Friday, November 30, 2012

The wonderful world of Instagram has quickly become the social media medium of choice. Instagram has invaded our homes, workspaces, kitchens, bedrooms, bathtubs and now our tummies too!

New York based online bakery Baking For Good has developed a way for customers to feast on their followers via soy dyed sugar cookies featuring Instagram images.

Cleverly deemed Instagrahams, the sugar cookies are chocked full of cinnamon, giving them a graham cracker-esque taste, and proving that once again, the world of social media knows no bounds.

Order your Instagrahams by visiting and take a bite out of life!

As we bid farewell to November and the Thanksgiving season we hope you all enjoyed our Food For Thought series. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Food For Thought was a five part series of posts that profiled different food-based charities and organizations who have donated funds, time, research and efforts to fighting hunger and creating healthy sustainability initiatives all over the world.

Yumology was honored to learn more about organization such as Action Against Hunger, Slow Food, Sevenly, RockCANRoll and the inner workings of many local food banks during the Thanksgiving holiday. If you'd like to review any of these posts you can find them under the label "Food For Thought."

We hope you found our series enlightening, and we hope you take time out of your busy schedule to appreciate the warmth, comfort and nourishment of a hearty, home-cooked meal.

Stay thankful yummies!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Okay, due the Thanksgiving madness we let a Sunday slip by un-chilied. Major error on our part. To make it up to you we plan to include two face offs in the post for this week. That's right! Four, lip smackin' new chili recipes for you and your fellow football fans to enjoy.

First up, from week 12, the Indianapolis Colts Breaded Pork Tenderloin Chili v. the Tennessee Titans Memphis Dry Rub Chili.

May the best bowl win!

Indianapolis Colts Breaded Pork Tenderloin Chili

1 lb pork tenderloin cubed
1 cup of flour
1 cup of dried bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped carrots
2 chopped onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 jars of homestyle gravy
1 quart of chicken stock
4 cups of noodles

  • Separate the flour, bread crumbs and eggs into separate bowls
  • Toss the pork cubes in the eggs
  • Individually transfer the cubes from the egg to the flour then back to the egg, then to the bread crumbs.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add the pork to it and allow the breading to brown
  • Remove the pork from the pot and add the chopped vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to the oil and cook until the veggies are tender
  • Reintroduce the pork to the pot
  • Add the chicken stock and let simmer for 1 hour
  • Add the gravy and noodles
  • Cook for an additional 20 minutes or until noodles are tender

Tennessee Titans Memphis Dry Rub Chili

1 lb pork loin
1 bottle of dark beer
1 bottle of bbq sauce
1/2 cup of honey
1 tbsp spicy mustard
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups of corn kernels
2 cups of cut okra
1 tin of red kidney beans

  • Add the pork loin, beer, bbq sauce, honey, mustard and spices to a crock pot
  • Let cook 4 hours
  • Add the corn kernels, okra and kidney beans
  • Cook for an additional hour

Our week 13 NFL Chili Cookoff is between the Minnesota Vikings Juicy Lucy Chili and the Green Bay Packers Four Cheese Chili.

May the best bowl win!

Minnesota Vikings Juicy Lucy Chili

1 lb of ground beef
4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tins of diced tomatoes
2 chopped onions
1 cup of chopped celery
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of milk

  • Cook the ground beef, onion and celery in a large skillet until the meat is fully cooked
  • Using the butter, flour and milk make a rue by melting the butter, adding the flour and then slowly stirring in the milk until it forms a thick, smooth sauce
  • When the rue is to the consistency you desire add the cheese and allow it to melt
  • Add the meat to the cheese sauce and stir
  • Add the tomatoes and stir again for a thick and hearty chili

Green Bay Packers Four Cheese Chili

4 tbsp butter
1 cup of flour
2 cups of milk
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of shredded jack cheese
1 cup of shredded swiss cheese
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 lb of ground beef
2 chopped onions
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1/4 cup of tomato paste
2 cups of croutons

  • Make a rue out of the butter, flour and milk just as you did in the recipe above
  • Add the cheese to the rue and stir until smooth
  • In a separate skillet cook the beef, onions, garlic and tomato paste
  • Stir into the cheese sauce 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our Yummy friends at have the scoop of some of this year's greatest Gift Baskets. The perfect way to send a delicious and thoughtful gift in a fun, friendly way. allows you to build a tournament bracket of gifts for you and your family and friends to vote for, then whittle down to that one, winning gift. One of our favorite sites and one we suggest you use this holiday season!

'Tis the season for gifting! What better way to show your loved ones near and far that you care... and that you don't want them to go hungry? Food gifts, of course! Reading about all the delicious recipes that our friends at Yumology uncover each week has us thinking about edible gifts. American culture has come a long way from the obligatory fruit cakes, however. Here at GiftBracket, we have looked high and low, ignoring the rumbling in our stomachs, to find you the best food-based gifts that the web has to offer. Feast your eyes below!

