Friday, March 25, 2011


Always a favorite ingredient in our Yumology kitchen, Wasabi is a powerful green paste that packs a spicy punch.

You'll typically find wasabi as an accompaniment to Japanese cooking. Sushi, for example, always comes with a side of wasabi paste to either spread atop your roll or dilute in soy sauce for dipping - wasabi-joyu as the locals like to call it.

Wasabi is really Japanese horseradish, a root vegetable with a spicy mustard flavor that grows along many river beds in Japan.  Wasabi is commonly ground into a paste before serving but it is also available in a powder form.

Although wasabi flavoring is typically used with sushi and fish, our Yumologists have realized that mixing wasabi powder in many cream-based condiments like mayonnaise or ranch dressing, often produces delicious results.

Do you have a unique wasabi recipe?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

               
Let's face it some Yumologists are busier than others, and while we'd all love to spend our Thursday afternoons in the kitchen perfecting our fois gras recipe time just won't allow us to do so. But what is a working Yumologist to do for a healthy, delicious lunch? We recommend Wendy's Garden Sensations salads.

After a long three weeks of eating nothing but fast food salads our Yumologists discovered that Wendy's salads not only offered a gourmet pizzaz with their blue cheese, walnuts, tortilla strips, fresh fruit and fresh veggie options, but a wide variety of dressings as well, from Avacado Ranch to Red Jalapeno.

The BLT Cobb and Spicy Chicken Caesar were most popular amongst our panel, but regardless of which salad you choose, you're sure to leave Wendy's feeling healthy and satisfied by these low-carb, low-fat, highly delicious lunches that wont break the bank!

For nutrition facts on Wendy's salads visit: http://www.wendys.com/

Friday, March 18, 2011


YUMOLOGIST WARNING: Do not watch Chocolat on an empty stomach: side effects may include, dizziness, uncontrollable drooling, heart palpitations and severe hunger pains. It's true, this quaint tale of a French chocolaterie fighting to stay alive in a time of prudence and submission will have your taste buds going cuckoo for cocoa.

Vienne Rocher, played by Juliette Binoche, is a single mother with mystical family ties to cocoa. Her recipes are often the source of inexplicable inspirations and cures that all of a sudden find small town inhabitants casting aside their morality for delicious morsels of indulgence.  Vienne finds herself met by opposition from the town's mayor and local church, but she is soon befriended by locals and gypsy caravan led by the deliscious Johnny Depp. Vienne helps each charater understand that life is not about exclusivity and deprivation, but about sharing and celebration.

So this Friday evening pour yourself a hot cup of cocoa, sit back with your favorite French truffles and indulge in the sweet story of Chocolat.

Here's a taste of Chocolat: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3387425049/

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Top o' tha mornin to ya laddies and lasses and Happy St. Paddy's Day to all. Many a fine foodie tradition has been practiced for centuries upon this day for drinkin' and indulgin' in some of Ireland finest brews, beefs and barmback. Below are a few recipes our Yumologists plan on testing today honoring the patron saint of Ireland himself.


Image courtesy of www.parade.com

Colcannon
Colcannon is a dish with a hearty bite and a rich history. Legend has it that the lass who finds the ring inside her colcannon will marry and live happily ever after, on the other hand, the lass who finds a thimble is doomed to a life of spinsterhood. What will your colcannon fate be?

10 skinned red potatoes
1 head of shreded cabbage
1 stick of butter
1 cup of heavy cream
1 bunch of scallions
  • Boil the potatoes and the cabbage until the are soft enough to be mashed together
  • In a large pan melt the butter and add the heavy cream, stir until warm, but do not boil
  • Add the scallions and let soften in the cream
  • Add the potatoes and cabbage and stir together
  • Add the ring and thimble once colcannon has been removed from the stove and cooled somewhat.
  • Save some scallion slices for topping

Picture of Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe 
Image courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

Corned Beef & Cabbage
Our friendly Yumologists in the Food Network Kitchens are recommending this simple yet satisfying Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe for your family feast tonight:

