by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, February 6th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, February 6th, 2016
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
With winter storms blanketing the country, there are plenty of snow days. Before you turn to reheated leftovers and a packet of hot chocolate, borrow a recipe from these snow-inspired chefs who have the perfect ways to warm up after snowball fights or shoveling. Read more
by Emily Lee in Drinks, February 6th, 2016
Welcome to the dog days of winter. If you’re starting to crave the relaxation of a warm-weather getaway, The Kitchen is here to help — with the relaxation part, at least. This morning’s brand-new Winter Escape episode brought a bit of sun and tropical flavor into The Kitchen, while makeup maven Bobbi Brown stopped by to share how simple it is to enjoy an at-home spa day.
Using only edible items that you likely have on hand already, Brown showed off a trio of easy how-tos that will both invigorate and nourish your body as you close out the final weeks of winter. To start your pampering session, mix up her “Beauty from the Inside Out” Smoothie, featuring a bright blend of coconut milk and cocoa powder, then move on to her Lip and Hand Scrub and her Face Mask, both designed to soften and hydrate your skin. In the photo above, Jeff Mauro is taking full advantage of the yogurt-honey mask, which can be easily rinsed off a few minutes after application.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 5th, 2016
Game Day is one of the most divisive days of the year, but if there’s one thing that can loosen tightly-wound team alliances and unite us all, it’s booze. Recent Nielsen data shows that the week prior to the Super Bowl generated a nine-percent sales increase in beer nationwide — an impressive spike to be sure, but the same report indicates that the popularity of wine and spirits is also on the rise. The unofficial national beverage has some stiff competition, and perhaps a huddle is in order. Here’s the plan: Rather than piling your brews into a gigantic ice-filled tub, greet your guests with a fizzy (and budget-friendly) cocktail featuring your favorite lager or ale. We’ve got a potent michelada, citrusy beer punch and even a spicy ale-based Bloody Mary to bring beer back into the end zone.
Mauro’s Michelada Supreme (pictured at top)
Jeff Mauro serves this boozy creation in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass just like a traditional michelada, but with a few invigorating additions — namely, fish sauce, hot sauce and a generous dose of chile powder.
by Foodlets in Recipes, February 5th, 2016
If you’ve spotted a strange, irregularly ovoid, mottled, scaly-patterned greenish fruit at the market recently and wondered what on earth that thing was, you were probably looking at a cherimoya, my friend. This tropical fruit, also known as a “custard apple,” is grown in many areas around the world and domestically in California, and it is in season and available from November through May.
Curious about this peculiar-looking fruit? Here are a few things to know:
by Lauren Piro in Entertaining, Recipes, February 5th, 2016
Move over, chicken breasts; when it comes to saving money and adding flavor, it’s all about the thighs. I love cooking with chicken thighs for their dark-meat qualities — they’re juicy and bursting with flavor, just like these reader-favorite recipes.
Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs (pictured above)
Chicken thighs sizzling in a pan, along with onions and garlic, create a classic base for The Pioneer Woman’s simple homemade pasta sauce, ready in 35 minutes.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, February 5th, 2016
If you love to play with your food, football season is your time to shine as a party-thrower. Building a giant snack stadium isn’t just for serving all your favorite celebratory bites at once – it’s about creating a work of art (by our standards, anyway). And the highlight of your sporty masterpiece? The dips, of course. Try these irresistible options to fill all the holes in your game-day spread this year.
Chili Con Queso (above)
Ree Drummond’s take on this comforting classic starts with breakfast sausage and onion. Browning both before you mix everything with cheese and chiles is an easy extra step that makes the dip even more savory.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 4th, 2016
It’s the perfect time of year to escape the winter blues by settling in with comfort food classics, and your favorite chefs have you covered. First up, Ree Drummond makes some kids’ favorites, including homemade animal crackers and crunchy chicken fingers, while her daughter Paige babysits. After that, Trisha Yearwood takes a tour of Nashville’s restaurant scene and gets inspired to make hot chicken, biscuit waffles with lemon cream and creamy grits with tomato gravy. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are brightening up dreary days with Sunny Anderson’s pork kebabs, baked pineapple rice and makeup mogul Bobbi Brown’s tips on pampering yourself with pantry items. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli celebrates her son coming home by making his favorites: pasta e fagioli, turkey meatloaf and pumpkin pudding.
by Erin Hartigan in Restaurants, February 4th, 2016
There are hobbies — and there are hobbies that almost defy words. Ioana Vanc’s spoon art falls solidly into the latter category.
Vanc, an architect based in Arad, Romania, makes elaborate illustrations and tableaux using bits of food that nestle cozily into the bowl of a spoon. Her intricate pieces evoke images ranging from celebrity portraits to animals to exotic vistas and detailed streetscapes to familiar characters from movies like Star Wars, Frozen and Penguins of Madagascar.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, February 4th, 2016
Headed to San Francisco for this Sunday’s football finale?
While the big game may be the main draw, take advantage of Fog City’s unrivaled restaurant scene with these San Francisco dining guides.
When football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.
Tacos Instead of Taco Dip
Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.