Christopher Kimball, host of America's Test Kitchen, brought the PBS show to life on stage Thursday night during America's Test Kitchen Live. Fans of the cooking show, young and old, filled the seats of Jones Hall to listen to Kimball share secrets about the production of the show and explain how th ... More >>
Someone dared contest the primacy of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Well, I shouldn't be too dramatic. This isn't the first time, for Paul Newman and others have offered some competition. But never before, however, in (my) recent memory has another major candy manufacturer issued such a direct sma ... More >>
The New Yorker: Can you believe the chocolate chip cookie has been around for 75 years? In honor of its 75th anniversary, The New Yorker, explained the history of the chocolate chip cookie. Many of us know that Ruth Wakefield created the chocolate chip cookie by accident, but do you know the story a ... More >>
Okay, time to get down to business. While it's perfectly acceptable to give out candy devoid of cocoa at Halloween, we all know chocolate is the name of the game on October 31. Whether you're being modest and giving out fun-size or miniature versions, or are going whole hog (probably in a not-so-sub ... More >>
Warning: This discussion is thick with spoilers.
Although I plan to spend a fair amount of time this summer at Fat Cat Creamery's ice cream parlor, I can't possibly go there every night without 1) the owners issuing some sort of food restraining order and 2) going into massive debt. In between visits, I plan to satisfy my ice cream treat cravings ... More >>
Sometimes, the only cure for a bad day is a warm, sweetly soft, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie. Here are our 10 favorites in the city. 10. French Gourmet Bakery & Cafe Although I usually favor the chewy chocolate chip cookie, I very much enjoy the cakey texture of the French Gourmet Bakery's ... More >>
And do Mexicans eat chocolates?
Walking by a cookie place in the mall gets me every single time. Just last week, the aroma of freshly baked sweets at a Nestle Cafe lured me in like a bad habit. Drawing closer to the shop, I was immediately transported back to my childhood; a young, extraordinarily beautiful little girl begging he ... More >>
The upcoming presidential election has gotten me into the mood for debate, and rather than argue about shit I know very little about (e.g., the efficacy of the stimulus package), I would like to engage with the American people on an issue very close to my heart: the supremacy of Krackel over Crunch. ... More >>
Top five condiments to make at home.
Popsicles and cool treats are not just for people; dogs deserve a little treat to cool down, too. My dog, Abby, loves to run and play outside during the summer, just like any dog does, but sometimes cold water or a dip in the pool isn't enough to cool her down. Although grocery stores sell ice crea ... More >>
Photo by Joanna O'LearyYes, those are dark chocolate Milky Ways lurking in the background.Between October and December it's rare to find a "limited edition" food product that doesn't have something to do with the impending holidays. That's exactly why I gravitated toward the new "Oatmeal Scot ... More >>
sheknows.comNeat. Good times. Ben & Jerry have exposed their newest, limited-batch flavor "Schweddy Balls" based on the mock-NPR SNL sketch starring Alec Baldwin because "It's never too early to start celebrating the holiday season." (Wasn't it just Labor Day?) According to the company sit ... More >>
Ready to make some ballsPorcupine balls are a great entree -- inexpensive, delicious and easily modified to suit your caloric or dietary needs. This dish is quick to assemble, leaving you plenty of time while it bakes to do your thing. Clean-up is easy, and most ingredients are pantry/freez ... More >>
We were terrified of the ball gag, too.A chef, a pastry chef and a food critic walk into Erotic Cabaret. It's not the beginning of a joke; it's how I spent my Saturday afternoon. I took chef Jonathan Jones of Beaver's and pastry chef Jody Stevens of Jodycakes to the "marital aid" store this ... More >>
The cocoa at Antigua.Cold weather is on the way - perfect for grabbing a Snuggie, a good book, and a steaming mug of delicious hot cocoa. Here our picks for the best options in town. 5. Nestle Abuelita Authentic Mexican Chocolate Mix (various supermarkets) This stuff would win for convenien ... More >>
There's been a trend emerging in my Shiftwork Bites cooking, as of late. As the weather turns colder, I turn to heartier, simpler, more soul-satisfying meals. I'm sure you are all doing the same. For Shiftwork Bites, this is a good thing. Typically, it means meat and potatoes, frequently cook ... More >>
It's called Southern Point, retails for $2.99, and you can only get it at Walgreens. Oh, and it's as good as any $10 to $12 wine in recent memory. Yes, Walgreens. America's largest retail drugstore brought wine and beer back to its shelves earlier this year, ending a nearly 15-year sales b ... More >>
Amid the chaos that is Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has made ending child malnutrition her life's work.
