Author

Meghan Rodgers

Browsing

Lobster, cupcake and lettuce among new emoji crop

Texters prepare. A mega-emoji update is coming from Apple soon, and there looks to be a lot for foodies to look forward to. Food & Wine reports that the emoji update will roll out something in “August or September,” but there hasn’t been a confirmed time frame as of yet. It’s been more than a year since discussion of the new emojis began, but there hadn’t been any buzz, until now. Apple didn’t reveal what each of the 70 new emojis will be, but among them is a vanilla cupcake, a red lobster, a very realistic looking mango, and a bunch of lettuce — although it could also be bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage. Either way, there will be a leafy green looking option. There’s also what appears to be a mooncake, a traditional Chinese dessert served during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Other non-food related emojis expected to hit include…

Healthy baked coconut shrimp

Something happens when you learn to cook at home. You realize that all those tasty items you order out at restaurants are overpriced, and you can usually make them healthier at home. Healthier means you get to eat them more often — an obvious win. Coconut shrimp was one of those appetizers for me. If it was on the menu, I was ordering it. But coconut is naturally high in fat, and who knows what other unspeakable ingredients get mixed in the batter — and fry oil is always frightening. Enter: my healthy version of coconut shrimp. It’s baked, so right away you’re eliminating the scary fats from frying. The crispy coconut will still give that craveable crunch. Plus, the sauce is often the star of the show anyway. Thai chili sauce with a hint of apricot and brown sugar can make pretty much anything better. So try this easy appetizer when…

A cookbook to get you fired up about grilling from Char-Broil

The origins of grilling go back to prehistoric times when our ancestors skewered meat on a stick and stuck it over a hot fire. While there’s something still so satisfying about watching the way the intense heat turns food to a crisp, we’ve come a long way since then. Humans have perfected grilling and barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie cooking and even infrared. We’ve made outdoor cooking an activity instead of a chore. And we’ve moved beyond the meat madness, and have learned to appreciate well-executed vegetarian fare from the fires as well. Char-Broil’s Great Book of Grilling ($24.99, 336 pages) covers the whole myriad of cooking methods with 300 different recipes, from pork, poultry, beef and lamb, to appetizers, seafood, salads, vegetables and desserts. The recipes in each section of the book vary from as basic or creative as you care to get, but in the spirit of outdoor grilling, they’re never fussy. Most require only ingredients you’ll have in your well-stocked fridge.…

The most popular wedding registry item in every state

Getting engaged and marrying the love of your life is exciting enough, but then you get to put together a registry. Wayfair, an online retailers of home furnishing, décor and more, took a look at what couples across the country are putting on their must-have home goods lists, and then found what the most popular item in the state was. Some states are predictable — of course Vermont wants cheese plates. Still others are less so — Alaskans are particular about their coasters. But overall, the data is an interesting look into people’s lives, and possibly a helpful guide if you’re attending a wedding in the U.S. this year. Alabama – seasonal decor Alaska – drink coasters Arizona – electric tea kettles Arkansas – outdoor planters California – decorative bowls Colorado  – cabinet hardware and door knobs Connecticut  – faux florals Delaware  – storage containers Florida  – hardwood flooring Georgia  – outdoor lounge chairs Hawaii  – wallpaper Idaho  – wine openers Indiana  – floor…

Edamame, olive salad

This edamame, olive salad will make you feel like you’re lunching at a seaside restaurant on some far flung Greek island. I swear it! It’s such an unusual combination that your taste buds will think you’re on vacation. I had a variation of this salad last week at an unlikely waterfront spot in North Carolina. The restaurant served mostly seaside style bar food, except for this incredible side dish. I’m so glad I ordered it. It was easily my favorite thing I had that meal — aside from that delicious Southern sweet tea. That’s hard to beat. This edamame, olive combo makes for a simple salad but not one where you want to cut back on quality. A bag of shelled edamame should only run you a few dollars, so splurge on the fancy olives — you know, the ones from the olive bar. Or at least get a good brand of jarred kalamatas.…

