Ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes in CerealLand?
What kind of cereal haunts your dreams?
I'm a big fan of the Cap'n, despite his cereal's roof-of-mouth-destroying quality. So how's his latest variety, Cinnamon Roll Crunch? Here are my thoughts.
Check out these cool boxes. General Mills has released some retro boxes that will be available until late April. The packaging is styled from the 50's, 60's and 80's, featured on Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. This is a perfect time to ask: what was your favorite cereal box growing up?
Last week, this list popped up on the popular, list-loving Buzzfeed: 16 Breakfast Cereals That Should Be Obliterated. I clicked on it excitedly. I do enjoy Buzzfeed but found this list to be utterly unfunny, incorrect and a disgrace to cereal lovers everywhere. Am I taking this too seriously? Most definitely, people. They don't call us Serious Eats for nothing.
Well, St. Patrick's Day is over. Time to shake the Shamrock-shaped, beer-soaked and corn beef-scented glitter off your green clothing. I'm not much of St. Paddy's Day gal myself (maybe my last name gave it away?), but there is one Irish dude who will always have my heart—Lucky himself and his alluring Charms. And for a limited time only, you can get this special edition Lucky Charms.
I got my hands on a box of Grape Nuts Flakes and gave them a half-hearted try. I froze after the first dry handful and instantly tasted sweet, malt-y Grape-Nutty flavor. I now have this to say: Grape Nuts Flakes, where have you been all my life?
Now there's a new member of the Grape Nuts family: Grape Nuts Fit. It's described as lightly crunchy nuggets, granola, cranberries, puffed barley, and a touch of natural vanilla flavor. A tempting description. This Grape Nuts Cereal is a completely different animal. It took me a while to get past the fact that there are not any actual Grape Nuts in this medley. At first I felt tricked, but after a couple of handfuls, I was totally sold.
Perhaps we should start at the very beginning. What appears to be a basic question, but what any true cereal-lover knows is, in fact, the very opposite. OK, yes, push comes to shove, first thing that pops into my head, I've got to say Cinnamon Toast Crunch—but the conversation doesn't stop there.
If you close your eyes its like you are eating Cocoa Puffs. And I freaking love Cocoa Puffs. It's Fiber One yet fills the bowl with chocolate-y milk that tastes fake or too healthy. Has anyone else tried this new cereal?
Alright, alright—I can already hear the groans. These days, it seems everyone is coming out with Greek yogurt products from frozen treats to hummus blends. And I've definitely found myself rolling my eyes as brands seems to think "Greek yogurt" are the magic words. All that aside, this new variety of my beloved Honey Bunches of Oats is truly something to get excited about.
Hello, Cereal Lovers and Eaters! It's been a hot minute. 2012 was an interesting year cereal-wise. We reminisced about a lot of classic favorites and tried a lot of new varieties that just didn't work. Well, I'm happy to kick off 2013 with brand new editions of some of my favorites cereals: Honey Nut Cheerios Medley and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch. Both cereals just hit the shelves!
Surely everyone out there knows a cereal fanatic. Growing up, I got to choose one full-size box of sugary cereal for Christmas morning, which was all the cereal gifts I needed. But these days, now that I can buy my own boxes any day of the week, one of these gifts would fit the bill for the holidays.
This week, while browsing the cereal aisle, I spotted that iconic blue box and thought, too boring to talk about in my cereal column. But has that been my problem all along? Have I overlooked the simple Flakes for more colorful and interesting cereals? Do people even eat it anymore? How do you people feel about Frosted Flakes? Perhaps we have something to talk about after all.
I know I go on a lot about my love of sugary cereal, my fixation with marshmallows and chocolate and colors, but in all honesty, in my everyday cereal eating life I'm just looking for a healthy cereal that tastes good. The ingredient list on Buckwheat & Hemp is short and simple, with no scary colors or additives. It has a nice nubbly texture and doesn't taste like cardboard.
Earlier this summer, Kashi introduced two new cereals, Simply Maize and Indigo Morning. How do these new offerings stack up? Let's just say that Simply Maize is closer to popcorn or Cracker Jacks than any cereal I've met, and I like it.
Any serious cereal lover knows that the most loved, mourned and sought after discontinued cereal is Oreo O's. Turns out they're still available in South Korea! And a cereal angel named Adam sent a bag of Oreo O's my way.
It all started last week, when our wonderful little neighborhood market Nolita Mart ran out of the 2% version my favorite milk for coffee. Between the choices of skim and whole, I choose the full-fat version, albeit a little nervously. For the past few mornings, my coffee has been rich and creamy and pretty much perfect. What white magic is going on in there? Is whole milk the answer for cereal too?
Fellow Cereal Nerds, it's time to get technical. I'm about to geek out about milk's place in the bowl and I hope you're coming along for the ride. We're talkin' about this fascinating piece of cereal paraphernalia: The Obol, "The Never Soggy/Original Crispy Cereal Bowl". So, let's go see if it works!
It's hard to get excited about the description "Nutty Clusters and Almonds." I don't mean to sound like a snob but I didn't have very high expectations for the shy brown box of Fiber One Nutty Clusters and Almonds cereal, new as it may be. Well, I was wrong!
The cereal aisle seems to be having its own battle between the seasons, as boxes of Kashi's Cinnamon Harvest and Honey Sunshine sat side by side. The bright cheery rays from the Honey Sunshine called to me, "Surely there's one more beach day" while the Cinnamon Harvest promised, "It's almost time for apple picking". I grabbed both boxes and explored this seasonal crisis with a bowl of milk and a spoon.
