Restaurant Revisited: Revved Up at Shade Tree Customs and Cafe

by in Shows, January 14th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleIntrigued after arriving at Shade Tree Customs & Cafe — a dual motorcycle-repair shop and restaurant — in Albuquerque, N.M., Robert Irvine told owners Ryan Green and Rich Rael, “We’re going to see a service so I can understand what you do, because I’m not sure what you do right now.” Though the food there wasn’t outlandishly poor, Robert wasn’t impressed, and designer Taniya Nayak admitted that the decor was “college dorm-ish.” Together Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team had just two days to overhaul the interior of Shade Tree, foster a connection between the restaurant and the shop downstairs, and improve the relationship among Ryan, Rich and their fellow owners and investors. Read on below to hear from the guys to find out how their business is faring today.

The guys are wowed by what they’ve deemed the “stunning” look of the “motorcycle chic” decor now at Shade Tree Cafe. They plan to put the signs and relics that one lined the restaurant’s walls into the bike shop, and they add that they hope to begin refreshing the current wall space with artwork from locals.

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Dominique Ansel to Launch Bakery-Restaurant Hybrid — Sans Cronuts

by in News, Restaurants, January 14th, 2015

Dominique AnselAfter you’ve brought the world its most-famous hybrid pastry and followed it up with several other ultra-hyped culinary mash-ups and a best-selling book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Dominique Ansel — he of perpetual Cronut fame — you open a new bakery that is not exactly a bakery, but rather (well, of course) a bakery-restaurant hybrid.

Yup, even as exotic snack seekers still line up around the block outside his namesake SoHo bakery, the boundary-blurring baker has been lining up a new project: Dominique Ansel Kitchen, coming to New York’s West Village this spring.

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The Competition Gets Crepe-tacular — Worst Cooks in America Preview

by in Shows, January 14th, 2015

Crepe glued to the plateIn Sunday’s upcoming episode of Worst Cooks in America, mentors Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell give the recruits free reign when it comes to coming up with their own flavor combinations to fill crepes in the Skill Drill challenge. Unfortunately that leads to some pretty unusual creations, like the one Anne is holding above. They’ll be surprised to find out whom that creation belongs to, since the tasting is blind. That also means they didn’t get to watch the recruits during the cooking challenge, which is enough to see that many of these recruits barely know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to something as spectacular as French crepes.

Click to see some of the funny moment to come (in GIFs)

Healthy Beat-the-Clock Dinners

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2015

10-Minute White Bean Soup with Toasted Cheese and TomatoWhen the easiest dinner option available seems to be greasy takeout, take a breath and give a quick click through Food Network Kitchen’s nourishing beat-the-clock dinner ideas. With a few cut-to-the-chase tricks, these wholesome and homemade meals can be ready in minutes.

10-Minute White Bean Soup with Toasted Cheese and Tomato
For a super-flavorful base, steep chicken broth with sprigs of rosemary for even just a few minutes to add depth and flavor to this creamy soup. Quick-toast the sandwich under the broiler and serve it bruschetta style with juicy chopped tomatoes. You’ll find that it’s the perfect soup dipper.

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Best 5 Chicken Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2015

Chicken MarsalaWhile the humble chicken may carry the reputation of boring and basic, that’s likely only because it hasn’t been dressed up with flavor or texture. Since both white and dark meat chicken are culinary blank canvases, they pair well with myriad ingredients, and most can be prepared in a hurry too. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five takes on chicken dinners, from Alton Brown’s moist fried chicken to Ina Garten’s foolproof roast bird and more.

5. Fried Chicken — The ultimate in chicken indulgence, Alton’s juicy buttermilk-marinated chicken is seasoned with paprika and garlic powder and boasts a crispy, crunchy exterior thanks to a flour dredge before frying.

4. Chicken Parmigiana — Panko breading gives Bobby Flay’s thinly pounded chicken breasts plenty of crunchy texture, while a topping of homemade tomato-garlic sauce promises his signature bold flavor alongside gooey mozzarella cheese.