Here’s how your favorite chefs make mac and cheese

The next time you want to feast on some cheesy, gooey goodness, remember eating mac and cheese is part of our national heritage — It’s downright patriotic. Legend has it that mac and cheese came to the United Sates courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who became enamored with the pasta dish while visiting France. It was Jefferson who brought home noodle recipes and a pasta machine to the States, since these things were unavailable in the Colonies at the time. He loved the dish so much, he even served it at a state dinner in 1802. Flash forward a few decades. Kraft Foods marketed its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 during the throes of the Great Depression. One box could serve a family of four for just 19 cents. The company sold 8 million boxes that year. During the war, when fresh meat and produce were in short supply, the boxed mac and cheese…

Earthy orange, date power smoothie

The simplicity of smoothies is what makes them the most perfect anytime food ever; All you really need to do is throw a few fruits in the blender and you have something delicious. But sometimes it’s nice to mix up something that has a little more depth. This power smoothie has a great earthiness from the hemp seeds, dates, and cinnamon but the lemon and orange juices keep it light and bright. The carrots add a warm welcoming color, and the Greek yogurt will help keep you full for longer. Best yet, it’s not an overly sweet blend, so you’ll love making this one time and time again as a replacement for any meal of the day. Earthy Orange, Date power smoothie Ingredients 1 small banana 1 apple, roughly chopped 2 carrots, scrubbed 5.3-ounce Greek yogurt 1/4 cup fresh squeeze orange juice 1/2 of a lemon squeezed 1/4 cup filtered water 1…

Scoop up these freebies on National Ice Cream Day, July 15

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream — especially if it’s free. July 15 is National Ice Cream Day and ice cream lovers across the nation can celebrate with free or discounted dessert deals. Here are a few you can check out. Baskin-Robbins: Download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app for exclusive offers like a BOGO free cone offer and $2 off a medium milkshake. https://twitter.com/BaskinRobbins/status/1017800823898685441 Buster’s Real Ice Cream: Loyalty reward club members can get a $3 reward to use toward ice cream purchase. Carvel: This Sunday, buy a soft-serve cone or cup of any flavor and get a second cone or cup for free. Cold Stone Creamery: Sign up at coldstonecreamery.com for a buy-one-get-one free coupon. Dairy Queen: Download the Dairy Queen app and register and you’ll receive a few small Blizzard. Not valid in Texas. Dippin’ Dots: Get a free mini-cup during a specially designated two-hour window…

This man invented the ice cream scoop and made summer a whole lot sweeter

Alfred L. Cralle died in a car accident nearly 100 years ago, but his invention continues to provide an essential part of your summer experience. July 15 is National Ice Cream Day, and while you’re feverishly shoveling spoonfuls of your favorite flavor into your mouth, it’s Cralle you can thank for those picture perfect scoops. While working as a porter in Markell Brothers drugstore and St. Charles Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa, Cralle noticed that ice cream stuck to the spoons and ladles the servers used, and they usually had to use two hands to separate them. Cralle responded to this ice cream crisis by creating the ice cream scoop — originally called the Ice Cream Mold and Disher. It was designed to be strong, inexpensive and easy to operate with one hand. It had no moving parts that could break or malfunction. On February 2, 1897, thirty-year-old Cralle applied for and received the patent…

Who does the dishes causes the most relationship conflict

Vacuuming isn’t much fun. Doing the laundry sucks, and scrubbing the bathroom — the worst. But apparently, none of these compare to the annoyance of doing the dishes. While many chores are shared in modern households, it’s dishwashing that your partner wishes you would do more of. According to the study conducted by the Council on Contemporary Families, women who handled the majority of the dishwashing in heterosexual couples reported less satisfaction overall in their relationships and lower sexual satisfaction than women who had partners that washed the dishes more frequently. “Doing the dishes is gross,” Dr. Dan Carlson, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah and the study’s lead author told The Atlantic. And unlike other appreciated chores — a clean car, a delicious garden — doing the dishes does not inspire compliments. Many of the least appealing and most thankless household chores have been traditionally handled…