Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every State

by in News, January 31st, 2017

Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every StateWhat do football fans in your state love to snack on during the Super Bowl? Is it the same as your favorite big-game food? Google has provided some insight, releasing a list of the most-searched-for foods in the run-up to the Super Bowl in every state.

And the snack preferences as are diverse as this great country of ours. In California and Connecticut, they favor cupcakes, while in Colorado, it’s all about queso dip. In Maryland, residents are apparently madly Googling chickpea soup ahead of kickoff time. Mississippians are searching for sweet potatoes shepherd’s pie, and fans in Oregon are looking to cook up a Tater Tot casserole. Not surprisingly, dips of various types are mega-popular across the country, as are jalapeno poppers.

The big game is Sunday, of course, but it’s hard not to get hungry while reading the list right now. Check out the foods below and get related recipes to tackle. (Hut, hut … hike!)

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Junior Chefs Compete for a Seat at the Judges’ Table in the First-Ever “Make Me a Judge” Tournament

by in Shows, January 31st, 2017

Chopped judges and TedTalented young chefs from across the country compete for a chance to sit behind the judges’ table and give the Chopped judges a taste of their own medicine, in the first-ever Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament, premiering Wednesday, March 8 at 8|7c. In the three preliminary-themed heats, the 12 junior chefs compete to create unique and delectable dishes over three rounds, judged by a rotating panel of Chopped judges. The winner of each episode will receive $10,000 and advance to the finale where they take a seat behind the judges’ table. The junior judges will then decide the fates of Chopped stars Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos as the chefs serve up their dishes for a chance to earn bragging rights and $25,000 for charity.

Read on for a list of the episodes.

Big-Game Food Fight: Atlanta vs. New England

by in Events, Recipes, January 31st, 2017

This year’s Super Bowl is an East Coast battle, with the Atlanta Falcons facing off against the New England Patriots. Will your game-day spread feature Southern comforts or New England classics? We’ve got you covered, no matter whether your loyalties lie north or south of the Mason-Dixon.

Plus, for decor that doubles as a sweet snack, show your team spirit with these candy centerpieces for the Patriots and Falcons. Read more

Countdown to the Big Game: All the Dips You Can’t Resist

by in Entertaining, Holidays, January 31st, 2017

If there’s ever a time to bust out your boldest dips, it’s a Super Bowl party. Dips are often cheesy and creamy (and carb-y, once you count the chips) and are easy to eat one-handed as party-goers mingle or kick back on the couch. In fact, you could probably get away with serving only dips, if you dared. For a crowd-pleasing spread that also has variety, start with these delicious recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip (above)

It’s all the flavor of your favorite wings (and their must-have pairing, blue cheese!) but in a genius, scoopable package. Carrots and celery sprinkled on top offer extra crunch.

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14 Macaroni and Cheese Makeovers You Just Have to See

by in Recipes, January 30th, 2017

Croque Monsieur Mac and CheeseTry a new spin on the classic dish everyone always loves for dinner. We’ve got unexpected add-ins, fun ways to serve it and top-rated rated recipes.

Make It a Meal
Adding protein to mac and cheese transforms the dish from a side to a full-on entree.

Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Ham, Gruyère cheese and real breadcrumbs give this dish (pictured above) new levels of flavor and texture.

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Cheap Coffee Is Getting Pricier

by in News, January 30th, 2017

Cheap Coffee Is Getting PricierWe all expect fancy barista-made coffee drinks to set us back a few bucks, but soon even a cup of inexpensive instant coffee — your Folgers, your Maxwell House, etc. — may feel like a splurge.

A drought in Brazil has adversely affected the supply of robusta coffee beans — the kind used for many instant and packaged coffees — and driven up prices.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Winning Wing Recipes for a Crowd

by in Recipes, January 30th, 2017

Buffalo WingsWhen it comes to football, chicken wings could be considered the quarterback of your game-day spread. Think about it: No football feast would be complete without them, just like the New England Patriots without their star quarterback Tom Brady would just be, well, weird. That said, you’ll want to make sure you have enough to go around, so we found flavorful wing recipes to double up on. Read on to find your favorite. 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

Bringing the Big Game Home with Themed Decor

by in Recipes, Shows, January 28th, 2017

Touchdown TouchesIt’s one thing to don the jersey of your favorite NFL player or paint your face the colors of your home team. But when you go so far as to transform your home decor in the name of game day, you’re surely inching closer to superfan status. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts offered up a roster of Touchdown Touches to bring the big game to life. Football-themed balloons, pillows, mugs and more must-see features are easy to put together and will earn you big points for creativity at your tailgate. Read on below to see three of our favorite ideas from the show, then click here to find all of the Touchdown Touches.

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Americans Are Scarfing Down a Record Amount of Cheese

by in News, January 27th, 2017

Americans Are Scarfing Down a Record Amount of CheeseOne thing that unites America? Our common love of cheese.

The consumption of cheese and butter in the United States is at an all-time high, Bloomberg reports, citing a December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cheese consumption has risen especially sharply in the last two years, now clocking in higher than it has since the government began keeping tabs on it, in 1975.

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