2015 Burger Bash Winners: Josh Capon and Pincho Factory

by in Events, February 20th, 2015

Josh CaponWith dozens of flaming-hot grills set up in the sand, hundreds of hungry guests filling the tents and a cool ocean breeze wafting through the air, the scene was set for South Beach Wine & Food Festival‘s most-anticipated event: the ninth annual Burger Bash. In true festival fashion, your favorite Food Network stars, as well as local and national chefs, delivered a whopping 30 burgers in over-the-top form, each piled high with classic and creative toppings. Once again, Burger Bash veteran Rachael Ray was on hand to host the sold-out soiree as familiar faces like Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Masaharu Morimoto came together to cook up signature between-the-bun offerings and judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee and Chrissy Teigen, among others, welcomed the meaty challenge of sampling every burger and deciding which reigned supreme.

While the judges dug into their burger offerings, fans, too, were bellying up to chefs’ tasting stands to get their hands on some of the most-craveworthy bites of the night, including Shake Shack’s Roadside Shack, Emily’s Emmy Burger and STK Miami’s lil’ BRGs. Everyone was given one token upon entering the event, and with that came the power to vote for the People’s Choice winner.

After a few hours of indulgent burgering, Rachael, the judges, and the Schweid and Sons team came together to announce the winners, and sure enough, thanks to his fail-proof Bash Burger, Josh Capon of Miami’s Lure Fish Bar earned the Judges’ trophy this year. Capon’s now-infamous patty topped with sweet, savory and welcomingly rich bacon-onion jam has become a good-luck charm of sorts for the chef, as it’s earned him several Burger Bash titles at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, and tonight it clinched his first-ever victory in South Beach. “I’ve always wanted South Beach so bad, baby. So bad,” Capon exclaimed on stage. “Burger Bash forever!”

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Feed Your Whole Crew with Ree’s Chili-Night Menu

by in Recipes, February 20th, 2015

Ree's Chili CookoffFeeding a crowd doesn’t need to be a prim and proper affair involving napkin rings and fancy flatware. In fact, easy entertaining is the name of the game, and Ree’s easy chili night menu doles out casual cold-weather comfort for a crowd. Complete with easy sides, a meaty queso and a skillet cookie sundae, this is the chili-night spread you should be tucking into with your crew.

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The Anatomy of a Breakfast Bowl

by in Recipes, February 20th, 2015

If you’ve ever spent any time scrolling through the feed of photos on Instagram, you’ve probably seen it: a bowl filled with some carefully arranged ingredients (lines, pie charts or concentric circles will do) that seems to be either a meal or an art project. The #breakfastbowl (or #smoothiebowl, depending on whom you ask) is a popular trend amongst food documentarians — and not only because the sometimes Technicolor compilations make for a visual feast.

In a world of DIY frozen yogurt shops and make-your-own-burrito chains (however unhealthy they may turn out to be), customization and variety is key. And the breakfast bowl presents the ultimate way to start your day your way. These morning treats allow you to sample just a little bit of everything, which will make you feel more satisfied and help keep that pre-lunchtime hunger at bay. The recipes below are packed with nutrients and are all under 400 calories a pop.

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Your Weekender Recipe: Damaris’ Fried Chicken Salad Sandwiches

by in Recipes, February 20th, 2015

Fried Chicken Salad SandwichesMost of the time, I cook simply out of basic necessity. I spend a goodly amount of time thinking about food because (like all people) my husband and I need to eat and I prefer that we eat things that are budget-friendly and relatively healthful.

However, sometimes I choose to cook because I’m looking to experience new flavors or I want to recall an experience I had sometime in the past. Food is a far more affordable way to “revisit” a familiar town or region than buying a plane ticket and is decidedly more instantaneous to boot.

