Food/Drink

Buttermilk Once you’re done making your pancakes or baked goods, don’t let that extra buttermilk go sour. Whip it into homemade ranch dressing that tastes way better than the bottled stuff, like this version from Five Heart Home. With a big salad on its way, you can feel good about whatever baked goods you bought the buttermilk for in the first place.
Did you know that searching the hashtag #unicornfrappuccino in Instagram offers more results than almost all the other tags that even exist? That’s saying a lot for a drink that only lived a few days on the Starbucks menu, which may also suggest just how enamored with the idea of magical, mythical creature drinks people really are. If you missed your opportunity to try the saccharine-sweet original, don’t worry, we found out there’s a clever hack for the Starbucks menu that wil...
1. Just following the crowd The #unicornfrappuccino is the Instagram equivalent of "what if someone told you to jump off a bridge" — Rob Yeo (@robjyeo) April 24, 2017 2. The perfect Insta takes work "can i see your phone?" me: "sure. hang on" #unicornfrappuccino #starbucks #unicornfrapp pic.twitter.com/1rN8ruAlDZ — Just Jason I Guess
Sneak new foods into their mac and cheese Kids are more likely to widen their palate if you add a new ingredient without telling them. “I know my son, and most kids, love simple pasta dishes such as mac n’ cheese, so I will add a new protein or vegetable like duck or zucchini that I know he may not want to try otherwise,” says Aarón Sánchez, celebrity chef and guest judge on MasterChef Junior. “After he eats it, I ask if he tasted that difference.” When mixed in w...
Dunkin’ Donuts Egg White Veggie Wake-Up Wrap + Munchkin Registered dietitian Jennifer Bowers, PhD, recommends a complete meal that’s still within your nutrition goals: the Egg White Veggie Wake-up Wrap have protein-packed egg whites for sustained energy and veggies for key vitamins, minerals, and fiber. With this special you can also splurge on an old fashioned or cinnamon munchkin (only 60 calories!). Top it off with an herbal tea (tasty choices such as hibiscus kiss, harmony leaf, ...
There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to make you feel like a functional human being in the morning. But pretty soon, you might replace that dark drink with a clear one. No, we’re not suggesting you give up coffee for water (how crazy do you think we are?). Colorless coffee is now on the market. Coffee-stained teeth are the bane of any caffeine addict hoping for pearly whites, but clear coffee from CLR CFF promises to fix that problem. “We are heavy coffee drinkers,” co-founder David Nag...
Add a little kick PB&J Redo: Grilled Nueske’s Bacon with Peanut Butter and Jalapeño Jelly Executive Chef: Ryan Bartlow, Quality Eats, New York City Chef’s Notes: “This buzzed-about appetizer is a playful, savory take on the humble PB&J. Smoky bacon, peanut butter, and jalapeño pepper jelly combine to form what tastes like an elevated yet balanced campfire dish.” (Here’s how PB&J ever became a thing.)
The tea movement The tea movement is growing stronger every day, but you can do a whole lot more with it than just steep, drink, and repeat. Diane Henderiks, host of “Chef Inspired Healthy” at The Daily Meal, has worked the morning show circuit offering healthy alternatives to some of our favorite dishes. With her formal background as a registered dietitian, she’s applied her creative, healthy approach to cooking to ways we can use this zero-calorie and highly flavorful ingre...
Wrigley Field Home of the reigning world champion Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field offers plenty of healthy meal choices, such as chopped salads, veggie dogs and veggie burgers, and a tempeh barbecue sandwich. For the baseball fan who’s also a gourmet, tasty meal options include a chicken breast sandwich with Asian slaw, or barbacoa tacos on corn tortillas with pickled onions and avocado. Snacks round out the long game with nuts and a unique kefir starfruit frozen treat. But the health consciou...
