Food

Ham, Hollandaise And Hard-Boiled Eggs — Foods That Are Typically Consumed On Easter

There’s one thing that stays constant from holiday to holiday, no matter what religion you practice or diet you abide by: the food is always the star of the show. I’ve been preparing to celebrate Easter with my family tomorrow, as my mom and I have been making some foods in advance for our dinner (which is more like a lunch because we eat at 2 p.m.).

Sometimes I forget that not everyone understands what goes into a true Easter meal. While it may vary from family to family, there are always the same game players in some shape or form. Here’s my unofficial list of foods that make Easter such a joyous occasion.

  1.  Spiral Glazed Ham
    hamA proper Easter dinner is nothing without a seriously awesome ham. Also, make sure you have mustard handy.
  2. Scalloped Potatoes
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    My mother’s specialty. Also known as Potatoes Au Gratin, this dish accompanies the ham very well. Because potatoes.
  3. Green Beans
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    Not everyone’s favorite, but my family seasons them very well. A little sea salt goes a long way.
  4. Asparagus
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    Again, not always a crowd pleaser. But slap some Hollandaise sauce on those babies and now you’re talking!
  5. Apple Lasagna
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    A Healy family staple, apple lasagna is the perfect hybrid of apple pie and lasagna. Plus. it’s super easy to make. Don’t hate on it before you try it!
  6. Hard Boiled Eggs
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    Obviously they are meant to be dyed and such, but I will never forget when my grandpa ate my favorite egg on me. After all, they are edible.
  7. Jellybeans
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    Easter is nothing without jellybeans, let’s be serious. You eat them all day pretty much and many days after. Thanks, Easter Bunny, for the cavities.
  8. Peeps
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    Peeps are not my favorite. Some people go crazy over them, others just like to blow them up in the microwave (see above).
  9. Carrot Cake
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    Carrot cake gets a bad rap, but when done right it can be pretty darn delicious. Give it a chance this holiday … or just stick to the bunny cake your aunt showed up with.

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Fried Chicken Has Been Taking Over The Internet, And Here’s Why

Sometimes there is nothing quite like a quality piece of fried chicken. As it usually identifies with the United States, more specifically the South, American restaurants and patrons alike go crazy for the crispy drumsticks. But when does this obsession become just too much?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. As May approaches, high school students are all in a tizzy about one thing, and it’s not finals. Nope, I’m talking about prom. For the girls, the dress is the top priority — as they have been looking for one since probably February. For the boys, it’s about matching their tux to their date’s dress (or tux). But the most important accessory, by far, is the corsage.chicken+corsage+kfc+web

Now, high schoolers and Kentucky Fried Chicken fans alike can wear their favorite food to prom with the new Chicken Corsage. Selling for $20 each, KFC launched the crispy corsage this month through Nanz & Kraft Florists. Unfortunately, the select 100 Chicken Corsages sold out.

But wait, that’s not all! Dominos, known for their stuffed crust pizza among other delectable munchies, recently came out with a new menu item featuring, you guessed it, fried chicken. While many people thought this meant the well-known pizza chain was coming out with a pizza with fried chicken as the crust. Wrong.

The Huffington Post debunked these rumors by showing that, in fact, Dominos is just coming out with Specialty Chicken — fried chicken topped with signature Dominos pizza toppings, zero dough involved. Sorry to burst your bubbles, but that pizza monstrosity just isn’t happening.412198__blenderss-innovations-sorry-domino-s-pizza-crust-made-out-of-chicken-isn-t-an-innovation

But this shouldn’t shy you away from trying all of the chicken concoctions Dominos has to offer, featuring flavors such as Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeno-Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo and Sweet BBQ Bacon. Sounds like a chicken party in your mouth to me! The Specialty Chicken is a part of the $5.99 mix-and-match menu at Dominos.

Keep calm and chicken on, my friends.

Images: Mike DelGaudio/Flickr, KFC, Dominos

Ithaca Farmers Market Opens Steamboat Landing Location For The Season

It’s that time of year again! The sun is setting later, the temperature is (slightly) warmer and the Steamboat Landing location of the Ithaca Farmers Market has opened for the season. Locals — like myself, of course — readily await this time of year. And when it come, boy is it a treat.

The Ithaca Farmers Market is a cooperative that houses more than 150 vendors interchangeably until its closing in December. The market pavilion is open on Saturdays from April to December and Sundays from May to October. The hours vary from week to week, and can be found on their website. Both agricultural, food and art vendors come to the market, allowing patrons to check out handcrafted jewelry while they munch on a freshly made breakfast burrito.

Out of all the vendors at the market my favorite one, by far, is the Khmer Angkor Cambodian stand. Here you can find purely delicious dishes with handmade rice noodles smothered sweet chili sauce. They also have a Cambodian pancake, that resembles an omelet, and other foods involving fresh veggies and delectable flavors. There is always a long line for this stand, but the wait is completely worth it.

Many Ithaca-centric Twitter accounts took to social media to notify followers of the market’s opening day.

 

One new vendor tweeted out their excitement, as their first appearance in the market was today.

 

If possible, check out the market one weekend and prepare to be wonderfully overwhelmed with temptation to eat everything in sight. Take my word for it!

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I Lived To Tell The Tale Of My First All-Vegan Meal (It Wasn’t That Bad)

As a die-hard meat and cheese lover, I tend to judge those who choose to practice veganism. But when I learned about Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman’s weekly vegan, gluten-free dinners, I took it as a calling — it was time to momentarily give up my favorite food groups.

My first vegan and gluten-free dinner.

My first vegan and gluten-free dinner.

