Could the Lunches This Mom Packs Be Any Cuter?

by in News, October 7th, 2014

Bento Box MonstersIt’s not uncommon for parents, when they’re concerned about their kids missing them at school, to sneak a little note into the kids’ backpacks or special treat in their lunchboxes to cheer them up. But Li Ming, a stay-at-home mom in Singapore, has taken that concept to a whole new level with the elaborate bento boxes she makes for her two sons.

Ming says she “started bento-ing” in 2008, when her older son was in nursery school, and graduated to making the more involved, ultra-adorable charabens, or character bentos, when he began primary school in 2011. “He missed me terribly then and had problems adjusting to the longer hours at primary school. I started packing him charabens, along with lunch notes, hoping to cheer him up and let him feel my presence and love through them,” she explains on Bento, Monsters, the blog where she documents her bentos and offers recipes, tips and tutorials.

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Restaurant Revisited — Paradise: Impossible at Padre Rita Grill

by in Shows, October 6th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleA tiki bar-style restaurant offering live music, Padre Rita Grill in South Padre Island, Texas, is just four years old, but already the owners, husband and wife Micheal and Cathy Laferty, are finding themselves inundated with debt. They looked to Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team not only to transform the interior of their space from island-oriented to next-level nautical, but also to overhaul the menu, adding fresh flavors and coastal influences. Read on below to hear from Micheal and Cathy to find out how Padre Rita Grill is doing a few months after reopening.

Micheal and his employees alike are pleased to be rid of the salad bar that was previously in their restaurant, as Cathy explains: “I believe the staff is very happy about not having the salad bar to deal with. It was a daily issue [in terms of] cleaning and keeping [it] filled, and they each voiced their dislike of the duty.”

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Chefs to Climb the Culinary Ladder on All-New Series Kitchen Inferno

by in Shows, October 6th, 2014

Curtis Stone on Kitchen InfernoIt will be a delicate balance of risk and reward for chefs on Food Network’s brand-new upcoming series Kitchen Inferno, as they’re forced to bet on their skills with cash on the line. Each week beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10|9c, contestants will face off in culinary showdowns in front of a live audience during the course of four possible rounds — how far they advance depends on their willingness to tempt fate by playing for more money and risking it all in the process.

With a grand prize of $25,000 at stake, chefs will be forced to do more than execute a properly seasoned plate or a beautifully adorned dish; as they begin their journey up the culinary ladder, they’ll face tests that are progressively more difficult, and it’s up to them to decide which to tackle and when to walk away. They can continue playing for the whopping sum, but if they chance their luck and fail, they’ll have to forfeit their winnings and succumb to blazing defeat.

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Creamy Baked Fettuccine with Asiago and Thyme — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 6th, 2014

Creamy Baked Fettucine with Asiago and ThymeMonday tends to be the busiest day of the week, so if you’re aiming to make a satisfying dish in a short amount of time, Giada De Laurentiis’ Creamy Baked Fettuccine with Asiago and Thyme might be just what you’re looking for. It takes only 35 minutes to both prepare and cook, but the short time doesn’t detract from its heartiness or taste. The Asiago and thyme components give the dish a kick of unexpected and pungent flavor that’s accentuated by the crispy texture once baked.

To prepare your meal like Giada does, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Put in the pasta and cook until it’s tender, stirring occasionally. When you drain the pasta, save a cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Next, put the Asiago, creme fraiche, Parmesan, thyme, salt, pepper, pasta and the pasta cooking liquid in a large bowl. Lightly mix until the pasta is coated and ingredients are combined. Put the pasta in a buttered baking dish and distribute the remaining Asiago over the top. Bake until golden.

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This 8,000-Calorie Breakfast Requires a Signed Release Form

by , October 6th, 2014

HibernatorBreakfast. The most important meal of the day. The one time of day you are encouraged to eat bacon and eggs with absolutely no guilt. That’s because a couple of eggs and a few strips of bacon clock in at, what, 400 calories? What if your favorite breakfast goodies tipped the scale at a massive 8,000 calories? There might be some guilt involved, in that case.

Bear Grills in Cheshire, England just started serving up something called the Hibernator. It’s a whopping 8,000 calories of breakfast item goodness. What’s in this beast? Eight pieces of bacon and eight sausages, four hash browns, four pieces of toast, four potato waffles, four slices of fried bread a four-egg cheese omelette, beans, fries and, for health purposes, tomatoes and mushrooms. Just in case you aren’t satisfied by the spread laid out in front of you, it also comes with a giant milkshake. Cool!

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The Foods We Eat — and Tweet About — by State

by in News, October 6th, 2014

The Foods We Eat and Tweet About by StateWe Americans have a lot to say on Twitter about the foods we eat. But what do the foods we eat — and tweet about — say about us?

In a recent study, a group of researchers at the University of Arizona sorted through more than three million food-related tweets — posted between October 2013 and May 2014, with hashtags like #dinner, #breakfast and #lunch — to spot local and regional trends. Their goal was to predict rates of obesity, diabetes and even political preferences in those regions for purposes noble (improving public health efforts) and commercial (cannier target marketing). But along the way they compiled a map highlighting the “most distinctive food word per state from the corpus of food-related tweets.”

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An Evil Contest Just Got Scarier — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 5th, 2014

For a competition as entrenched in evil as Cutthroat Kitchen, the contest would have to turn especially ghostly to spook the chefs in the midst of battle, and that’s just what happened on tonight’s first-ever Halloween-themed episode. With the help of costumes, devilish-sounding dishes and terrifying tests, host-turned-vampire Alton Brown pulled off a fright-night battle like no other, and he filled in judge Jet Tila, who was appropriately dressed in judicial garb, on all of his scary secrets during his exclusive After-Show.

“It was a very spooky day here in Cutthroat Kitchen,” Alton revealed before a crew member rolled in the first sabotage: a coffin, which served as a makeshift prep station for one unfortunate competitor. Jet mused as to whom he would have sabotaged with this test during the first-round deviled egg dish: “The tallest person — for sure.” And sure enough, that’s what Chef Emme had in mind when she picked Chef Caulden for the challenge. Despite the creepy conditions, however, Chef Caulden managed to earn Jet’s praises, as the judge said: “Wait, so he composed his entire dish in there. The foam, the green, the everything. He did quite a good job.”

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