1. Southern Breakfast Holiday Basket
Start their Christmas morning off right with this Southern Breakfast Holiday Gift Basket! The basket includes a belly-bulging assortment of southern breakfast classics, including a Kentucky State Fair blue-ribbon-winning smoked bacon, blueberry patch flapjack mix, Jim Beam's Kentucky Pancake Syrup, white grits, biscuit mix, pecan-flavored coffee, and a variety of preserves. For only $78, this spread will feed the family, no matter how many people show up for breakfast! Check it out at:
2. Pear Medley Gift Basket
When it comes to fruit baskets, those guys over at Harry and David take the cake! Or, in this case, the pear basket. One of Harry and David's top holiday sellers is this gorgeous assortment of Bosc and Royal Riviera® pears. Bosc pears are available in virtually all supermarkets... but the Royal Riviera® pears are grown specifically for Harry and David! For only $59.95, this is a real treat for the pear lover in your life. For more details, visit the Harry and David website:
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3. Christmas King Cake
If you or someone you love, in the words of Louis Armstrong, "knows what it means to miss New Orleans," then we suggest a Christmas-themed king cake direct from Manny Randazzo, the premier king cake maker in the Big Easy. King cakes are particularly symbolic at Christmas time because the plastic baby nestled within the confines of each king cake represents the baby Jesus! Manny Randazzo king cakes can be shaped like a candy cane, or covered in red and green sprinkles to add to the holiday festivities. The $47.95 price includes the king cake and the shipping charges to your requested destination. To learn more about the symbolism of the Christmas king cake, or to order one (or more!) visit:
4. Italian Gift Basket
Give them a taste of the old country with this Italian-style gift basket from! Each gift basket includes all of the ingredients to prepare a three-course Italian dinner, and comes with a keepsake colander. At just $79.95, this gift basket is an affordable alternative to a trip to Rome for a bowl of penne arriabbata! For more information, please go to:
5. Organic Treat Basket
The holidays can be a nightmare for healthy eaters, but we've got you covered if you want to get something for that health afficionado in your life. Holiday cheer comes pre-packaged in this organic gift basket! Each basket includes two flavors of popcorn, pistachios, a variety of mints, hot chocolate mix, coffee and more. A wide assortment of add-ons are available in the event you want to add a personal touch to this creative gift basket. For only $134, this gift recipient will have holiday cheer to last for the rest of the season! To order, visit:
Signature Blue/Silver Tower
6. Signature Blue and Silver Hanukkah Tower
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Signature Blue and Silver tower from! Every product included in the five gorgeous tiers of this gift is guaranteed to be Kosher. Many products are imported directly from Israel, but please visit the website: for detailed Kosher and origin information. This delicious tower of treats is $99.95 and ships within the United States only.
7. California Classic Gift Basket
When it is snowy and blustery where they live, send them some California Dreamin'! This California Classic Gift Basket by iGourmet will have them packing their bags in no time flat. Filled with an assortment of artisan California cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and sweet treats, this gift basket will not disappoint. Pair with their favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon for some extra pizzazz! For $79.99 plus free expedited shipping, this is a gift that will put a smile on anyone's face. Check out the iGourmet website for details:
8. Gourmet New England Holiday Gift Basket
Send a turkey with all the trimmings in this Gourmet New England Holiday Gift Basket from Pemberton Farms! Each gift comes artfully packaged in a beautiful picnic basket and contains a smoked boneless turkey breast, a jar of cranberry sauce, smoked bacon, summer sausage, smoked Vermont cheddar, and pure maple syrup. This gift basket typically costs $149.95, but is $10 off for a limited time only! Please visit the Pemberton Farms website to order:
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9. Vegan Cookie and Brownie Assortment
Make sure you don't overlook your vegan friends and family this holiday season! Allison's Gourmet has a delicious (and vegan!) assortment of cookies and brownies that also happen to be organic and wheat-free. For $57, you get 1 dozen cookies and a pan of brownies. Even though these treats are vegan, be sure to remind them that they aren't calorie free... so it's probably best to not eat them all in one sitting. Visit Allison's Gourmet to order:
10. DIY Basket
Now that you have all of these great gift basket ideas, go out and make your own! Many stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, will artfully arrange and gift wrap and/or package any contents that you purchase in-store. We like their hot chocolate mix, peppermint bark, marshmallows, and... oh, about any other food product that they sell in store. This is a great option if your gift recipient is local!
No matter how far you are from your loved ones at the holidays, food has the ability to span any distance and bring people together! And with someone else being responsible for the packaging and shipping of your gift, you won't have to worry about whether the cream cheese icing on your home-made cupcakes will last in the mail (trust us... it won't be pretty), and it will more than likely arrive on time (unless you order late... so don't procrastinate on this one!) Hopefully you have tons of delicious ideas for food-based gifts for your loved ones this holiday season!
Stay tuned to GiftBracket for continued gift ideas, tips, and tricks to get you ready for all of that holiday shopping in the next month or so! And be sure to visit our website: to start a gift bracket for your mom, your brother, your boss... or anyone else who will be getting a group gift during this holiday season!
Until next time, Happy (and Delicious!) Gifting.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This week is Thanksgiving and for many of us our plates will be piled high with warm and hearty meals prepared by loved ones in the comfort of homes across America. For others Thanksgiving is not so simple. Hundreds of people will line up outside of local soup kitchens, food banks, churches and hospitals in the hopes of experiencing a warm meal.

