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Cherubic cheesecake

By Sophia Deng | Nov. 28, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

With the holiday season arriving, how can anyone resist stuffing their faces into the delicious pies, cakes and sweets that accompany the festive times? Well, homemade cheesecake provides the mouth-watering solution for those holiday cravings! With a homemade crust and creamy topping, this expensive-looking cheesecake is sure to impress friends and family. So here's to a traditional homemade cheesecake that will be a delightful gift, desert or even main course for the upcoming holidays.

Pumpkin seeds for posterity

By Sean Howard | Nov. 26, 2008, midnight | In Food »

One of the best fall activities is ripping the gooey, stringy pumpkin guts out of the top of a pumpkin. While anyone's inner artist is giddy with excitement over making a name for themselves on the orange canvas, their inner chef is crying out for self expression. Don't throw away those pumpkin seeds; use them for a snack that's good for the entire winter.

A twist on the Thursday tradition

By Katie Sint Julia Wynn | Nov. 25, 2008, midnight | In Food »

A mouth-watering smell of turkey wafts out of the kitchen. A vibrant deep red cranberry sauce, concocted to sweet and sour perfection, sits ready to be gobbled up by guests. The oven opens to reveal a warm pumpkin pie surrounded by a golden crust.


By Anika Manzoor | Nov. 20, 2008, midnight | In Food »

Ever been in the mood for homemade cake but been too lazy to spend all that time baking, only to eat a portion of the cake before leaving it to grow stale in the fridge? Well, here's a solution for you: microwavable cake! This single-serve recipe will not only allow you to make cake in a fraction of the time but you also will never need to worry about wasting another homemade cake again.

Healthy baked spring rolls

By Sophia Deng | Nov. 6, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Although fall brings in beautiful foliage and the excitement of upcoming holidays, the days are starting to become cooler and the winds more brisk. So it's hard not to fantasize about the end of winter and the start of spring – when the weather will be warmer and the sun will shine brightly. What better way is there to feel the nice weather than through spring rolls, a traditional snack from the eastern hemisphere? These warm spring rolls will make any heart melt and yearn for the beautiful spring season. Plus, unlike deep-fried spring rolls, these little numbers are baked and healthy!

Burger Showdown: Revolution

By Sean Howard, Bryan Huang, David Zheng | Nov. 6, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Our story begins with our humble food editor visibly salivating while watching a Japanese dubbed version of "Iron Chef." He remembers that he won't be eating for another hour. He looks out the window with sad eyes and remembers that winter is coming. People are closing up their barbecue sets, the leaves are coming down in droves of red, green, yellow and brown, the air is cold and heavy snows are taking their sweet time getting to Montgomery County. He looked back at the tube eyeing a succulent burger with a look of carnal desire, remembering that a wise man once said that vegetarians taste delicious. With this revelation, he frantically begged his peers to find the best local burgers and review them for the greater good of the Blair community, if not the world.

A flavorful fall indulgence

By Jenna Bushnell | Nov. 3, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Fall is here, and winter seems just around the corner! The temperature is getting colder and visions of sunscreen and short-shorts are fading quickly. Though this time may be sad for some, autumn also brings beautiful scenery and food-filled festivities. Nothing hits the spot quite like the Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie, but if you're looking for something a little less caloric (but not by much, folks) with the same pumpkin punch, look no further than these delectable treats. A pumpkin-chocolate chip cookie hybrid, these squares of joy will warm your belly and make you forget that there are still eight more months left of school.

A taste of sweet and sour

By Emily Hsiao | Oct. 29, 2008, midnight | In Food »

While sweet and sour chicken may not have actually been a true, traditional Chinese dish, it is now a staple of Chinese restaurant menus in America. The dish's placement on the menu is well-deserved, as everyone enjoys the taste of fried chicken covered in the tangy sweet and sour sauce that makes it so popular. But for those who cannot afford ordering Chinese takeout every night, here is an alternative: learn to make your own! Apart from saving money on pricey Chinese restaurant food, homemade sweet and sour chicken will also probably be healthier as well. And if sweet and sour sauce is not the right taste for you, you can always invent your own sauce!

Suck-up brownies

By Sean Howard | Oct. 2, 2008, midnight | In Food »

Back in the good old days, the way to make a good impression on a teacher was to polish an apple and give it to them. But over the years, teachers have taken control of their fiber intake and rendered such acts of self-interest and faked kindness useless. Though we know that teachers no longer need us to stay regular, we also know that a sizable percentage of them have a sweet tooth - this is where we can strike.

Reliably bland Levante's

By Alisa Lu | June 5, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The word Mediterranean conjures up images of sunny days, a light sea breeze and complete relaxation. Named after the "Levantine" region that comprises modern day Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Israel, Levante's restaurant describes itself as a fusion of various Mediterranean cuisines on its website. But with its menu of fried appetizers and boring entrees often loaded with burdensome sauces and chunks of meat, Levante's is anything but light and airy.

Sumptuous smoothies in ten minutes or less

By Elsi Wu | May 28, 2008, midnight | In Drinks »

After a long day of classes, tests, and walking home in the soon-to-be blazing heat, nothing quenches your thirst for hydration and flavor better than a simple smoothie. Though vendors may make them out to be complicated mixtures requiring exotic fruits and exact measurements, you can make a satisfying smoothie with fresh, canned or frozen fruits you can easily find at home. Save yourself the buyer's remorse with one of these quick and easy smoothie recipes, and once you get the hang of it, feel free to get creative!

Trip to the tropics

By Alisa Lu | May 23, 2008, midnight | In Drinks »

School is almost over, but many Blazers still have exams to sit through before welcoming the heat and sunshine. Days of lounging by the pool and freedom from homework and tests are within reach. Fortunately, study breaks are the perfect opportunity to whip up a virgin Pina Colada and daydream about sandy beaches. Composed of only four ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and delicious to drink.

