Written on February 25, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
When it comes to making healthy choices, utilizing zucchini may not be at the top of your list. But now more than ever, people are appreciating the versatility of this member of the squash family and using it as a substitute for carbohydrates in many unique ways. According to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, searches for zucchini recipes are up 1830% this month, and include things like zucchini noodles, zucchini lasagna, zucchini fries and baked zucchini chips. But Zucchini has a sweet side, too. Users are still looking for those classic chocolate zucchini cake and zucchini muffin recipes to stick to a healthier diet, even through dessert. Try some of our top zucchini recipes and you may never look at it as just a side dish veggie again!
Written on February 4, 2014 at 11:27 am , by Lauren Katz
Sadly, football season is over. But with the Olympics right around the corner (T-3 days!), we bet you’re still on the hunt for good game-day snacks. According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo!‘s Web Trend Expert, searches for dip recipes have spiked between 125 and 265 percent this month — and we’re keeping the trend going! To ease your search, we’ve compiled our best dip recipes in four different categories. So, let the dipping begin.
Best Take on Hummus: Edamame Hummus
Best Artichoke Dip: Deadly Good Artichoke Dip
Best Layer Dip: Seven-Layer Pizza Dip
Best Out-of-the-Box Dip: Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Dip
Written on January 21, 2014 at 10:20 am , by Lauren Katz
As if you needed yet another excuse to incorporate bacon into your diet! But according to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, everything from “bacon wrapped smokies” to “scallops wrapped in bacon” to “green beans with bacon” has been topping the Yahoo search charts over the last 30 days. And what have our readers been most interested in when it comes to bacon-wrapping? Here are our most trend-worthy bacon recipes:
Written on May 31, 2013 at 11:13 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
These sweet, almond-laced French delicacies are having a real U.S. moment. We break down why they’re worth it. –Amy Thomas
1. Aged Eggs
Cracked egg whites (used to make the shell) age up to five days in the fridge before they’re mixed in, so they whip up into airier cookies.
2. Perfect Pulverization
The dry ingredients must be refined several times. The sugar and almond meal are further ground and passed through a sieve to ensure the softest, smoothest shells.
3. Systematic Stirring
Mixing the meringue with the dry ingredients is a balancing act: If you understir, you risk cookies with spikes or peaks; overstirring may make them flat. Chefs say five minutes of folding by hand is ideal.
4. Rounds of Waiting
After aging the eggs, timing the steps and plowing through a piping marathon, many bakers watch the clock before putting the cookie sheets in the oven. A 15- to 30-minute resting time helps achieve the signature “foot” around the inner rim.
5. Precise Piping
Even the slightest slant of the pastry bag could cause the chefs to create inconsistent circles—and two mismatched halves!
Did you know that the weather can sabotage a macaron-making day? “Humidity is the enemy!” one baker declared. Too much moisture in the air can result in flat or cracked shells, instead of shiny, perfect domes.