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Is This the World’s Spiciest Burger?

Posted by on April 23 2014 in Cheese, Red Meat, Restaurants

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At Star City Kitchen in El Paso, Texas, Chef Sarah Kosravani recently introduced “The Ghost Burger.” It consists of five separate elements, each designed to light your mouth on fire.

1. Bun brushed with cayenne-infused butter

2. Burger patty seasoned with secret-recipe salsa, pepper flakes, and raw, diced habanero

3. Pepperjack cheese laced with he notorious ghost pepper!

4. Roasted habanero and garlic aioli.

5. Battered and fried toreados (jalapenos that have basically mated with onion rings).

Would you try it?


OREO Snack Hacks Get Clever with the Cookie

Posted by on April 22 2014 in Sponsored

OREO Snack Hacks are simple and unexpected ways to enjoy the classic cookie. Who knew you could use a pepper mill grinder to crush OREO cookies and sprinkle them over ice cream? Or what about cookie ice cubes? Just freeze milk and crushed up OREO cookies in ice trays and drop the delicious cubes in your Saturday morning coffee. Now, OREO has teamed up with ink. and ink.sack chef and owner Michael Voltaggio, food truck revolutionary and Kogi co-founder Ray Choi and young gun Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen to remix OREO with other foods to reveal their most clever food Snack Hacks yet: Golden OREO-crusted chicken tenders, OREO tortilla chips with strawberry salsa, OREO bread pudding and, even an OREO shandy!

See more OREO Snack Hacks. Got a hack of your own? Submit it here.


Artsy Egg Art of the Day

Posted by on April 16 2014 in Eggs, Photos

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Just in case you didn’t know, yes there is an entire pinboard about “LOL Funny Egg Jokes.”

You’re welcome.

(Pin by Shaddiff McKamie.)


Food Porn Champion: Strawberry Meringue

Posted by on April 15 2014 in Desserts, Photos

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Looks for a perfect Passover dessert? Or just a reason to get out of bed?

Check out these babies from Bakers Royale.

 


Getting Tropical with Coconut Water Vodka

Posted by on April 13 2014 in Drinks, Recipe, Trends

I’ve been a fan of coconut water for years. It’s basically nature’s Gatorade: super hydrating and full of electrolytes. So, what better way to improve upon it than by turning it into something hella dehydrating that saps you of your energy? That’s right, I’m talking about sweet, sweet alcohol. There have been some coconut water cocktail recipes popping up around the Internet, and now Three Olives has taken it one step further by introducing a Coconut Water flavored vodka. Three Olives clearly knows I am a connoisseur of both coconut water and booze, so they sent me this huge sample pack to review.

Coconut Water Vodka Elvis Edition

Yes, Three Olives Coconut Water vodka is Elvis-themed. Why? According to the press pack:

Three Olives Vodka honors Elvis Presley with this refreshing Coconut Water Flavored Vodka to celebrate his long standing love affair with Hawaii and his legendary style and groundbreaking performances that have transcended time.

Hm. Okay, I’ll take it.

They’re not kidding about the COCONUT smell and taste here. If you’re not a coconut lover, this might not be the vodka for you. But! If you love sweet, tropical drinks, this could be your new magic ingredient. To be 100% honest, I’m not sure what the difference between coconut vodka and coconut water vodka is, but oh well. I’m guessing they’re just riding the wave of the trend, and that’s fine. Anyway, here’s a cocktail two ways: the Three Olives version and my personal version. This is very sweet and coconutty, so cut it with some unflavored vodka and/or more soda water if you want it milder.

Coconut Water Vodka Cocktail Pour

 The Elvis

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Growing a Serious Sandwich

Posted by on April 11 2014 in Bacon, Cheese, Pig, Recipe, Sandwich

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With spring weather (finally-maybe-is-it-really) coming to most of the country it’s about time to start talking gardening. Now, to put it nicely my cooking technique focuses on creativity and innovation at the expense of perfection and measurement, and my gardening experience, not surprisingly, has had about as much success as my baking repertoire. Which is to say…not much.

So I was excited to receive a shipment of Gro-ables, a foolproof new way to grow herbs and vegetables in your backyard, garden or kitchen. Gro-ables are ready-to-plant seed pods that come with a built-in environment for your seed. Each pod contains growing materials, plant food and seeds (basil, spinach, cilantro, dill, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes and more). All you need to do is open the seed pod, drop it in some dirt and then water occasionally. Now that’s my kind of gardening.

With sunny weather on hand this week, I was inspired to get going with my Gro-ables — planting some basil, cherry tomatoes and lettuce on my windowsill. That in turn got me hungry for some fresh herbs and veggies, so while I’m waiting for those to grow, I took the basil I already had on hand, whipped up some fresh pesto and put together a new take on an ES favorite sandwich.

BLT Sandwich with Fresh Pesto, Mozzarella and Basil

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Food Porn of the Day: Burgers on Burgers

Posted by on April 11 2014 in Photos, Red Meat, Restaurants

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I was invited to the pre-opening tasting of the new Smashburger here in Austin. I’m not much for burgers (unless they’re really exceptional) or “fast casual” type restaurants in general, but I’d heard a fair amount about the Colorado-based chain and decided to check it out. I will say the burgers (ground beef, chicken breast, and black bean) were much higher quality than your average chain burger, but they were still greasy, decadent, meaty… burgers. They held nothing back at the tasting event; the pic above is only part of what I was given to sample. I only ate a bite or so of each, otherwise I think my stomach would have exploded.


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