Slow cookers are one of those appliances that most people seem to own, but only use for a handful of dishes, primarily of the chili or pot roast variety. There's nothing wrong with that, I love crock pot roasts and chili. There is something beautiful about being able to fill the slow cooker with in ... More >>
Two of my favorite desserts are ice cream on a cone and cupcakes. Both are my own personal treats, one having the perfect ratio of frosting to cake, and the other providing a balance of creaminess and crunchiness. I'm type of person who is always looking for a new and interesting recipe to bake at h ... More >>
After this weekend, you and just about every other household with be in possession of a ton of hard-boiled eggs. Whether you dyed them for an Easter egg hunt or boiled them to make some deviled eggs, chances are you're stuck with more than you can want. My family always boils several dozen eggs, th ... More >>
Joy of Cooking is one of the most influential cookbooks of all time, but there's a surprise about the author.
Always ready to help you incorporate more chocolate into your life, Hershey's has introduced a new line of spreads in the flavors of Chocolate, Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Chocolate with Almond. Advertisements seem to suggest putting the spreads on toast and fruit slices is the proper thing to do, ... More >>
For those of you who like to cook with booze, here's a sweet way to incorporate alcohol. Cupcakes and alcohol are a delicious combination you have to try the next time you decide to whip up some cupcakes. Here are five alcohol and cupcake combinations you'll absolutely love. 5. Tequila cupcakes Y ... More >>
Brownies, like chocolate chip cookies, seem so simple - yet why is it that so many places screw them up? There are mediocre brownies aplenty in H-town (believe me, I've done my research) but truly excellent brownies are few and far between. Here are five that make the cut: 5. Pot Brownie (Freebir ... More >>
I don't think I could have had lower expectations for Betty Crocker's Shake-n-Pour mixes. Curiosity compelled me to purchase the confetti cupcake mix even though I had read some rather scathing online reviews. And the sale price ($2!) certainly didn't hurt. I've been intrigued the Shake-n-Pour li ... More >>
Although in the past I've mocked foods experiencing a certain degree of identity confusion, e.g. gums that thinks its key lime pie, I nevertheless remain strangely fascinated with these fusion products. When my friend Maggie sent me a snarky FYI email on Betty Crocker's new Cinnamon Toast Crunch, R ... More >>
Ever look down at your cart and contemplate throwing in a box of baby wipes or kids' sunscreen just so people think you're shopping for children? Some of the snacks I still enjoy as a 20-something-year-old female are just downright embarrassing. At what point will I stop liking this crap? It's not o ... More >>
Photo by King Arthur FlourIt's that time of year again - when we get give gifts to the ones you love. But what do you get for the baker who has everything? Check out our list for the top 5 gifts for that special baker in your life. If you play your cards right, you may even get some free dess ... More >>
LarryB08So healthful...and expensive. Little. Blue. Packs a powerful punch. No, we're not talking Viagra, we're referring to the blueberry. King on the list of "superfoods," blueberries are chock full of cancer cell inhibitors and anti-inflammatory agents. In addition, recent research has f ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
For some reason, many of the people I hold near and dear are all born within a two-week window of October. Unfortunately, it's usually the same two-week period as midterms and a host of other pressing responsibilities. Since I have always had that 1950s housewife mentality of needing to bake ... More >>
joshbouselWe still love you, meatloaf.Even though I was but a glimmer in my mother's eye during the 1950s, I still feel nostalgia for that era. The booming post-war economy, a young, spritely Elvis Presley, and flattering poodle skirts: What's not to like about this decade? Oh, that's right. ... More >>
Colorful eatery Canopy is becoming a neighborhood fixture.
How do you screw up brownies from of a box? Trust us, you can. This weekend, we had dry, flavorless caramel brownies that obviously came from a box. They looked delicious until we took our first bite. We immediately regretted our choice, wishing we had grabbed the chocolate candy instead. But ... More >>
"The Cactus," one of Iannello's kitchen utensil / sex toy conceptsIn one of our many strange and winding trips through the twisted pathways of the Internet, we stumbled across this site: http://www.xxxitchen.com. Despite the URL, it's not nearly as NSFW (that's Not Safe For Work, moms, which ... More >>
The Egg and I was recently covered as a top ten place to eat in Memorial, but we had a different experience with the one at 557 Bay Area Blvd. When a business goes as far as to use the word "egg" in its name, we expect and egg-ceptional experience. We couldn't wait to enjoy various kinds of e ... More >>
Yeah, if you've got some kind of principled objection to what is traditionally known as "junk food", you'll wanna go ahead and move right along to the next article. Ah, the hazy, crazy days of dorm life. I stayed in the dorms at the University of Houston for two-and-a-half years, had some gre ... More >>
Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>
Sad news has come in over the wires from Bloom County. Houston boy Berkeley Breathed has announced “Opus” will be no more come November 2. “With the crisis in Wall Street and Washington, I’m suspending my comic strip to assist the nation,” Breathed said in a press release from the Washi ... More >>
Would You Like Fries with Those Lyrics?
Edmund J. Pankau trades on his hard-boiled private-eye image to attract clients and speaking engagements. To find out more about him, we resort to some Sam Spade work of our own.
Prison's in the past. Joe Champion's chasing after alchemy again.