Mastering the art of a properly cooked pork chop will not cost you much time or effort, as it’s all in the details. There’s no flavor quite like the savory richness of a juicy, spice-rubbed chop. Learning to do them right, adds another gourmet option to your repertoire of home-cooked meals.
Wanna get your smoke on? This stainless steel mini smoker from Williams-Sonoma will do it. It fits right on your outdoor grill and will fast become your favorite grilling accessory. Just preheat the box on the grill, insert meat, cover with lid and wait anxiously, while the aromatic spice of real wood chips turns your grilling into gourmet.
Leave it alone for as long as you can. This age-your-own-whiskey kit will really test your self-control. How long can you wait it out? Lucky for you the micro-barrel accelerates the aging process, so it only takes 3 to 6 months. The kit includes two 750 ml bottles of 110-proof White Dog un-aged whiskey, a 2 liter aging barrel, pouring funnel, two tasting glasses & step-by-step instructions. Tapping the barrel after 180 days reveals a brown, flavorful, complex whiskey. Drain it and refill up to 5 times.
You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to appreciate these wooden palette coasters from Barcelona-based, Labyrinth. Made from real wood, these stackable coasters carry your “fragile” cargo safely from the bar to the coffee table without incident. As long as you keep “this side up”, your drink will reach its destination—your liver—in perfect working order. Shipping & Handling not included.
Vegetarians, this could be one of those moments when you question your lifestyle choice. In the pantheon of Truly Epic Foods, there are few dishes that match the simple perfection & indulgent flavor as well as a proper meal of Spaghetti & Meatballs. This is a dish you should have dialed. Yeah, the spaghetti part is easy, but for making legit meatballs, you should really read up.
The Scorpion chili pepper is melt-your-face-off hot. It’s so hot, it can’t even be eaten on it’s own; so hot the pepper pickers have to wear Hazmat suits. But by blending just a bit of this specially-grown New Mexican pepper into salsa, you can survive its powerful blast of heat. Granted, your forehead will bead up with sweat after one bite, but that’s the fun of it. Try it, we dare you.
If you’ve got any Aussie friends, you know they can drink beer. Well, it turns out they can also make it—and we’re not talking Foster’s. There’s a new brewer making waves down under called Doss Blockos, named for a famous New York City squatter’s building and the art scene surrounding it in the 90s. This complex, long-fermented Lager comes packaged in a brown paper bag. Gives you that Bowery vibe: like you just bought it with change at the neighborhood bodega.
If this cocktail shaker instantly calls to mind a can of Krylon spray paint, read no further. If you draw a blank, here’s the quick & dirty: Graffiti artists have been using Krylon paints since Day One. In Hip-Hop culture, the Krylon logo is an established icon. Now you know. Shake up a few martinis and see if you can create your own urban masterpiece.
When the Gods of Corn Syrup bless you with your own custom Coke bottle, you’ve really hit the big time. French House Music heroes Daft Punk have been honored by Coca-Cola with a special new Coke bottle and promotion for “Club Coke.” To most dance DJs, coke in the club looks very different, but in this case, it means a pair of limited edition silver & gold bottle cans at select nightclubs across the country. Check daftcoke.com in a month or two for more information.
Forget the college years when fluorescent orange powder was the only “cheese” in your diet. A proper mac-n-cheese needs only real cheese and lots of it. When done properly, homemade mac-n-cheese attains Superfood status. It takes just a few simple ingredients, get it right already.