Ancient treats for a modern mouth

By Brittany Allen | May 20, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Few treats have managed to withstand the test of time so well as the terrifically tasty and absurdly simple-to-make rice pudding. In Scandinavia, the dessert is a festive Christmas dish. In Asia, where the goody originated, various recipes have come to include fruit, honey or other additions over hundreds of years. Ancient Romans used rice pudding with goat's milk as a medicinal remedy for certain health problems. Here in the good old U.S. of A, however, Silver Chips Online recipe-mongers can use the versatile pudding as a fabulous start, finish or centerpiece for your next meal in, out or on the go.

Homemade and healthy

By David Jia | May 11, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Hungry for pizza but cringing at the crazy amount of oil on the Jerry's Veggie Supreme? Well, don't fall for those crummy microwavables because tonight's nutritious pizza is right at your fingertips. With no limitation on the number toppings, this pizza may just be the most delicious food out there and it requires absolutely no cooking experience. Save yourself a few bucks of delivery fee and enjoy your own creation for a change.

Cinco delicious

By Miriam Ragen | May 4, 2008, midnight | In Food »

On May 5, 1862 Mexican General Ignacion Zaragoze poured his heart out and secured a Mexican victory over the French. And what better way to celebrate the general's accomplishment (and satisfy your rumbling stomach) than with some authentic Mexican quesadillas? So grab a tortilla, cheese, salsa and vegetables and hit the stovetop to create a dish filled with the sweet taste of victory!

Mango madness

By Susie Branson | May 2, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Readers have seen mango recipes from smoothies to salads, but Silver Chips is throwing another curveball of fruit-tacular eats: mango bread! This warm-weather treat is perfect for a picnic or at the pool to re-energize you for that day in the sun. Not only is this bread quick to whip up for guests, but the combination of mango, raisins and a hint of lemon leave eaters in a tropical bliss crazy for more! Be the first to introduce this fun and unique recipe to friends and family, you are sure to make a real splash!

Warming the souls (and stomachs) of Washington, D.C.

By Julia Mazerov | April 27, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

It doesn't take a long car trip to get a taste of some traditional Southern hospitality. All it takes is a hop onto the orange line and a quick two block walkto Georgia Brown's, which will immediately have a Southerner feeling right at home and a stranger just as welcome.

Plenty of luck at "Fu Shing Cafe"

By Alisa Lu | April 20, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Long gone are the days of greasy Chinese food served in white take-out boxes. With a sizable Asian population, Montgomery County has many authentic Chinese restaurants, all with menus that go beyond the typical General Tao's chicken or mooshu pork. Nestled behind the Gaithersburg Square Shopping Center is Fu Shing Café, a traditional Chinese restaurant that serves up tasty authentic dishes but is plagued with sub par service.

A dim sum to remember

By Emily Hsiao Charles Kong | April 18, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Though traditionally made during the Chinese New Year as a symbol of prosperity and growing fortunes, the Chinese turnip cake is a dish enjoyable at any time. It is commonly found as an item on dim sum menus, but no restaurant turnip cake can ever compare with the homemade version, stir fried with shrimp, mushrooms and Chinese sausages, then steamed and pan fried to a golden brown. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious taste of Chinese turnip cake slowly melting in your watering mouth.

Fuddruckers - making a good name for fast food

By Greg Kohn | April 10, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

One of the newest additions to the Downtown Silver Spring scene, Fuddruckers huddles in between the popular Cold Stone Creamery and Z Pizza. Its bright yellow awnings draw the eye in, and a taste from inside will ensure that people come back.

Hummus a tune

By Sophie Schwadron Kiera Zitelman | April 3, 2008, midnight | In Sides »

There's a reason why hummus rhymes with "YUMmus." Best served as a pita bread dip, this delectable Middle Eastern staple means "chickpeas" in Arabic, after the main ingredient of the dish. Our version is a simplified side dish with an aftertaste that kicks. And cooking skills? What are those? All this recipe asks for is a food processor and an open mind.

Rollin with Stromboli

By Boris Vassilev | April 1, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Nestled just a few blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station, in that area of the world where Bethesda suddenly ends and Chevy Chase begins, lies Stromboli, a hamlet of food for the working man if there ever was one.

Mint chocolate chip...brownies?

By Anika Manzoor | March 28, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Everyone loves the chocolate-y goodness of a scrumptious brownie. But if you're getting tired of eating plain old brownie after plain old brownie, a great way to jazz things up is by combing the traditional recipe with another favorite dessert. For those who love brownies and the sharp, refreshing taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream, here is something that will definitely add a little zing to an otherwise ordinary batch of brownies.

Eat your heart out, Chef Boyardee!

By David Dunn, Andrew Kung, Nitin Sukumar | March 24, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

A staple of childhood lunches thanks to its canned incarnations, ravioli is an Italian classic in which pasta dough is filled with just about anything imaginable. In our rendition, we take homemade dough and stuff it with a delectable four-cheese filling, then top it all off with a creamy Alfredo sauce - infused with the flavor of nature's perfect food, bacon. Restaurant-quality ravioli made from scratch in your own kitchen is easier than you think. While we cannot condone the health risks associated with this dish, we can guarantee that the satisfaction from your palate will be more than worth any ensuing heart attack.

Il Pizzico is a pinch of excellence

By Sean Howard | March 23, 2008, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Many travelers on Rockville Pike likely pass Il Pizzico without half a thought of what it might be. Situated in a dull strip mall on the side of the road, few would suspect that they are missing out on one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area.

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