4 pounds lean raw corned beef brisket
3 tablespoons pickling spice (often included with brisket)
1 medium rutabaga, halved and cut into wedges
1 pound large carrots, cut into 4-inch pieces
1 1/4 pounds large fingerling potatoes
1 leek, white and light-green parts only, cut into 3-inch pieces
1/2 head Savoy cabbage, cut into wedges
1/3 cup horseradish, drained
1/3 cup creme fraeche or sour cream
  • Place the corned beef in a large slow cooker and scatter the pickling spices on top.
  • Layer the rutabaga, carrots, potatoes and leek in the cooker (in this order for even cooking).
  • Add enough hot water (4 to 5 cups) to cover the meat by at least 1 inch, put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high, 7 to 8 hours.
  • Remove the meat and vegetables from the slow cooker and keep warm.
  • Put the cabbage in a microwave-safe dish with 2 cups cooking liquid from the slow cooker, cover and microwave until tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil another cup of cooking liquid in a small skillet until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix with the horseradish and creme fraeche in a small bowl.
  • Slice the corned beef and serve with the slow-cooked vegetables, cabbage and sauce; reserve about a quarter each of the meat and vegetables and 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid for Corned Beef Hash.



Irish Coffee
Just like ma' used to make. Warm, smooth and a kick to boot - this drink doubles your pleasure as dessert when made in the good ol' fashioned way.

1 cup of strong unflavored coffee
1/4 cup of Bailey's Irish cream whisky
1 small scoop of vanilla ice cream

  • Brew coffee in pot as usual
  • Add Bailey's to hot coffee
  • Slowly drop in the vanilla ice cream.
  • You can vary ice cream flavors, toppings and quanitites based on whether or not you'll serve this as a drink or as a dessert.
So grab your best mate, kiss your bonnie lass, put on your jig shoes, knock back a green Guiness or two and make St. Paddy proud!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pie - was there ever a more elegant solution to hunger? So beautiful is this symmetrical sustinence that it's been given it's own magical powers in the mathematical universe. Yumologists have loved and respected pie for years, their appreciation culminating in the annual pie party ritual.
Every year Yumologists the world over gather together in a friendly competition of endless pie possibilities! Sweet, savory, chocolate, quiche, whatever the combination everyone's taste buds are sure to be satisfied.

One of our favorite and easiest recipes is a sorbet, swirl pie, guaranteed delish!

Sorbet Swirl Pie

1 quart of your favorite sorbet
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 ready-made, graham cracker, pie crust
Whip cream and fresh fruit for garnish
  • Let the sorbet sit outside of the freezer and thaw to the point where it can slide easily out of its box and mixed in a large bowl with the Cool Whip. Stir gently to the point where the sorbet and Cool Whip begin to swirl.
  • Pour mixture into a ready-made, graham cracker pie crust and freeze for one hour.
  • Remove from freezer 10 mins prior to serving with whip cream and fresh fruit topping.
Test your pie pizazz and tell us which pies you've discovered.


Image courtesy of www.celebrationmagnet.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself just how much your favorite yummy snacks add up to? And if you were to sacrifice a portion of those yummy snacks each day, week or month, how much money would you save, and what could you put it towards?

We Feedback, was recently launched by the United Nations as a program designed to battle world hunger through the power of social media. The site asks members to log on, chose their favorite food and the enter how many servings they typically eat in one sitting over a designated period of time. The calculator then determines how the money put towards your favorite foods can be broken down into a one-time donation that will feed tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people in need.

Yumology plans to take time out today and appreciate the deliciousness of our life by donating the funds from our yummy snacks to those who deserve to share in our love of food.

Please visit http://www.wefeedback.org/ and support this fantastic cause.
Starry Night      Mona Latte
This morning our Yumologists were researching the art of latte decorating when we stumbled upon this fantastic new find: http://www.coffee-art.com/. Here we discovered a vast array of classical paintings, reinvented using espresso in lieu of paint.

