Meet the Macaroni and Cheese Made with 10 (Yes, Really) Cheeses

by in Recipes, Shows, April 23rd, 2016

Sunny's Dimepiece Mac and CheeseMost mac and cheeses are made with one or two, maybe three, cheeses, and sure, they turn out plenty gooey and creamy. But what happens when you more than triple that melty, buttery goodness and stir in a whopping 10 kinds of cheeses? Richness and decadence of the best sort, of course. On this morning’s cheese-focused episode of The Kitchen, Sunny Anderson, the unofficial queen of all things mac and cheese, debuted this showstopper, with wowing results. And perhaps best of all, it’s both easy to make and shockingly easy on your wallet. Here’s how.

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What Do I Do with Leeks?

by in In Season, Recipes, April 23rd, 2016

Leeks are a member of the Allium family, which is essentially the onion family, and can really be used in any way that you would use an onion, which is lots of ways. Their flavor is slightly milder than that of a typical onion. They look like oversized scallions or green onions, long and cylindrical, and they should be firm, with nice taut layers.

They are available in the fall and the spring, with the spring leeks being smaller and more mildly flavored. The dark green tops are very fibrous and tough, and can be used to flavor stocks, but it’s the light green and white parts that are best for eating. Leeks can be eaten raw or cooked, and featured as a vegetable in their own right (which is more common in European cooking) or as a supporting aromatic.

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Earth Day Inspo: 6 Tips for Reducing Food Waste, Plus Leftover Recipe Ideas

by in How-to, April 22nd, 2016

This Earth Day, food recovery is the hot topic on everyone’s docket — and for good reason. Recent research from the USDA revealed that over one-third (30 to 40 percent) of our food supply goes to waste each year, while studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that we could feed over 25 million Americans living in food-insecure homes if we were to reduce food waste by just 15 percent.

In light of these figures, there are now a number of programs dedicated to food recovery. Just last September, the USDA and the EPA teamed up to tackle the nation’s food waste epidemic and announced the first-ever national food waste reduction goal: To cut food waste in half by 2030. It may sound lofty, but the organizations have already seen great success with their joint U.S. Food Waste Challenge, which provides a platform “to assess and disseminate information about the best practices to reduce, recover, and recycle food loss and waste.” By the end of 2014, the challenge had over 4,000 participants, well surpassing its goal of 1,000 participants by 2020 — and also proving that you don’t need to be a political ecologist or a policymaker to affect positive change.

If you’re inspired to join the food recovery mission as a means to reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to begin, start small by checking out these simple techniques aimed at reducing food waste in your own home. To no one’s surprise, the way that we store, reuse and ultimately dispose of our leftovers makes all the difference.

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Lotsa Matzo: 10 Fun Recipes for Passover

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 22nd, 2016

Have you grown a little weary of the standard Passover fare? Sure, matzo pizza and PB&J make great after-school snacks when you’re 12 (and we love them still), but perhaps you’re looking to expand your options a bit. Here are some delicious new ways to incorporate more matzo into your life. All of these ideas are vegetarian to help keep them kosher for Passover, but feel free to add meat if you want.

Matzo Tostadas
If it’s square, is it still a tostada? Of course! We topped these with refried pinto beans, scallions, shredded cabbage, romaine, red onion, radishes and soft, crumbly Mexican cheese, plus pico de gallo salsa.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Cheesiest Show Ever and Rainbow Desserts on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 22nd, 2016

The Kitchen Co-Hosts with CheeseWhile the weather warms up outside, your favorite chefs are warming up some of their favorite indulgences. First up: cheese! On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is hosting a dinner for the ladies who have helped her open a mercantile store in her building. She’s serving up jalapeno cheese bread alongside a cheesy take on cauliflower soup. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are celebrating cheese with a 10-cheese mac and cheese as well as a nacho volcano from Food Network Star Justin Warner.

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Not Your Grandma’s Seder: 6 Sweet, Unconventional Passover-Friendly Treats

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 21st, 2016

Matzo Stack CakeFor those celebrating Passover, the day before is spent in preparation. Kitchens are scrubbed clean, seder tables are set, matzo is purchased in bulk and food preparations are well underway. Though nothing can beat your bubbe’s matzo ball soup or flourless chocolate cake, these inventive and creative Passover-friendly sweet treats are here to punch up your holiday dessert spread.

When life gives you unleavened bread, make cake! But not just any cake. Layer together a super-fun No-Bake Matzo Stack Cake with whipped cream, chopped nuts and, of course, crunchy matzo.

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What Is a Kouign Amann and Why You’ll Want to Eat It Right Now

by in News, April 21st, 2016

What Is a Kouign Amann and Why You’ll Want to Eat It Right NowNever had a kouign amann? Never even heard of one? C’est terrible! It’s also pretty understandable. Even in much of France, the buttery, flaky, caramel-y confection isn’t terribly well-known or widely available.

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6 Sensational Ways to Take Carrots Beyond Snacking

by in Recipes, April 21st, 2016

Roasted CarrotsBaby carrots straight from the bag are the snack of all snacks, but that isn’t all the crunchy carrot is good for. In fact, there are so many things you can do to carrots to take the in-season veggie beyond its snack-time roots.

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Heat up the oven for one of the easiest ways to prep your carrots. Ina Garten makes her fan-favorite side of Roasted Carrots by splaying 12 carrots on a sheet pan in a piping-hot oven with just olive oil, salt and pepper, and then tossing the finished product with fresh herbs.

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5 Gorgeous Cakes That Stripped Down for Spring

by in Recipes, April 21st, 2016

As you peel back layers of winter wool, consider shedding your offset spatula from your baking arsenal too. This spring, it’s all about the “naked cake” — a low-fuss creation with exposed sides that’s perfect for the baker who simply cannot waste time on impeccably frosted edges. As much as we love a thick coat of icing, we’re just as excited by the abundance of fresh fruit now at the markets — and the myriad opportunities fruit presents for dressing up spring desserts. When diced or sliced thin, pineapple, banana and fresh berries can all double as sweet jewels for dressing up layer cakes. It would be a true gaffe to cover them up, which is why these pretty cakes are letting their middles show.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake meets strawberry-rhubarb pie in this spring dessert mash-up. No need to frost down the sides of the cake — it’s much prettier if you let the strawberries and rhubarb peak out through the center.

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Top 5 Tips for the Best Fried Chicken — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in How-to, Shows, April 20th, 2016

fried chickenGuy Fieri gave another four contestants the chance to reverse their fortunes on this week’s episode of the Guy’s Grocery Games redemption tournament. In the first round, they were all sent out into the aisles with ridiculously tiny shopping bags to stuff full with ingredients for a fried feast. Naturally, a couple of the contestants gravitated toward fried chicken, so here’s some fried-chicken wisdom from Food Network Kitchen:

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