As a restaurant critic, I've been told I have an unusual fascination with restaurant chains. I love learning their stories. I love watching old restaurant chain commercials. Heck, I even love looking at old chain restaurant menus—especially from restaurants that no longer exist.
I love organic coffee. Actually, I love coffee of all sorts. Caffeine is basically everything that is in my blood at this point, and much of that issue is due to my adoration of coffee. My coffee fandom, along with turning me into a pile of caffeine, has made me a person who feels best when drinking coffee.
As life becomes more hectic, it gets harder to commit all your attention to the stove. Sometimes it is easier and preferred to go about your day knowing that your slow cooker is reliably taking care of business. From 7-in-1 multifunctional instant pots to wifi enhanced slow cookers, there is something for everyone. You can even use them for purposes other than cooking. The best slow cookers for your kitchen will change the way you prepare food forever.
Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and its name is literally derived from "breaking the fast" that everyone takes while they're sleeping. Considering what a grand meal it is, we often don't rally go all-out when it comes to making breakfast a fun way to start the day.
As a food critic and a fan of cooking, I have long since learned to love a good grill setup. Grilling has the amazing ability to unlock natural flavors, improve meat's texture, and also get that incredibly smoky-juicy combination that makes everything taste a million times better.
Ah, the humble potato. In France, they call the potato a pomme de terre, or "an apple of the earth." They are ubiquitous, cheap, and can be used in an amazing variety of different ways. You can eat them at any time of day, as long as you prepare them in an appropriate manner.
If you are anything like me, you must eat something sweet every day. I give myself a special treat for making it through another work day. In my adult years, I have unfortunately become allergic to dairy. My options are always limited to what I can purchase when it comes to desserts. One day while I was grocery shopping, I came across Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Ice Cream. I could not believe my eyes, and I knew it was too good to be true. I checked the back for the ingredients and there was no dairy listed. I bought it and took it home and instantly I was hooked. I haven't had ice cream since I was a kid, so finding this was like finding gold. I immediately started searching to see if there were other dairy free desserts and guess what? There are tons! You just have to know what to look for. I have created a small list of non-dairy desserts that will have your sweet tooth thanking me.
**Mo Hall is part of the JG blogging team and has eaten A LOT of BBQ this summer. So he decided to give us his "best of" list of what he's tried indulged in so far. Instead of your normal "Power Rankings" he went with a professional sports draft format.**
The food industry is filled with marketing mavericks, and that's part of the reason why many of our biggest brands are so popular. To a point, the food industry's real talent isn't just making us want our favorite burger or a drink. Rather, it's creating amazing earworms that get us talking about their food.
The restaurant chain world has seen quite a few outstanding franchises in its time. Joe's Crab Shack and Buffalo Wild Wings, for example, have a ton of loyal fans who use them as their go-to venues. Even Taco Bell and McDonald's have a fairly loyal customer base, and that tends to allude to some degree of success.
The fast food industry is cutthroat—notoriously so.
Summertime is here, and that means it's grilling season. For most people, a grilling cookout means that you will end up with savory meals like steak, burgers, hot dogs, or shish kebabs. But, desserts on the grill? Well, they tend to take a backseat — if people even think about them at all.