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka couldn't be more Texas if it tried. Its namesake is the oldest swimming pool in Texas, on the National Register of Historic Places. The water for Deep Eddy comes from an artesian well in north Texas, and the corn for the vodka -- which is distilled 10 times -- from ... More >>
Whether it is an innate physiological response to the sweltering heat or a more shallow desire to look good while lounging poolside, people have a tendency to eat lighter during the simmering months of summer. But this rule of thumb excludes ice cream. So despite my recent healthful eating ... More >>
For people who have an unhealthy relationship with food, dessert is an extremely important part of the meal. It's the sweet reward for struggling through all the harsh, bitter flavors of entrees like chicken fried steak, pizza, prime rib, hamburgers, stuffed pork chops, and other disgusting s ... More >>
Superbanana slumbers innocently, unaware that he will soon face his fearsome arch-nemesis: Krypto-Monkey. Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've decided to keep all these sausage and cheese Christmas gift baskets for ourselves. Jane Catherine Collins certainl ... More >>
You've probably had German chocolate cake, the multilayered chocolate dreamboat filled and topped with a luscious coconut-pecan frosting. While this lover is a year-round nationwide favorite, most people have never heard of its cousin, the German chocolate pie. The pie version features the sa ... More >>
They tell you landing a job via social media that won't trigger your gag reflex is a piece of cake. They share insider tips and tricks like Carrie and Samantha dishing blowjob techniques over Cosmos. They tell you to keep your nose clean, but if you can't, don't post photos of it online. So whe ... More >>
Let there be jubilation in the halls of junior high schools across the land! A crack Baylor College of Medicine research team has found that chewing gum in class improves TAKS math scores.The study centered on 108 math students, aged 13-16, at a low-income, predominantly Hispanic Houston charter sch ... More >>
The best thing I got in my Easter Basket was this Mo's Bacon Bar from Vosges chocolate company. The texture is not unlike a Nestle's Crunch, but instead of crispy rice, the crunchy bits here are pieces of alderwood smoked bacon and coarse alderwood smoked salt. When you open up the aluminum foil, th ... More >>
Jewish parents at Klein High School want to know what Terri Hall, the academic adviser to the student newspaper, was thinking when she allowed what some of them consider an anti-Semitic news article and editorial to be published in the January 30 edition of the Klein Bearchat.The banner story in the ... More >>
"Legend has it that the recipe for Tres Leches cake was first printed on the back of the can of Nestle's sweetened condensed milk," Michael Cordúa, the chef behind the Cordua Restaurants in Houston, once told me. The name tres leches, or three milks, refers to the ingredients used -- a can of eva ... More >>
That stuff flowing from the faucet is safe, cheap and environmental
The story that I heard while living in Greece was that, in 1957, Nestle's was marketing an instant chocolate milk drink to the Greek market and giving away free cocktail shakers. This gave one of their Greek executives an idea on how to penetrate the Greek market with Nestle's instant coffee: Ice, ... More >>
Peter Jackson's King Kong earns its crown
A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands
The bygone days of the Insurance Man
Bart Sipriano's well dried up four days after Ozarka started pumpin massive amount of water nearby. Under the state's archaic "rule of capture," the East Texan has no right to complain.