Do you use the Hotline? If you haven't been lately, you're missing out -- between discussions about chocolate sorbet and cherry pitting, questions about FOOD52 recipes, and discussions about the latest ban on foie gras, it's a lively place. Here are our top 5 Hotline questions of the week:
1. This week's Genius Chocolate Sorbet created lots of excitement. But, with no ice cream maker in sight, a number of FOOD52ers wondered if they could still make David Lebovit's creamy vegan sorbet without investing in a new kitchen appliance. As it turns out, you can indeed make sorbet without an ice cream maker! In fact, Lebovitz explains how on his blog.
I just pitted 4 lbs of cherries in 15 minutes using a metal Wilton cake decorating tip. I used a star tip and it pushed only the pit out with no juicy after mess. Hands aren't stained either. BONUS!!! Yay!! I couldn't believe how easy it was. Just stick your thumb in the wide opening of the tip then insert the star end, give a little push. Wha-la! Cost for tip $1.79.
4. And, with 10 pounds of eggplant, Helen's All Night Diner asked the community what she should make, keeping in mind that she's already whipped up a batch of caponata and ratatouille. FOOD52ers had many ideas, inspiring her to make a spicy tagine as well as eggplant meatballs.