Labor Day weekend marks the last official hurrah for pool parties, cookouts, beach picnics and daily frozen treats. Before you start thinking about the return of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin spice everything, send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer. Watch the video below for inspiration. You’ll learn genius ways to spike snow cones and take ice-cream floats to the next level, three things you should be making with watermelon, how to make treats from melted ice cream and more. Read more
Labor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.
Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.
The rock walls, the bouncy houses, the blindfolds and, of course, Bob the Bear — Camp Cutthroat isn’t short on eviliciousness, thanks in part to Camp counselor extraordinaire and host Alton Brown. Last night’s Round 4 battle — the last one until next Wednesday’s finale — was full of diabolical outdoor sabotages, including the now-infamous lookout tower from which one chef had to make a skillet breakfast high atop the campsite. While all of the drama played out on TV, Alton Brown took to Twitter @AltonBrown to offer you fans an insider’s look at the competition and answer a few of your most-pressing Camp questions. Read on below to see some of his best tweets.
You’re fans of their recipes, you enjoy the stories about their families and you even compliment them (via social media) them on their latest outfits and accessories. So basically that means you’re already best friends with the co-hosts of The Kitchen in real life, right? Right. Take a quiz to find out whether you’re most likely destined to be the newest buddy of Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid or Sunny Anderson.
Though the judges may not be privy to the evilicious extents of host Alton Brown‘s sabotages, what each chef has been forced to endure is ultimately illuminated when Alton breaks down the challenges on his After-Show. It took nine seasons and multiple special tournaments full of diabolical sabotages, including the likes of canned haggis, human rotisseries and warped pans, but for the first time tonight — after the fourth heat of the Camp Cutthroat tournament — one judge finally admitted to feeling sorry for a chef.
The challenge in question didn’t involve any oddball ingredient or over-the-top suit of armor. Instead, it was none other than Alton’s lookout tower, from which Chef DeMarco was forced to cook his skillet breakfast high above his cook station using extremely long utensils. “Any food had to be simply dropped into the pan,” Alton told Jet Tila, as the judge took his place on the tower to try his hand at landing chopped ingredients in the pan. “I officially, for the first time in Cutthroat Kitchen, I feel bad,” Jet admitted. Though Chef DeMarco may have earned Chef Jet’s sympathies, they were perhaps not needed; the competitor managed to not only survive the first-round battle, but also outcook Chef Trevor in the chili-and-cornbread test and score a place in next week’s finale.
Richard Blais made a name for himself on TV and in the culinary world when he won Top Chef All-Stars. Since then he’s also competed on Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars. You’ll find him hosting the upcoming Halloween Baking Championship. This experimental culinarian is currently the chef at Juniper & Ivy in San Diego and operates The Spence in Atlanta and Flip in various locations. Richard also is a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Find out what Richard likes to pick up at his local supermarket, what’s his best five-ingredient dish and more.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Richard on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Sending something to the scrapheap used to mean dooming it to its demise, but restaurants across the country are now making the most of scraps, turning carrot tops, bread butts, corn silks and more into incredible dishes that are worth saving and savoring.
Sweetgreen, New York City
This locally focused salad chain, which already composts its food, dishes and utensils, was inspired to create the “wastED” salad for its New York shops after Blue Hill’s wastED restaurant pop-up last spring. The dish ($8.60), created with Blue Hill, contains perfectly good but oft-discarded ingredients like carrot ribbons, broccoli stalks and leaves, and bread butts. The whole thing is dressed in pesto vinaigrette with sunflower seeds and shaved Parmesan. If that isn’t reason enough to order one, a portion of proceeds from the salad — available through Sept. 28 — is donated to City Harvest.
You guys, I cannot believe we’re already thinking about fall. Where has this year gone?! I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited about all the fall recipes that are around the corner. Which is precisely why I’m presenting to you this s’mores bread pudding for two.
Yes, you read that right. No big batch of bread pudding for just the two of you. This is perfectly portioned for just two people. You won’t need to cozy up in front of a fire pit for this. All you need is an oven, a fireplace and your favorite movie, and you can call this an indoor campfire for two. How fun is that?
This is also the perfect dessert recipe for the two of you to get your hands dirty in the kitchen together. While one of you is cubing the bread, the other can be mixing the liquid ingredients. Then you can both pile your individual servings up high and top with as much (or as little) marshmallows and chocolate as you want. What is better than s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding! Get the recipe below, then check out more small-batch recipes created for just two people.
On tonight’s second installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.
As the winner of the fifth season of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d’Arabian went on to host Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network and Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping on Cooking Channel. She’s also authored two cookbooks, most recently Supermarket Healthy. And on FoodNetwork.com she’s hosted the Web series The Picky Eaters Project, which aims to make family mealtime planning easier. This television host, author and busy mom of four also serves as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Find out what’s Melissa’s go-to guilty-pleasure food, what she loves to pick up at the supermarket and more.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Melissa on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Do you prefer shopping in a small market or in a supermarket?
Melissa d’Arabian: I love small markets if I’m in Paris and there are tons of them around! Otherwise, I am quite happy in a large supermarket.
Do you prefer self-checkout, online ordering or a real person?
MD: Real person.