First There Was Bulletproof Coffee, Now There’s FATwater

by in Drinks, News, August 27th, 2015

First There Was Bulletproof Coffee, Now There's FATwaterPerhaps when you first heard of the craze for Bulletproof Coffee, coffee blended with butter and oil and purported by its creators to provide health benefits, you thought to yourself, “Sheesh, what will they think of next?” If so, the answer you’ve been waiting for has now presented itself: FATwater.

The latest brainchild of entrepreneur and Bulletproof Coffee mastermind Dave Asprey, FATwater is precisely what it sounds like: H20 with tiny drops of fat (coconut oil) suspended in it. Asprey says the product, which contains 2 grams of saturated fat and 20 calories per serving, provides the drinker with a short-term energy boost, helps the body burn fat (for some reason) and aids in appetite suppression. Currently available in only a handful of places in Los Angeles, FATwater will soon be available nationally, Asprey says.

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Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Aarti Sequeira

by in Shows, August 27th, 2015

AartiAs the winner of Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star, Aarti Sequeira made a name for herself with her unique and modern take on classic Indian recipes on her show Aarti Party, inspired by her blog, AartiPaarti.com. She went on to host Taste in Translation on Cooking Channel. And just last year she released her first cookbook, Aarti Paarti. Now you can find this Indian hostess with the mostess as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. And in the current special All-Stars series, she even competes in the games.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Aarti on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

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8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They’re Gone — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 27th, 2015

Peach Streusel Slab PieWe wait to bite into peaches dribbling with juice all year long, and now is the time they’re at their peak, just waiting for you to take them home by the truckload. Put all your peach bounty to use in fruity desserts, full-fledged main dishes and more — or just lean in for a bite — before peaches vanish from the produce shelves until next year.

Share your peach loot with the masses by baking a sprawling Peach Streusel Slab Pie. This quick and easy take on the standard circular pie is fit for a crowd, and each square slice features summer’s sweetest fruit in union with a shortbread-like crust and a nutty streusel topping.

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6 Best Ways to Get Your Enchilada On

by in Recipes, August 27th, 2015

Simple Perfect EnchiladasTacos may often be front and center when the menu turns to Mexican night at your house, but not to be forgotten is the enchilada, most often stuffed with a tender meat, rolled and then topped with a savory sauce and gooey cheese. For possibilities ranging from classic takes on this comforting pick to brand-new ideas, like a lasagna-inspired recipe and a healthy meal makeover, read on below to find six ways to transform Mexican night with satisfying enchiladas.

Simple Perfect Enchiladas: The name of The Pioneer Woman’s recipe is surely no exaggeration. Ree Drummond rolls her enchiladas with seasoned ground beef, green chiles and black olives for bold punches of flavor, then blankets the tortillas with her rich enchilada sauce and a layer of gooey cheddar.

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From Bouncing to Rock Climbing, Jet Takes His Turn at Camp Activities — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, August 26th, 2015

By now fans know that no one is safe from the diabolical sabotages up for auction — not even the judges. After the third round of outdoor eviliciousness on Camp Cutthroat tonight, host Alton Brown caught up with the judge of the day, Jet Tila, and wasted no time in putting him to work in some of the most-trying challenges of the day. Up first: the bouncy-house obstacle course. “I have to go over this thing?” Jet yelled as he made his way through the course. “This totally sucks.” No matter his dislike of the sabotage, though, he indeed made it through unscathed, and in less than a minute.

But perhaps the real doozy of a sabotage came in the form of the rock wall, which, just like Chef Jessica did, Jet attempted. Not only was he snugly strapped into the harness, but he also pulled himself up the wall, only to meet his fate at the top when he attempted to concoct a sandwich. “I don’t care,” he admitted, after quickly giving in to the sabotage, stuffing a sandwich into his pocket and rappelling down the wall in the hopes of feeding Alton.

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How to Beat the Clock: 10 Back-to-School Breakfasts Ready in 15 Minutes or Less

by in Recipes, August 26th, 2015

In the throes of back-to-school chaos, the meal that’s most often overlooked is breakfast. Assembling an elaborate plate seems like a scene from Mission: Impossible, especially when there are bookbags to pack and buses to catch. Sure, on-the-go breakfasts like yogurt cups and granola bars are reliable in a pinch, but nothing beats a homemade, sit-down meal. If you’ve been saving your favorite classics like pancakes and omelets for weekends at home, there’s no need: With a few helpful tips and the right ingredients on hand, you can have satisfying plates ready in a flash. Make time for the most-important meal of the day with these 10 breakfast dishes ready in 15 minutes or less, from omelets and poached eggs to pancakes and oatmeal.