If you're one of the lucky ones this year we ask that you take this time to contemplate the alternative. Imagine your life with less and use this opportunity to give more. Local food banks across America will be extending their usual efforts and amping up their manpower to show charity and compassion to those who continue to struggle.

Food drives, turkey tosses, and volunteer opportunities abound in many suburban areas. Pick up a paper, get online, visit a community center and find out how you can help. Every little bit helps. Every minute is precious and we guarantee your contribution, whether it be time, money or a bag full of Thanksgiving goodies, will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Happy Thanksgiving.
While the opinions on the closing of Hostess range from "we're better off without them," to "the end of an American icon," people seem to agree on one thing, Hostess was indeed a lunchbox staple for us children of the 80s.

While the calorie-ridden, sugar-laden, fat-filled desserts are today banned in many school vending machines, many of us remember what it felt like to finish our turkey sandwich and juice box only to indulge in the creamy sugary goodness of a freshly unwrapped Twinkie.

As we bid a fond farewell to the flavors of our childhood I feel it only fitting to bring you a parade of hostess MVPs whom, despite the carbs, will indeed be missed.

(We imagine Boyz II Men's Yesterday playing in the background.)













RIP Hostess. You will be missed.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

We're well into football season at this point, and we can't believe it's taken us this long to get to these two tasty teams. This week our NFL Chili Cookoff pits the Arizona Cardinals Southwestern Chili against the Atlanta Falcons Soul Food Chili.

May the best bowl win…

Arizona Cardinals Southwestern Chili

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups of fresh chopped, roasted hatch green chills
2 onions diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup of yellow corn
1 tin of black beans
1 jar of salsa
1 quart of chicken stock
1 tbsp masa flour
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
  • Dice the chicken into 1/2" squares, toss it in the masa and add it to the oil.
  • Cook the chicken until it begins to brown.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  • Transfer the chicken and onion to a crock pot.
  • Add the chicken stock and spices to the crock pot.
  • Add the salsa, corn, chilies and beans.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Atlanta Falcons Soul Food Chili

4 boneless pork chops
4 cups of collard greens
1 cup of black eyed peas
1 cup of chopped onions
1 bottle of hot sauce
1 quart of chicken stock
1 cup of grits
2 tbsp butter
Salt & Pepper

  • Dice the pork chop up into bite sized pieces
  • Add the butter to a heated pot and allow to melt to the bottom.
  • Add the pork and onion and cook until browned and softened.
  • Add the bottle of hot sauce and stir.
  • Add the collard greens and cook into the hot sauce until wilted.
  • Add the chicken stock.
  • Add the black eyed peas.
  • When the chili is almost fully cooked (2 hours) slowly add in the additional butter and grits to thicken.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Every year our Yumologists ask ourselves, "What is that doggone rule of thumb for cooking turkey's by the pound?" Well this year we're getting ahead of the game, instead of googling the answer the night before, we've got our timing set well in advance.

We hope you find this helpful this holiday season!


WEIGHT (lbs)          HOURS
6-8                               3.0 - 3.5
8-12                             3.5 - 4.5
12-16                           4.5 - 5.5
16-20                           5.5 - 6.0
20-24                           6.0 - 6.5


WEIGHT (lbs)          HOURS
6-8                               2.5 - 3.0
8-12                             3.0 - 4.0
12-16                           4.0 - 5.0
16-20                           5.0 - 5.5
20-24                           5.5 - 6.0

Best of luck this Thanksgiving. Here's hoping none of us end up burning the bird!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

If music is the food of love, let it be the food of life.

That's the tagline for one of the most deliciously original organizations our Yumologists have ever come across. RockCANRoll is a non-profit organization dedicated to restocking the sparse shelves of local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters across America. 

