Food News You Can’t Miss: The Best Ice Cream Recipe, Obama’s Favorite Pie and More

07/07/2014 at 01:31 PM ET

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama 'Crack' Pie Recipe
Marcus Nilsson; Ramey

The Monday after a long weekend, especially one with so much good food, always makes for a rough re-entry into the real world. You know what will make it better? More good food.

Maybe you can’t be cooking right now, but you can be reading about the perfect ice cream, boozy slushies and klutz-proof wine glasses: Yes, we’re taking a page from John Oliver‘s book and sharing the best (food) reads of the week before.

1. The only ice cream recipe you’ll ever need: Melissa Clark of The New York Times has developed the perfect ice cream base. And if that weren’t enough, she’s also given you a chart with step-by-step instructions for creating your own signature flavors.

2. Grilled guacamole: Yes, we knew you could grill avocados, but grilling all the ingredients for guacamole might just be the best idea we’ve heard of in a long time. Check out the video from Yahoo! Food to learn how to make it.

3. Gin & tonic slushies: You read that correctly — gin and tonic slushies. This might be our favorite new take on one of our favorite summer cocktails. You can make it with or without an ice cream maker.

4. The pie so good the President called it ‘crack’: No worries, the First Lady quickly corrected President Obama, but based on this recipe (and all the butter), we can see why this nectarine pie gets high praise around the White House.

5. Klutz-proof wine glasses: Al fresco dining just got a lot easier. These colorful wine glasses are made by a company known for their slip-proof glass baby bottles, so it makes sense that their wine glasses would be just as well designed. Plus, the colors do away with the need for silly wine charms.

6. Cherrybombe #3: One of our favorite foodie mags just released their third issue. We’re seriously loving cover girl Ruth Reichl, and can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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