March 30, 2007
Would a Swiss Cheese Jesus be more holy?
"My Sweet Lord," a chocolate statue by artist Cosimo Cavallaro
The Catholic Church is at it again. They have pressured the Manhattan-based Roger Smith Hotel to cancel an exhibit in their Lab Gallery featuring a six foot, anatomically correct crucified chocolate Jesus. Frankly, we're still more up in arms about the dirty business about pedophilia in the Church than we are about some ban on chocolate. But this is allegedly a food blog so we have to cover this stuff.
Did the hotel really think business was going to suffer if they left the art up? Manhattan is the devil's playground, after all.
March 29, 2007
Has Friendly's Stepped Over the Line?
On a recent trip to upstate New York we spotted this sign advertising more than ice cream for dessert. Has our favorite roadside restaurant decided to beat Hooters at its own game with extra "Friendly" service? Or maybe the yo-yoing stocks have stockholders pressuring franchise managers to out-perform the competition by offering something special. Looks like the managers misunderstood the directions.
Friendly's didn't need to resort to the flesh trade to lure us in as customers. They had won us over with those cute "cone head" clown sundaes. We never asked for a second course of dessert.
March 16, 2007
Where Have All the Shamrock Shakes Gone?
There's no better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a smooth, thick, green Shamrock Shake from McDonald's. Sadly, few have actually been able to find the rare minty shake on the menu since the mid-1980s (unless you go to Ireland). Occasionally a rumor will circulate that an obscure McDonald's in the heartland has the shake in stock. Diehard fans rush out with coolers in hand to stock up until the next release. But they arrive only to find the report to be a vicious rumor. There is no shake and there hasn't been for a very long time.
We just wish we could play the game where we confound the McDonald's cashiers by ordering one of our all time favorite desserts: Chocolate Shake swirled with Shamrock Shake. Special permission needs to be granted by the supervisors and there is usually a lot of confusion. But when that shake arrives, it tastes so good.
If you would like to make your own green shake, Foodgeeks.com has the recipe.
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March 15, 2007
Snapping & Crackling to Show the Love
So as you can probably tell, we're not big on recipes and test kitchens here at cakehead.com. But sometimes we'll shock ourselves and make something so divine that folks beg us for the recipe.
There are certain lovelies who serve as the perfect muse for recipe invention. On Tuesday, the birthday of our favorite muse rolled around. The occasion demanded that we cook up the most divine of dessert recipes to spread and celebrate the love. What better way to do it than with marshmellow Rice Krispie treats? The batch we made was much too large for two, so the remaing squares were sent to the Conde Nast office for consumption. The recipe requests have been pouring in ever since. So we'll offer this public service and provide the recipe for those who covet the simple, yet tastiest of desserts.
3 Tbs. butter
4 cups of Marshmellow Fluff
1 cup Krasedale smooth peanut butter (you know the generic brand at C Town)
6 cups of Rice Krispies
In a large sauce pan, over low heat, melt butter. Stir in marshmellow fluff and stir until smooth and molten. Stir in and blend peanut butter. Remove from heat. Stir in Krispies. Pour into a greased 9 x 12" pan. Slice into cubes, squares or rectangles.
March 02, 2007
Killing for Cakes
The site of the crime
Devotees of The Darwin Awards, will enjoy UnEvolved.net. It's a site dedicated to reporting on newsworthy events that will speed "the path to human extinction."
A stabbing brawl at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights, Maryland over some of the country's best crab cakes is just a reminder of our fundamental drive as humans to survive and prevent starvation. Survival was on the line, right?
In the end, neither Jeffrey Rites nor Keith Anthony Rantin Jr. got any of G & M Restaurant and Lounge's famous crab cakes for lunch....What was at stake was who would eat first. So coveted are G & M's crab cakes that not only do lines of hungry devotees stretch out the door, but the delicacies can be ordered online and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.
Assistant State's Attorney Michael Dunty maintains that Rites, 39, of Violetville, responded before Rantin, 31, a Reisterstown barber and home rehabber, when the "who's next?" call went out at lunchtime March 28.
Asserting that Rites was not next, Rantin began arguing, and the confrontation went from words to shoving to the stabbing, the prosecutor said.
March 01, 2007
Meatlifting: What it means to be a red state American
We always thought that shoplifting was unpatriotic. In fact, we always equated with that quaint old threat of yester-year: Communism. But as it turns out, those freedom lovers of the Heartland are the ones most guilty of committing this Commie sin. Alright, so we're making a bit of a leap in saying this, but based on a study by the Food Marketing Institute, meat was the most shoplifted item in America's grocery stores in 2005. Since the number of vegetarians in the Northeast and West Coast is a few percentage points below that of the Heartland they must be the country's biggest shoplifting culprits. Right? Or are we just another biased blog?
Here is Slate's account of the lengths people will go to smuggle out a moist cut of meat from their local grocery store.
Here's the one about the lady who seemingly defied the laws of physics by stuffing an entire HoneyBaked Ham in her purse, the man discovered with a trove of filet mignons in his Jockey shorts