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The 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Kicks Off with a Seaside Al Fresco Feast

by in Events, February 20th, 2015

Gabriele Corcos and Debi MazarWhen Italian food is the name of the game, no two will do it better than Cooking Channel’s own Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, so it’s no surprise that this husband-and-wife duo was on hand to host as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival inaugurated its first-ever Al Fresco Italian Feast last night. The hosts of Extra Virgin, plus native Italian and fearless Food Network competitor Fabio Viviani, as well as dozens of America’s greatest Italian chefs, came together underneath the colorfully lit tents along the sandy shores of Miami to dish out a true feast of a meal celebrating the best of Italian comfort foods and pay tribute to pay tribute to Ronzoni Pasta’s 100th anniversary. Though Mother Nature surprised partygoers with unseasonably low temperatures for Florida, the cool air didn’t stop anyone from cozying up to heaping plates of classic-red-sauce pasta, cheesy ravioli and plenty of sweet roasted meats as they danced to a DJ-band mash-up in the sand.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Comfort Food Feast and a Food Truckapalooza on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

by in Shows, February 20th, 2015

Guy Fieri at Garbo's Grill in Key WestThis weekend on Food Network, stay in and get cozy with great comfort food recipes. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond as she cooks her family’s favorite dishes. Then, it’s a comfort food feast on The Kitchen as the cast shows off their wild comfort food mash-ups. On Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis has you covered with recipes and ideas for your late-night cravings. Next, Guy Fieri is whipping up a Southwestern meal with his special guest, Joey Fatone. Then, watch Nancy Fuller incorporate beer into her cooking and baking on Farmhouse Rules.

Also, on Sunday night, root for your favorite chefs as they fight for the prize on Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen. And don’t miss the one-hour-special of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 9|8c as Guy Fieri shares the top food spots on wheels.

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Is This the World’s Most-Expensive Peanut Butter?

by in News, February 19th, 2015

Standard Reference Material No. 2387How much do you pay for a typical jar of peanut butter? Three or four bucks, maybe five? For super-typical peanut butter, though, you can expect to pay a bit more: $761 for three six-ounce jars, which works out to be about $254 per jar.

That’s how much the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, charges for its pasty PB known as “Standard Reference Material No. 2387.” And if you want to know what’s so unusual about the government agency’s peanut butter, aside from its catchy name, the answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. Which is precisely the point.

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Why Guy Fieri Loves Going Grocery Shopping — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, February 19th, 2015

Guy Fieri“Going to the grocery store is one of my favorite things to do,” says Guy Fieri, host of Guy’s Grocery Games. Now in its fifth season, there’s a reason why the show is so popular. That’s because everyone shops. Everyone has to get to the store, whether they like it or not, unless they’re grocery shopping online, something you’ll never find Guy doing. But the point is that grocery shopping affects us all. And Guy’s Grocery Games turns the mundane chore into a fun game. Who hasn’t dreamt of running down the aisles of the supermarket in a shopping spree?

We recently caught up with Guy on the set of the show to find out what grocery shopping is like for him, his tried-and-true method, what he likes to buy (what he can’t leave without) and what’s the absolute top thing he hates about going to the supermarket — it’s something that probably has happened to you before.

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10 Ways to Eat Pancakes for Dinner

by in Recipes, February 19th, 2015

Ah, pancakes. Glorious pancakes. Whether you stuff them with chocolate chips, drown them in maple syrup or bury them in a wintry pile of powdered sugar, pancakes are a downright indulgent, endlessly customizable and filling breakfast favorite — so filling, in fact, that you might consider enjoying them at a time of day when your appetite is a little more stoked.

Give “breakfast for dinner” new meaning by filling your supper plate with flapjacks, and check that guilt at the door when pilling on the toppings — it’s dinner, after all.

Pancakes
Start with a classic stack (shown above). Nutmeg adds a hint of spice to these straight-up pancakes that are meant to be speckled with the filling of your choosing (or keep them plain to appreciate their cakey glory). Serve with plenty of maple syrup for the authentic experience.

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5 Back-Pocket Pastas That Always Have Your Back — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 19th, 2015

Pantry PastaListen, sometimes the last thing that is going to happen is a run to the supermarket. And whether the temp is hovering over the single digits or you just can’t bring yourself to mobilize for another trip to the store, that shouldn’t prevent you from whipping up a solid meal. Next time a supermarket run just isn’t in the cards, look to pantry staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes and more for a killer meal that’s ready on the fly. Here are five back-pocket pasta recipes that absolutely always have your back.

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