One Chef’s High Hopes for Redemption on Beat Bobby Flay

by in View All Posts, September 29th, 2016

Beat Bobby FlayFrom Dark Horse Wine — Bet on the Dark Horse

When Chef Martin Rios advanced from Round 1 to Round 2 on Beat Bobby Flay tonight, he took his place opposite Bobby Flay in the kitchen and prepared to do battle against him — for the second time. It was just a few years ago that Martin battled Bobby on Iron Chef America, where he lost to the Iron Chef. So it’s no surprise that Martin declared, “This is it,” as he stood face-to-face against Bobby. “Since I lost to Bobby on Iron Chef, I’ve been waiting years for this redemption,” he noted.

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This Super-Spicy Chip Is for Daredevils Only

by in News, September 29th, 2016

This Super-Spicy Chip Is for Daredevils OnlyHere’s one for your list of foods you may not be in a hurry to try: a tortilla chip so spicy it will make you gasp, cough, weep and beg for mercy (or water or milk, honey, yogurt, ice cream … anything that might help!).

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10 Questions for Alyson Hannigan, a Celebrity Guest on Star Plates

by in Shows, September 29th, 2016

Star PlatesLily Aldrin and Michelle Flaherty: Those are just two of the names by which you may recognize actress Alyson Hannigan, who played those characters in How I Met Your Mother and American Pie, respectively. But on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Alyson is about to get a new title on Star Plates (11|10c): line cook. She’s heading into the kitchen at Michael Voltaggio’s Los Angeles restaurant Ink to learn the step-by-step process for executing one of the eatery’s most-famed desserts. Before her stint in a professional kitchen, we caught up with Alyson to get the dish on some of culinary cravings — and one of her biggest kitchen mishaps. Read on below to find out what she had to say.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine to eat (Italian, Thai, Mexican, etc.)?
Alyson Hannigan: Italian.

What’s your biggest cooking flop?
AH: Made a beautiful cake and no sooner than it was out of the oven, it ended up in pieces on the floor.

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Curry-Style Cooking: Fresh, Family-Focused Mealtime on Ayesha’s Homemade

by in Shows, September 29th, 2016

Ayesha's HomemadeWhen Ayesha Curry heads into the kitchen, she’s not just prepping a quick meal for herself; she’s thinking about her husband, NBA great Stephen, and their young daughters as well, all of whom bring hearty appetites to the table. Beginning this fall, you can join Ayesha in the kitchen for a taste of what’s on her menu, as she’s kicking off her brand-new series, Ayesha’s Homemade, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 12|11c.

Just like her husband on the court, Ayesha, a cookbook author and social media aficionado, has a game plan when it comes to family-friendly cooking. She’s known for turning out time-tested recipes and contemporary showstoppers alike, all with easy and approachable prep work ideal for everyday meals and dressed-up gatherings alike. Updated takes on brunch staples, party-ready stuffed peppers, holiday-worthy mac and cheese — these slam-dunk favorites and more craveable recipes are all in the works in Ayesha’s kitchen. She knows just what it takes to wow the crowd, and when she and her family open up their home to viewers, she’ll show you her secrets for making it happen.

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7 Cauliflower Recipes That Aren’t Quite What They Seem

by in Recipes, September 29th, 2016

Cauliflower Crust PizzaOne look at these recipes and you might think you know what’s what: a cheesy pizza, a big bowl of rice, a classic layered lasagna. But look closer and you’ll uncover every dish’s hidden treat: Each one is made possible (and more flavorful, and healthier) by cauliflower.

The delivery man sure didn’t drop this pizza at your doorstep. Though it’s cut into triangles and doused in sauce and cheese like your go-to slice, it’s not your average pizza at all. In fact, Ree Drummond reinvents pizza crust with her Cauliflower Crust Pizza, which nixes the flour and still manages to create a crazy-good pizza foundation. Even if you aren’t going gluten-free, a slice of this veggie-packed pizza will have you on board with the alternative.

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No-Lettuce Salads That Keep You Full

by in Recipes, September 29th, 2016

Are you, or someone you love, experiencing SFS — Salad Fatigue Syndrome? Getting your daily recommended intake of veggies doesn’t have to mean eating pithy lettuce salads that leave you feeling hungry. Cure your own SFS with the simple Rx for one of these delicious and satisfying vegetable salads that don’t have a single leaf of lettuce in sight.

You might think there’s no need to improve on a classic caprese — until your first forkful of Plum Caprese Salad (pictured above). Juicy plums pair beautifully with creamy Burrata cheese; mint, basil, champagne vinegar and white balsamic vinegar let the colors of the produce shine.

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The “Seance Board” Speaks — Alton’s Tournament of Terror After-Show

by in Shows, September 28th, 2016

No matter the day or time, the Cutthroat Kitchen arena is often brimming with eviliciousness. But in tonight’s premiere heat of the Tournament of Terror, Alton Brown-turned-Hannibal Lecter upped the diabolical factor immeasurably and brought in spooky spirits to control a sabotage. After two rounds of downright scary-good challenges, the host introduced the “CTK Seance Board,” which let the spirits, not the doomed chef, select ingredients for a blood orange dessert in Round 3.

Chef Richard Blais, the judge of the day who donned a “Clarice Darling” getup like a champion, tried his hand at the board on the After-Show — and let’s just say that he was all too eager to partake in the experience. “The spirits are with me!” he proclaimed, with his eyes closed and head thrown back as the spirits (or rather the spirits of the Bob hidden in the table) took control. “What do the spirits want you to have?” Alton questioned, as Richard’s hand was dragged across the board on a figure before it ultimately landed on blood oranges. The judge took his fruit in stride, but little did he know the horrors that awaited him: first a clown sidekick, then a menacing shower prep station that required careful manipulation.

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Exclusive Interview with the Next Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, September 28th, 2016

Red TeamWith every week of Worst Cooks in America, Boot Camp gets more difficult — and sometimes a bit more cringe-worthy. This week’s challenges forced the teams to make sausages from scratch. And sausage isn’t the easiest thing to watch being made, especially if you’ve got a dirty mind like the remaining seven celebrity recruits, most of whom are comedians. At the end of the challenge, it all came down to who made the best links. Having the most trouble among all the recruits, John and Tommy turned out the worst sausages, and they were chosen for the elimination round — where they had to fill sausages again! The one who passed with the best quantity and quality would advance to next week; the other would go home.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.

8 Recipes That Deserve a Spot on Your Fall Food Bucket List

by in In Season, Recipes, September 28th, 2016

To truly get the most out of every season, you need to start with a plan. So when you’re putting pumpkin picking, hay rides and sweater shopping on your fall to-do list, don’t forget to pencil in some kitchen time too. These recipes will instantly get you in the autumn spirit.

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake (above)

You simply can’t get in a season’s worth of pumpkin eating unless you start first thing in the morning. This satisfying recipe is nutritious and can serve a crowd.

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How the School Lunch Program Came to Be

by in News, September 28th, 2016

How the School Lunch Program Came to BeHave you ever stopped to consider — really consider — the school lunch? Stop making that face; it’s not that bad. And anyway, I mean the history of it.

Writing in Time, food historian Emelyn Rude looks back at how America’s school lunch program came to be and how it has developed into the robust program it is today.

School lunches have had their ups and downs. Here’s a rough timeline, culled from Rude’s eye-opening piece:

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