymore. The Australian grill company BeefEater recently covered one of their Series 6 Burner LS4000s in 24-carat gold to make the most expensive grill in the world. Unfortunately for those who think this sounds like the perfect Father’s Day gift, only one was produced, and it’s not for sale.
The Many Different Types of People Who Drink Iced Coffee: Are you The Stoic, The Temporary Abstainer, or The Existentialist when it comes to your iced coffee preferences? Do you freeze coffee into ice cubes to ensure you don’t water down your brew? Do you turn it into dessert due to the amount of sugar and cream you add? Take a look at this list of every possible incarnation of the cold-brew drinker to find out into which camp you fall.
Name That Food: 9 Abstract Photos of Common Items: The photographs that Ajay Malghan takes look like images of supernovas or strange, deep-sea creatures. But all of them are actually of common foods such as carrots, strawberries, and shrimp. Malghan makes these pictures by shining colored lights through thin slices of food onto light-sensitive paper, a method which captures the ethereal image of the item’s shadow.
Cook’s Illustrated test cook Dan Cellucci doses a Dutch oven full of warmed goat’s milk with a dilute solution of liquid rennet to kick off the process of making feta cheese, a recipe for which will appear in an upcoming special issue. Rennet, a complex of enzymes with a storied place in the cheese-making tradition, is the agent that will coagulate the milk, helping it solidify into the final delicious product. See more behind-the-scenes photos at: http://bit.ly/o0qi36
McSweeney’s Reviews New Foods, Including Blue Icing: Wondering about the lastest foods to hit grocery stores and restaurants? No? You will be after you read McSweeney’s eleventh batch of “Reviews of New Food,” including Covered Bridge’s Homestyle Ketchup Chips; Betty Crocker Decorating Cookie Icing, Blue; and Trader Joe’s Inner Peas.