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Weekly Wrap Up- Meat Ups and Vegetable Ice Cream

In my WWU (Weekly Wrap Up), I compile some of the latest trends in the food industry, breaking news and cool things of interest. It’s all about the baking, cooking and general shenanigans brought to you live from the world wide web.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Info: Common Brownie Mistakes

Missing the crackly top? Perhaps you want fudge-y but not underdone, however are you supposed to know what brownies you'll end up with?

Missing the crackly top? Perhaps you want fudge-y but not underdone. How are you supposed to know what type of brownies you’ll end up with?

Baking brownies should be relatively painless, but like any other baked good, precision matters. Everything from the ingredients which seem simple to the amount of time needing to cool matters. Learn about areas to troubleshoot, but more importantly how best to avoid mistakes in the long run.  Read more. 

 

Events: Meat Ups, The New Tupperware Party

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Bring the butcher, it’s time for a dinner party and shopping experience all in one evening.

Home parties where you visit with friends, have some snacks and shop with the help of a knowledgable associate seems a thing of the past. That is until some creative types thought it would make sense to share a common love for meat, and do their shopping for similar products all in an evening. It’s a brilliant concept of bringing farm to homes everywhere. Learn more.

 

News: Fines for Not Finishing Your Food

Don't be alarmed when extra charges show up on your bill for not cleaning your plate. Photo: Shutterstock

Don’t be alarmed when extra charges show up on your bill for not cleaning your plate. Photo: Shutterstock

In a place where the buffet equates to the most bang for your buck, beware. Unseen charges for not finishing your plate could add up. Some buffet owners are saddened and even angered by how much food waste piles up. To help avoid waste and make consumers more aware, fines are going into place which seem to already be working. Read more.

 

Tip: Stretch Your Vanilla Beans Purchase

These expensive pods can be stretched to bring vanilla deliciousness to a big variety in your kitchen. Photo: The Kitchn

Expensive vanilla bean pods can be stretched to bring deliciousness and variety to your pantry and staples. Photo: The Kitchn

Using real vanilla bean pods can bring about amazing nuances of flavor, not to mention beautiful speckles in your finished desserts. But did you know that even your scraped vanilla pods can have just as many uses as the seeds? Read the article  and learn how to repurpose, stretching your money further.

 

Entertainment: Culinary Television Explodes

Culinary celebrities will  continue their time in the spotlight as thirty five new series are being added. Photo: Shutterstock

Culinary celebrities will continue their time in the spotlight as thirty five new series are about to be added. Photo: Shutterstock

Food is hot right now and not in terms of spicy or temperature. It’s all thanks to television catapulting chefs into celebrity status making food a hot topic of interest.  The trend is surely continuing as the latest in entertainment news points out that thirty five new cooking shows and series will debut in 2014. That’s a whole lot of food. Read more.

 

Product: Vegetable Ice Cream Goes Mainstream

When you define vegetables as us Americans do, is it wrong to combine fruits and vegetables and then put them in ice cream?

When you define vegetables as us Americans do, is it wrong to combine fruits and vegetables and then put them in ice cream?

Häagen-Dazs Japan is making headlines with their bold new flavor choices, at least in terms of what us American’s are used to. While only available in Japan, the flavors of cherry and tomato or carrot and orange make you wonder what’s next for the brand to release here. Read on.

 

Travel: More Than Just Cheesesteaks 

In a town where Pat's and Gino's reigns supreme, it may surprise you to learn Philly has a lot more to offer.

In a town where Pat’s and Gino’s reigns supreme, it may surprise you to learn Philly has a lot more to offer.

When you think of Philadelphia and food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to help debunk stereotypes everywhere? Philly has an amazing food scene and one that requires days to conquer and fully enjoy. Grab a cheesesteak, but remember to enjoy the finer dining opportunities available.  Read more.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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