What to Watch: A Football Feast on The Kitchen and the Finale of Grocery Games’ Triple D Tournament

by in Shows, January 29th, 2016

Grocery Games Triple D Tournament Finalists

The big game is a little over a week away, so that means it’s time to start prepping the most-important part of your get-together — good eats. All of your favorite chefs have new ideas to share, including fresh takes on the classics. First up, Ree Drummond is feeding a football-crazy family with hot wings, quick chili and an epic potato-skins bar where you can customize the bar classic with your favorite toppings. Then, Trisha Yearwood is helping her nephews host their first game-day party with black-eyed pea dip, updated pigs in a blanket and a hearty cornbread-chili casserole. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are going all in with Jeff Mauro’s eggplant hero, Katie Lee’s Buffalo chicken hoagie and a special guest who shows them how to make pulled pork, Texas style. Next, Valerie Bertinelli is making slow-cooked beef sandwiches with fennel coleslaw and demonstrating how to turn game-day leftovers into a whole other meal.

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How to Host a Tea Party at Home

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry GlazeIf you’ve ever read a Jane Austen novel or watched an episode of Downton Abbey, you’ve probably already heard of “full afternoon tea.” Not to be confused with elevenses or high tea, full afternoon tea often occurs between 3 and 4 p.m., and features treats, including cakes, crustless finger sandwiches and, of course, tea. Though it is often associated with the posh hotels of London, you don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy the splendors of a British tea party. With our help, you can do that right at home.

Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Miniature two-bite desserts, like these glazed cupcakes from Giada De Laurentiis, make a great tea party treat. Giada forgoes frosting, and instead tops her cupcakes with a sweet glaze made from frozen strawberries and powdered sugar.

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The Next Trend in Tableware May Bowl You Over

by in News, January 28th, 2016

The Next Trend in Tableware May Bowl You OverPlates — they seem like a tableware staple, but it turns out they’re, like, totally five minutes ago.

Today, it’s all about bowls, baby — big bowls, “bistro” bowls, as well as bowls of more modest size, bowls that are sort of like plates only with big upturned rims (those are officially called “coupes,” you may be interested to know) and bowls that are just, you know, bowls.

“Sales of bowls are rising as Americans prefer more casual, one-course meals that layer flavors,” the Wall Street Journal recently noted in an article that ran under the headline “Bowls Are the New Plates.”

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Here’s How to Eat Mac and Cheese for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Breakfast Macaroni and CheeseCooked on the stovetop and devoured as is, or doctored up with all kinds of additions and oftentimes baked to bubbling, crispy-on-top perfection, mac and cheese is a comfort food mainstay that both adults and kids can agree on with glee. It’s so beloved, in fact, that just about no one would argue about having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With recipes inspired by the morning meal, a salad favorite and more, you probably could do just that, without ever tiring of it.

Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Hash Browns

If you’re asking us, this breakfast-inspired mac and cheese gives you all the excuse in the world to take it with a cup of coffee. It’s super-easy to make, with store-bought hash browns serving as a crispy, satisfying topping and morsels of savory breakfast sausage being scattered throughout the whole dish.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Whoopie PiesWhen I first started making cookies, I always baked them one tray at a time in the center of the oven. It certainly drew the process out, but I had found that two trays baked at the same time never produced consistent results. Baking one sheet at a time was the only way to guarantee perfect treats. This all changed, however, when I got an oven with a convection setting — and it just happens to be ideal for baking these peanut butter whoopie pies. Read more

3 of a Kind: Hummus

by in Restaurants, January 27th, 2016

Hummus, the smooth and creamy Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, has become a supermarket staple. Now it’s taking off in restaurants across the country, whether simply drizzled with olive oil or dressed up with slow-roasted tomatoes and dusted with paprika. Israeli chefs are bringing the authentic stuff into the spotlight, so grab a pita and dig in. Read more

Worst Cooks in America: The Best of Episode 4 in GIFs

by in Shows, January 27th, 2016

Donna shoos AnneRelive some of the craziest and funniest moments from Worst Cooks in America in the following GIFs.

Donna shoos Anne (pictured above). Can’t Anne get some respect?

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Relax, It’s Just Quinoa

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2016

Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”), certainly the “it” girl of the whole-grain world for quite some time now, is actually a seed, but it’s treated and cooked like a whole grain. It’s mild and delicious, with a satisfying texture, and it takes beautifully to all kinds of seasonings. It’s got a crazy-high protein count (8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa), so it’s a boon to vegetarians and vegans; it contains a nice dose of fiber. Quinoa is also gluten-free. It’s quite popular these days, but actually it was a staple in the diet of the ancient Incas because it was able to grow in the high altitude of the Andes. It also cooks up much more quickly than most other whole grains, and any of us who have stood watching a pot of brown rice take its own sweet time to become tender will appreciate that. Read more

Why Sliders Are the Perfect Party Food

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 27th, 2016

buffalo chicken slidersThe best move when hosting a party: Make food that guests can eat with their hands. When they’re mingling and/or seats are limited, juggling a plate filled with food and using a fork and knife can be awkward. You’ll want to serve something hand-held that they can polish off in a couple of bites. Sliders are the solution. And somewhere on our list of favorite recipes is a slider you should be making next Sunday (February 7) for the biggest game of the year.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Leave it to Jeff Mauro to prove that most things are just as good, if not better, in sandwich form. His take on Buffalo chicken has everything you love about the wings — hot-sauce glaze, blue cheese and ranch dressing — plus soft and fluffy bread, like Hawaiian or Parker House rolls.

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6 Ingenious Ways to Pair Peanut Butter and Banana

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2016

Peanut butter and banana: It’s a combination that some of us know and love, while others may turn up their noses at the mere thought of it. For those of you who have experienced the magic that takes place when sweet, ripe banana and salty-smooth peanut butter collide, get ready to add a few ideas to your recipe arsenal — beyond the basic PB&B on white bread. For the skeptics: Stay with us, as there’s some seriously comforting stuff ahead.

Grilled Banana S’mores (pictured at top)
Where have you been all our lives? This take on the traditional campfire treat features peanut butter and grilled banana slices in place of chocolate — because sometimes even a classic could use a remix. Once the bananas are soft and slightly charred, toast the marshmallows while the grill is still hot. Perfection.

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