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The Pitfalls of the Cheap All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

by in News, Restaurants, January 13th, 2015

BuffetThe all-you-can-eat buffet tends to bring out the gourmand in all of us. It’s hard to rein yourself in when the only limit on what you can consume is the capacity of your own stomach and you have plunked down your money and are determined to get a good ROI. Even the most-virtuous eaters among us may find themselves making their way gingerly back to their tables clutching plates heaped precariously high – only to return to the buffet line for more, and maybe more than once.

We know this glinty-eyed gluttony from experience. (Oh, the shame! The shame!) But recently scientists have shed a revealing new light on the psychology of the all-you-can-eat buffet.

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The 8 Freshest Fast-Food Spots Across the Country

by in Restaurants, January 13th, 2015

SweetgreenWhile the fast food of your past might have involved burgers, fries and a heap of grease, a new age of fast-eating chains is upon us, featuring on-the-go grub that’s fresher than ever. Next time your jam-packed schedule doesn’t allow time for a homemade meal, keep these eight innovative chains in mind. They’re changing the game and proving it’s possible to eat healthy on the run. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Sweetgreen
If you’re looking to eat healthy, chances are a salad is in your near future. While prepackaged grab-and-go salads are inevitably wilted, this D.C.-based chain (pictured above) creates your salad on the spot with fresh-as-can-be ingredients that are as local as it gets. Instead of settling on another sad kale salad, dig into the Spicy Sazbi, a good-for-you mix of baby spinach, shredded kale, quinoa, broccoli, carrots, raw beets, basil, sprouts, roasted tofu that’s dressed with a carrot-chile vinaigrette, and Sriracha. Visit one of the outposts in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia, and don’t be surprised when you start craving salads for lunch.

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Why Our Family Food Goals Focus on More, Not Less

by in Family, January 13th, 2015

Foodlet.comMost food resolutions are about swearing off something: carbs, dairy, sugar, only refined sugar, white flour, all grains altogether … My Facebook feed is full of these New Year’s goals right now.

Eating better is a great idea, but I think these goals are off the mark, at least for me and my crew.

Our Family Food Goals

We have four small kids, from 7 months to 5 years, and there definitely are things I want to work on for better nutrition this year:

  • Less sugar (especially in hidden places like spaghetti sauce and yogurt)
  • More vegetables
  • Fewer empty carbs
  • And don’t forget manners! Our 2-year-old is a force at every meal, and for the sake of sanity all around, we’ll teach him the same rules his two older sisters follow.

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Introducing Belty, the Belt That Knows When You’ve Eaten Too Much

by in News, January 12th, 2015

Tape Measure and Blue JeansWe’ve all been there after a big dinner: Your belly strains against the waistline of your slacks, in search of a little more space. Slowly, surreptitiously, you reach down and loosen your belt, one notch, maybe two, hoping to bring your meal-swollen midsection a bit of relief without attracting the notice of your fellow diners.

A new product introduced over the weekend at CES in Las Vegas aims to change that scenario: Belty, the smart belt, is designed to automatically adjust itself based on how much you’ve eaten and exercised.

Belty, from the French startup Emiota, is designed to help in other ways too. It’s equipped with sensors that track your overall health and fitness via cues from your abdomen. If it deems your inactivity to be excessive, it will send you an alert to prompt you to get off your duff and get moving, and it will also connect to a smartphone app that offers you real-time fitness data.

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Breakfast for Dinner: Goat Cheese Quiche — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 12th, 2015

Goat Cheese QuicheWhen you’ve nearly exhausted your usual recipes for dinner, it may be time to explore not only other supper options but also traditional breakfast ideas. After all, a hearty breakfast platter is just as satisfying at the end of the day as it is in the morning, and when you present an unexpected feast of eggs or pancakes, your family will likely be wowed by the surprise.

Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix Goat Cheese Quiche (pictured above) uses go-to ingredients, and perhaps best of all, the crust comes together with a store-bought timesaver: packaged puff pastry. After rolling out the dough and fitting it in a pie plate, start building the filling: first a layer of nutty Parmesan and tangy goat cheese, then chopped greens and plenty of creamy whisked eggs for fluffy results. After only 20 minutes in the oven, the eggs will have set and the crusts will have turned a warm shade of golden brown.

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