The artist Karen (last name unknown), has been painting with coffee since 1998, and recently branched out to include chocolate recreations in her portfolio as well. Karen divulges how she was first inspired to enter into these culinary creations on her site:

"I first thought of the idea of painting with coffee while watching rich, red-brown espresso pouring perfectly into my cup.  As I enjoyed my hot latte, it occurred to me that perhaps I could take my passion for coffee to a deeper level.  So I dipped my brush and began painting, and to my delight, it worked beautifully."

As art-appreciating Yumologists, we're very impressed when the two worlds collide to form caffeinated canvases such as Karen's. We hope that she will continue to dazzle us with her coffee and chocolate creations, while exploring other artistic ingredients.

Images and quote courtesy of www.coffee-art.com

Raspberry Iced Coffee
This recipe is a great way to repurpose leftover morning coffee for an afternoon or evening jolt!

1 cup of strong coffee
1/4 cup of almond milk
1 tbsp raspberry syrup
1 cup of cubed ice
1 tbsp Kahlua (*for an evening kick)
  • Brew the coffee that morning and let it cool.
  • Add ice to glass and pour in milk, raspberry syrup and Kahlua (optional) before adding the coffee.
  • Stir ingredients together, sip and enjoy.

What iced coffee recipes do you enjoy?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

We here at Yumology like to think of ourselves as friends of the fruit, pals to produce, amigos de los apples, and the latest product to come from Del Monte has us questioning if the formerly fruit friendly company feels the same way.

Del Monte has chosen to individually sell and wrap bananas in plastic bags, a technique undoubtedly introduced as a way of increasing revenue for the company - why charge for six bananas that come in a naturally pre-packed bunch, when you can charge for each one individually and hike the price?

Tsk, tsk Del Monte, don't you know that bananas are one of mother nature's purest and most perfect products. They require very little effort to mass produce and save thousands of pounds of plastic by being safely stored inside their own biodegradable peels. Individually selling them in plastic bags not only creates unnecessary waste, but shortens the lifespan of the product itself.

Yumologists recommend sticking with what works and buying your bananas by the bunch!
Our Yumologists are huge American Idol fans, they are also huge fans of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.  Since the Yumologists tend to indulge in this sweet treat while tuning in to see if their favorite contestant made the cut,  we thought it would be fun to imagine each one of this year's Idols as a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor.

Ashthon Jones
Ashton Jones = Coffee Heath Bar Crunch
Ashton's strong voice, quirky style and sweet demeanor gives her audience a jolt while satisfying their sweet tooth. Much like the coffee ice cream and sticky Heath bar pieces in Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

Casey Abrams
Casey Abrams = Chubby Hubby
Casey has everything viewers love: a great voice, an awesome sense of humor and an added ingredient that we're still not quite sure of, but we bite into nonetheless because it tastes so good! Chubby Hubby combines the reliability of chocolate and peanut butter, but throws a delicious curve ball with salty pretzels inside.
Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart = Brownie Batter
Haley's rich and sultry voice, combined with the innocence of her youth, make her a powerhouse on stage and a reliable treat audiences can always count on for satisfaction, much like the ingredients in Brownie Batter.

Jacob Lusk
Jacob Lusk = Magic Brownies
Jacob's voice can launch from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all. He has a unique devotion to songs from the past and traditional flavors like sweet cream, but Jacob puts his own magical spin on them and inevitable takes the audience to another dimension, much like the raspberry and chocolate do in Magic Brownies.
James Durbin
James Durbin = Chunky Monkey
A rockstar in the making, James is filled with unique ingredients that combine to form a rough & tumble mixture of strong flavors, just like the banana, walnuts and fudge in Chunky Monkey.

Karen Rodriguez
Karen Rodriguez = Cherry Garcia
Proud of her Latin roots, Karen's voice is an ideal homage to this sweet cherry base with strong chocolate flavors layered throughout it. Jerry Garcia and Cherry too would be proud!

Lauren Alaina         
Lauren Alaina = Cheesecake Brownie
Lauren's camera-friendly sense of humor makes her one of America's favorite contestants, but don't be fooled, behind that "cheesecake" smile lies a powerhouse of chocolaty talent that forms just the right balance of flavor.

