Dear deep fried Samoas, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. Those 10 coupons I spent on you are 10 coupons I’ll never get back. I could’ve gone on the scary haunted house ride twice with 10 coupons! Instead, I wasted them on four of you. Why? Because I love Girl Scout Cookies. Whenever I have in my possession a purple box of Samoas, I treat those chocolatey soft cookies as tenderly as if they were my own daughters. Naturally, when I went to the State Fair, I was curious to see your new uniform.
Everything changes when you’re deep fried, though. You lose your gooey, chewy appeal. That fried potato chip-like encasing takes all the fun out of eating Samoas. Yes, you’re drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce. Yes, you have the toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top. But, admit it, you don’t look like a Samoa anymore. You’re missing your wheel appeal. I can’t eat you like this – not when you’re stuck in a weird crispy fried thing that looks like it has pimples popping all over it.
Please, do me a favor and lose the deep fried part of you. It gets in the way of your sweetness. Samoas, I love you just the way you are.16 Comments »
The culinarily curious only have to wait until September 7, just one week from today. That’s the date set for the grand opening on Trader Joe’s in Plano. If you want to do more than shop at Trader Joe’s, you can click here and apply for a job.(They offer full benefits and 10% off store items.) Address is 2400 Preston Road Plano, TX 75093. (northwest corner of shopping center at W. Park & Preston Rd)
If you could only purchase three items at Trader Joe’s, what would they be? (They’re listening!)
Fudgenugget. I was born in the wrong school district. If I had taken Faye Blackmon’s culinary class back when I was in high school, I bet I’d be on Top Chef right now basking in the glory of Paul’s shiny knives. But I digress. Wednesday morning, I dragged along photo intern Micah Nunley to Duncanville High School, where we watched legendary Faye Blackmon teach a batch of seniors real life skills inside the kitchen.
In May, Blackmon, 69, is retiring from Duncanville HS after teaching for 37 years.
Jump for beautiful photos of kids and food. Continue reading "Faye Blackmon’s Culinary Class"4 Comments »
Yesterday, I was having a nice chinwag with the bad boy of Bolsa, Chris Zielke. I asked him what he’s going to sell at his soon-to-open Bolsa Mercado. He admitted he was still looking for stuff to stock on his shelves. He’s been scouting local producers and come up with quite a bit but he needs help finding more. The focus is on organic, sustainable products but Zielke says, “I want samples of everything that is made locally.”
Do you make cookies, chocolate, jams, jellies, salsa, pickles, eggs, jerky, sauce, dressing, chips, spiced nuts (insert joke here), granola, spice mix, sorbet/ice cream/gelato, olive oil, anything that is shelf stable. (No pastry, bread, or meat.) If so, this could be the push you need to get your stuff to market. Send an email to email@example.com with as much info on your product as possible (photos, website, contact number, story, etc). (Chris, is the check in the mail?)
I am getting loads of emails from local bakeries that are making all kinds of Halloween-themed goodies. I am starting this post and urge bakeries to post their treats in the comments section as I can’t possibly keep up with the onslaught. Mark this spot and continue to check back. Bakeries, let it roll.4 Comments »
Kristy Alpert munches some grindage at this Deep Ellum coffee shop.
Overview: Murray Street Coffee is the type of place I could live; if only owners Liz and Doug Davis would allow cots in the backroom. It’s two stories with three rooms that can take you from the serious “don’t mess with me I’m on deadline” room with plastic chairs on the first level, to the “ah I finished and now I can relax” room with overstuffed chairs on the second floor, to finally the “coffee has kicked in and I have to get this energy out” room with one common farm-style table of board games. They’re known for their coffee (Coffee Eiland roasters based in Richardson, same coffee used in the Pearl Cup’s Pearl Latte), but their light/airy/funky/clean vibe make this a great place to grab a bite between caffeine fixes.