Vegan is defined as a diet that is free of animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, etc. As I read on their website, Timberlake and Freedman have been hosting these dinners in their house on Coddington Road in Ithaca, N.Y., for more than 18 years now. If they continuously bring in a crowd, the food they were serving up had to be nothing short of delicious.

I attended my first dinner about a month ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. We were served carrot ginger soup as the appetizer; sweet and sour beans, brown rice, kale and broccoli in balsamic, sweet potato fries, cabbage and celery slaw, and carrot, beet and hiziki salad topped with peanut sauce for the main course; and an apple crumble with almond sauce for dessert. Though these were not my favorite foods, I found myself enjoying the meal — and I didn’t feel too full afterwards.

The lesson here? Veganism may surprise you. The meal gave me energy and made me feel good about what I put into my body (though I usually feel awesome when I eat cheese and the like). There are plenty of other reasons why eating vegan may be a viable dietary option for you, but giving it a try for a day like I did is relatively harmless. Like a good friend once said, “You shouldn’t yuck someone’s yum.” I sure, reluctantly, learned this later in life, but happy to have had the experience regardless.

If you’re curious and want to try some vegan dishes, check out the Pinterest board below!

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Understanding Kale: Why You Should Eat And Love This Trendy Veggie

It’s green, it’s leafy and it’s stocked in your local grocer’s produce section: kale is currently one of the most trendy foods out there. Photos of this vegetable litter Pinterest and Instagram with it’s green allure. Health nuts and everyday foodies alike gawk over this veggie because of it’s high vitamin content, low calorie count and distinct taste.

An omelette made with kale by Kristina King. Follow her Instagrams @alltheloveinyou.

An omelette made with kale by Kristina King. Follow her Instagrams @alltheloveinyou.

Kale is a member of the Brassica family, that includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards and Brussels sprouts. According to WebMD, one cup of kale is only 33 calories and contains 9 percent of the daily value of calcium, 206 percent of vitamin A, 134 percent of vitamin C, and a surprising 684 percent of vitamin K. WebMD also raves about kale because of it’s cancer-preventing and cholesterol-lowering powers. In short, everyone should begin eating more kale — it’s a vegetable from the gods.

Recently, Kale has been so popular that Costco will be selling “giant bags of kale” to match competition from Amazon Prime’s new “pantry” and target young customers. If you haven’t thought about it by now, it’s time to begin thinking about how you can incorporate kale into your diet.

The simplest way to prepare it is to sauteé the leafy greens with olive oil and sea salt. However, there are plenty inventive, and delicious, recipes on the Internet that makes the vegetable look too good to not grab off the produce shelf.

Take this kale pesto and goat cheese pizza for instance. The recipe calls for minimal ingredients, yet the result looks nothing short of mouth-watering. Not in the mood for a healthy pizza? Try one of the many salads pinner Mylene Pollock displays on her seriously awesome board dedicated to the superfood. Kale can be incorporated into everyday dishes, such as soups, baked potatoes and quesadillas, for a vitamin and flavor boost. The possibilities are quite endless.

Images: Family O’Abé/Flickr, Kristina King/Instagram

Ben & Jerry’s New Ice Cream Is Delicious To The Core

The Internet blew up this past week about Ben & Jerry’s latest creamery creation — cores. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Cores don’t always get the best rap, but this kind of core is a game changer. Images of browned apple cores laying in the garbage often to come to mind. But stop right there! It’s time to appreciate cores, and here’s why.core

The Ben & Jerry’s Cores family has welcomed three new flavors: Hazed & Confused, Peanut Butter Fudge, That’s My Jam and Salted Caramel. The three heavenly pints include one or more original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a core of either fudge, caramel or jam. Some may say this is a gift from the gods, and I will readily agree.

As a longtime fan of the Karamel Sutra core ice cream, I can contest that these flavors are nothing but game changers. Ben & Jerry’s announced these decadent pints via Twitter, and boy did they get an overwhelming response with more than 3,000 retweets and 2,000 favorites.

 

All I have to say is this is not helping me look good in a bikini with spring break fastly approaching. But get them while you can! With all the attention they have been receiving, they are surely to be flying off shelves across the country.

Images: Victor Lamant/ Flickr, theimpulsivebuy/Flickr 

Collegetown Bagels Voted One Of The Best College Sandwich Shops

There comes a time in every person’s life when they meet their match. And by match I mean their favorite collegeCTB 2 food joint. Enter: Collegetown Bagels. This local bagel, coffee and, of course, sandwich eatery was recently voted by Thrillist as one of the 33 best college sandwich shops in the United States.

As if I couldn’t love the place enough, CTB was voted as a top shop because of it’s wide variety of goods — and it’s true! They offer bagels, sandwiches, a plethora of baked goods, hot and cold coffee drinks, smoothies and other fine, locally sourced goods. Thrillist writer Adam Lapetina especially enjoyed the Autumn Sky sandwich:

Almost everything is mouthwateringly good, but you have to try the Autumn Sky, which is the perfect blend of sharp, tangy, and sweet with smoked turkey breast topped with bacon, spinach, apples, cheddar, and whole grain mustard on sourdough.

Preach, Lapetina. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. My favorite sandwich is the Eggs Christina, eggs and ham CTB 3on a bagel of choice, with pepper jack cheese. To switch up the flavors, I love to get a spicy Italian or cheddar bagel. Considered yourself set for life if you live near either CTB or Ithaca Bakery, it’s sister shop, in the greater Ithaca area.

But if you are out of luck and don’t have the means of stopping by this “gorges” city, check out the other 32 shops on Lapetina’s list. Who knows, you may be surprised to find your own college town.

For more awesome news and updates about Collegetown Bagels, check out their Twitter and Facebook pages. They post fun photos and specials of the day, including their amazing soups (see the tweet below and try not to drool).

 

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