Naima Adedapo
Naima Adedapo = Bonnaroo Buzz
Not quite sure what to expect from Naima, but intrigued by her eclectic appearance and smooth voice, audiences still can't quite decide if she's the right flavor for them. Perhaps this is why she is an ideal comparison to the new Bonnaroo Buzz that combines coffee and malt ice cream with toffee chunks and a whiskey caramel swirl.

Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald - Creme Brulee
The smooth, soothing quality to Paul's voice can be compared to the reliability of sweet custard, but his current take on compositions and the unique quality his voice lends to songs, offers just the right amount of a sweet crunch to make him stand out from the pack.

Pia Toscano
Pia Toscano = Cinnamon Buns
Pia is a powerhouse of two desserts packed in one. Beautiful to watch and even more beautiful to listen to, Pia offers just the right amount of spice and substance to keep her audience on the edge of their seats.

Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery = Boston Cream Pie
Scotty may not be for everyone, but those that love him are truly devoted. Rich and creamy with a layer of chocolaty depth, Scotty's voice is thick with all the makings of a country star.

Stefano Langone
Stefano Langone = Dublin Mudslide
Stefano has proven he's a fighter and in it to win it at this point. He'll play by the rules, but he's got what it takes to surprise his audience when it counts. The Irish cream liquor, chocolate chip cookies and coffee fudge swirl in Dublin Mudslide is an ideal combination for Stefano's voice and personality.

Thia Megia
Thia Megia = Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
As sweet and innocent as vanilla ice cream, Thia's presence on stage takes her audience back to the days of their childhood. The punch lies in Thia's ability to hang with the big kids. Don't be fooled by the vanilla ice cream appearance, when it comes to this competition Thia packs as much punch as the chocolate chip cookie dough America knows and loves.


Images courtesy of www.americanidol.com and www.benjerry.com

Monday, March 7, 2011

Here at Yumology our gals love to hunker down on a Monday night and watch The Bachelor during a Girls Night In. Tonight is The Bachelor Women Tell All and our Yumologist chicas have put together a drink menu based on what they feel each bachelorette may be feeling and drinking during this emotional reunion with the one who got away.

Scroll to the bottom for a Jalapeno Margarita recipe guaranteed to satisy all those burned Bachelorettes!


Alli - Bud Light
Nothing fancy with this hometown gal from Columbus, OH. She likes to keep it simple and sticks with what works. Bottle or draft doesn't matter as long as it's reliable.


Ashley H. - Sauvignon Blanc
Nothing too sugary sweet for this dentist with an edge. French sophistication meets small-town chic in a go-to glass of Sauv Blanc.


Ashley S. - Kahlua Mud Slide
This nanny has a soft side when it comes to family and cherishes her childhood memories with her sister. What better way to transition to grown up chocolate milk than enjoying a Kahlua Mud Slide before a nap.


Britnee - Scotch and Soda
Being a paralegal Britnee likes to prove she can run with the big dogs but still stay true to her femininity. Practical yet provocative a scotch and soda offers the best of both worlds.


Britt - Champagne Cocktail
Domestic goddess in a bottle, Britt likes to cook, clean ,craft and keep a pet rabbit. Martha Stewart would be proud.


Chantal (FINALIST) - Tequila Shot
This edgy executive assistant has proven that being straight with a man is almost as important as being straight with your drink. Knocking it back or knocking him out Chantal packs a punch!


Cristy - Sam Adams
Cristy wants conversation in a man and what better way to keep the dynamic flowing than over a good traditional ale.


Emily (FINALIST) - Long Island Iced Tea
This southern belle has been through a lot but still likes to sit on the porch at the end of the day and unwind without things getting too out of control.


J - Merlot
Strength in body is important to J, but when it comes to the unknown she sticks with what works.


Jackie - Sangria
This NY based artist likes to celebrate outdoors and what better way to get creative and enjoy the fireworks that with a glass of your very own sangria.