A lot has changed since aluminum arrived on the scene back in 1910, after the first aluminum foil rolling plant, Dr. Lauber, Neher & Cie, opened in Emmishofen, Switzerland. The first use of foil in the United States came about in 1913, when it was used to wrap Life Savers, candy bars, and gum. Eventually, aluminum foil made its way into American kitchens as a way to bake fish or roast vegetables on the barbecue, to line baking pans, and to trap steam when cooking. And we’re using tons...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Sure, it can be fun to travel with your partner or a group of friends. I personally prefer having my husband there to share the experience and enjoyment of traveling together. But I firmly believe that everybody should travel solo — sometimes. There’s a lot you can get out of a solo trip that just doesn’t happen when you’re not on your own. Let me give you some reasons why traveling solo can be so worthwhile. Fit In and Immerse Yourself If y...
Cinnamon-Apple Grilled Cheese These sandwiches are great for breakfast or lunch, or even as a snack. To intensify the cinnamon flavor, use cinnamon raisin bread instead of raisin bread. —Deborah Puette, Lilburn, Georgia Get the recipe on TasteofHome.com.
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese That’s not just a flashy name. This super sandwich brings extra flavor and extra cheese (three kinds, to be specific) that make it worthy of the title “ultimate.” Get the full recipe—plus ideas for other dishes—from Taste of Home.
Say goodbye to bottled water! According to the National Resources Defense Council, 90 percent of what you pay for a bottle of water goes toward packaging, shipping, and advertising; and many bottles wind up in landfills, where they might take thousands of years to decompose. Plus: If you’re going to buy flavored waters, they could be bulked up with added colors, sugars, and other unhealthy agents. Skip the store, then, and mix these up yourself. Try these genius tricks to drink more water ...
Invest in quality food containers Before you start chopping and peeling and slicing and dicing, you need to have the right equipment to hold the fruits of your labor. If you’re prepping a week’s worth of meals, FoodSaver vacuum-sealed containers are a worthy investment. Not only are they durable and BPA-free (translation: no harmful chemicals to stain them or leach into your food), they also keep food fresh up to two times longer than other storage units because all the air is sucked out, ma...
Apple or Pumpkin Pie Smoothie To Make: Put all the ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add water as needed if you prefer a thinner smoothie. (Check out these superfood smoothies to jumpstart your mornings.) 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped, or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 2 medium carrots, chopped 2 tablespoons almond butter 2 cups unsweetened plant milk (such as almond milk), or 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk plus 1 cup water 1 teaspoon grou...
Avoid the Monday to Friday dinnertime scramble If you’ve about had it with getting creative about making dinner during the hectic work week, school week, life week, we completely get it. There’s something about ending a long day and then facing the fridge that makes so many of us instantly reach for our phones to order from GrubHub or Seamless instead. It’s true that there are many challenges to trying to cook a home-cooked meal after a long day, according Jennifer Aaronson, Ma...
Celebrity chef and Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli loves Easter and brunch, so she shared her favorite dishes to fill the table (and hungry bellies) with that feel and taste like family. Choose spring flavors Usher in spring by choosing fresh flavors that celebrate the season. “I like a frittata with some spring asparagus and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. I’ll also make a sugar snap pea salad with mustard dressing,” she says. If you can find pea shoots, sprinkle them on top of b...
Baby Delta Phillips’ mom wanted to do something extra special to celebrate her child turning one. She considered the traditional cake smash, but Delta doesn’t have a big sweet tooth. “I didn’t think cake would go over as well because she just picks at it and takes a couple bites and has no interest,” her mom, Monica Phillips, told TODAY. She wanted to do something more creative, and realized tacos were the perfect fit. The Phillips family has a history with Taco Bell. Phillips and her...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. It’s finally — almost … pretty much … not really — spring here in New England. And that means only one thing: spring beer! OK, two things: it also means we’re gearing up for our spring/summer road trips. One thing we learned on our last two-week stint through Pennsylvania is that bedding is the single most important factor to enjoying car camping. We scored this sweet, versatile, folding mattress from Lucid, but opte...