Pistachio-Orange Shortbread — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2016

Pistachio-Orange ShortbreadWe’ve all heard of shortbread, but what exactly does it mean when we say a pastry is “short”? The terms “short crust,” “shortbread” and even “shortening” all refer to the texture of the crumb of the pastry. Short pastry is usually dense, crumbly, crisp and buttery, and these flavorful bars, studded with orange zest and nuts — and drizzled with chocolate — are no exception.

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Give White Chocolate a Chance

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, February 12th, 2016

caramelized white chocolateThere are a lot of white-chocolate haters out there. It’s “too sweet” and “not real chocolate,” they say. Maybe you agree … until you try caramelized white chocolate. It tastes like salted caramel crossed with chocolate and will probably change your mind.

Find out how to caramelize white chocolate at home with directions from the January/February issue of Food Network Magazine, below. Whether you pour the roasted goodness into cute heart-shaped molds for your valentine or keep the batch for yourself is up to you.

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Mentor vs. Mentor: What the Season 2 All-Star Academy Team Leaders Have to Offer — Smack Talk Included

by in Shows, February 12th, 2016

All-Star Academy mentorsThis season two new chefs are stepping into the role of mentor on All-Star Academy: Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern are bringing a new energy to the arena. Season 1 mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone return to try their luck at winning yet again, but this time with lots more experience under their belts. All four have the job of mentoring a team of two home cooks, but only one home cook will have the chance to walk away with the $50,000 win. On the line for the winning mentor: infinite bragging rights as the best teacher this academy has seen.

These four chefs may be friends outside of the show, but when it comes to competition, that friendliness gets shoved aside and replaced with rivalry, an urge to come out on top — and all of this includes some smack talk flying around. FN Dish spoke with Alex and Curtis to see if they had anything to say about the two new mentors, Robert and Andrew, and whether they had any advice for them. And we asked Robert and Andrew what they bring to the table — what sets them apart from veterans Alex and Curtis. The answers we got from both sides were exactly what we were hoping to hear. This competition is going to be good.

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What to Watch: Barefoot in Paris, the Finale of Worst Cooks and Premiere of All-Star Academy

by in Shows, February 12th, 2016

Ina and Jeffrey in ParisLove is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with chocolatey treats? Your favorite chefs have you covered, starting Saturday morning with Ree Drummond’s chocolate raspberry cheesecake and chocolate orange martinis. Then, Trisha Yearwood is celebrating her birthday by making Garth cook her favorites like chicken alfredo and double-stuffed brownies. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are offering up tips on transforming instant pudding into indulgent desserts like crème brulee and chocolate cherry pudding pops. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli is celebrating Valentine’s Day by making her husband Tom’s favorite dessert: chocolate ginger mousse-filled pizzelle cones.

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A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup o’ Joe

by in News, February 11th, 2016

A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup O' JoeMost people who drink coffee do so because they enjoy the flavor of a freshly brewed cup — or the boost it can bring. An increasing number of studies have sweetened the pot with data suggesting that drinking coffee may have health benefits including a lower risk of cardiovascular and liver diseases, diabetes and overall mortality.

Recently, the technology site Ars Technica parsed the science behind a good cup of coffee.

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For the Love of Salty Sweets: Rich Chocolate Brownies with Sea Salt

by in Books, February 11th, 2016

Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes is back and more delicious than ever with her sophomore cookbook, Sea Salt Sweet. Sea Salt Sweet strikes the perfect balance between the art and the science of pastry and baking with fun, accessible recipes that tickle both your sweet cravings and your salty ones.

We checked in with Baird to get her top do’s and don’ts for using salt. Hear what she has to say below, and read on for some of her favorite salty-sweet flavor combinations. And those brownies up there? Those are Baird’s Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies with Maldon Flake. Check out the recipe for these beauties below.

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5 Chocolatey Treats Better Than a Box of Store-Bought Truffles — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2016

Brownie TartListen, we can’t all be the best kind of significant other on Valentine’s Day. You know, the kind who plans for days, greets his or her love with roses and slaves over an open flame to cook a homemade meal. But you can do almost that (and get a whole lot of credit for it). This year, roll up your sleeves for one of these made-with-love treats for the chocoholic in your life. They’re way better than anything you’d pick up at the store.

If slicing into Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart with your love by your side isn’t the best way to spend Valentine’s Day, we don’t know what is. Dense and gooey, it’s made with only a half-cup of flour, so nothing gets in the way of the chocolate.

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Red Velvet Everything: 10 Favorites to Eat and Drink

by in Recipes, February 11th, 2016

The Best Red Velvet RecipesWhile chocolate may claim the spotlight on Valentine’s Day (and for good reason: molten. lava. cake.), there’s another holiday-worthy treat that’s just as decadent and rosy-colored to boot. Red velvet desserts are pretty to look at, and they also boast a flavor all their own, with just a subtle bit of cocoa and plenty of rich moisture from the classic pairing of cream cheese frosting. Check out some of our favorite red velvet showstoppers, including a towering layer cake, fluffy whoopie pies, a crimson cocktail and a warming hot chocolate.

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Food to Get You in the Mood: The Top 5 Romantic Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, February 11th, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge CakeWhether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a special dinner planned for popping the question, an anniversary or just an evening to celebrate love, these dishes featured on Top 5 Restaurants fit the occasion. Some are perfect for sharing and others are the ideal aphrodisiac — chocolate, anyone? The list includes sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, which we all know are essential for capping off the best evenings. See which five foods have romantic rendezvous written all over them.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite

3 of a Kind: Japanese Goes Vegan

by in Restaurants, February 10th, 2016

If your pal says, “let’s get Japanese,” you probably picture an evening ahead filled with buttery salmon draped over gleaming mounds of rice, or you think of sticky, salty skewers of yakitori chicken. Vegetables, other than in their typical roles as enhancers and accessories, probably don’t spring to mind. But they should. Across the country we encountered vegan sushi, vegan ramen and even a nine-course vegan omakase tasting menu enticing enough for meat eaters. Read more

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