My love for fruity cereals spans from Trix to Loops to Cheerios, but there's something about Fruity Pebbles that stands above the rest. So what makes them so irresistible?
A couple of weeks ago I gushed about my newfound love for Chex, namely the Cinnamon variety. I'm still kind of confused how Chex have evaded me all these years. Where have I been? How come nobody told me I was missing out? It was time to try all the Chex flavors and confirm how consistently satisfying they are.
First thing you need to do is put aside everything you thought you knew about eating cereal at a restaurant. It's not dusty, forgotten mini-boxes in a diner. It's not the bright, goofy Coldstone-esque and nearly defunct Cereality. And it's not housemade granola with local compote and greek yogurt. It's lowbrow cereal given the highbrow treatment. And the result is a awesomely perfect balance. Here, breakfast lovers of all ages can indulge in cereals, milks, and toppings of all kinds.
If you love Drake's Funny Bones, you'll go peanuts over this super rich layer cake.
Blondies are often too sweet for my taste, but the idea of adding subtly savory pine nuts to the dessert was too intriguing to pass up.
The first hint that you've entered Argentinean/Uruguayan territory is the telephone pole on the corner of Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard. It's painted blue and white, the colors of the flags of both countries. The second hint? El Gauchito: a butcher/restaurant. Don't be fooled by the seemingly small spot. Inside you'll find enough Argentinean goods to make any hardened expat or recent tourist ecstatic.
Streusel-topped coffee cake in single servings.
Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
if pickled ginger works so well with sushi, there's no reason it can't help out all kinds of other dishes, too. As I found, it manages to add some serious perk to a bowl of fried rice.
This guilt-free chocolate angel food cake is moist and light, and flavored with juicy orange and deep dark espresso.
The Mejadra recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's Jerusalem: A Cookbook is Tamimi's take on the traditional Arab comfort food combination of rice, lentils, and onions. Here, the rice and lentils are steamed together with a plethora of spices, pilaf style, before adding the pièce de résistance--a smattering of freshly fried onions.
It's pumpkin cake on top of a pumpkin pie, surrounded by apple cider infused whipped cream and apple cider caramel sauce, encased in Pepperidge Farm puff pastry crusts, made to look like a pumpkin....
Use a strongly flavored pumpkin ale and combine it with the tart sweetness of ginger beer and what you end up with is a spicy sweet cocktail that is perfect for some AM sipping.
My rule of the day: It's more fun to eat non pretzel-y things in pretzel-y shapes. Of course these almond butter cookies dipped in dark chocolate taste pretty darn good either way.
Andy Warhol Chocolate Cake (Tomato Soup in Drag)...
New York is littered with rooftop bars, sidewalk cafés, and microscopic backyards all vying for your drinking dollar during the summer months. But few can actually mix up a proper cocktail and even fewer can do so without the encroachment of the neighbor's hanging laundry. So we took to the streets, sipped and savored our way through the competition, to bring you our five favorite outdoor cocktail spots in New York.
"I like bold-flavored cookies," Jesse Lomax Floyd says, "That's what I bake and gravitate to." Varities like cherry marzipan, lime meltaway, and orange-pistachio prove it.
Craftsman & Wolves, a sleek new bakery by Chef William Werner, is offering twists on classic pastries.
Once a week or so, the question pops up in the New York talk boards: "I'm coming to the city for two days. Where should I eat?" It's a question so open-ended that it's tough to answer. But our fair city has so many visitors that we figured it was high time to put out a little guide. So here's our guide to eating in New York: whether you're traveling solo or traveling with kids, up for adventuring or not leaving Midtown.
So long as summer weather permits, find je & jo's ice cream cart parked on the north side of Bleecker Street Playground. Popular for coupling egg-free cookie dough with housemade ice cream, the pre-packed cups ($4, complete with wooden spoons) come in a variety of flavor combinations.
Bottles of wine and bouquets of flowers make for lovely hostess gifts, but a box of handmade candy says "thanks for inviting me over" in a much more personal fashion. This Black-and-White Sesame Brittle from Kir Jensen's The Sugar Cube is ideal to bring along to any dinner party, simple to make, impressive to gift, and a sweet treat to nibble on after any meal.
For those of you who aren't into the chocolate overload of the famous Tunnel of Fudge Cake, I have configured a sweet counterpart: the Tunnel of Penuche Cake. If fudge is the inspiration for the original, penuche (a "blonde" fudge made with brown sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla) is the muse for this honey-hued variation.
Notes: Marshmallows can be very sticky. For the neatest bars, use a clean, sharp knife to cut the bars, rinsing and wiping the knife thoroughly between cuts....
Rugelach are an irresistible, classic Jewish pastry which originated in Eastern Europe. Rich without being too rich, rugelach are a cross between a pastry and a cookie: flaky-crisp like a rich pie dough on the outside, and tender and buttery on the inside.
Chewy amaretti cookies are covered in pine nuts and baked until golden.
This is hands down one of my favorite cookies ever. Back in 1998, when I was still the pastry chef at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, I eyed a recipe for Triple Chocolate Cookies with Pistachios on the last page of my Gourmet magazine. A chocolate cookie studded with semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chunks, and pistachios. Um, yum!
[Photographs: Andrew Strenio] Colonie opened on Atlantic Avenue back in February, and the neighbors have been loving it up ever since. It's across from the Shell station in a beautiful space that has a live fern wall in the...