Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage Tournament: French Toast

by in Recipes, Shows, October 9th, 2014

In true Cutthroat Kitchen fashion, even the simplest dishes become seemingly insurmountable challenges once Alton Brown‘s evilicious sabotages make their way to the competitors. In this week’s premiere heat of the first-ever Superstar Sabotage tournament, the host turned a breakfast staple — French toast — into a near-nightmare for Round 3 rivals Chefs Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequiera, as they were forced to make the plate using onion-scented bread and a small conveyor toaster, respectively. But when the mind games end, it turns out that for Alton, all it takes to make his winning French Toast (pictured above) is just a handful of ingredients — no sabotages in sight.

Ready to eat in a hurry, Alton’s fuss-free morning meal is the kind of staple you’ll want to master and make a permanent part of your recipe repertoire. He opts for a mix of eggs, half-and-half and a squeeze of honey to make the creamy custard for his brioche-based French toast. Cook the bread in butter until the slices are golden-brown, and top with sweet maple syrup or fluffy whipped cream for an indulgent finish. Click the play button on the video above to watch him make it.

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Pumpkin Spice (and Everything Nice) — Fall Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, October 9th, 2014

Pumpkin

If you gauge the dawn of fall by when your first pumpkin spice latte of the season is sipped, there aren’t any limits your pumpkin spice intake. Amidst trips to the pumpkin patch, carving contests and all your other pumpkin-centric fall activities, these sweet pumpkin recipes should be on tap all season long:

1. You’ve never seen another pumpkin pie with looks this good. Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Cream (pictured above) receives a deeper sweetness from a just-ripe banana and an extra notch of spice from the cookies. Word to the wise: Don’t be stingy with the whipped cream.

2. The perks to a batch of Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies don’t stop with all that pumpkin spice goodness. These seriously moist treats come without eggs, making them vegan friendly.

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This Native American Restaurant Serves ‘Pre-Colonization’ Menu

by , October 9th, 2014

There aren’t exactly many Native American restaurants in this country, which is kind of a bummer. As a matter of fact, New York City boasts exactly zero. Minneapolis, however, will soon house one. Even cooler? Fortunately, the creator promises the entire menu will come from the days before colonization. Unfortunately, that means no pizza.

The eatery, which will be named The Sioux Chef, is set to feature the area’s only Native American menu. The items on order here will be the real deal, as in actual meals that were prepared many, many moons ago. This means stuff like Wojapi soup — which is made from duck and dandelion — and stewed rabbit with fiddlehead fern. Many of the dishes are inherently familiar and exotic at the same time. In other words, it’ll probably be delicious.

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This Artist Makes Playing with Your Food an Art

by in News, October 9th, 2014

Victor Nunes Lettuce ArtWhen you look at a leaf of lettuce, perhaps slightly wilted, what do you see? Uh, a leaf of lettuce, right? Maybe the makings of a salad or something to add a bit of crunch to your sandwich?

Artist Victor Nunes sees a warrior’s robe, a woman’s elegant frock or the twirling skirt of a dancer. He sees a variety of arresting hairdos, the leaves and branches of a tree reaching gracefully up to the sky.

For his “Faces” series, which he shares on Facebook, Nunes combines everyday objects — and often foods — with his whimsical line drawings to create wonderfully amusing images that encourage viewers to take a closer look at household items they may not generally glance at a second time.

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“I Don’t Know What to Say Sometimes” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 8th, 2014

“I don’t know what to say sometimes to these things,” judge Antonia Lofaso revealed to Alton Brown on the host’s After-Show after learning of a particularly shocking challenge that befell Chef Michael. Tonight’s all-new episode marked the preliminary heat in the first-ever Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament featuring A-list chefs, so of course the sabotages proved to be as over the top as the crop of talent facing off in the kitchen.

After hearing that within the French toast offering Chef Michael gave her were slices of “crispy, old cheese bread” harvested from the top of French onion soup, Antonia was quick to understand, though not excited to admit, “That’s what I ate.” She also proclaimed that when it came to one chef being forced to simultaneously prepare a salmon dinner and walk on a treadmill, “There can’t be more.” Sure enough, however, Alton noted: “There’s always more. It’s Cutthroat Kitchen.” And then he revealed a critical station swap that would ultimately do in Chef Susan.

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Hump Day Snack: Kabocha Squash Ice Cream with Maple Pecans

by , October 8th, 2014

Tired of hearing about pumpkin-flavored everything? Then go for a slightly less popular gourd that is just as tasty and versatile. Instead of serving it savory, transform creamy kabocha squash into Kabocha Ice Cream with Maple Toasted Pecans. The golden ice cream has a velveteen texture and flavor of ginger-infused coconut milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and maple syrup. Swirl in simple homemade cranberry sauce and three-ingredient maple-toasted pecans to add tartness and crunch. Then scoop it into waffle cones for an all-star autumn dessert — no pumpkin or pie-making necessary!

Find out more uses for the season’s squash and gourds with these recipes from Cooking Channel:

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

by , October 8th, 2014

Pumpkin

It’s the time of year where pumpkin fever sets in. Cans of pureed pumpkin and sugary pumpkin pie filling are flying off store shelves. And while a can of basic plain pumpkin is by no means an unhealthy pantry staple, it’s time to put an ...

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Best 5 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

by in Recipes, October 8th, 2014

Spicy Roasted Tomato Marinara with Spaghetti SquashThe beauty of seasonal squash is that there are myriad varieties available, which means it’s nearly impossible to tire of it before autumn runs out. From hearty butternut squash and stuffable acorn squash to flat-shaped pattypan squash and golden spaghetti squash, there’s a kind to please every palate, and the ways to use each are seemingly endless. When it comes to spaghetti squash, its name suggests its likeness — spaghetti — although you have to open up the squash to get at the individual strings. Just halve the spaghetti squash lengthwise, then run your fork across the flesh to see it come apart into noodle-looking strands, which can be featured in much the same way pasta is. Read on below to get Food Network’s top-five spaghetti squash recipes to find classic and creative takes on this fall staple.

5. Spaghetti Squash Tostadas — Make a satisfying tostada filling by piling tender spaghetti squash, plus chipotle-scented roasted tomatoes and onions, atop a black bean base, and finish with cool sour cream and fresh cilantro on top.

4. Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs — Don’t be fooled by the look of this dish; there’s no pasta in sight, just a bed of roasted spaghetti squash topped with tomato-basil sauce and combination beef and pork meatballs.

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Takin’ It to the Streets: Street Food Stationery

by in Product Reviews, October 8th, 2014

Street Food StationaryPretzels, hot dogs, pizza and bagels — as healthy as you may eat on a daily basis, it’s pretty hard to deny the occasional indulgence in your favorite street food. Many cities are defined by their signature street-side treats, and I think most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t consider street food a guilty pleasure. Today I’ve rounded up my favorite stationery inspired by street food staples (like the card pictured above by Fish Cake Design) , so we can indulge even if a hot dog cart isn’t nearby.

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