Beyond the McMuffin: Make these 6 breakfast sandwiches at home
When anthropologists of the future look back at the last half of the 20th century, they may give credit to McDonald’s for one thing above all else: inventing the breakfast sandwich.Searching for a way to get customers through the doors in the morning hours, someone at the fast-food giant came up with the perfect solution. They took an English muffin, placed a muffin-shaped egg on top of it along with a slice of Canadian bacon and American cheese, and in a stroke of marketing genius called it an Egg McMuffin.I hadn’t even heard of Canadian bacon before the Egg McMuffin made it famous.Not only d...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tired of all that sourdough? It's time for a new obsession — homemade barbecue sauce
Welp, it’s finally what passes for spring here in my hometown of Chicargo. The sun be warmish, the trees doth bloometh, and enticing aromas from backyard grills waft gently through the protective layers of my seasonally appropriate lightweight face mask. But, darn-it-all to heck if I didn’t forget to put barbecue sauce on my weekly Instacart order.No matter, though, because I’ve got what it takes to make it on my own. And no, I don’t mean moxie or gumption; I mean ketchup and vinegar.And brown sugar.Well, don’t just sit there, c’mon in.Kidding. Stay the hell out. I’ll yell the instructions fro...
It's grilling season, but for a better burger, use the stove
It sounds heretical, particularly since the outdoor cooking season is getting started, but here goes: For a truly delicious burger, skip the grill, stay indoors and reach for a cast-iron skillet.This advice is gleaned from interviews that I conducted with more than 100 Twin Cities chefs between 2013 and 2019 for an online column called Burger Friday, where I dissected the secrets behind burgers encountered in venues that ranged from drive-ins to food trucks to four-star kitchens.A skillet allows the patties to baste in their own juices as they cook. That’s a huge improvement over losing all-im...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Create delicate ribbons without a pasta maker
If you are using your extra time at home to improve your cooking skills, America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook that can help. Called “100 Techniques,” it’s the first technique-focused book from the Boston-based media company that produces a public television cooking show, several magazines and countless cookbooks.Along with walking you through the techniques, which include baking bread, butterflying a chicken, braising short ribs and tempering eggs, the book also includes more than 200 recipes.From the new book, here’s the ATK recipe for making fresh pasta without a machine.———FRESH PASTA ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bosses say $600 coronavirus unemployment boost makes reopening harder
CHICAGO — About a month after suit-maker Hart Schaffner & Marx furloughed its nearly 250 factory employees, the Des Plaines-based company called them all back to work, marshaling their talents to cut and sew face masks suddenly in high demand to protect against COVID-19.But there was an unanticipated hurdle: Many employees were making more money on unemployment insurance than they did working. While unemployment benefits usually pay a fraction of a person’s regular wages — 47% in Illinois, up to a cap — people laid off or furloughed amid government-mandated shutdowns are getting an additional ...
Daniel Neman: The coronavirus is changing the way we shop for groceries
It started the first day of the lockdown. Americans raced to the stores and bought every single roll of toilet paper on the planet.But as we settled into the daily grind of the pandemic, our grocery-store shopping habits continued to evolve. A new survey published by C+R Research shows the dramatic ways we have changed.Here, sadly, is the most dramatic change of all: Of the more than 2,000 people surveyed, 19% said they had witnessed a verbal altercation at a grocery store, and 11% said they had witnessed a physical altercation. Eight percent said they had been a participant in a verbal alterc...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Best Bites: Stuffed Puffs
When I opened a bag of Stuffed Puffs’ new Chocolate on Chocolate version, my kids devoured a few immediately as snacks. “Good,” they said. Not blown away. Then we tried them on the campfire. “Amazing,” said one. “Good mix of chocolate to marshmallow,” said the other. I loved that they didn’t create the big mess of a regular s’mores treat because the chocolate is wrapped inside the marshmallow. It’s genius, really.Size: 8.6 ouncesPrice: $3.98Available: Walmart stores and online at stuffedpuffs.com———©2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Frozen bay scallops a sweet quarantine dinner
Keeping frozen bay scallops in my freezer has been a big help during these challenging times. They are always available for a quick dinner. They’re sweet-tasting and take only minutes to defrost in a bowl of cold water.The side dish for this quick dinner also uses ingredients from my freezer, frozen peas and butter beans. “Butter beans” is a name given to small white or pale green lima beans. They’re sold dried, canned and frozen. Using frozen vegetables, this meal can be ready in less than 15 minutes.Helpful Hints:— Any type of breadcrumbs can be used.— Canned butter beans, rinsed and drained...
Tribune News Service
High school dropout at 15. Community college at 22. Now, he's Princeton-bound. How?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asked what he intended to do after dropping out of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte at age 15, Christopher St. Hilaire doesn’t even flinch before providing an explanation.“My plan was to play video games, eat fast food, and do that till like 3, 4 in the morning. Every single day. All the time,” he recalls.Maybe it was in his blood. Not the part about being a couch potato, but rather the idea that getting even a halfway-decent education simply wasn’t important.After all, his father had skipped out of secondary school while growing up on the tiny island of Domenica in the ...
The Charlotte Observer
'Murder hornets' aren't attacking Florida honeybees, but state is on the lookout for them
ORLANDO, Fla. — A large, “murder hornet” destroying a bee colony is the stuff of nightmares for beekeeper Keith Seifert Jr.But even though the Asian giant hornet has gained national headlines with its notorious moniker and a reputation for hunting honeybees, it has not been found in Florida yet or terrorized the state’s already besieged beekeepers.“I would like people to understand we have far greater problems with the honeybees right now,” said Seifert, who owns Sweet Bee Honey Farm in Sorrento.Still, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking out for the murder ho...