Cupcakes: Serious Business and a Love Story

by in Recipes, View All Posts, February 13th, 2014

By Allison Robicelli

I was nostalgic for the “great American mom-and-pop-shop pursuit-of-happiness” business model even before I met my husband, Matt Robicelli, a chef. Before we fell in love we knew we’d open a business together. For six years now Robicelli’s Bakery in Brooklyn has turned out millions of brownies, cookies, whoopie pies and what many people flatteringly call the city’s best cupcakes. It’s spawned a cookbook and some notoriety. And yet we are still married, with our ninth Valentine’s Day upon us. Being married to your spouse isn’t all cupid and cupcakes, though. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned so far: Read more

DIY Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, February 13th, 2014

DIY Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's DayIt’s February 13. Whether you’re a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife — or even a good friend — you have just enough time to plan something special for Valentine’s Day. No, we’re not suggesting a last-minute swing by the convenience store for one of those cardboard, heart-shaped chocolate boxes moments before the big date. Instead, show your love by baking up decadent chocolate desserts in your own kitchen. These heart warmingly homemade chocolate-centric recipes come to you just in the nick of time, working as a romantic treat for two or an irresistible dessert for a troupe of sweet-toothed singles.

A fudgy brownie is a no-brainer, but Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart (pictured above) cuts down on flour so that it’s extra rich and chocolatey. She deepens the flavor of chocolate by adding coffee granules, making the whole house smell like brownies.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by , February 13th, 2014

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In this week’s news: vending machines that dispense fresh salads; another pro to probiotics; and yes, there’s something called the werewolf diet (howwwl!).

Farm to Fork, By Way of the Vending Machine
A Chicago businessman is attempting t...

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Rachael Ray’s Top 7 Cooking Tips

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, February 13th, 2014

Rachael Ray's Top 7 Cooking TipsShe’s given fans 30-minute meals, killer sammies and, of course, “EVOO.” Now the queen of weeknight cooking is dishing up a few more kitchen essentials. Read on for her best shortcuts.

1. Adding fresh lemon juice to a recipe? Squeeze the lemon cut-side up so the seeds don’t fall into your food.

2. Measure spices into your hand, instead of over your mixing bowl or pan. That way, you’ll never have to fish anything out if you make a mistake.

3. After cooking fish, get that stinky smell out with a bit of booze: While the pan is still hot, douse it with a splash of dry vermouth and swirl it around. (Caution: It may flame.)

4. Cut down soaking time for dry beans by pouring boiling water over them first. Let stand for 1 hour, rinse, then proceed with your recipe.

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After Buying This Restaurant: Aurum

by in Shows, February 12th, 2014

Keith Simpson on Buy This RestaurantBoth in need of a fresh financial start, friends Matt and Andrea were looking to launch a brand-new business together, their first-ever restaurant that would ideally feature an eclectic menu and offer live music. They looked to Buy This Restaurant for help in tracking down the ultimate location to open, and after scouring a few spots with Keith Simpson, they decided on the 1,100-square-foot restaurant in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain on account of its prime location.

FN Dish checked in with the owners a few months after filming to find out more about their eatery, now named Aurum. Read on below to hear from Matt and Andrea, and learn about their experience in purchasing the restaurant and how the business is doing today.

What is the name of your new restaurant, and when did you open?
Matt and Andrea: Aurum, January 13th

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An Easy Asian Hot Pot for Cold-Weather Comfort

by in Recipes, Shows, February 12th, 2014

Top Sirloin Hot PotFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient beef tip cap. The goal of this challenge was to cook something other than the typical roast, so the idea became an Asian-inspired soup. Traditionally hot pots of simmering broth are set at the center of a table, with each person dipping raw ingredients, like thinly sliced meats and fresh vegetables, into it for quick cooking. It’s the type of comfort food that’s meant to bring family and friends together over a shared meal. This Top Sirloin Hot Pot recipe is an easy at-home version that your family will love. It takes a total of 25 minutes to make, which is just what you want when you need fast comfort from the cold outside.

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The Funniest Moments of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Season 3

by in Shows, February 12th, 2014

Rachael and GuyFrom funny faces to laugh-out-loud hysterics, this season of Rachael vs. Guy has been full of funny moments, many of which were caught behind the scenes of taping. You’ll find Vanilla Ice rhyming on the fly, Florence spicing it up with her sauciness, Chris going crazy at the drop of a hat, Penn playing up his magic tricks and Guy dressed up as a ship captain. These celebrities had nothing to hide. Browse through our photo gallery of funny moments to see some of what went on behind the scenes of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Season 3.

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How to Decorate Truffles for Valentine’s Day

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2014

Love and chocolate. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. Go beyond the boring box of store-bought chocolates and wow your valentine with spicy homemade truffles decorated with sprinkles, candies, sparkling edible glitter and glimmering edible jewels.

My go-to recipe for Spicy Brazilian Chocolate Truffles is extremely easy. The secret is constantly stirring the chocolate over low heat until it becomes very thick. Make a batch for your sweetie and check out step-by-step instructions below for decorating each of the truffles in my assortment.

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dulce de Leche Deliciousness

by , February 12th, 2014

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No need for a box of chocolates to signify Valentine’s Day this year. Instead, just look to your pantry for a sweet-salty idea that will melt anyone’s heart. This dessert combines comforting chocolate chip cookies and tempting dulce de l...

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Best 5 Casserole Recipes

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2014

Baked Penne with Roasted VegetablesWarm, comforting and hearty, casseroles may be the ultimate family-friendly meal. After all, when it comes to preparing nightly meals at home, many look to easy-to-make all-in-one dishes, and casseroles fit the bill every time. They’re a cinch to pull off in a hurry, and most recipes yield extra servings that guarantee you leftovers for lunch or dinner tomorrow. Check out Food Network’s top-five casseroles below to find the most-satisfying comfort foods from The Pioneer Woman, Rachael, Giada and more Food Network chefs.

5. Chicken Spaghetti — For added taste and texture, Ree uses both white and dark shredded chicken, plus cream of mushroom soup and cheddar cheese, which promise decadent results. Click the play button on the video after the jump to watch Ree make it.

4. Sunny’s Tuna Noodle Casserole — The secret to Sunny’s timeless recipe is the mushroom-herb sauce she makes to coat the tuna, peas and pasta. It’s laced with Worcestershire and horseradish for subtle bite, and the thick texture is deliciously creamy and rich.

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