What’s a Cherimoya?

by in News, February 5th, 2016

What's a Cherimoya?If you’ve spotted a strange, irregularly ovoid, mottled, scaly-patterned greenish fruit at the market recently and wondered what on earth that thing was, you were probably looking at a cherimoya, my friend. This tropical fruit, also known as a “custard apple,” is grown in many areas around the world and domestically in California, and it is in season and available from November through May.

Curious about this peculiar-looking fruit? Here are a few things to know:
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7 Ways to Use Your New Favorite Dinner Ingredient: Chicken Thighs

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2016

Rigatoni with Chicken ThighsMove over, chicken breasts; when it comes to saving money and adding flavor, it’s all about the thighs. I love cooking with chicken thighs for their dark-meat qualities — they’re juicy and bursting with flavor, just like these reader-favorite recipes.

Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs (pictured above)
Chicken thighs sizzling in a pan, along with onions and garlic, create a classic base for The Pioneer Woman’s simple homemade pasta sauce, ready in 35 minutes.

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7 Delicious Dips for Your Snack Stadium

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 5th, 2016

Chili Con QuesoIf you love to play with your food, football season is your time to shine as a party-thrower. Building a giant snack stadium isn’t just for serving all your favorite celebratory bites at once – it’s about creating a work of art (by our standards, anyway). And the highlight of your sporty masterpiece? The dips, of course. Try these irresistible options to fill all the holes in your game-day spread this year.

Chili Con Queso (above)

Ree Drummond’s take on this comforting classic starts with breakfast sausage and onion. Browning both before you mix everything with cheese and chiles is an easy extra step that makes the dip even more savory.

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What to Watch: Kid-Friendly Treats from Ree and an Escape from Winter on The Kitchen

by in Shows, February 5th, 2016

The Kitchen Co-Hosts

It’s the perfect time of year to escape the winter blues by settling in with comfort food classics, and your favorite chefs have you covered. First up, Ree Drummond makes some kids’ favorites, including homemade animal crackers and crunchy chicken fingers, while her daughter Paige babysits. After that, Trisha Yearwood takes a tour of Nashville’s restaurant scene and gets inspired to make hot chicken, biscuit waffles with lemon cream and creamy grits with tomato gravy. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are brightening up dreary days with Sunny Anderson’s pork kebabs, baked pineapple rice and makeup mogul Bobbi Brown’s tips on pampering yourself with pantry items. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli celebrates her son coming home by making his favorites: pasta e fagioli, turkey meatloaf and pumpkin pudding.

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This Intricate Spoon Art Is Too Cute to Eat

by in News, February 4th, 2016

This Intricate Spoon Art Is Too Cute to EatThere are hobbies — and there are hobbies that almost defy words. Ioana Vanc’s spoon art falls solidly into the latter category.

Vanc, an architect based in Arad, Romania, makes elaborate illustrations and tableaux using bits of food that nestle cozily into the bowl of a spoon. Her intricate pieces evoke images ranging from celebrity portraits to animals to exotic vistas and detailed streetscapes to familiar characters from movies like Star Wars, Frozen and Penguins of Madagascar.

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Where to Dine Out in San Francisco for the Big Game

by in Restaurants, February 4th, 2016

Best NachosHeaded to San Francisco for this Sunday’s football finale?

While the big game may be the main draw, take advantage of Fog City’s unrivaled restaurant scene with these San Francisco dining guides.

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6 Game-Day Favorites That Are Even Better As Dips — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Taco DipWhen football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.

Tacos Instead of Taco Dip

Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.

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8 Reasons You Take Nachos More Seriously Than Probably Anyone

by in Events, Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Cowboy NachosThe big game is upon us, and while not all of us may speak the language of touchdowns and fumbles and interceptions, we can all agree on one thing (besides the commercials): nachos. If you’re a true nacho lover, you don’t just devour this mountainous dish at the bar. You make nachos at home — and you do so like a total and complete expert. But what separates you, a true nacho connoisseur, from the rest? We’ve got eight unabashed ways that prove you know your nachos (and the cheesy, crunchy, meaty recipes to back it up).

1. You take the handcrafted, from-scratch approach.

If you’re a bona-fide nacho lover, you know that this loaded dish is a whole lot more than a greasy bar snack. Take The Pioneer Woman’s approach, for example. She starts her Cowboy Nachos by cooking marinated beef brisket for hours until it’s fall-apart tender. Because, when it comes to nachos, only the best will do.

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The Best Game-Time Noshes: The Top 5 Bar Foods in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, February 4th, 2016

Dirty WingsWhether you get your fill before the game, mindlessly much during the game or celebrate your team’s win (or mourn its loss) with a platter of appetizers after the game, bar food is where it’s at. Wings? Check. Ribs? Check. Nachos? Check. Fries? Check. Brats? Check. Top 5 Restaurants has a best dish for each from bars across the country. You’ll put all team rivalries aside when you try any one of these winning dishes.

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

9 Ways to Get Your Guacamole On

by in Recipes, February 3rd, 2016

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted TortillasNo matter if you’re prepping a snack spread for Sunday’s tailgate or simply looking to elevate your everyday dip roster, guacamole is a go-to choice for game day and any other day. Not only does this fan favorite come together with only a handful of ingredients, but it often takes just minutes to prep. Check out our top picks for classic and creative guac renditions, including one look-alike version that’s a deceptively sweet dish.

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted Tortillas
Consider this your back-pocket guacamole recipe. Bobby Flay’s top-rated recipe brings together an all-star lineup of creamy ripe avocados, a single jalapeno for subtle heat and plenty of lime juice for bright flavor. He dresses up the dip by serving it alongside freshly fried tortillas scented with smoky ground cumin.

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