Instagramming your food may not do much for the people you’re eating with, especially if they feel compelled to sit there, politely waiting as their meals get cold, while you set up the perfect beauty shot, tinker with your filters, settle on the right hashtag and post a photo for the masses to admire. But stopping to snap a photo of your food may be helping you in ways you hadn’t even considered — ways that go way beyond impressing everyone following your feed.
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, but it’s become more socially acceptable to get drunk off of green beer and do a bar crawl than to actually sit down and enjoy some nice bar fare and a good beer. So, to break with that tradition, we asked chefs around the country to share their favorite Irish pub — no green bagels allowed.
You know those seasonal mint milkshakes that are sold at a certain fast-food joint around St. Patrick’s Day? Those can be expensive and packed with ingredients you may or may not be able to pronounce. Not ideal, right? Enter your new favorite frosty March treat.
You’ve met her too-cute-for-words pup Fionula, and you know that she’s a self-confessed “major workoutaholic.” But did you know that Katie Lee happens to carry hot sauce around in her purse? Yep, that’s true. FN Dish caught up with Katie at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where she showcased the brand-new recipes she created with Nutchello, a craveable drink made with plant-based milk. Read on below to hear more about those hot-sauce packets, and find out more little-known facts about this co-host of The Kitchen.
Is there one dish or ingredient that you just stay away from completely? Something you really hate?
Katie Lee: I hate wasabi. And I love spicy food, so I’m not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it. Like, wasabi mashed potatoes are, like, blah. No way.
Do you have a favorite guilty-pleasure food?
KL: French fries. I think that the french fries are, basically, they’re just to harbor ketchup. So, french fries with a lot of ketchup and really salty.
Eating in season makes a lot of sense. Vegetables and fruits taste the best and are most nutritious and affordable when you enjoy them during the season in which they are grown and harvested. During winter and early spring, when it comes to savory preparations like dinner, the choices are clear: Root vegetables, onions and garlic are plentiful in the colder months. Stew, anyone? But while the air is cold and the days are short, what should we do about dessert?
Citrus is the delicious answer. In the winter months, when fresh berries and peaches are all but a distant memory, turn your attention to lemons, limes and oranges to make your desserts shine, as they do in this bright cheesecake tart.
What to Watch: An All-Burger Night on Grocery Games, and Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian on All-Star Academyby Ricky Smith in Shows, March 11th, 2016
This weekend, don’t miss all-new recipes from your favorite chefs as they celebrate old traditions. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond with comforting meals her family is always asking for, including Tamale Pie and Bean and Bacon Soup. Then, Trisha Yearwood is reminiscing with her sister, Beth, as they make “Barbie-Q” Chicken Sliders and all the fixings to go along with them. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are celebrating Pi Day with everything from traditional pies to a Sliced Pie Cocktail from Geoffrey Zakarian.
To the uninitiated, one potato may seem as good as another. But experienced cooks know that all potatoes are not all-purpose. Some are better for frying, others more suitable for salads. As with so many things, it may come down to chemistry.
“There are hundreds of different breeds of potatoes, and it turns out that beneath that yellow or brown or purple or red skin, they have quite different chemistries,” the BBC noted in a recent examination of the “humble spud.”
Let’s have a heart-to-heart. Is there a single place where bacon does not belong? Beyond crumbling it over a once-good-for-you salad or splaying a few slices beside scrambled eggs, there are boundless ways to put salty, crispy, addictive bacon to use. Celebrate bacon and all it’s done for you by not holding back one bit; bring it into your favorite over-the-top dishes to make them even more indulgent.
Chicken and Waffles
If you thought that classic Southern combination of fried chicken and waffles was the best thing you could slather in maple syrup, think again. It’s Chicken and Bacon Waffles that’s the real win, made with diced, pan-fried bacon for a dose of salty smokiness.
Known for some of the most-massive, mind-blowingly elaborate cakes, Duff Goldman and his experts in cake design are back on Food Network with the new series Cake Masters, premiering Monday, April 11 at 9|8c. In each of the six hourlong episodes, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes view of how the unconventional cakes come to life in Duff’s shop Charm City Cakes West in Los Angeles. Throughout the season, the incredible and unpredictable cake requests test the talents of Duff and his crew of culinary masters, sculptors, special effect artists and architects, featuring some familiar faces such as Geof Manthorne.
When it comes to sandwiches, you can skip the bread in favor of a wrap or skip the meat in favor of hearty veggies, but you absolutely, positively cannot skip the cheese. It’s the glue that holds everything together and usually the best part of any between-the-bread meal, so do yourself a favor and indulge in one of these masterfully cheesy creations.
Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese (pictured above)
No need for spoons with your mac and cheese when you’ve got Jeff Mauro’s recipe. Refrigerate a sheet of mac and cheese before you add two slices of bread, more cheese and bacon. Cheese level: expert.