Forget Roses: Try a Bacon Bouquet

Flowers are so last year. This Valentine’s Day, why not give that special someone a gift you can both enjoy? Namely, bacon.

Bacon Bouquet for Valentine's Day

Image via Business Insider

The editors of Business Insider take Valentine’s Day very seriously, and this homemade bouquet of bacon roses proves it. Easy to make with only a few kitchen items – and, of course, juicy strips of bacon – it’s a fail-safe last-minute gift idea. (Unless your sweetheart is vegetarian. In which case, sorry.) The only challenge is not eating it all yourself first.

Ready to give it a try? Watch the how-to on Business Insider.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 14, 2014

Guilt-Free Dish: Lemon Basil Pasta from the Blog Love and Lemons

It’s February. And the idea of keeping some kind of resolution… well, let’s just say, I’ll become a morning person just as soon as the Boston sun rises at 5AM. As for diet, thanks to a myriad of food blogs – including one of Rue’s personal favorites, Love and Lemons – it’s easy to put in a valiant effort.

Tonight? Pasta. A personal splurge. But this one’s chock-full of uber-healthy veggies like asparagus, peas, spinach, and basil. Also known as easy, simple, and delicious.

Love and Lemons Pasta Dish

Photo by Jeanine Donofrio

“Despite starting this meal way too late, it comes together super fast,” writes Love and Lemons blogger Jeanine Donofrio. “The lemon and olive oil highlight the crunchy spring vegetables in a bright but simple way. And especially if you’re using homemade pasta, the flavors don’t overwhelm the taste of the fresh noodles.”


Next year’s resolution? Making my own pasta. (We’ll see.)

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

Call the Neighbors: Your At-Home Bar Is Going Pro

Glassware. Ice buckets. You have the basics. And with these add-ons? What was once an ordinary bar cart is now the chicest neighborhood haunt – just steps from your own kitchen.

At-Home Bar Essentials

Whiskey Rocks
For guests who like their liquor served neat – but a touch on the chilly side.

A Decanter
Nothing looks as professional as pouring vino from one of these mouth-blown beauties.

Double-Duty Décor
Your bar bible, a cocktail-making book will also give guests something to peruse.

Transform your drink station with our Cocktail Hour: Essentials for the At-Home Bar Boutique on Friday, January 31, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 31, 2014

Let Them Eat Cake: The Diet That Dishes Sweets for Breakfast

It might not be your birthday, but according to the author of The Marie Antoinette Diet, you should be eating cake for breakfast. Based on the queen’s indulgent biography, the book’s sweet way of eating is all about satisfaction. Well, during breakfast, at least. Indulge in the morning, then consume nothing but broth for the rest of the day.

How to Eat Cake and Stay Thin

Effective? Who knows. But as a girl who’s tried almost every single food fad of the 21st century (grapefruit, cabbage soup, you name it), this diet doesn’t sound so bad. Tomorrow morning, expect to find me in line for a Cronut™ or Cragel – or, okay, both.

Indulge in more diet details on New York Magazine: The Cut.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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January 30, 2014

How to Throw an Authentic Chinese New Year Party

On January 31, residents of Chinatowns from coast to coast – as well as Chinese populations around the world – will hit the streets in celebration of the New Year. The holiday, also known as Spring Festival, marks the first day of the year on the Chinese calendar and is a time when families gather in celebration of their ancestors and the gods alike.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll look at this as a learning opportunity – and, of course, a reason to host a party. Follow our festive advice for an authentic Year of the Horse fete. Don’t have lion dancers on speed dial? We’ll let that slide.

Chinese New Year Party Ideas

Set the table with chopsticks. Serve up homemade dumplings – boiled, not fried or steamed – with traditional Chinese dipping sauces.