Eggs Benedict
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Eggs Benedict is the quintessential brunch item — a dish to be savored and not rushed on a leisurely Sunday morning. But there’s no reason this comforting medley of crisp Canadian bacon and soft poached eggs atop toasted English muffins can’t be part of your weekday breakfast routine. Ree Drummond uses her mother’s quick and easy method to ensure the eggs come out right: When the water comes to a gentle simmer, add a little bit of white vinegar to the pan. Then, use a spoon to create a whirlpool before adding the eggs. This spinning motion encourages the whites to wrap around their yolks.

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Irresistible Pound Cake Ideas, Whether You Make It or Buy It

by in Recipes, August 26th, 2015

Pound CakeMy husband is not a sweets person, but pound cake is his exception. Although I’ll never comprehend his disinterest in chocolate, an obsession with the classic combination of eggs, flour, sugar and lots of butter is understandable. Traditional pound cake is one of the simplest, most-satisfying desserts out there. It’s also a blank canvas that tastes good with just about anything dolloped on top. Here are some of our favorite variations, whether you’re baking a pound cake from scratch or dolling up a store-bought loaf.

Lemon Pound Cake
This homemade pound cake is brushed with a lemon glaze that adds a little hint of citrus and keeps the cake extra moist. You could use the same trick with a store-bought pound cake to give it some added oomph.

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5 Coffee Hacks to Make Your Mornings Easier and More Flavorful

by in Drinks, Food Network Chef, August 26th, 2015

5 Coffee Hacks to Make Your Mornings Easier and More FlavorfulAs I type, I am surrounded by a sea of binders and lined papers, high-top shoes, low-top ankle boots, trendy-again ’70s stretchy hipster pants and crisply colored backpacks smelling of factory nylon. Just removing the tags from all this loot makes me feel like taking a nap.

’Tis the season of coffee. (Did I really just say “’tis the season?” It’s not even Labor Day! I think I even outpaced Costco there!) Coffee and autumn go hand in hand in our household. Any time an alarm clock jolts me out of sleep, I want the jolt of caffeine shortly thereafter. My husband makes the coffee as part of our nightly routine, setting the timer for exactly 15 minutes before I wake up, so that I walk downstairs and into the kitchen at the perfect moment, when the machine is gurgling and spattering lightly as it confirms that all the water is gone from the chamber and the machine can finally, confidently turn itself off, while a final few drops of coffee plop gently into the full pot. It’s the glorious announcement of another day full of possibility.

I am a coffee fan (I don’t say “snob” because I find that loosely translates into people who don’t like Starbucks), so I like my coffee exactly right: no sugar and about two tablespoons of half-and-half, or a quarter-cup of milk (but, in that case, heated). Quite simply, the day doesn’t begin without coffee for me. I love the routine, the smell, the warmth and, of course, the caffeine (although I only drink half-caf so I can have two cups without feeling jittery). And all this coffeepot experience has taught me a few little tricks — some coffee hacks, if you will.

1. Mom’s trick to improve cheap coffee:

Growing up, we were incredibly poor, and my mom bought the cheapest coffee she could find at the grocery store. But, no matter, she insisted, because a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of cinnamon in the filter along with the coffee elevated bargain beans to gourmet status. Well, almost. But this trick did get me through the lean college and graduate school days pretty darned well.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, August 25th, 2015

Chopped Teens Round 1For a second time, Chopped has returned with Teen Tournament, and on tonight’s premiere, 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.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner

Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids: Heart Your Food

by in Recipes, Shows, August 25th, 2015

Heart toastWe met our eight kid contestants from Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off this week, and the competition is sure to be fun and fierce. Who else was blown away by the contestants’ cooking skills and understanding of flavor pairings? They cooked with ingredients we never expected, like scallops, mussels and smoked salmon.

We loved Olivia’s sweet heart-shaped one-bite creation, and we were super-impressed with her last-minute sweet-to-savory shift. It’s amazing how changing an ordinary food into a fun shape can totally inspire kids (and some adults) to retry a once-refused dish. Or it can just make an old favorite even more fun to eat!

Give heart-shaped food a chance with these Strawberry-Stuffed Cupcakes or these Heart-Shaped Whole-Wheat Pancakes.

You can also add some heart to a regular Egg-in-a-Hole:

Let kids use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the middle of a slice of bread. Then let them crack a large egg into a small bowl. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Swirl the butter around, add the slice of bread along with the cutout, then cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the bread and cutout over with a metal spatula, and if kids are big enough, let them slide the egg into the heart-shaped hole. Continue to cook over medium heat until the egg whites are almost set, 4 to 5 minutes. Then cover and continue to cook until the whites are completely set and the yolk is still runny, 2 to 3 minutes more. (Cook the egg, covered, a little longer for kids and adults who like a firmer yolk.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dip the cutout in the yolk and enjoy!

Tune in Monday at 8|7c to see the remaining seven kid chefs cook up a storm.

Photo courtesy of Leah Brickley