Buttery Herbed Dinner Rolls — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, March 4th, 2016

Buttery Herbed Dinner RollsIt may sound funny, but yeasted dough takes my breath away. It always has. When I see it I want to touch it. I want smell it. About 30 years ago, I was watching a bakery segment on Sesame Street when a glimpse of hundreds of puffy round loaves rising on speed racks touched my heart. Even though I was just a kid, I can remember the moment clearly, along with the feelings of amazement and intrigue that washed over me. At that instant, I heard my calling. I saw that dough and I knew that we were meant to be together.

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One-Pot Wonder: Easy Pizza for Two

by in Books, March 4th, 2016

Easy Pizza for TwoWe’re close to turning the corner from winter to spring, and there’s no better kitchen tool to get you through the last dregs of the cold days and long nights than a Dutch oven. We fell in love with Hillary Davis’ book Le French Oven to keep our kitchens cozy and our winter plates full of stick-to-your-bones dishes.

Davis takes the Dutch oven (or “the French oven,” as she calls it) and helps it reach its full potential as a kitchen workhorse. The book features savory and hearty soup and stew recipes, of course, but also dishes you might not associate with a Dutch oven, including the droolworthy Easy Pizza for Two pictured above. “When we think of Dutch/French ovens, we think of stews or soups. But they are superb at baking. I make bread and pizza in mine on a regular basis,” Davis told us. Read on below to get the recipe for this pizza.

Hear from Davis below as she shares her do’s and don’ts for cooking with a Dutch oven, and find out what she enjoys cooking most in her own Dutch ovens.

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What to Watch: Restaurant Favorites on The Kitchen, and Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro Guest-Judge on All-Star Academy

by in Shows, March 4th, 2016

Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro on All-Star Academy
This weekend, it’s all about getting restaurant-quality eats in your own kitchen so you can get excited about what you’re eating. First up on Saturday morning, Bobby Flay is sharing an on-the-go brunch menu to help you eat heartier in the morning without needing extra time. Don’t miss his easy omelet burrito and cheddar-bacon waffle sandwiches on a new episode of Brunch @ Bobby’s. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are spilling restaurant secrets that will make your food taste better, plus recipes for stuffed-crust pizza and crispy fish tacos.

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Millennials Are Drinking a Whole Lot of Wine

by in Drinks, News, March 3rd, 2016

Millennials Are Drinking a Whole Lot of WineWe may already be aware that millennials like to drink wine (big-name beers, not so much), but we may not have grasped just how much vino the young’uns are guzzling.

Now we know: a whole lot.

In 2015 alone, American millennials (in this case defined as those 21 to 38 years old) glugged through — or, more charitably, delicately sipped — 159.6 million cases of wine, according to new statistics on wine consumption unveiled by the Wine Market Council and cited by Wine Spectator. Figuring there are about 79 million millennials (estimates vary a bit), that’s more than two cases of wine per person. It’s also more wine consumption than any other generation. (Sorry, baby boomers and Gen Xers.) In fact, nearly half — 42 percent — of all wine consumed in the nation in 2015 was drunk by millennials.

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6 Foods That Belong with Peanut Butter

by in Recipes, March 3rd, 2016

Peanut Butter Caramel Swirled BrowniesPeanut butter is one of those close-to-our-hearts condiments that oftentimes isn’t even used as one: We’ll take it straight up by the spoonful to get that creamy, nutty and somewhat salty goodness in whatever way we can. Before you slather peanut butter onto another slice of bread for a PB&J sandwich, reinvent the PB wheel with our fleet of foods that seriously belong with peanut butter.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken Kebabs

by in Family, Recipes, March 3rd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken KebabsOnce a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.

Oh, heeeeey. We’re making kebabs — for everyone! Even the little ones are included.

Kebabs don’t have to be insanely fancy. They’re kind of the perfect food for any and all generations. What’s not to dig about bite-size pieces of grilled meat and veggie bliss, right?

Today I’ve basically prepared one meal, but I’ve tweaked it that way for them first, then this way for you. But I’m not about say “winner, winner chicken dinner” because I like having human friends.

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Guy’s Grocery Games-Inspired Cheesy Stuffed Plantains

by in Recipes, Shows, March 2nd, 2016

stuffed plantainContestants were expected to serve up a sweet-and-savory breakfast in Round 1 of this week’s Guy’s Grocery Games, and there were some interesting combinations. (Banana split for breakfast, anyone?) But what truly caught our eye was a plantain hash that instantly reminded us of a very real and traditional sweet-and-savory South American dish called Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso — which is baked plantains stuffed with cheese and guava paste, and it’s delicious.

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3 of a Kind: New-School Hot Toddies

by in Restaurants, March 2nd, 2016

According to Colicchio & Sons’ beverage director, Patrick Bennett, the hot toddy — whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey — has an interesting history. While experts agree on where the cocktail originated, the why is debatable. With Scottish roots, the hot toddy is believed to have been designed as either a remedy for a winter cold or a way to make Scotch whiskey more palatable for women. Or perhaps it was the vessel in which it was served — a teacup — that ladies found so appealing. In any instance, it is a heartwarming cocktail that certainly will get you through the last weeks of winter. Here are three restaurants serving their own unique spins on the classic.
Photo by Randy Schmidt for Borgne

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Is There a Cereal Generation Gap?

by in News, March 2nd, 2016

Is There a Cereal Generation Gap?Is eating cereal for breakfast a generational thing: something relished by baby boomers, nostalgic for the crunchy and sweet morning manna of their youth, and disdained by millennials, too lazy to wash their bowls?

That’s the conclusion reached by Kim Severson in a recent New York Times article.

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8 Minestrone Soups to Make Right Now

by in Recipes, March 2nd, 2016

Winter MinestroneMinestrone, that warming soup traditionally packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, can be a hearty appetizer to any meal or a filling entree on its own. Try the classic recipe with kidney beans and crushed tomatoes, or check out one of our favorite twists on this comforting dish, featuring gnocchi, ground beef or dill for added flavor.

Winter Minestrone (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds pureed cannellini beans to her minestrone to create a thick broth without any cream.

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