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I get a bit nervous when it comes to “lightening up” recipes since I’ve had both successes and (massive) failures in doing so. Most memorably, there was the time I substituted in whole wheat flour for all-purpose when I was making doughnut holes. The result? An all-too enlightening discovery that doughnut batter can actually take on the color and texture of charred Cheetos.
All slip-ups aside, this healthier version of Paula Deen’s Zucchini Bread is a definite hit. I’d been craving just a taste of something sweet and carbo-loaded, so I followed the hundreds of FoodNetwork.com reader comments and subbed in some healthier ingredients like apple sauce for oil and Splenda sugar substitute for the real stuff. The result was a moist zucchini bread treat packed with healthy flavor. Wrap up a loaf and share the slimmed-down goodness with your neighbors and friends!
Yesterday was undoubtedly a slow day in the financial sector, which created the perfect opportunity for one of Wall Street’s finest to go for the gold in the well-known “vending machine bet.” His challenge? Consume one of every item in the vending machine in an undisclosed amount of time and earn a cash reward of $1,000.
One JPMorgan analyst took the bet, and I’m happy to report that there is good news on Wall Street – in Snackman vs. Machine, Snackman reigned supreme! DealBreaker.com had all the details of what the snackman ate, and I’ve been told the following was consumed in just under 4 hours:
A cool glass of champagne is a perfect way to kick off any summer weekend, and the refreshing bubbly is made even better with seasonal fruit and a splash of vanilla vodka. Feel free to let loose and experiment with pairing up different fruits. My favorites include, mango and pineapple or strawberries and frozen blueberries. So pop open a bottle and get shakin’ with a light, fruity cocktail that’s perfect under the summer sun.
There’s only one thing that rivals my love for cooking … and that’s photographing food. Capturing food in a way that portrays it as both real and appetizing can be an art form. I could spend hours (and admittedly, I have) shooting frame after frame of different dishes. It’s relaxing, it allows me to be creative and it can provide a product – styled or untouched – that is naturally beautiful.
Street fairs are my favorite spot to photograph food because there’s such a variety of textures, flavors and colors. I shot the candied grapes (top image) and then turned around to find a smoking hot grill of stacked fresh pita and gyros. Street fairs let you travel the culinary world within a 5-block radius, tasting your way from Thailand’s Pra Ram to France’s crepes to Mexico’s arepas.