I’ve grilled many burgers in my day, many of which were decent but none of which were restaurant-quality – that is, until I learned this technique from America’s Test Kitchen. It’s by far the most foolproof way to grill a burger with a charred exterior and juicy pink interior. Try it for your next cookout, and prepare for everyone to ask for the secret!
Olive Garden might soon be delivering its comforting dishes through Amazon’s affordable and fast Prime membership. On June 27, Olive Garden’s parent company announced that it’s embarked on a new partnership with Amazon that may entail a delivery feature.
Darden Restaurants is a multibrand company that oversees various widely recognized restaurants such as LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Capital Grille – in addition to Olive Garden. During a recent conference call, CEO Gene Lee said the company is exploring the partnership while also still maintaining its brand.
“We constantly sit around here thinking about how does Amazon have an impact on our business,” he said. Though we can envision the delivery option being hugely successful, Lee said that millennials are still enjoying dining out. “I know you don’t think millennials want to go to restaurants, but 30 percent of our guests are millennials versus 24 percent of the population. So we over indexed.”
That being said, Darden Restaurants will continue to explore the possibility with Amazon. “The only way Amazon is in our world right now is through Amazon Prime delivery. We have a test going on with them. We’ll continue to partner with them and see if we can make that work,” he said.
In the meantime, the company is eyeing a third-party delivery service with various vendors – although Amazon likely has the most sway, especially since its recent acquisition of Whole Foods.
Southwestern food is a fusion cuisine, combining rancher staples (i.e. beef and cheese) with spices and produce native to the Americas like chili peppers, corn, and tomatoes. It’s rustic, hearty comfort food at its spiciest. Beef chili, chicken enchiladas, and nachos are just a few staple items you’ll find in this category that make for standby meals you’ll turn to again and again.
– Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts
Calling all Reese’s and Twinkies fans! Hostess has debuted the dessert of your dreams: Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies, which are chocolate cake Twinkies filled with peanut butter cream filling. Available on grocery store shelves now, this new snack is similar to Hostess’s other new chocolate products but is even better because, well, peanut butter makes everything better.
“With Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies, we have paired America’s favorite flavor combination with America’s most beloved snack cake,” Burke Raine, Hostess Brands senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “This peanut butter-filled treat comes on the heels of our recent introduction of Hostess Chocolate Cake Twinkies and is another prime example of our efforts to embrace consumer flavor trends.”
Excuse us while we put our Reese’s aside for a second and stock up on these instead!
A former Burger King employee recently shared enlightening details about the fast-food giant. During one of Reddit’s recurring Ask Me Anything sessions, the former employee spoke about his experience with the company and divulged some advice on what to order and what to stay away from. In regards to his specific position, the employee said that he was not a manager, however, he did deal with manager-related responsibilities. Ahead, read about all of his firsthand learnings.
Yes, Burger King actually uses flames in the grilling process.
Burger King prides itself on its flame-grilled meat. As it turns out, that’s entirely accurate. “They use a broiler and you load frozen patties onto the tray and then shove them in and [it’s] a flame grill inside,” the employee said. Adding, “If the broiler messes up and one of them doesn’t cook them you have to count the entire load as waste and cook more. Whenever you drive by BK and see all the smoke roll out of the roof [it’s] from the broiler discharging.”
Why you shouldn’t order a breakfast sandwich with eggs.
The employee revealed that he’s not entirely “comfortable” with Burger King’s eggs. Explaining, “They have a piece of equipment that you spray non-stick onto and lay down the metal grid then fill it up evenly with this liquid egg mix and BAM! In about a minute you have six eggs.” Though that may be the normal process for many fast-food restaurants, something about the instantaneous method is a little unsettling.
The most high-quality menu item is also the most expensive.
The employee’s favorite meal is also the most expensive. Of the TenderCrisp Chicken Sandwich, the employee said, “It was the most expensive, but the taste and quality is what made it like that.” As a cheaper alternative, he also recommended the dollar cheeseburger and chicken nuggets.
Employees come up with crazy custom menu items – like a Whopper Taco!
When asked if he used to make any custom or secret menu items, the employee said it was extremely common. He even shared one super special custom order – the Whopper Taco! “I would take a flour tortilla and deep fry it for 40 seconds and use the fryer baskets to hold it in shape to make a taco shell. Then take and cook a whopper patty and then dice it up, take and tear lettuce up, we already had three-cheese blend as well as diced tomatoes,” he said. Another custom order is the Donkey Burger, which is the Chicken Fritter Breakfast Sandwich with regular buns instead of biscuits.
