Not everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.
If you ever walk into a Trader Joe’s wine section or shop (depending on where you live), one of the most-glaring things you will notice is a vast selection of $2.99 wines by the name of Charles Shaw. But when he’s just kickin’ back, down the esophagi of his more frugal fans, he’s known as Chuck, Two Buck Chuck.
Since Chuck’s introduction in 2002, Trader Joe’s famed wine of “extreme value” has earned itself a reputation – hence the nickname – especially among those who wish to enjoy the finer things in life but don’t want to break the bank.
I am one of those people.
But is it any good? I ask myself, as many people do, when they come across such a concept as a two-dollar-something bottle of wine. I had to find out but did not want to volunteer myself as tribute.
With such a predicament, I decided I would make my friends do it. Read more
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
What would happen if you crossed a waffle and a doughnut? While the jury is out on a name, you can just call it plain delicious. This hybrid treat features a crunchy exterior that gives way to a soft and cakelike texture on the inside. Waffle doughnuts are making welcome appearances from coast to coast, with a range of toppings to boot. Read on to find out where to grab these golden wonders. Read more
No matter whether your political beliefs lean to the left or to the right, we all can agree on two things: This year’s campaign cycle has been particularly contentious; and yet, we can always rely on one thing to hold our great republic together — and that’s great food. If you’re hosting an election party, consider making it a potluck. What better way is there to practice diplomacy in our own homes than to put our heads together and create a menu that appeals to everyone at the table? We can’t think of one. Better yet, give a nod to our nation’s defining eats by featuring native foods from each of the United States’ eight regions. Here are a few of our favorite shareable recipes that will cover all of your bases.
By Patty Lee
It’s been a heated election season, with no shortage of debates, speeches and campaign revelations, and the race to the White House has had everyone talking — including the country’s chefs and bartenders, who are taking politics into the kitchen. From burgers to ice cream to cocktails, check out the creative election-themed specials that bars and restaurants across the country are whipping up. Read more
Are you looking for ways to get more veggies onto your kids’ plates (and your own) at dinnertime — without wasting time, effort or food along the way? I have four small kids, and these are the sides I can rely on everyone liking every time. Here’s what’s in my fall rotation.
Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry (pictured above)
Healthy and colorful, this simple side from The Pioneer Woman can be on the table in just 30 minutes.
Dream. Come. True. A public drinking fountain that offers up not water but Italian red wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, to be precise) — for free, seven days a week — may sound like the stuff of fantasy, but it is actually now a thing.
By Jennifer Baggett Brennan
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.
A tiny gem along the Connecticut coastline, Old Saybrook is perfect for travelers craving a weekend getaway without the pretension (or price tag) of other New England favorites. This idyllic spot (and hometown of screen icon Katherine Hepburn) offers sandy shores and sparkling marinas, and its Main Street channels classic Americana. Quaint storefronts stand alongside popular tourist attractions that include the historical James Pharmacy & Soda Fountain (more on that later). When it comes to restaurant options, Old Saybrook actually delivers far more sophisticated fare than its charming small-town appearance may suggest. Thanks to an influx of urbanites from New York City and Boston, the town’s food scene has undergone a renaissance in the past decade, with stepped-up menus featuring fresh seafood recipes, creative farm-to-table meals and more. Here are 10 top dishes to try. Read more
Most cocktail recipes are pretty straightforward: Mix, stir or shake, then pour (and sip). But of course on Cutthroat Kitchen, few things are as easy as they seem, especially on a night like tonight, which saw the finale of Alton Brown‘s first-ever Tournament of Terror.
Guest judge Anne Burrell was in for the ultimate dizzying drink when she visited the After-Show. She checked out a few sabotages, then landed atop an especially evilicious sabotage: the rotating bed from Round 3, atop which she had to prep a Bloody Mary. But in true Cutthroat fashion, it wasn’t all about the bed; it was what the bed did that made this challenge interesting. “There’s one thing that I left out, Anne. One thing,” Alton told her after she was settled with her ingredients. Within moments the mischievous mattress began moving, but Anne didn’t let that scare her, taking the motion in stride. “This is so fun,” Anne said, realizing the full extent of the sabotage. “Does this thing go any faster?”
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
Potlucks are always a delicious choose-your-own eating adventure, but this time of year seems to bring out particularly comforting dishes. For fall and winter gatherings, many chefs draw inspiration from memory-lane-tripping family recipes, while others rely on tried-and-true party tricks to ensure that their dish is a hit. Here’s what pros around the country can’t wait to make for cold-weather potlucks. Read more