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. It Must Be Spring: New 2010 Ben & Jerry's Flavors Are Here
"...March has typically been the month when the first new Ben & Jerry's flavors of the year make their debut, but it can take some legwork to actually locate them out in the wild. For me, the fun has always been in the thrill of the hunt that leads up to that first sighting. The excitement soon melts away, though, as these new pints blend in next to their contemporaries until they become fan favorites or are entombed forever in the Flavor Graveyard (R.I.P. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Concession Obsession, Wavy Gravy)...."
2. The Food Lab's Top 10 Pieces of Kitchen Gear
"Sure, maybe early man got away with a fire and a stick, but any budding kitchen sleuth, or even a good home cook trying to up their game knows that the right equipment can make life on the hot line a whole lot easier. None of the selections here are necessary to cook a fantastic meal per se, but they happen to be the gadgets that I reach for most often in my own kitchen, whether I'm cooking 24 batches of the best chili ever for a Food Lab test or simply packing lunch for my wife...."
3. Taste Test: Chocolate Easter Bunnies
"This was by far one of the most violent taste tests we've had at Serious Eats world headquarters--we butchered off ears, cottontails, and hind legs, trying not to think too hard about former fluffy pets or Thumper. But hey, we needed to find the best of the hippity-hoppity chocolate Easter rabbits (and carving matzo wouldn't have been as fun)...."
4. How to Prepare Breaded Cutlets
"When I was learning cooking techniques with romantic-sounding names like julienne and butterfly, I was disappointed by the term Standard Breading Procedure, or as my chef-instructors referred to it: SBP. It had an industrial ring to it that made me picture a robotic cook mechanically waving a pork loin in the air and announcing: 'I-ni-ti-ate Stan-dard Bread-ing Pro-ce-dure.'..."
5. Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Breakfast Foods?
"Breakfast is praised as the most important meal of the day. Whether you grab a Pop Tart on your way out the door, make a doughnut run at work, or concoct the perfect bowl of oatmeal before you leave the house, this meal offers some tasty treats. Test your knowledge of these morning superstars here. Take the quiz!"
6. What's Your Favorite Frozen Food?
"It's not too often I pull something out of the freezer that I didn't make myself, but I do have a weakness for certain frozen foods. In fact, as dinnertime approaches, I'm starting to think about the Trader Joe's chicken enchiladas in my freezer right now. Sure, I've had better enchiladas, but with corn tortillas, well-seasoned chicken, and a decently spicy sauce, they're about as good as frozen food gets."
7. Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Tomato Cake with Mystery Ganache
"There isn't one cake in Rose's Heavenly Cakes that doesn't look incredibly delicious but when choosing recipes to share one in particular jumped out at me. Before I read the title and recipe for this Chocolate Tomato Cake with Mystery Ganache I looked at the photo. It was a gorgeous chocolate cake iced with a dark chocolate ganache and rimmed with Pirouette cookies dotted with red buttercream. The cookies made the cake look like a tiny castle--it was really adorable. But then I glanced over to the recipe...."
8. Small Plates: Four Easy Japanese Izakaya Dishes
"Despite their proclivity for wacked-out pizza toppings (cheese-stuffed shrimp, anyone?) and un-useless gadgets, if the Japanese excel at one thing, it's taking a good idea, and elevating it to its highest, purest, and often craziest form...."
9. Critic-Turned-Cook: The Coolest Things I Learned While Working in Professional Kitchens
"I am a much better cook than I was a year ago when this journey from the keyboard to the kitchen began. I'm not trying to brag--my husband told me so the other night after I made a Tom Douglas recipe for halibut, the first of the season fish seared on the stove and finished in the oven. I plated the beautiful fillet on a bed of lentils, with sautéed fiddlehead ferns and morels on the side, and a gremolata-bread crumb mixture on top. Hello, Spring! (Oh, and then we had chocolate fried pie for dessert.)..."
10. Talk: What's the Stupidest Thing You've Ever Ordered at a Restaurant?
"A couple of years ago, at a Cracker Barrel, I order Chicken and Dumplings, with a side of mac & cheese and mashed potatoes and gravy. I then proceeded to sleep for three days straight."