All Posts By Samantha Lande

Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Food: Chicago

by in Restaurants, July 16th, 2017

Almond Pancakes
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs may have a reputation for being choosy when it comes to dining out, but it seems the pickiest palates actually belong to their children. Luckily in a city like Chicago, there are plenty of places that cater to those tiniest of food critics. Read on to find out where the pros go to score kid-friendly snacks. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Weeknight Dinners

by in Restaurants, May 21st, 2017

Schnitzel
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

After a long, stressful day, weeknight dinners can make even the most-accomplished home cooks dream of hiring a live-in chef. We’ve done the next-best thing and asked the pros for new ideas — and some of their tried-and-true favorites — to make weeknight mealtimes a little more zen. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Hangover Foods

by in Restaurants, April 30th, 2017

Medio Dia
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Food may be the last thing you want to face after a booze-centric night on the town, but chefs know that the right dish can help to successfully stave off that dreaded hangover. From midnight snacks to greasy grub, find out what the pros eat to revive after imbibing. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Movie Treats

by in Restaurants, March 26th, 2017

Spicy Chipotle Mixed Nuts with Bacon and Popcorn

Movie nights are the perfect excuse for nibbling on sweet and salty snacks. When it comes time to watch the action unfold on the screen at home or in the cinema, even chefs who spend their days making masterful dishes prefer to cozy up with low-fuss fare. Here are some of their flick-ready favorites. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food

by in Restaurants, March 5th, 2017

Il Porcino Cauliflower Parm
Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food
The phrase “comfort food” often conjures up visions of spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken and other meat-centric mains that people seek out as a source of both sustenance and solace. But with more diners adopting vegetarian or vegan diets, chefs are finding new ways to prepare comfort food classics sans the meat. Pros across the country share their hearty plant-based creations capable of satisfying the stomach… and the soul. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Big-Game Snacks

by in Restaurants, January 29th, 2017

White Cheddar Crab Dip
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

When it comes to football’s biggest day, few things are as important as the spread — the snack spread, that is. We spoke to chefs across the country about recipes from their own party playbooks that always please the crowd. Ready, set, go get that oven fired up. It’s time to win at your own big game bash. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Soups

by in Restaurants, January 22nd, 2017

Celery Root Soup
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Few remedies for killing that winter chill are as satisfying as spoonful after spoonful of piping-hot soup. Chefs across the country share their favorite spins on this versatile staple, including a vegan version, a beer-laced bowl and one wild-card pick perfect for warmer climes. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Cold Busters

by in Restaurants, January 8th, 2017

Ginger Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup
With cold and flu season comes the need for healing soups, teas and tonics. Chefs, in particular, know that eating the right kinds of foods can stave off those dreaded sniffles. Pros from across the country share their tried-and-true remedies for conquering colds. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah

by in Restaurants, December 14th, 2016

Dark-Rum Doughnuts from The Dutch
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah
Hanukkah spans eight nights, which means there is plenty of time to reflect on traditions, exchange gifts and indulge in one celebratory meal after another. The holiday is full of dishes that are steeped in symbolism. Many of them are made with oil, to celebrate finding the oil that kept the temple’s menorah lit for eight days. That’s why the holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Whether you are preparing your first Hanukkah feast or are looking for ways to mix up traditional recipes, get inspiration as these chefs across the country give their take on what should land on your table this holiday. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Christmas Dinner

by in Restaurants, December 11th, 2016

Cardoon Gratinata
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Christmas Dinner
Though it may feel like the Thanksgiving feast just ended, it’s already time to start decking the halls, trimming the tree and gearing up to prepare yet another festive meal. Don’t let holiday fatigue take over. We’ve rounded up a menu of inspiring dishes by checking in with chefs across the country to find out which recipes make the cut for their Christmas spread.

A Surprising Italian Side
Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters of Boston’s La Motta’s likes to stick with an Italian standard that is often a surprise for most Americans: cardoon. A cousin of artichoke that has slender stems similar to celery, this vegetable is a common addition to the Christmas table in various regions of Italy. Read more

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