Make your own Spring Festival cocktail. Head to your local Asian market and pick up a Chinese beer (Tsingtao is popular). Combine equal parts beer, prosecco, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Continue reading “How to Throw an Authentic Chinese New Year Party” »

January 26, 2014

Throwing a Girls’ Night? Break Out the Bourbon

This just in – there’s more to bourbon than an old-fashioned or mint julep. Colorful, refreshing, and oh-so-citrusy, this mix from Love and Lemons will be your next soiree’s signature cocktail.

Blood Orange & Bourbon Recipe from Love and Lemons

Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

Enter: Blood Orange & Bourbon with freshly squeezed juice, a few drops of bitters, and mint to garnish (tip: slap the mint in your palm to release its flavor). This drink gives an old go-to a new, refreshing twist. Just top it with club soda. Or, finish it off the Rue way – with champagne.

Check out Love and Lemons to print the Blood Orange & Bourbon recipe card.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 19, 2014

Cronut 2.0: Introducing the Crogel

In my mind, food fads aren’t entirely unlike Apple products. There’s always a new one coming out, and just when I’ve managed to get my hands on the latest version, another one surfaces and sends me scrambling for my next fix. (More often than not, there’s a long line involved, too.) Enter: the Crogel, 2014′s answer to last year’s Cronut™ craze.

CragelImage via Gothamist

A heartier, more carb-heavy cousin of the Cronut, the Crogel is, as you might have guessed, a croissant-bagel hybrid. (Repeat after me: Buttery. Flaky. Layers.) As reported on Gothamist, the Crogel actually popped up in the bakery of a Norwalk, Connecticut, supermarket earlier this year and is now getting its time in the spotlight. Don’t live anywhere near Norwalk? Fear not. If history is any indication, word of the Crogel – and knockoff versions of it (I’m looking at you, Cragel) – will soon spread like wildfire. In the meantime, you can find me in line, killing time on my out-of-date iPhone® 5.

Head on over to Gothamist to read more about the birth of this marvelous baked good.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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January 15, 2014

Winter Warm-Up: Savory Mushroom Fondue by Chantal

Whether you hit the slopes like a Sochi champ this weekend or went straight from bunny hill to lodge, you’ll want to warm up with a steamy supper. Made with mushrooms, cream, corn flour (cornstarch), and butter, all simmered until thick and then served with cheese and sausage for dipping, this recipe from cookware label Chantal is guaranteed to soothe your insides.

All that’s missing? Friends and a few hot toddies.
Savory Mushroom Fondue Recipe

Click the recipe card to download and print.

Then grab your fondue essentials in our Sunday Supper: Après-Ski Boutique on Sunday, January 12, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2014

Just Say “I Do”: A Recipe for Engagement Chicken

If you like it, put a ring on it. Okay, so I’m not positive Beyoncé was singing about chicken, but stranger things have happened. The gist? Make this recipe for a friend or loved one, and someone will propose. It’s been proven effective on more than one occasion. No, really. We wouldn’t kid about such things.

This citrus-and-herb recipe earned its title from Kimberly Bonnell, a Glamour magazine editor back in the 80s. She passed out the dish to a couple of colleagues, whose significant others just happened to propose post-feast. Maybe it was coincidence. Maybe it was the delicious simplicity of this five-ingredient meal. Or maybe, just maybe: Magic. Is. Real.

You’ll just have to try it and report back.

Engagement Chicken RecipeClick the recipe card to download and print.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 5, 2014

Are Rice Krispies the New Cronuts™?

Dessert lovers, it’s time to face facts. The cupcake craze is on its way out. Cake pops? Same demise. And Cronuts™? Well, they’re just delicious – but so 2013. The new year needs a new token sweet, and Rebecca Davis from NYLON is calling it: Rice Krispies® Treats.

Rice Krispies® Treats

But of course, these are not your grandmother’s Rice Krispies. We’re talking Oreo-topped, caramel-drizzled, coconut, mango, and sweet cream-infused cereal bites from the likes of Red Spatula and Treat House.

Check your local food trucks. These gooey treats could be your next obsession.

Read the full article at NYLON here.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 4, 2014