This band of beautiful people works with local concerts, performance venues, schools and communities to provide nutritious, non-perishable food items through donations made at high-profile events. RockCANRoll volunteers set up a station within the event, and advertise their efforts through grassroots tactics that let ticket holders know what to bring, where to bring it and how it helps.

Food donations are always a hit, but in the event you left your can of beans at home, feel free to contribute the change in your pocket. Every little bit helps.

To learn more about RockCANRoll and how you can create a donation opportunity within your next event visit

This week the San Diego Chargers face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Each of the recipes below embody the flavors of these two coastal cities while staying true to each team's spirit.

May the best bowl win!

San Diego Chargers Tomatillo Chili

4 lb cubed pork
1 lb roasted tomatillos
4 anaheim chiles
4 chopped yellow onions
2 minced jalapenos
4 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp olive oil

  • Add the olive oil to the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven and let it heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, jalapenos and anaheim chiles to the pot and cook until onions are translucent and soft.
  • Remove the vegetable mix from the pot and add the pork.
  • Add the seasonings to the pork and coat each piece while it browns.
  • After the pork has browned reintriduced the vegetables to the pot and deglaze with the white wine, vinegar and chicken stock.
  • After the chile is hot add the tomatillos to the pot and let them dissolve.
  • Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.
Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pirate's Booty Chili

2 cups of lump crab meat
1 cup of clams
2 cups of chunk cod
1 cup of shrimp
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 diced onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt, white pepper, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder
1 tin of tomato paste
2 tins of diced tomatoes
1 cup of white wine
4 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of corn
1 cup of cut okra
1 cup of rice

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the onion and garlic
  • Cook until the onions soften
  • Add the tomato paste and white wine to the onions and stir until smooth
  • Add the diced tomatoes, okra and corn, remove from heat and stir
  • Add the vegetables and juices to a crock pot with the chicken stock and rice
  • Cook on low for 1-2 hours until the rice is tender
  • Toss the seafood into the crock pot and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until the shrimp and cod are fully cooked
Images courtesy of NFL

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In a modernized society built upon supply and demand, it's sometimes difficult to slow down and put thought into certain things, especially when it comes to food. So often food is a fast fix for hunger, a grab and go snack in a bag, pouch or paper is an easy solution when so many other things cloud our daily schedules. But what if we slowed down? What if we took the time to study the food we ate? Better yet, what if we took the time to better our nutrition, our communities and the environment through the food choices we made?

Slow Food advocates just such an approach in their worldwide efforts to encourage thoughtful and responsible eating. With over 100,000 members in over 150 countries, Slow Food is an organization striving to defend biodiversity through the maintenance of artisanal food traditions. By maintaining traditional cooking styles, ingredients and recipes Slow Food believes we inherently protect the nutritional value that lies within food. Additionally we preserve the communal nature of food and the spirituality that is evoked through nourishing our bodies.

Slow Food also provides an opportunity for small scale farmers, cooks, academics and agricultural producers to network with one another to improve the world's health collaboratively through food.

All over the world Slow Food aims to educate people on the important role food plays in their communities. By hosting events at schools, hospitals, canteens and other community centers, Slow Food helps people understand where food comes from and the important role it plays in positive social change.

To learn more about Slow Food and how you can participate visit

This week the Buffalo Bills face-off against the Houston Texans. Two cities with a TON of flavor. Better make sure the chili meets demands. Let's find out…may the best bowl win!

Buffalo Bills Buffalo Chicken Chili

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 bottles of Red Hot hot sauce
2 yellow onions diced
2 tins of kidney beans
1 packet of dry of ranch dressing
2 cups of diced carrots
2 cups of diced celery
1 bottle of Blue Moon
2 cups of chicken stock

  • Add the chicken, chicken stock, beer, onion, celery and carrots to a crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  • When the chicken is cooked, shred it with a large fork.
  • Add the hot sauce and ranch dressing and stir.
  • Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Add the kidney beans.
  • Cook an additional 20 minutes.
  • Stir and serve.

Houston Texans Lone Star Spicy Chili

2 lbs of cubed steak
2 tbsp olive oil
2 diced yellow onions
1/2 cup of flour
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp balck pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tin of tomato paste
1 tin of red chili enchilada sauce
2 tins of diced tomatoes
2 tins of black beans
1 bottle of dark beer
2 cups of chicken stock

  • In a large bowl toss the cubes of steak in the flour. Set floured steak aside on a plate.
  • In a large stove top pot add the olive oil, floured cubes of steak and onions.
  • Cook until the steak browns on the outside.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir until thick.
  • Toss all of the spices together in a small bowl or cup then add to the meat.
  • Immediately add the beer and enchilada sauce.
  • Add the chicken stock and let simmer on low for 30-45 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and beans and simmer on low an additional 30 minutes.