Slashfood Bowl 2008
You best believe I was watching the Super Bowl all afternoon (with a few flips back and forth from AnimalPlanet to catch the Puppy Bowl) and though I was supporting the Patriots here all week in our very own Slashfood Bowl, it's the New York Giants who won today!
And since the Giants have won Super Bowl XLII, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino lost his bet with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Menino will send a package of Boston foods to New York: New England Clam Chowder, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Boston cream pies, chicken sausages and Brigham's ice cream. The food will be donated to local food charities in New York.
Congratulations, New York, and great job, Giants!
Called Papa Bert's Sippin' Seat (the site claims it's "world famous"), it looks like a bizarre cross between a stadium cushion and a colostomy bag (the fact that the product description calls the inner plastic bag a "bladder" doesn't exactly help) and it's meant to hold your drink as you sit and take in the Big Game. (The website suggests that with this product, you can smuggle drinks into the stadium, and you also never have to get up). Except, I'd imagine, to pee, especially after downing all three cups of whatever beverage you've just consumed from your cushion.
Thankfully, you don't drink directly from the seat itself; you're supposed to pour your drink from the handy spout into your cup, although I'd imagine that a fan who's a few sheets to the wind wouldn't think twice before trying to drink out of the seat (blackmail photos, much?)
Readers, I ask you: has anyone actually used one of these who would be willing to admit it? Is it the equivalent of sleeping on a water bed? And what happens if, heaven forbid, the seat bursts mid-game? (Papa Bert claims the thing can withstand 300 pounds - I feel bad for whomever had to come to that conclusion).
And not to worry: the cushion is made from a fabric that's meant to resist moisture and staining. (Ew).
It's Super Bowl Dessert day here at Slashfood, which means for the Slashfood Bowl, we're talking about Boston Cream Pie for the New England Patriots.
Though it's called "pie," the Boston Cream Pie is actually a layer cake filled with pastry cream and covered with a chocolate ganache. Why it's called a pie, we can't be sure, but reliable sources (and by "reliable" I mean I googled it) say that it was likely because pie tins were more readily available than cake pans to bake the cake layers.
I've only tasted the cake twice, and both times, I wondered why I didn't eat this cake more often. I mean, come on. It has pastry cream in the middle and is topped with chocolate that drips down the sides. Alright, I'll be honest with you all. I basically love the cake for that pastry cream.
Growing up in Portland, OR, there wasn't much in the way of street food available around the city. Sure, there were a select few carts located directly around the big downtown office buildings, but they had very limited hours and were spottily placed. One of the things I looked forward to experiencing each summer, during our annual trip to Philadelphia to visit family, was the all the food carts on the street. They scented the air, lending the aroma of hot dogs, pickle relish and frying beef to the air in their direct proximity.
I'm currently in New York right now, attending a conference and hanging out a bit with some family. When I was getting ready to leave her house this morning, my cousin Betsy asked me where I was going. When I gave her the address, she seemed to shuffle through an index file stored in the back of her brain. Then she said, "There's a terrific Halal food cart on 53rd Street, right off 6th Avenue, with great, cheap food." I was a little boggled at her ability to pinpoint a food cart in a city the size of New York, but as she's lived here for the last 30+ years, I believed that she knew of what she spoke.
Vegan Sugar Cookies
Makes: About 24 cookies
You will need:
¾ cups Earth Balance, softened (FYI: Earth Balance is just a butter substitute - it won't kill you, I promise)
1 cup sugar
½ cup soy yogurt
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
In a large bowl, cream the Earth Balance and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in the soy yogurt and the extracts. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until well combined. Cover the dough and chill it in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Shape the cookies and place them 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 8 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
Makes approximately. 24 cookies.
The little footballer, his spunky cheerleader friend, and their referee buddy are 10 inches tall and available at the Vinegar Factory and Eli's Manhattan. Eli's is known for its clever little confections; a few years ago, the bakery received a warning letter from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority: apparently, the organization found out the bakery was selling cookies that looked like Metrocards, but did not have the proper permits to do so.
Here's hoping the Giants and the Patriots don't get upset.
Rocky Road Cookie Pizza
From: Pillsbury Cookies, Brownies, and Bars
You will need:
1 pkg. refrigerated sugar or chocolate chip cookies in log form (it's okay to use them, just this once!)
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup caramel sauce
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-inch cookie sheet, and press the cookie dough onto the pan. Bake at 350 for 13-16 minutes until the "crust" is golden brown.
Remove the cookie from the oven and sprinkle evenly with peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Cut into wedges and serve (if you're really daring, top your pizza with a dollop of whipped cream or caramel ice cream).
Oh no she di-n't.
Oh yes, she did.
In our annual food showdown inspired by opposing team cities in the Super Bowl (now dubbed the Slashfood Bowl), Marisa has gone to pizza. I knew she would, and knew that I would have to come up with something. Now I know that arguing that there might be something better than New York-style pizza (which happens to be my favorite kind) is just asking for it, so since I have to rep-ra-zent for the New England Patriots, I am merely going to say that Boston-style pizza simply exists, because really, I can't say that it's better. I just can't.
By the time you read this post today, I'll be on a train bound for New York City. While this is not strictly an eating trip (although I am looking forward to getting some New York pizza) while I'm in New York (during a break from this conference), there's one stop I have to make. I have to go to the William Greenberg, Jr. Desserts. You see, they make some of the world's best Black and White Cookies. I happen to have a boyfriend who went to high school in Manhattan and craves, lusts, longs for these cookies.
There's no bakery in the New England area that engenders such raw food emotions as these cookies stir up in Scott. My dad lived in Boston while he was going to high school, and while he remembers some good eating, there's nothing that generates such passion. This is why New York food so obviously trumps that stuff available in New England!
Black and White Cookies(click thumbnails to view gallery)
For a fun finger-food rich in Omega-3s and protein, check out this spicy mix of almonds and hazelnuts, courtesy of the show everyone loves to hate/hates to love, 30 Minute Meals.
Sesame Five-Spice Roasted Nuts
1 cup peeled whole almonds
1 cup whole hazelnuts
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons five- spice powder (ground star anise, Szechuan peppercorn, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed)
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup smoked almonds. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F, and roast the nuts for 7 minutes.
Toast sesame seeds over medium heat in a skillet for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Add butter, five-spice powder, and hot sauce, then add roasted nuts and smoked nuts and toss to coat in butter. Add sesame seeds and toss with nuts. Serve warm.