For the Love of Salty Sweets: Rich Chocolate Brownies with Sea Salt

by in Books, February 11th, 2016

Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes is back and more delicious than ever with her sophomore cookbook, Sea Salt Sweet. Sea Salt Sweet strikes the perfect balance between the art and the science of pastry and baking with fun, accessible recipes that tickle both your sweet cravings and your salty ones.

We checked in with Baird to get her top do’s and don’ts for using salt. Hear what she has to say below, and read on for some of her favorite salty-sweet flavor combinations. And those brownies up there? Those are Baird’s Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies with Maldon Flake. Check out the recipe for these beauties below.

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5 Chocolatey Treats Better Than a Box of Store-Bought Truffles — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2016

Brownie TartListen, we can’t all be the best kind of significant other on Valentine’s Day. You know, the kind who plans for days, greets his or her love with roses and slaves over an open flame to cook a homemade meal. But you can do almost that (and get a whole lot of credit for it). This year, roll up your sleeves for one of these made-with-love treats for the chocoholic in your life. They’re way better than anything you’d pick up at the store.

If slicing into Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart with your love by your side isn’t the best way to spend Valentine’s Day, we don’t know what is. Dense and gooey, it’s made with only a half-cup of flour, so nothing gets in the way of the chocolate.

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Red Velvet Everything: 10 Favorites to Eat and Drink

by in Recipes, February 11th, 2016

The Best Red Velvet RecipesWhile chocolate may claim the spotlight on Valentine’s Day (and for good reason: molten. lava. cake.), there’s another holiday-worthy treat that’s just as decadent and rosy-colored to boot. Red velvet desserts are pretty to look at, and they also boast a flavor all their own, with just a subtle bit of cocoa and plenty of rich moisture from the classic pairing of cream cheese frosting. Check out some of our favorite red velvet showstoppers, including a towering layer cake, fluffy whoopie pies, a crimson cocktail and a warming hot chocolate.

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Food to Get You in the Mood: The Top 5 Romantic Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, February 11th, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge CakeWhether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a special dinner planned for popping the question, an anniversary or just an evening to celebrate love, these dishes featured on Top 5 Restaurants fit the occasion. Some are perfect for sharing and others are the ideal aphrodisiac — chocolate, anyone? The list includes sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, which we all know are essential for capping off the best evenings. See which five foods have romantic rendezvous written all over them.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite

3 of a Kind: Japanese Goes Vegan

by in Restaurants, February 10th, 2016

If your pal says, “let’s get Japanese,” you probably picture an evening ahead filled with buttery salmon draped over gleaming mounds of rice, or you think of sticky, salty skewers of yakitori chicken. Vegetables, other than in their typical roles as enhancers and accessories, probably don’t spring to mind. But they should. Across the country we encountered vegan sushi, vegan ramen and even a nine-course vegan omakase tasting menu enticing enough for meat eaters. Read more

Relax, It’s Just a Souffle

by in Recipes, February 10th, 2016

If I had to name the two dishes that most intimidate even enthusiastic home cooks, I would have to say risottos and souffles. Both are most-often experienced in restaurants, usually of the fancier ilk, and therefore wrapped in mystique and a perceived high level of culinary skill. But toss aside those misconceptions, as both recipes actually involve a simple series of steps, and some attention, but nothing fancy by way of technique or dexterity. Read more

Worst Cooks in America: The Best of Episode 6 in GIFs

by in Shows, February 10th, 2016

Tyler wants Lawrence to cut the steak alreadyRelive some of the craziest and funniest moments from Worst Cooks in America in the following GIFs.

Tyler tries to transmit instructions telepathically to his recruit Lawrence (pictured above).

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Spike It: Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce

by in Recipes, February 10th, 2016

Spike It: Red Wine Hot Fudge SauceHot fudge was such a huge staple in my childhood pantry, and it didn’t really have anything to do with ice cream. Well, OK — it had a little bit to do with ice cream. But it had a lot to do with the fact that both my brothers and I had a serious obsession with dipping a spoon into the cold “hot” fudge in the fridge and eating it as a snack. Or should I say, sneaking it as a snack. It’s not like my mom really condoned our doing that all that time.

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It’s Anyone’s Game in a Culinary Battle of Cooks vs. Cons

by in Shows, February 10th, 2016

It's Anyone's Game in a Blind Culinary Battle of Cooks vs. ConsWhen professional chefs present their dishes, their years of experience and their reputations for stellar cuisine and expert technique often precede them, so much so that tasters may be biased when it comes to reviewing the food. But what happens when judges don’t know if the meal was prepared by a home cook or a chef? Will perceptions change and critiques differ? That’s where the brand-new series Cooks vs. Cons comes in.

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6 Valentine’s Day Desserts for People Who Just Aren’t That Into Chocolate

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 10th, 2016

Cereal TreatsWhether you’re planning a romantic evening or you’ll celebrate Gal-entine’s Day (or, hey, even Guy-entine’s Day) this Feb. 14, you’ve likely got dessert on the brain. Valentine’s Day is a close second to Halloween as the patron holiday of candy, after all, and boxes of surprise-inside chocolates are everywhere by now. But if you’re not a fan of chocolate, don’t dismay. These red and pink desserts are just as appropriate (and delicious).

Heart-Shaped Cereal Treats (above)

Even if you and your significant other weren’t high-school sweethearts, re-create the joy of those simpler times with a pink spin on the dessert you might have shared at the cafeteria table.
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