Science Tells You the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle

by in News, January 13th, 2017

Science Tells You the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the BottleWe all have our talents. I will confess that one of my own few (maybe only) gifts is the ability to get ketchup out of a bottle when others have struggled to do so to no avail. I’ve sat across the table from fry-eating friends as they’ve shaken, tapped, struggled, sighed and sneaked delicate peeks inside to see if progress had been made, and, finally, in frustration, they’ve reached for their knives to try to move things along. At that point, if not before, I offer help, taking hold of the glass bottle and giving a confident tap just below where the neck of the bottle expands into the wider part. Voila! Ketchup. That’s the sweet spot, people. I am telling you, it works every time.

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Don’t Throw That Out: Common Holiday Leftovers and How to Use Them Up

by in Recipes, January 13th, 2017

Purging your kitchen of leftover holiday ingredients can feel both necessary and overwhelming, especially when you’re working with limited storage space like I am. (Curse you, tiny New York City apartment.) In other words, yes, I understand how tempting it can be to throw out a half-empty carton of heavy cream or a mound of frozen pie dough scraps — in fact, I’ve succumbed to that temptation more times than I would like to admit. This year, in an effort to save money and reduce food waste, I’m hoping to use up as many leftovers from my holiday cooking arsenal as possible. Because who doesn’t want to start the new year with a fresh, tidy kitchen? I’ve found that it’s all about locating the right recipes to take care of your specific leftover needs — and recruiting enough friends to come over and help polish off the fruits of your labor. Here are the eight ingredients that I happen to have in surplus this month — and maybe you do too — plus, a few ideas on how to get rid of them as deliciously as possible.

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What to Watch: The Premiere of Kitchen Sink and International Flavor on Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 13th, 2017

Kitchen Sink
Stay out of the winter weather this weekend and tune in to your favorite Food Network chefs as they share some warming comfort food recipes. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond’s making Fajita Nachos and Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili, Trisha Yearwood is making Chicken Spinach Lasagna for the Nashville Predators ice hockey team, and on The Kitchen, the co-hosts are sharing tips for how to make classic recipes like a professional chef.

On Sunday morning, it’s the season premiere of Kitchen Sink, and Food Network Star winner Tregaye Fraser joins Jeff Mauro in the kitchen to make some next-level nachos. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is throwing a cocktail party and serving Crab Crostini with Lemon and Herbs, Candied Prosciutto and Roasted-Carrot Hummus.

Then on Triple- G, four more chefs are competing for a spot in the DDD Tournament finale, and they must make hot sandwiches without a key ingredient. Then, on Worst Cooks, it’s all about flavor, as the recruits must make a dish using ingredients from a foreign country.

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6 Things You Never Knew About the Red Solo Cup

by in News, January 12th, 2017

6 Things You Never Knew About the Red Solo CupLast month, Robert Hulseman, the inventor of the Red Solo Cup, that picnic and party staple, died at the age of 84.

Hulseman’s son Paul told the Associated Press that his father, a man dedicated to his work, his wife and 10 children, and his Catholic faith, had no idea the beverage cup he invented for family picnics had become a tailgate and keg-party icon and didn’t quite know what to make of Toby Keith’s cheeky country-music homage to his creation, “Red Solo Cup.” (Keith tweeted his condolences to Hulseman.)

He “never fully understood how massively popular the large red plastic cup became in pop culture,” Paul Hulseman told the AP.

It turns out that sentiment is mutual. There’s a lot the culture at large probably didn’t understand about the Red Solo Cup (which the Washington Post has hailed as a “marvel of modern engineering”) and the man who invented it. Here are six things to know:

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Caption It: Guy Fieri’s Guide to Sandwich Annihilation

by in Shows, January 12th, 2017

Guy's Grocery Games
There’s an age-old debate over whether a hot dog is a sandwich, and while we may never have a definitive answer, there’s one sandwich debate we can settle right here: What’s the best way to eat a sandwich? This Sunday, it’s Part 3 of the Guy’s Grocery Games Triple D tournament, and this week the competition kicks off with a sandwich showdown with four chefs each making take on a hot sandwich, but there’s just one hiccup: no bread! With no classic carb choices in Flavortown, the chefs have to come up with creative ways to stack their sandwiches, but what’s the best way for the judges to eat them?

