Cooking together can be great bonding time for families, and the holidays offer so many fun opportunities. Chocolate-dipped pretzels, popcorn balls, decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread houses are just a few traditional kid-friendly projects.
Years ago, two-time Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist Janet Barton told me she became a good cook because it brought her kids home around the dinner table.
Yes, it’s that Christmas neighbor gift time of the year. I’ve heard from some neighborhoods that they’ve abolished gift-giving in favor of donating to a charity. But others say they really enjoy that little expression of love from their friends and neighbors.
Whenever a well-known restaurant chain opens its first location in Utah, there’s usually some buzz. Remember those days when an opening of a McDonald’s was a small-town triumph? It was a statement that your town was finally “on the map.” And over the years, certain openings have generated chain-mania frenzy, such as In-N-Out Burger and Cheesecake Factory.
After making it all the way to the finals of the World Food Championships held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas, Carmell Childs of Ferron, Emery County, gave up a chance at the $50,000 grand champion title.
Your kitchen gets a pretty good workout with Thanksgiving dinner, especially by the time you’ve stuffed and roasted a turkey, boiled and mashed potatoes, prepped veggies, and baked rolls and pies. It would be nice if everyone just forgot about eating for a couple of days afterward.
On Thanksgiving Day, a growing number of Americans are thankful that someone else is doing the cooking. Although the majority of folks still make a traditional turkey dinner at home with friends and family, an estimated 14 million Americans visited a restaurant for Thanksgiving, and an additional 16 million used restaurant takeout to supplement their at-home dinner, according to the National Restaurant Association.
Utah is once again basking in the national food spotlight. Salt Lake City’s Lucky 13 Bar and Grill won the World Burger Championship, held in Las Vegas Nov. 1-4. Leslie Fiet of Mini’s Cupcakes won an episode of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, which aired Sunday. And first-grader Chandler Wambach of St. George wrote an essay that bested more than 29,000 entries in Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales competition.
A lot of eateries are thanking veterans by offering free meals or discounts on Veterans Day, which is Sunday, Nov. 11, or the following day, Nov. 12.
Chocolate fans can enjoy their favorite treat Friday night while raising money to help the world’s children. A Shot of Chocolate party will take place at Caputo’s Deli, 314 W. 300 South in Salt Lake City on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Back when it was known as Utah Power & Light, Rocky Mountain Power had a group of home economists who taught cooking classes in the community.
Did you know that about Julia Child’s well-fed cat? Well, I didn’t; until now.
Cameron Bailey’s back in the culinary spotlight, winning first place and $150 in the Utah’s Own Recipe Roundup at the Utah State Fair.
The National Institute of Health and Fitness opened its doors in June as part of the Zermatt and The Homestead resorts in Midway.
Laurie Willberg of Salt Lake City had never made funeral potatoes before, but she saw the Utah’s Own Funeral Potatoes Contest at the State Fair and thought she would give it a try.
Utah’s culinary talents have gotten some national exposure the past week.
It’s tomato time again. We wait all year to have juicy, ripe-red tomatoes, free of that out-of-season tennis-ball texture.
Got a great recipe for funeral potatoes?
Last week, on Aug. 15, Julia Child would have been 100 years old. The culinary queen passed away in 2004, before she (and Meryl Streep) captured yet another generation of fans through the film “Julie and Julia” in 2009.
Cool and creamy homemade ice cream is a summer tradition.
“Extreme Chef” is not for wimps, as Viet Pham of Salt Lake City can tell you.
There’s an oft-quoted statistic that nine out of every 10 new restaurants fail in their first year. Having recently cleared that first-year hurdle with his downtown restaurant Zy Food Wine & Cheese, Chef Matthew Lake celebrated by sharing the secrets behind two of his signature dishes in a cooking class at the restaurant.
Brothers Bob and Randy Harmon have a lot to celebrate these days. Last year the Utah-based grocers successfully opened three new stores. And one of their executive chefs was recently named Pastry Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.
Rachael Ray is a true Burger Queen. Her magazine has sponsored a Burger Bash contest (Utahn Erin Mylroie won it in 2007). The popular TV cook hosts annual Burger Bashes at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and in New York City.
Looking for new ways to beat the heat and stay hydrated? Look to your herb garden to punch up the flavor in the usual lemonade and fruity spritzers.
Summer is always full of food and fun. Here are some tidbits of food happenings to spice up your summer:
Because of TV food shows, we are often more familiar with celebrity chefs whose food we’ve never eaten than local chefs in the kitchens of our own favorite restaurants.
When John T. Edge roamed the country researching a cookbook on food trucks a few years ago, SuAn Chow hadn’t yet opened her Chow Truck in Salt Lake City.
As the Beehive State, Utah has a historic connection with bees and honey. In the past few years, interest has also surged in beekeeping as a hobby. Perhaps it’s due to the tough economy and the natural foods movement, which have also spurred people to plant gardens, home-can and raise chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that there are between 139,000 and 212,000 beekeepers in the United States. Most are hobbyists with less than 25 hives.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the cloudy film caused by phosphate-free dishwasher soap (see “Are you blue over green detergent?). I listed some of the things I’ve tried, from vinegar to homemade detergent to various rinse aids.