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Homemade Delight: Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels

Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

‘Tis the season for temptations. And for gift giving. So if you’re looking for the perfect holiday present, treat your family and friends to some festive handmade candy. As easy to make as they are impressive, these luscious Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels can make a thoughtful hostess gift and are sure to delight all the sweets lovers on your list.

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Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels
Recipe from Bon Appétit (makes about 100 caramels)

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • Special Equipment: A candy thermometer

    Instructions
    Lightly coat an 8×8” baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2” overhang on 2 sides; spray parchment.

    Bring sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until mixture turns a deep amber color, 8–10 minutes.

    Remove pan from heat and whisk in sweetened condensed milk and butter (mixture will bubble vigorously) until smooth. Fit pan with thermometer and return to medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until thermometer registers 240°. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon and kosher salt. Pour into prepared pan; let cool. Sprinkle caramel with sea salt, cut into ¾” pieces, and wrap individually in parchment paper.

    Do Ahead: Caramels can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store wrapped tightly in plastic in airtight container at room temperature. Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

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    Highlights & Best Bites from Choice Eats 2013

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

    On Tuesday, the Village Voice’s sixth annual Choice Eats tasting event took over the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue. The highly anticipated affair featured Voice food critic Robert Sietsema’s culinary favorites from more than 50 handpicked restaurants spanning the five boroughs, along with beverage pairings from craft beer, wine and spirits producers.

    1. Vibrant red wine marinated egg with trout roe, mustard seeds & mache from Thirty Acres
    2. Cakes, cookies, cannolis, confections & cutie pies from Carlo\'s Bakery
    3. The Village Voice\'s sixth annual Choice Eats tasting event took over the 69th Armory
    4. Chefs Joel Javier and Bill Telepan served up housemade liverwurst with pickle mustard on cheddar gougères
    5. Luke\'s Lobster drew some of the night\'s longest lines for their fresh seasoned shrimp rolls
    6. A perfect bite: Anella\'s creamy handmade burrata with robust tomato jam and basil salt garnish
    7. Prairie handcrafted organic vodka sweetened things up with their smooth, spiked lemonade cocktail
    8. Brooklyn bakery fave, The Good Batch, elevated the flavors of s\'mores in their darling bonfire minis
    9. Chinese cuisine meets Indian flavors: Pan-seared spiced Tibetan momo dumplings from Chinese Mirch
    10. Brooklyn\'s Pete Zaaz crew had a blast while churning out their cheesy, zesty pepperoni rolls
    11. Cheers to craft beers! A sampling of Little Sumpin\' and IPA ales from Lagunitas
    12. The Lower East Side\'s Kuma Inn went whole hog and put their entire roasted pig on display
    13. Always tasty mac \'n\' cheese-covered Ditch Dogs and taffy-topped table from Ditch Plains
    14. Butter and Scotch\'s boozy butterscotch cupcakes with whiskey caramel, vanilla frosting & toffee crunch
    During the sold out soirée, three solid hours of all-you-can eat and drink gluttony ensued as hungry guests bounced from table to table, sampling a smorgasbord of plates from esteemed area establishments and lesser-known local gems alike. The diversity of vendors at Choice Eats is exceptional—from downtown vegan and uptown farm-to-table, to pizza joints in Brooklyn and Astoria’s best Greek. And what seemed like everything in between.

    As if all this wasn’t enough, VIP guests were invited inside a full hour before general admission for a live culinary demo from City Grit’s Sarah McSimmons and offerings from a dozen local restos including Pig and Khao, Qi Thai Grill and Exchange Alley. VIPs also indulged in the exclusive “Choice Sweets” dessert lounge featuring confections from Butter Lane, Grandaisy Bakery, Ovenly, and more.

    A few of the night’s many standouts included Anella’s velvety handmade burrata with tomato jam and basil salt, fresh seasoned shrimp rolls from both Luke’s Lobster and Red Hook Lobster Pound, tangy buffalo chicken balls from The Meatball Shop, Porchetta’s savory crackling-topped pork crostini, John Brown Smokehouse’s succulent pastrami sliders with sweet ‘n’ tangy slaw, moist red velvet squares from Carlo’s Bakery, and perfectly indulgent fudge brownies from Robicelli’s. A selection of suds from Blue Point Brewing Company, Lagunitas and Stella Artois, along with creative cocktails mixed with Sidney Frank spirits and Prairie Organic Vodka, helped wash it all down.

    Whether you prefer savory, sweet, spicy, ethnic, Americana, inventive, classic, vegetarian or carnivorous, Choice Eats aims to please any palate. And with a surprisingly reasonable ticket price point, the bang-for-your-buck appeal is just another reason to attend the eating extravaganza next year.

    Fan of Village Voice events? Don’t miss out on the 2nd annual Choice Streets on May 7th to taste the best fare on four wheels from NYC’s most beloved food trucks. Get your tickets here!

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    10 Classic American Desserts on The Daily Meal

    Friday, February 1, 2013 at 09:02 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    They say “as American as apple pie” for a reason. Our sweets-loving nation has become renowned for many iconic, notable desserts—from regional specialties to tried-and-true classics. Many of which are at the heart of our country’s food culture. After all, what would birthdays be without cake? Holidays without pie? Summers without ice cream?
    the daily meal - 10 classic american desserts
    To help celebrate our love affair with classic indulgences, The Daily Meal asked me to round up a collection of timeless and oh-so beloved American desserts. Did your favorite nostalgic treat make the list? Get sweet on the full article (complete with a mouthwatering picture slideshow and recipe links) here.

    Image courtesy of The Daily Meal

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