Food/Drink

Canned tomatoes and sauces Acidic foods leach out the BPA more than other foods, which means canned tomatoes and tomato sauces tend to test higher in BPA content according to Consumer Reports. Alternate packaging, such as tomato sauces in glass jars or chopped tomatoes in boxed containers lessen the amount of BPA content. For example, the brands Pomi and Cirio package their chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce in boxes. Many marinara varieties are available in glass jars. Tomato paste, although not...
Juicy Pear From now on, we’ll be picking out all Juicy Pear jelly beans from the pack. Juicy Pear sets the bar for the fruit-flavored Jelly Belly. (Take note, medicinal-tasting Green Apple). Juicy Pear actually tastes like a juicy pear, and it’s our #1 Jelly Belly flavor. Of course, this is entirely subjective. Enough Jelly Belly beans were eaten in the last year to circle the earth more than five times, so that’s a lot of people with different tastes. Absolutely no judgment he...
Your ingredients are the stars Recent winner of Food Network Star, host of The Kitchen and executive chef at Pork & Mindy’s in Chicago, Jeff Mauro knows a thing or two about making a masterpiece between two pieces of bread. Nicknamed “The Sandwich King,” Mauro says before you even think about putting anything together, take time to consider the value of what you’re buying from your local grocery store or specialty shop. “You can have all the right pieces to put ...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. You’ve been the envy of your circle of friends for months. They’ve followed you on social media, lived vicariously through your travels and most likely called you a lucky so-and-so when they got together on Friday evenings after a long work day. They’re looking forward to seeing you, but a lot of time has passed. On the other hand, you’ve been gallivanting around the world, living without the baggage that comes with being in an en...
Pass the peppers When you create a color wheel of bell peppers and your kid tells you they won’t eat yellow, green, or orange because only red is their favorite color, this pepper doppelgänger will be your best pal. Save the leftovers for your not so fussy houseguests or your own delicious salad. (These salad recipes will make lunch exciting again.)
Gather ’round the table, pour a glass of wine, and settle into conversation with the cousins, aunts, and uncles—Grandma’s cooking. Whether a home-cooked meal with Gram is a distant memory from childhood or is something you’re still lucky enough to indulge in, Enoteca Maria, an Italian wine bar and restaurant in Staten Island, New York, wants to make it an experience you can enjoy whenever you want, with grandmas from all over the world. Owner Joseph Scaravella, 61, came u...
Irish Soda Bread “This St. Patrick’s Day recipe makes a beautiful high loaf of bread dotted with sweet raisins. It doesn’t last long at our house this time of year.” writes Gloria Warczak, of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Get the recipe »
A top-notch margarita should be just the right balance of sour and sweet with a hint of that signature tequila flavor. But there’s one ingredient that takes a margarita from perfectly tasty to perfectly tasty and unique, and you won’t find it in any liquor store: Baby food. Yep, you read that right. “Gerber makes really great fruit puree that’s good enough for our growing nation of children, so why not put it in a cocktail for a pure fruit flavor? There’s a whole rainbow of flavors fo...
Once you are comfortably traveling to your destination at cruising altitude, you can’t help but feel giddy when you hear the drink cart rumbling down the isle. What will you choose this time? A ginger ale? Tomato juice? Tea with lemon? More often than not, you will probably find yourself asking for the bubbly, champagne colored drink, ginger ale. Even if you never crave it while on the ground, it might be your go-to drink while in the sky, and there’s a good reason behind it. (Speaking of t...
Why we can’t get enough What is it about the three Cs: Chocolate, cheese, and chips? For some reason, we can never get enough of them. But wanting to chow on a particular food is one thing, being addicted to it is another. Fact is, you can become addicted to a certain food, and you can blame your brain’s response to it. That’s because certain foods elicit a release of dopamine in the brain, which can lead to more cravings for that particular treat, especially when it comes to f...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. 4:48 a.m. I woke this morning to a pattern of lights slowly gliding across my bedroom ceiling. A pale, yellow apparition in the shape of my window that twisted in upon itself before fading completely. Seconds later, another. Then … a third. For a moment, I was captivated. In the quiet morning hours, it felt like a special light show that someone had arranged just for me. As I was still half-asleep, it felt alien, yet calming and beautiful. Within ...
