Irish Distillers is rolling out a podcast series that shares the story of how Irish whiskey has endured over the past several decades, despite experiences that worked against the drink's survival. The firm, which is the parent company of Jameson, is issuing the podcast in five parts.
Although the word "jerk" is often used to refer to a seasoning blend, it is actually the name of a style of Jamaican cooking characterized by flavorful marinades and smoky, live-fire grilling. A blend of allspice, spicy peppers and other ingredients that can include rum, molasses or coffee give the marinade its signature heat and complexity.
Carrots star in this simple, creamy pudding called halwa that is made with whole milk, nuts and cardamom, writes Aleksandra Crapanzano. When simmered in milk, grated carrots melt down and lend their orange hue to the pudding.
This cherry biscuit cobbler serves as an ideal fruit dessert for the summer that skips the chilling, rolling and tricky assembly of pie, writes Claire Saffitz. Lemon juice keeps the filling from being too sweet, while a topping of small biscuits keeps things simple.
Trusting a chef de cuisine enough to give them autonomy can be difficult, but letting go can make a kitchen better and free up executive chefs to focus on other tasks, writes chef Eric LeVine. "When I let go of the idea that everything was mine and allowed everything to become ours, the kitchen became a more balanced environment, less stressful and more creative for all involved," he writes.
Whole cumin seeds have a longer shelf life than ground cumin, and the spice's flavor is more intense if it is ground right before cooking. Toasting whole seeds until fragrant keeps the flavor more concentrated in the seeds, while blooming the seeds in hot oil infuses flavor throughout a dish.
UK-based Pret A Manger, which operates about 500 global locations, has agreed to acquire smaller sandwich chain EAT for an undisclosed amount. After the deal closes, Pret plans to turn up to 90 EAT locations into Veggie Pret shops in an effort to grow the plant-based concept it launched in 2016.
Students, teachers and staff at Lincoln Middle School in Rockford, Ill., are cutting down on the school's food waste as part of a University of Illinois research project. The students separate what's left after they eat lunch, putting organic waste aside to compost in the school garden and leaving behind uneaten food on a share cart.
A new campaign from Gap called "Love All Ways" is one of the first from Chief Marketing Officer Alegra O'Hare, who aims to solidify the company's diversity values. "The Pride campaign is the kickoff to the new brand platform strategy and strategic direction targeting a new generation of consumers," she says, adding that Gap "will continue to keep inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of our communications."