Proof That Most Things in This Life Are Better in a Casserole Dish

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole

When you’re not donning finger-warming mittens in the great outdoors, you should be wearing mitts inside — to pull bubbling, piping hot casseroles out from the oven. These one-vessel, feed-a-crowd favorites cozy up the whole family in one fell swoop. And, if you’re asking us, the limits to attaining true casserole bliss are boundless, extending way beyond the tuna casserole, lasagnas and breakfast casseroles we load up on all season long.

Get a load of our favorite unexpected casserole creations.

Grilled Cheese

Slathered in butter, grilled until toasty and oh-so melty in the middle, a classic grilled cheese is a comfort-food win when it’s prepped on the stove, especially with a steamy bowl of tomato soup by its side. But layering all of the components into a cheesy Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole means you can do it for a crowd — and wow them with this mind-boggling concept.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Save the Day with Nachos

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Though we all love to look at and feast on impressive party centerpieces, some of us aren’t keen on all the preparation and planning that goes into these awe-inspiring creations.  For those of us on the lazier side, even game-day staples like wings can pose a challenge, from the time needed for meat to marinate to all the work of frying.

Our solution? Nachos. They’re quick, versatile and pretty hard to mess up. We’re not talking six-foot nachos, though we’d love to be at that party. These are dishes you can make less than an hour before game time.

Chili Dog Nachos

Rachael Ray’s 25-minute recipe puts a chili dog spin on basic ground beef with hot dogs, tomato sauce and chili seasoning. You’ll need to use the broiler for all of two minutes to melt the cheese.

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Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?

by in News, February 1st, 2017

Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?That bottle of good olive oil you just bought may claim on its label to have been made in Italy, but, since fraud is an issue, how can you know for sure that it’s the real deal? A new smartphone app aims to clear up any such murkiness.

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7 Pizza-Inspired Foods That Go Beyond the Slice

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Here’s a tasty question: What does it take to “pizza-fy” a dish? Is it mozzarella or Parmesan? Tomato sauce or tomato paste? Basil or oregano? Going by the recipes gathered here, we’d say there’s more than one right way to get the job done. Read on to see our favorite ways to “pizza” everything.

Dough It Yourself

It can be pretty satisfying to roll and stretch pizza dough into its traditional pie shape — if you’re able to keep it from tearing or coming out lopsided. It’s easier and even more fun to work small.

With Eddie Jackson’s Bacon-Cheese Pizza Bombs (pictured above), pie slices give way to two-inch round “bombs,” which are brushed with herb oil before and after baking for maximum garlic bread flavor, and filled with mozzarella, tomato paste, basil leaves and bacon. Make these for game day or any “bomb”-worthy gathering and serve fresh with warm marinara sauce.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Sandwiches with Major Flavor

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Turkey Burger Patty MeltIf you can’t agree on a winning team, you and your Super Bowl party guests can certainly find common ground on one thing — the fact that sandwiches are delicious (and satisfying) no matter how you slice ‘em.  And while traditional subs are never a bad idea, trying something a little different will take your party to the next level. Whether you’re piling on the spice or opting for something sweet, these unique sandwiches are sure to please any crowd.

Turkey Burger Patty Melt (pictured above)

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger hot off the grill to bring game-day bliss. But pair that patty with Gruyère cheese and two toasted slices of rye bread (like Guy Fieri does here), and you’ll never look back.

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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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