Fall 2014 Cookbook Preview

by in Books, September 11th, 2014

Fall 2014 Cookbook PreviewOne of the best things about autumn rolling in are all the new cookbook releases hitting shelves, and the Fall 2014 season includes some exceptional culinary titles.

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So You Have an Avocado? And It’s Ripe? Go Beyond Guac — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, September 11th, 2014

Avocado Recipes

No bowl is more likely to be scraped clean than one holding guacamole. The more, the better. As non-negotiable at a tailgating party as it is next to a plate of sizzling fajitas, the most sought-after dip depends on creamy, perfectly ripe (firm, with just a bit of give) avocados. As it turns out, after it’s been pitted and sliced with chef-level dexterity, the trusty avocado has more tricks to it than good old guac, and you can use it to make everything from soup to sweets.

Next time your nearest avocado reaches that fleeting range of ripeness, do something other than mash it with a fork. Instead, puree it for a silky Chilled Avocado Soup (bottom left) that’s taken with a spoon instead of a chip.

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Caption It: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off Meets the Impossible

by in Shows, September 11th, 2014

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-OffOn this week’s Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Restaurant: Impossible host Robert Irvine stops by to coach the kids in their mini challenge as well as help judge their culinary creations alongside mentors Rachael and Guy. We all know Robert is one tough guy when it comes to watching his exchanges with restaurant managers on his show, but we’ve rarely seen him interact with kids. Will these young chefs’ cooking abilities impress Robert, or will he be putting them in their place with his no-nonsense attitude?

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5 Easy Meals To Fuel After-School Activities

by , September 11th, 2014

asian chicken quinoa salad

As every parent knows, the season of running from school to countless extracurricular activities is upon us. How best to get everyone fed along the way? Avoid the temptations of the drive-through by having one of these nutritious and easy-to-prepa...

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There May Soon Be a Food Court Strip Mall at the Grand Canyon

by , September 11th, 2014

Image via Food Beast

Imagine this scenario: You and your family arrive at the Grand Canyon to take in its utter splendor. To the left, you spot a lone eagle, searching for prey. To the right, you can’t help but notice a group of cacti, stoically persevering year after year. And directly in front of you? The majestic beauty of a KFC/Pizza Hut hybrid restaurant.

That’s the plan anyways. Developers are angling to prop a food-laden strip mall at America’s greatest gorge, the Grand Canyon. The theory, as told by the developers, is that the variety of food options will encourage visitors to stay longer. Endless profit is not a motive here, folks. No.  The gentle, awed laughter of a child as he or she spends an elongated amount of time in the canyon, Sbarro slice in hand, is payment enough for these kind-hearted magnates.

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Spice Things Up with Creative Hummus Spreads

by in Recipes, September 11th, 2014

Hummus is one of those foods that most people enjoy and has a ton of great health benefits. Rich in protein, it can help you feel fuller longer. Chickpeas are the main ingredient in most hummus recipes, but sometimes you need to switch things up a bit — even if that means cutting the chickpeas and starting anew. These recipes have taken hummus to the next level, calling on everything from black beans to edamame, so you never get bored of the Mediterranean treat.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus: It’s definitely one of the most-loved flavors to pair with hummus, and this recipe makes it the star of the show. Guy Fieri calls for the roasted red peppers to be pureed in with the chickpeas and even adds in some chipotle pepper in adobo to kick the flavor up a few notches. It makes a great spread for sandwiches too.

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Restaurant Revisited: Spicing Things Up at Spicy Bar and Grill

by in Shows, September 10th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible“Nothing here is run like a typical restaurant,” Robert Irvine admitted after arriving at Spicy Bar and Grill in Falls Church, Va., and surveying the mishandled management and poorly run kitchen. Owners Mike Loh and Floyd Bui first entered the restaurant industry with plans to keep their former jobs in the car industry and with the government, respectively, but after their third partner deserted them, they were forced to take on Spicy as their sole venture. Two years later, they were facing nearly $5,000 losses every month, and it was up to Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team to overhaul the interior of what he called this “very generic” interior and reform the Vietnamese menu.

Thanks to Robert’s work over the course of two days, he was ultimately able to complete his mission, and Spicy Bar and Grill reopened its doors as a welcoming space with a cohesive Vietnamese list of offerings. It’s because of the Restaurant: Impossible transformation that Spicy is set up for future success under new ownership. As of July, Mike no longer works at Spicy, and as for Floyd, he notes, “I decided to sell and move on to my next venture.”

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Prize-Winning Pie Scandal Rocks Kentucky State Fair

by in News, September 10th, 2014

Pie CrustThere’s little with quite the same down-home charm as a lineup of prize-winning pies proudly on display at the local state fair. With one slice removed for the judges to consider, these gleaming, golden-crusted goodies seem to offer a glimpse into a simpler time, when people took it slow and baked things from scratch rather than rushing through their recipes with store-bought shortcuts.

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

This year’s Kentucky State Fair, which ran through last week, was hit with a pie scandal after 67-year-old retired factory worker Linda Horton, who took home the blue ribbon in this year’s buttermilk pie competition, told the Louisville Courier-Journal she used a store-bought crust to make her prize-winning pie, rather than baking her own.

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Hump Day Snack: Pumpkin Spice Syrup

by , September 10th, 2014

Spice Syrup

Whether you’re ready or not, the beginning of September undoubtedly means pumpkin spice fever: lattes, muffins, pastas, cookies, breads, pies, smoothies — the list is neverending! Get a head start on the spicing with your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Fall’s classic spices — cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg — star in a blend of sugar, water, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree to create the perfect — and natural — pumpkin flavoring, but the best part is what you decide to do with it. From pancakes and ice cream, to coffee and oatmeal, the options are harvest-ready.

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Why You Should Eat an Apple a Day

by , September 10th, 2014

Apple Slaw

A new crop of apples is fruiting. While you may be tempted to use the fall fruit to make an apple pie (a great idea, by the way), apples are versatile enough to go beyond dessert. If you want to cut to their savory core, follow these general ideas: Apples pair well with curry, bacon, pork and and root vegetables. But there are a few flavor surprises in here too. Here are 30 healthy savory recipes featuring apples:

Lunch

Waldorf Salad: Broccoli slaw makes this healthy salad a snap.

Asian Lettuce Wraps: Though it’s option, apple adds a nice tang and crunch to shrimp-and-crab wraps.

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