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The Food Lab: How to Make Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak Pinwheels | Serious Eats.

Stainless Steel Branch Skewers | UncommonGoods. Instead of one long skewer these have nine branches. It might just solve some of those times when the skewered food just rotates around when you try to flip it.

What Are You Drinking? – NYTimes.com. A simple interactive page where you plug in your requirements (like, a fruity drink made with tequila for a hot afternoon) and like magic a brief video plays showing you how to make something. All of the recipes can be seen here.

BuzzFeed’s Clean Eating Challenge. I’ve seen a lot of negative takes on this two week diet (clean eating and detoxing are things to be questioned) and while I’m unlikely to follow along I do admire how clearly they’ve laid out the shopping/prepping/cooking for a few weeks of healthy meals. I’ve turned to this for inspiration for a few light dinners and the pear and almond butter snack is a new favorite around here.

Joy the Baker – Fresh Juice and Sweet Tea Shot Bites. These are adorable.

The Best Places to Drink Outdoors in Seattle, 2014 Edition | Serious Eats. Thumbs up to all of these.

Feeding Hannibal. Janice Poon is the food stylist for the tv show Hannibal and here she goes behind the scenes with the inspiration, struggles and tricks on getting the food juuuust about as creepy as it can possibly be. Even if you don’t watch the show this is a lot of fun to read. See: How she solved the problem of making fake and actually edible Ortolans.

Project index / Bompas & Parr. I’m losing my mind over the fabulousness of the projects they’ve created. I’ve been to the Guiness tasting room and it was a very fun experience. See: Glow-in-the-dark Cornetto. Via Janice Poon.

· comments [4] · 05-21-2014 · categories:food · links ·

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  • 1 Anne // May 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    It might just solve some of those times when the skewered food just rotates around when you try to flip it.

    You can just use 2 bamboo skewers to solve this.

  • 2 megan // May 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Anne – I hear what you are saying! I’m going to be annoying and qualify for my own personal situation and, hopefully, for the future help of anybody else.

    We have a small house and s small deck and a correspondingly small gas grill. No matter what we do (soaking, freezing, buying really thick ones) bamboo skewers burn to a wisp when we use them, even on the top rack, even when we have the burners all the way down. Then we end up scraping vegetables off the rack.

    So far we’ve tried three different types of skewers. the favorites from a Cooks’ Illustrated 2012 all-time best grilling etc etc magazine were these Norpro 12″ flat skewers. We use those and mostly love them. We tried some square skewers, which might as well be round and slippery, a not well thought out investment I admit. We also bought some heavy duty double flat skewers from a fancy grocery store — they just make it really difficult to get more than two of anything on them without the prongs being stretched too wide or too narrow and then cursing starts. (It seems so reasonable and easy when you’re looking at them, it’s so irrationally difficult when you’re shoving cubes of steak and mushrooms onto them.)

    We also grill lots of watery vegetables – zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms – that soften and will just twirl around (like the cars on a ferris wheel) when you turn over the skewer. Considering that even the Cooks’ Illustrated recommendation doesn’t work for use in this regard I’m willing to try the fancy and pricy branched skewers because, if they work, we’ll use the hell out of them. The prongs look wider than our current flat skewers and I like that the branched design means it’s a little easier to pull of a bit that is cooking faster than the other bits.

  • 3 MelissaM // May 23, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I see you’ve already been clued in to the flat skewer thing. We got some great Steve Raichlen ones on clearance from BB&B and they are great. I’m sorry to be a wet blanket, but I can see your veggie problem persisting on the branch ones. What about those enclosed baskets?

  • 4 megan // May 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Melissa! I see a skewer-off in my future. I’ll look for the Steve Raichlen ones!

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