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This Week's Tasty 10
According to our handy site-metering utility, the top 10 most delicious items across the Serious Eats family of sites this week were ...
1. Technique of the Week: How to Caramelize Onions
"...When onions are caramelized, they develop a deep sweetness and a beautiful amber color that goes all the way through the onion. It's an easy process, you just have to be patient. It takes about 30 minutes, even longer if you want a super deep color and flavor. But it is so worth the wait...."
2. The Nasty Bits: Chongqing-style Penis with Wolfberries [Valentine's Day Edition]
"Nasty Bits lovers, if you think I'm cooking heart for Valentine's Day, then you underestimate my mettle. Why talk about matters of the heart, when we've yet to cover penis? The Chinese believe the organ to possess all kinds of medicinal properties related to virility and general health. Though I harbored no presumptions about its libido-enhancing abilities, I was curious about the culinary merits of eating penis: Namely, is it delicious? Even more pressing, what does the organ taste like in the first place?..."
3. Cakespy: Homemade Conversation Hearts
"...Do you really want, for instance, to say "text me" to someone from whom you'd rather not receive digital missives, or to downplay your serious crush by leaving it at 'U R Special'? Avoid etiquette blunders and tell them how you really feel by making your own personalized homemade conversation hearts...."
4. How to Make Clarified Butter
"...When butter is clarified--the milk fats boiled out and separated, until only thick, golden butter fat remains--its smoke point is raised to, well, let's just say it's high enough to sear a thick steak or panfry a potato in. It also keeps longer than whole butter and imparts a concentrated, caramelly and delightfully nutty flavor...."
5. Talk: Blizzard Food
"I am about to head to the supermarket here in Philadelphia, and the blizzard is coming. What great 'blizzard food' should I (or would you) make (recipes welcome) or buy?"
6. Healthy & Delicious: Three-Ingredient Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
"...As this is a column about healthy and delicious food, it should be mentioned that even with the peanut butter and honey, each serving only comes to 173 calories, about 3 grams of fat, and around 4 grams of fiber. To put it in perspective, a half-cup of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey is 300 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 1 gram of fiber. So there you go...."
7. Cakespy: Avatarts
"I present the Avatart: a sweet treat wherein pop culture and Pop Tart collide sweetly, in a pocket-sized morsel perfect for smuggling into the theater and decked out in full movie regalia."
8. Critic-Turned-Cook Mulls Question: Worst Meal Ever?
"...For all the hits I've been fortunate to taste while reviewing restaurants, there have been some colossal misses, even out of kitchens with stellar reps. But I think the worst meals I can remember have more to do with sloppy, rude, or inattentive service...."
9. A Day in the Life of Bianca Henry, 'Today' Show Food Stylist
"It's 6:30 a.m. and Bianca Henry makes a beeline to the coffee pot. She has just walked through the studio doors at NBC's Today show. Once she has loaded the coffee pot and heard it start to drip, she's off to the races. She'd better be ready, because action-packed only begins to describe her average day as the head food stylist at the number one morning show in the U.S. She is about to make Today's 5 million viewers drool over her cooking, although they will be oblivious to her presence behind the camera...."
10. Talk: What Kind of Chocolate Do You Prefer?
"At first, I was going to ask what type of dark chocolate everyone liked, by the percentage of cocoa, but then I realized that some people don't like dark chocolate (gasp!) I'm talking about chocolate that you would eat straight, not in a recipe or something."