Jill - Corona
This all-American girl from Texas likes her roots but loves those tropical vacations too. A Corona and lime offers the vacay vibe either on the beach or in the backyard.


Keltie - Cosmopolitan
A Hollywood native turned Rockette in the big city, Keltie knows how to keep it cosmopolitan under the bright lights at Radio City Music Hall.


Kimberly - Blue Moon
Big on family, friends and football this Florida native can settle in for the game while enjoying a beer that boasts oranges from her home state.


Lacey - Lager and Lime
Somewhat of an Anglophile Lacy longs to change places with her majesty one day. Perhaps a lager and lime will help ease those pre-monarchy nerves.


Lauren - Rum and Coke
After a long day of teaching high school students a little rum in the old Coca Cola might help take the edge off.


Lindsay - Irish Coffee
A fiery red-headed first grade teacher should treat herself to a morning pick-me-up every once in a while.


Lisa M. - Vodka Cranberry
A track athlete who likes to stay in shape, Lisa M. will remain hydrated as long as she keeps to two-parts cranberry, one part vodka.


Lisa P. - Vodka Tonic
Lisa P. seems like a no B.S. type of gal. A vodka tonic gets the job done just as she likes.


Madison - Mai Tai
A model who travels to exotic locations should be as fruity in her drinks as she is in her surroundings.


Marissa - Budweiser
Nothing but the King of Beers for this Sports Publicist whose career is her number one priority.


Meghan - Shiraz
Best friends are important to Meghan and what better way to pull the girls together than over a bottle of Australian red.


Melissa - Amaretto Sour
Sounds like Melissa had it tough as a kid. What better way to wash those sour memories away than with a glass of this southern comfort.


Michelle - Absinth
And we're pretty sure she was knocking it back by the gallon. Illegal in some countries because of it's strength and unknown properties, Absinth is a very unpredictable drink, a lot like Michelle.


Raichel - Coors Light
Tried and true brew for this gaseous gal who's not afraid to own up to her insecurities and most embarrassing moments.


Rebecca - Spiked Cider
A big fan of Christmas and family this drink would never disappoint Rebecca on one of her most important days of the year.


Renee - White Zinfandel
She likes her life pretty in pink and we're guessing her wine the same way. A little too idealistic is this one which is why a wine that sits on the fence is perfect for her.


Sarah L. - Chardonnay
A light wine like a Chardonnay will give this musical theater gal just the lift she needs before going on stage.


Sarah P. - Riesling
Almost too sweet to handle but does the trick, Sarah P. and a solid Riesling would get along just fine.


Shawntel - Dark & Stormy
It's mysterious and keeps you guessing much like this funeral director from Chico, CA.


Stacey - Dirty Martini
There's something naughty about this bartender from Quincy, Mass and her inability to answer a question without a wry smile on her face.


Brad Womack
What about The Bachelor himself? What drink epitomizes the essence of Brad Womack? Our Yumologists thought long and hard about this one and came up with a Jalapeno Margarita in honor of all the ladies who have been burned by this controversial comeback kid! Mix your own by following the recipe below and get a taste for what all Brad's jilted ladies have been through.


Picture of Jalapeno Margaritas Recipe
Jalapeno Margaritas - For the ones who got burned.
Image courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com and Andrew McCaul4 large jalapenos
1 bottle of 1800 Silver tequila
1 bottle of Triple Sec
5 cups fresh lime juice
Sugar
Cocktail Shaker
  • Slice 4 large jalapenos in quarters and remove the seeds.
  • Add the jalapenos to a large margarita pitcher and add a full bottle (750ml) of tequila. *Yumologists recommend 1800 Silver.
  • Let the jalapenos sit in the tequila for 1 hour prior to serving.
  • Strain the tequila after one hour, removing the jalapenos from the pitcher.
  • Mix 1 1/2 cups tequila with 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice, 2 tsp of sugar and 2 tbsp or orange liquor. *Yumologists recommend Triple Sec.
  • Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour drink into a glass rimmed with equal parts coarse salt and fine sugar. garnish with a jalapeno slice.


All Bachelor images courtesy of www.abc.com