Menu: Most everything at this coffee shop is locally-sourced (from coffee in Richardson to muffins and cookies from Central Market), and their sandwiches are no exception. Meats and olives come from Jimmy’s Food Store, mozzarella comes from The Mozzarella Company a few blocks away, and their tomatoes come from Lemley’s produce stand at the Dallas Farmers Market. Breakfast is served all day and ranges from a granola parfait ($5.50), The Blinker (a scrambled egg and prosciutto sandwich on an English muffin, $5.50), a bagel with lox ($5), to Eggo Waffle with fresh fruit, syrup and whipped crème ($4.50). Their sandwiches include The Insider vegetarian—can be made vegan—for $8 and a PB&J on Ezekiel bread with banana, honey, jam or jelly for $5.50. All sandwiches can also be prepared gluten free.1 Comment »
Last year, we watched the seemingly unflappable Ryan transform from cherubic imp to Keith Stone over the course of one wacky Movember challenge. This year (I hope) will be no exception. But should we fall down on the job—or should you not have the genetic material necessary to grow your own—there is an alternative: DIY moustache cookie pops. A clever contributor at Instructables.com who calls herself scoochmaroo posted this handy step-by-step on their site, and I have to say, I’m sold.
I call for a challenge! Create, send us pics, and may the best ‘stache with the best backstory win!1 Comment »
Make the perfect belly, er, stocking, stuffer.
I know what you’re thinking. Really, I do. How can a cookie be both raw and delicious? For the answer, go directly to the source: Chef Kelly Dennis at Bliss Raw Cafe on Sunday, Dec 12 for a free, vegan Holiday Milk & Cookie Class from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Dennis will demonstrate the gluten, soy, and dairy-free basics of nut-free gingerbread cookies, chocolate macadamia cookies, and nut-free cranberry-orange cookies. Almond milk, hemp milk, and coconut milk provide vegan alternatives to cow’s milk.
Seating is limited, so call 214-368-8585 to reserve your spot. We’ll be there, curious as ever, taste buds at the ready.
In the meantime, tell us about your experiences with vegan holiday treats. We’re all ears.
Bliss Raw Cafe is located at 6005 Berkshire Ln. in Preston Center across from Gold’s Gym.
(Apologies to Kelly Dennis whose name we mistakenly printed as Denny. What were we thinking?)
This is your year — the year when you’re gonna show those know-it-all cookie moms down the block who’s the real mac daddy of gingerbread. An here’s how you’re gonna do it: you’re going to make a house — a whole house — enter it in the GermanDeli Gingerbread Haus contest, and win the damn thing. That’ll show ‘em.
This is only the 6th year that GermanDeli, that German/European wunderland of a food store in Colleyville, has run the contest, which means the field is still pretty green. You can take this!
jump for more gingerbread scheming… Continue reading "Get Out Those Piping Tools and Gumdrops; It’s Time For the GermanDeli Gingerbread Haus Contest"
Saturday’s State Veggie Fair at the open-use collective The Phoenix Project on Haskell Avenue catered (in a cruelty-free way) to all that is good and right about fair foods by showcasing a fine fried selection of treats sans animal products.
jump for the details… Continue reading "State Veggie Fair Draws Veggies, Vegans, and Indie Rockers"
On Oct. 23, to celebrate the opening of their new Addison location, Tiff’s Treats will partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise funds for local “Wish Kid” Sarah, a 7-year-old battling leukemia. During the event, Tiff’s Treats will sell boxes of one dozen cookies for only $3. Proceeds from the sales will go to help make Sarah’s dream trip to Disney World a reality.
Come by to lend your support and check out Tiff’s Treats new location.
See this cute little girl to the left? Her name is Jenay Benge. Well, that is her name now. I’m sure once she gets her own TV show, book deal, and food truck, she will change her name. But for now she is Jenay and she is an 11-year old pastry chef who has been baking diligently for four years and taking classes at Central Market and Chef Kent Rathbun.
I hope she enjoyed her youth. Jenay’s lemon bars are now featured on Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen menu. Next stop?
Update: Steven Doyle has more.4 Comments »
The day kicked off at 10 a.m. There were about 100-150 people present. By 1pm the numbers had swelled considerably and the registration line stretched out the door. I’d say DallasChocolate.org’s organizer Sander Wolf has captured Dallas’ attention.
First event was a Round Table of local chocolate luminaries.And lume they did. Just about every local artisanal chocolatier was on the panel. Members of the audience could fire any question they wanted. It was interesting to note that these small producers are specialists and if they don’t carry or make the kind of chocolate you want, they gladly recommend a fellow producer.
Their products are almost invariably 60%+ cocoa by weight, compared with 15% in Hershey’s Dark Chocolate. They usually use no artificial preservatives and produce small batches or to order. They mainly sell from their storefront, so to speak. Jump for links to the best chocolate makers and a recap of the delightful day of indulgence.
UPDATE: PegNews has some great photos.