Take risks Meal-kit recipes, like those from HelloFresh and Blue Apron, introduce a variety of ingredients, some of which may be new to your diet. “This is a benefit because even on the nights you aren’t getting HelloFresh, you will have had the exposure to new ingredients that will provide you with the positive experience to try them again,” explains Rebecca Lewis, RD, in-house dietitian at HelloFresh. Additionally, a new ingredient can be used in different ways. For example, ...
1. Animals crackers originated in England. There they are called animal biscuits. They have been made since the 1800s, and after gaining so much popularity over in England, Americans wanted to try them too so bakers started experimenting with their own recipes. Try out these other healthy snacks for kids. 2. There have been 54 different kinds of animals in total. The current animals included in every box are tigers, cougars, camels, rhinoceroses, kangaroos, hippopotamuses, bison, lions, hyenas,...
There’s a new diet in town, and it might as well be called the Bread Diet. Sure, you should still get enough protein and plenty of fruits and veggies, but this time bread is really the shining star. (Here are science-backed reasons to eat more bread.) Not just any bread, though. This is bread without the grain or the guilt (translation: those pesky carbs), gluten-free and packed with protein and a giant helping of fiber that looks and tastes like your favorite loaf. “We are a bread with ben...
Use natural light “Shooting with natural light is best, which unfortunately means most late-night restaurant pics are out,” says Teri Lyn Fisher of Spoon Fork Bacon (@spoonforkbacon). For daytime meals out, though, a table near the window is prime real estate for using some natural sunlight in your food photo, she says. At home, bring your plate a window, even if that’s not where your table is. Get the best light with these window-cleaning tricks.
The next time you order a mocha latte from your local barista, you’re not just getting your hot coffee with a chocolate-y twist—you’re delivering some seriously good stuff to your brain. We know this because a smart team of people from Clarkson University and University of Georgia have done the tricky science part for us. According to the research, published January in the journal BMC Nutrition, the combination of caffeine and chocolate in a mocha latte create a superpower duo all ...
As a kid, nothing warmed your heart more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with love by mom or dad. Maybe you liked yours without the crust, sliced into quarters, with crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth, or strawberry jam over grape. Regardless of your preference, parents are so good at crafting the perfect PB&J that you’d think one of them was responsible for inventing the sweet and salty staple. The truth is, no one knows who deserves the PB&J “patent.” Some spe...
Milkshake lovers, listen up! You can now indulge in an adults-only version of your favorite childhood treat because boozy shakes are a thing—we repeat, boozy shakes exist! If you can’t make it to your neighborhood Red Robin or find a local burger joint cashing in on the craze, there’s one other way to shake up your shake, no designated driver required! And trust us, this is one foodie trend you don’t want to miss. Chef Paul Malvone, co-founder, owner, and chef at Boston Burger Company (B...
Spring is just around the corner, and Starbucks is celebrating the warmer, sunnier weather like only Starbucks can. Starting March 16, anyone who orders a hot beverage (any size) will have it served in one of these colorful, cheery cups complete with adorable hand-drawn designs. According to the official press release, “there’s nothing quite like those first few bursts of color that indicate the arrival of springtime.” The cups will only be around for a few days throughout the U.S. and...
A perfect combination of your morning energy boost and evening wind down has been combined into an irresistible drink, making all of your dreams come true. Yes, that’s right: Wine-infused coffee is a real thing that exists and could soon be in your kitchen. Molinari Private Reserve in Napa Valley and master roaster John Weaver of Wild Card Roasters created the masterpiece of a blend. It took over two years for them to work through a variety of combinations of red wine and coffee beans to ...