Super Bowl Party: Create This Epic Edible Stadium

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Edible stadiums are a thing.
Are you a serious Super Bowl party host or hostess? You may think so, but if you're just serving chicken wings and burgers, you're not.

Serious football fans serve their guests an epic football stadium -- all edible, of course.

See also: The Great Chicken Wing Hunt: Movie and Recipe in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

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Almond Milk: How to Make Your Own at Home

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With the end of the year, and the passing of the gluttonous holidays most of us have made some sort of resolution or another in regards to getting healthy.

Nearly three weeks in, many of us have gone back to our former indulgent ways, eating and drinking as much as we do eleven months out of the year -- things get even crazier in December.

Whether you're still on the healthy bandwagon or you've gone down the fun road of cakes and bourbon, there's always room for a healthy snack or fat-alternative.

Homemade almond milk -- or what ever kind of nut -- is not just good for you, but it's freaking delicious.

If you have a blender and a fine-mesh strainer -- or some cheesecloth -- it's easy to make it yourself.

See Also: Juice Cleanse Diary, the Aftereffects: Drinking the Day After Is Not a Good Idea

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Top Chef Josie Smith-Malave's Super Green Machine Juice (Recipe)

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For the past few days a group of friends and I went on a juice cleanse experiment to see what all the fuss is about.

Juice cleansing fans claim that the process helps to rid the body of excess toxins, which results in a range of benefits from brighter skin and weight loss to cleaning out the liver and strengthening bones.

While cleansing has its opponents -- many doctors claim that the body is naturally set up to detoxify on its own -- there's no doubting that sipping on nutrient-dense fresh juice is a healthful alternative to a mid-afternoon bag of Cheetos.

The only problem with swapping the two out: many green juices taste like freshly mowed lawn -- not exactly the most appetizing consumable.

Executive chef at Global Soul Corner in San Francisco and two time Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave gave us the recipe for her salubrious -- and delicious -- super green machine.

See Also: Food Blogger Does a Juice Cleanse as an Experiment: The Preparation

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Juice Cleanse: What It Is and How to Do It

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Indulge a bit over the holidays? Finding your energy a bit low and your pants a bit snug? Feeling the need for a physical or mental reboot?

A juice cleanse might be just the thing to get you thinking and feeling differently. With so many juice bars across South Florida, the idea of doing a one-day, three-day, five-day, or even weeklong juice fast is more appealing -- and easy -- than ever.

Never done a cleanse before? Here's what to you'll need to know before you take the plunge.

See Also: The Ten Best Juice Bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Tanduay Homemade Rum Holiday Eggnog (Recipe)

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The holidays are supposed to be about spending time with good friends, family, and loved ones.

In all actuality, the season is more about showing off our culinary skills by brining the best dish or drink to the party -- hey, it's sharing joy, right?

Sure, everyone likes cookies, desserts, and pastries; and yeah, we've all had some amazing lasagnas recently; but when it comes down to it, we all really just want a drink.

See Also: Holiday Cocktails From the Bartenders at Valentino Cucina Italiana


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Holiday Recipes: Green Bar & Kitchen's Raw Egg Nog

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As much as we love taking in the flavors of the holidays, it's a gluttonous time of year.

Between work events, family dinners, ugly sweater parties, and the usual debauchery, there's a good chance you're feeling like you've overdone it a bit.

That doesn't mean you have to give up on the indulgence.

To help you get a taste of the holiday season in a healthier form, Elena Pezzo co-owner of Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale gave us a wholesome recipe for raw egg nog.

See Also: Compost Cookies by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York (Recipe)


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How to Carve a Chicken With Jim Leiken, Formerly of Cafe Boulud (Photo)

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Roast chicken is pretty high up there in popularity charts. It makes sense: with proper technique, it's fairly easy to make; it's healthy; satiating; and chicken is relatively inexpensive.

While it's one of the few dishes that is common in most American's cooking repertoire, serving it can be one heck of a mess.

Although it seems fairly self-explanatory, carving a chicken takes a certain amount of finesse. We've all seen a perfectly cooked birds that end up looking like they've been butchered by Edward Scissorhands.

To help you prevent poultry mutilation, Jim Leiken formerly of Cafe Boulud, has given us some step-by-step directions for properly carving a chicken -- or any big breasted bird, for that matter.

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What to Do With All These Mangoes? Mango and Avocado Salad by Chef Aaron Johnson of OB House (Photos)

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
We have the most amazing winters, ever. We have beautiful beaches. We have around 250 days of sun per year.

Overall, living in South Florida has a ton of perks, but one of the most exciting aspects of living in the subtropics is mango season. Unless, of course, you're allergic -- if so, we feel sorry for you.

We wait all year for that glorious fruit to flower, bud, and grow. There's nothing like the sweet taste of the season's first mango.

A week later, it's in your smoothies, on your pancakes, in your mojitos, your salsa, and whatever else you can pull out of your hat. After a while, however, you're wondering what the heck do I do with all of these damned mangoes.

See also:
- Jim Leiken Formerly of Cafe Boulud's Poularde en Vessie Recipe: Pig's Bladder Stuffed With Chicken and Truffles (Photos)
- Too Many Damn Mangoes? Make Strawberry-Mango Muffins (Recipe)

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How to Start Your Own Garden in South Florida With Michael Madfis of Fort Lauderdale Vegetables

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Pesticides. Fungicides. Neonicotinoids. Organic. Hormone-free. Anti-biotic free. Non-GMO. Fair trade. Pasture raised. Grass fed vs. grass finished. How far did it travel? How well was it treated? How much was its DNA tinkered with? Were fossil fuels involved?

The concept of food was simple once, but these days the very necessary act of eating has become fraught with peril and confusion. It was once considered your patriotic duty to grow your own food, or at least supplement the basics in your own "Victory Garden." Now, the Department of Agriculture is more like a marketing/lobbying firm for Big Ag than an advocate for the average eating citizen, so the mantra is "buy, buy, buy."

But buying is complicated and, frankly, why spend money on something when you can grow it yourself? Gardening can be the perfect antidote to modern life and all its fast paced, stress inducing, social network imposed concerns. Leave your smartphone inside and take a break by doing a little manual labor.

See also:
- Andrews Farm: New Urban Farm to Provide Cheap Organic Produce in Downtown Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale Vegetables Expanding to 110 Tower in Downtown Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale Vegetables' Michael Madfis: We Need a Food Policy Council


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Jim Leiken Formerly of Cafe Boulud's Poularde en Vessie Recipe: Pig's Bladder Stuffed With Chicken and Truffles (Photos)

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to prepare a bird. Roasted, poached, steamed, grilled, curried: the combinations of flavors and methods could fill an encyclopedia. And we bet you've had your fill.

Chicken in a pig's bladder, however, has probably not been on the menu. While it might sound offal -- pun intended -- stuffed with butter and fresh truffle, the dish is actually pretty freaking good.

If you're feeling curious or want to try to stuff a bladder yourself, we did a pictorial how-to with Executive Chef Jim Leiken formerly of Cafe Boulud.

See Also:
- French Chicken Farmer: Organic, Pasture-Raised, Free-Range Chickens From Loxahatchee
- How to Truss a Chicken With Jim Leiken of Cafe Boulud (Photo Instructions)
- Cafe Boulud's Jim Leiken: A Q&A About Pig's Bladder and "Imaginary Daniel Boulud"


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