Full disclosure: a big box of cookies from La Duni showed up on Friday at our office and we’re still snacking on them. Every flavor imaginable: heart shaped double chocolates, roasted pistachio, classic sugar, almond with hazelnut praline. Since D World Headquarters used to be across the street from the Oak Lawn location, I know these cookies well. Some might say intimately. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered a new one: a 5-inch almond cookie — light and crispy — coated in chocolate and studded with salty roasted nuts. It was perfect: sweet, rich, savory. Perhaps the best cookie I’ve ever shoved in my mouth, at least in Dallas. I’m already jonesing for my next one. That’s the power of a good cookie. And that got me thinking: Dear SideDishers, who makes/sells/bakes the best cookie in Dallas? My vote is for the aforementioned La Duni one. But I know you have your opinions. Lets hear ‘em.15 Comments »
Urbano Café will be closed for vacation from Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10, returning for regular service hours on Tuesday, July 13. Leave a message if you want reservations. They’ll be checking the phones. 214-823-8550.
Mockingbird Station Market. This evening’s market from 4 to 7:00 PM will feature Grapevine Grains’ granola, cookies, breads, pastured meats, eggs, and cheese. Also, pastured beef and pork from Truth Hill Farms, cheeses from Full Quiver Farms, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery (cookies), Wackym’s Kitchen (cookies), WeMe Breads (crusty breads, ranch dressing “to die for”), and honey from the Texas Honeybee Guild. Click for more information on the vendors.
Dealey Plaza Museum Store + Café. There is a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of the ne 6th Floor Museum Store + Café, located in the historic 501 Elm building across the street from the museum. They will carry a select array of gourmet products including Austin-based Casa Brasil coffee. Store + Café hours are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit here.
Whole Foods Market. From Garden to Grill: Whole Foods Market Collaborates with Online Community food52 for Weekly Recipe Contest Highlighting Flavors of Summer. Home cooks are invited to share and judge recipes in search of summer’s best recipes; chances to win $100 gift cards, $1000 grand prize. Details below. Go.
Milestone Culinary Arts Center and The Viking Cooking School. Around the World In 5 Days cooking classes for kids (10-16). July 12-16 from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. $299. What they will learn below.
This evening from 4:00 to 7:00pm show up at Mockingbird Station for their weekly market. Here are just a few of the products available today. The press release says:
Granola, fresh blueberries, pastured meats, eggs and cheese. Try Grapevine Grains’ signature granolas on your ice cream — refreshingly natural on these 100-degree days. Or top of your ice cream with Berry Best Farm’s certified organic blueberries. And when you come by check out the pastured beef and pork from Truth Hill Farms, cheeses from Full Quiver Farms and some fresh Gulf seafood from the Texas coast courtesy of the Shrimp Stop (untainted by the oil spill), Stephanie’s Premium Bakery (cookies), Wackym’s Kitchen (cookies), WeMe Breads (crusty breads, ranch dressing “to die for”), Texas Honeybee Guild (guess!) and Luscombe Farms (jalapeno jelly). For more information on the vendors.
We’ve had petit fours, cupcakes, whoopie pies (sorta), and frozen yogurt. If you had a million dollars, check that, I mean at least two million dollars, what new “trend” or would you bet on? Probably too late for a taco joint. What’s the next big deal?64 Comments »
Today, Katy Purwin and Christine Cochran, the two young and hungry chicks behind the Young & Hungry blog share their recipe for chocolate macaroons.
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As a college student studying abroad, I spent a great deal of time sauntering around the streets of Spain, on the hunt for local bakeries hiding in the copious nooks and crannies of European boulevards (because, let’s be honest—study abroad consists of little actual study). One of my favorite items to order was a dessert borrowed from neighboring France (though some claim the origins are Italian) the Parisian macaron (or macaroon): tiny, beautiful, colorful gems that are celebrated throughout Europe and beyond. Continue reading "Let’s Bake: Chocolate Macaroons"
We know we told you we’d post reviews of The Adolphus and Fearing’s tea services first, but we were just invited to the Friendship Tea service at the Dallas Arboretum, and it’s the freshest in our minds, so here goes. We’ll start by telling you we were pleasantly surprised by our experience. (A friend of ours wasn’t pleased with her experience from a year ago.) We were greeted by a friendly face, treated by the pleasant, white-gloved Nelson, and happy with the view of the gardens and our favorite teas, finger sandwiches, and desserts.
Jump for the details of the Arboretum’s Friendship Tea, which ends on February 28.
Continue reading "Tea Talk: Friendship Tea at the Dallas Arboretum"