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A Classic Pasta Dish for Every Savory Craving

by in Recipes, January 12th, 2017

It goes without saying that pasta is one of our favorite staple foods pretty much year-round, but especially in the winter when our love for hearty foods comes to head. It’s quick and easy, and can be dressed up to deliver satisfaction in so many ways. In light of all the pasta we’ll be enjoying this season, here’s a roundup of classic pasta dishes to cater to all sorts of savory cravings.

Garlicky

Though garlic is an aromatic constant in most, if not all, pasta dishes, it usually plays more of a supporting role. In Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (or with “garlic and oil”), garlic shines as the main star of a dish with little more than olive oil, salt and grated Parmesan cheese.

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Tropical Recipes to Make You Forget All About Winter

by in Recipes, January 12th, 2017

Pina Colada CupcakeCold temperatures and gusty snowstorms keep many of us hunkered down for the winter, presumably with a warm bowl of soup. This year, try generating some heat in your kitchen with recipes inspired by the tropics. That’s right! Put your mind on island time and let these dishes fill your home with the sweet scent of a beach vacation. Read more

10 Reasons to Get Excited About Teff

by in News, January 11th, 2017

10 Reasons to Get Excited About TeffAnyone who has eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant has probably eaten teff. Flour made from the iron-rich grain is, traditionally, a key ingredient in injera, the spongy, slightly sour, fermented flatbread that is the basis of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. In fact, it’s the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritria.

But recently, teff is stepping into the spotlight here in the United States, elbowing quinoa out of the way, and taking its bows as the new hot super-grain.

Here are 10 reasons why everyone’s suddenly all excited about teff:

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3 of a Kind: Montanara Pizza

by in Restaurants, January 11th, 2017

Montanara Starita from Don Antonio's

By Natalie B. Compton

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

While America certainly has an infatuation with deep-fried culinary inventions, sometimes less is more when it comes to frying, as demonstrated by one Italian delicacy that’s spreading across the United States. Created in Naples, Italy, the Montanara is a lightly fried pizza that is chewy, smoky and deeply satisfying. This next-level pie starts with a base of fried dough that’s slathered with tomato sauce, topped with smoked buffalo mozzarella and then finished in a wood oven to ensure that all of the flavors meld together beautifully. Here are three spots to get your fill of the fried masterpiece. Read more

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Attempted the Twinkie Diet for 48 Hours

by in Behind the Scenes, January 11th, 2017

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Attempted the Twinkie Diet for 48 HoursMaybe I was delusional, maybe I was naïve. But for some strange reason, I not only agreed to do the Twinkie diet, but I was the one to suggest it. I committed myself to 48 hours of living off only Twinkies. Those golden sponges filled with a mysterious cream that can survive nuclear bombs, hurricanes, droughts have found a special place in my heart over the years. And after two days, they have swiftly found a way onto my thighs too.

So, here are the rules: You can eat only Twinkies. You can drink water, coffee and tea. You must eat two Twinkies every three hours until you have maxed out on your daily calorie intake. That’s it.

I did some quick research and compared three calorie-counting calculators to find out just how many calories I should be consuming to lose weight. The calculators compute your height, weight, gender and fitness level, then magically spew a number — mine is 1,360 calories if I want to lose 2 pounds in one week. (This is the maximum healthy level of weight loss one should work toward.)

Now, let’s do some simple Twinkie math. 1 Twinkie has 130 calories. If I’m eating every three hours, I must eat two Twinkies every three hours (as I’m not awake 24 hours a day and thus cannot eat one every three hours to meet 1,300 calories). So this ends up being my strict schedule: Two Twinkies at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. This gets me to 1,310 calories. If this is too much nonsense, here’s what to know: I had to eat 10 Twinkies per day.

Bored? Let’s get to the good stuff.

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