They’re pretty stingy with extra toppings.
When asked about the lighter use of jalapeño as a topping, the employee said they tend to be pretty strict with extra ingredients. He said, “They cheap out real hard when you order extra for almost anything you order extra on their by-the-book process usually means just 1 more piece of that item equals ‘heavy.'”
If you’re a fan of all things chocolate and coffee, then you’re sure to obsess over the latest insane Oreo flavor: Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha! We learned about this crave-inducing upcoming release from one of our go-to sources for new-snack announcements, Instagram user junkbanter. The account shared a photo of the packaging, saying, “As soon as your Firework Oreos stop exploding this Fourth of July weekend, look for Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos on shelves. The date I’m hearing is July 12 at Walmart, though they won’t be exclusive to Walmart.” This isn’t the first time these brands have collaborated, as Dunkin’ released a delectably sweet Oreo-flavored hot chocolate this past Fall that made us forget all about pumpkin spice. Considering how tasty that chocolatey beverage was, we’re sure these sandwich cookies will be our new favorite flavor once they do hit shelves. Keep your eye out for these Oreos and try them out ASAP!
If you can’t make your way to a bonfire this Summer, allow these new products to bring the s’mores to you. Some packaged products are available at the grocery store, while others (a dessert and a doughnut) you’ll find at popular chain restaurants. It’s an incredible time to be an American, celebrating the Summer trinity of marshmallows, graham crackers, and milk chocolate.
For American travelers, road trips are the remedy for that urge to be adventurous and escape everyday life without the process of flying. You don’t have to travel far to find a nearby vibrant and delicious city in the States. Many top cities remain a popular choice, but the constant revolution of up-and-coming culinary destinations leave food-lovers on their toes. Whether you’re taking a spontaneous weekend getaway or a month-long journey, grab your friends, hit the open road with your windows down, and eat your way through the country in these top 10 foodie destinations.
What is it about mini things that makes them 5 million times cuter than their regular-size versions? Whatever the case, the same is true for KitchenAid stand mixers. In case you missed it, the popular appliance comes in a miniature size in addition to the standard size, and it’s ridiculously adorable and perfect for small kitchens without much storage space. The Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer ($280) is 20 percent smaller, 25 percent lighter, and nearly $100 cheaper than the Classic KitchenAid Stand Mixer ($350).
The miniature mixer makes up to five dozen cookies in a single batch with the same power as the classic KitchenAid. It fits all the same attachments, and it’s the perfect tool for baking cookies, cakes, pizza dough, and more. If you’re obsessing over the cuteness, read ahead to see more colors and details and shop the mini mixer for yourself.
Ree Drummond teased the news of a new cookbook earlier this year, and she finally released all the details! The Pioneer Woman host previously could not decide on what to name the book, and she landed on the official name, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes For Crazy Busy Lives ($19). Available for preoder starting now, the cookbook is set to be released on Oct. 24, 2017.
So, what’s in store for The Pioneer Woman’s fourth cookbook? Tons and tons of recipes and inspiration that her fans are guaranteed to love. In a blog post about Come and Get It, Ree explained that the cookbook will have easy dinner ideas, appetizers, snack ideas, slow-cooker recipes (including slow-cooker queso dip), sweet and savory breakfast recipes, milkshakes, instructions for freezing food, and more quick and easy recipes. As a cook who admits she “loves a list,” Ree also promises the book will include visual indexes of her favorite pantry items, freezer items, fridge items, and cuts of beef.
The dinners in the book are separated into categories called 30 Minutes, Under 20 Minutes, Take Your Time, Sheet Pan Suppers, Meatless Marvels, and more. For the diehard Pioneer Woman fans, there will also be plenty of recent shots of Ree’s kids, dogs, and husband, aka the Marlboro Man. The book really has it all!
Ree, who recently launched her own magazine, has been sharing sneak peeks of some of the cookbook’s recipes on her Instagram, including the baked egg breakfast above and this bubbly apple crisp.
“I’ve been working hard on this cookbook, because I want it to be fun, incredibly useful, entertaining, helpful . . . and I want it to have lots of stains and wrinkled pages,” Ree wrote. And from the looks of it, we have a feeling all of that will be true.