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Let’s Talk About the WTF Ending of ‘The Menu’

Ralph Fiennes and Hong Chau in a scene from “The Menu.” | © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Spoilers ahead for one of the wildest movie endings I’ve ever seen

As The Menu, director Mark Mylod’s chilling send-up of the world of exclusive fine dining, hurtled toward its dramatic ending, something in my brain broke. After almost two hours of being completely terrified — Ralph Fiennes is cold and chilling as chef Julian Slowik, an egomaniac driven to violence by his obsession with culinary perfection at his restaurant Hawthorne — I started laughing uncontrollably. (Note: Major spoilers for the ending ahead.)

Finally, after torturing his guests and letting the woman he sexually harassed stab him in the leg, chef Julian’s vision becomes painfully funny. As his diners watch on in horror, kitchen staffers artfully scatter the restaurant’s dining room with graham cracker crumbs and various sauces. And … Read more

Turkey Noodle Soup

Making a big pot of turkey noodle soup is the best way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers! It’s creamy, savory, and filled with delicious herbs and veggies! Your family is going to love this easy, hearty meal.

Nothing compares to homemade soup. It’s just so flavorful, comforting, and delicious! I have too many favorite soup recipes to count. A few you’ve got to try, though, is this copycat zuppa toscana, pasta e fagioli, and Italian wedding soup!

Hero image of a ladle scooping up turkey noodle soup.

Turkey Noodle Soup (Great for Thanksgiving Leftovers!)

I don’t know about you, but after Thanksgiving I always have more turkey than I know what to do with. You can only have so many turkey steaks before you start to get burned out, so make this soup instead! I honestly think it rivals my homemade chicken noodle, and that’s saying something! Once you try this turkey noodle soup for yourself, you’ll see what … Read more

Letter From The Editor: New Products

Sometime during the pandemic, I found myself at the Apple store in Austin. I needed a replacement for my MacBook Air and nice lady helping me suggested I add a $400 Apple watch to my purchase.

“Why would I need a watch,” I asked. Little did I know then about the watch that I’ve come to rely on for checking my heart, logging my exercise and sending my calls to voice mail. How did I live without an Apple watch?

What I never saw before that day in Austin was any hype about the Apple watch. I am both pretty immune and pretty resistant to hype. All those Apple projects in the Steve Jobs era were not sold to us on hype but on their actual performance in the marketplace. They filled needs we did not know we had.

Food Safety News gets a contstant stream of new product pitches. … Read more

Magic Gluten Free Custard Cake Recipe | Vanilla Sponge with Creamy Custard

This magic gluten free custard cake creates 3 layers all by itself. The simplest ingredients make the most amazing, light and fluffy cake with a magical custard base!

What is a gluten free magic custard cake anyway?

When I first saw this spongelike custard cake, I figured it was some kind of fancy pants cake that had 3 distinct layers, each baked separately and then assembled or something. (It’s not like I’m one to shy away from some fancy pants recipes, like classic yeasted gluten free croissants.)

Imagine my relief (and now I hope yours!) to see that it has the simplest, most basic ingredient list ever (butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt). Don’t you love it when that happens?

By the way, if it looks like the most tender and moist vanilla cake you’ve ever tasted, buckle up. That’s exactly what this magic tastes-like-custard-cake is: like our gf sponge cake, … Read more

Target’s Latest Collaboration Brings British Christmas to America

Now you can pick up some British Christmas ephemera at Target. | Marks & Spencer

The holiday pop-up collection of the year, explained

Target, the big-box retailer, is selling a 15-item collection of Christmas food novelties from Marks & Spencer, my all-time favo(u)rite British grocery store. The lineup, available in shops and online, is heavy on collector’s tins, including one that’s a music box and one shaped like a double-decker bus. If you, for some reason, are sick of your Christmas biscuit tins not doubling as light-up home decor, rest easy — prayers answered. For anyone else wondering why Target is importing a holiday collection from a British grocery store, let me explain.

Here is what you must know about British supermarket chains: Unlike in the U.S., where beloved regional stores have largely been consolidated into a handful of monopolies that have retained local branding, resulting in a kind of … Read more