Texas-Size Final Four Food, Scientifically Accurate Planet Cakes and Is Coffee Flour the Next Big Thing?

by in News, April 4th, 2014

Jupiter Cake by CakecrumbsFinal Four Food, Texas-Size: NCAA basketball fans heading to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to watch the Final Four games probably expect to have their eyes glued to the court, but Legends Culinary Team, which provides the stadium’s food, is doing its best to distract them. Among the foods on offer: the Texas Triple Double Sandwich, which includes a burger and a fried chicken breast and bacon, as well as garden veggies, caramelized onions and aged cheddar. The Champion Chicken and Waffles Sandwich comes piled with onion rings, pepper jack cheese, bacon and pecan-maple mayo and is nestled between two waffles shaped like Texas. Way to hog the ball, guys. [ThePostGame]

Out of This World: Want to see what just might be the coolest cakes in the universe? Australian self-taught baker and cake decorator (and zoology grad) Rhiannon, who blogs at Cakecrumbs, has devised a set of spherical concentric layer cakes that fit together to accurately depict the planets Jupiter (pictured above) and Earth in their entirety, from the outside in. You can cut through the frosted outer atmosphere to reveal the crust, mantle and core. Try making yourself with these step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … [Cakecrumbs via Wait, Wow!]

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Gulf Coast Crab Cakes — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, April 4th, 2014

Gulf Coast Crab CakesThe Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico are riddled with numerous shallow muddy inlets of brackish water, the perfect home for blue crabs. Blue Crabs are found abundantly in rivers, inlets and bayous and are one of the most popular of the more than 4,500 species of crabs found worldwide. Cracking steamed crabs is an eating sport of sorts; the eater has to really dive in to reap the rewards. There might be a bit too much work for it to be considered comfort food. Cheesy, warm crab dip moves in the right direction, but crispy on the outside, tender on the inside crab cake? That, my friends, is pure down-home comfort.

The best crab cakes contain ingredients that enhance the flavor of the crab yet don’t compete with it, like raw red peppers that are usually added simply for color but do little to improve the flavor of the dish. Crab cakes are best when they are left alone to be crab cakes, not crab-and-breading cakes, or worse, breading-and-crab cakes. You need just enough of a binder to hold them together.

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Bobby’s Most-Memorable Throwdowns, Revealed

by in Shows, April 4th, 2014

Bobby FlayHe may be a revered Iron Chef, an unapologetic mentor on Food Network Star and a restaurant owner many times over, but when it comes to facing off against some of the best chefs in the country, Bobby Flay isn’t indestructible. Just a few weeks ago on Beat Bobby Flay, the host fell to Chef Brian Tsao in one challenge — Battle Taco — that would have seemingly been Bobby’s for the taking; after all, the Iron Chef is known for his affinity for and mastery of Southwestern cuisine. He offered guest judges his version of a puffy taco, and while they indeed offered praise for the dish, it was no match for Chef Brian’s Korean-inspired plate.

It turns out, however, that Bobby has a long history with puffy tacos. FN Dish recently caught up with him and he revealed that his 2007 puffy-taco challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay is among his most-memorable cook-offs to date — but not necessarily because of the result of the battle.

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Guy’s Grocery Games Returns for Season 2 with New Chefs, New Games and a New Market

by in Shows, April 4th, 2014

Guy and judgesGuy Fieri is returning with a new season of Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering May 11 at 8|7c.The competition features four talented chefs battling in supermarket-themed cooking challenges with real-world obstacles, and it all takes place in an all-new grocery store this season. It could be shopping on a budget, substituting for out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at the last minute before closing time. In each challenge, the chefs must prepare dishes with items pulled from the shelves, then face judging in front of an expert panel. One by one, chefs check out, until the winner is left standing. He or she has the opportunity to net up to $20,000 in a timed shopping spree through the aisles.

Here’s what you can expect from the Season 2 premiere

President’s “Killer” Sandwich, Hipster Coffee and a Flying Brisket Pinata

by in News, April 4th, 2014

Reuben SandwichHello, Deli: Zingerman’s Deli has ardent fans in high places — for example, the White House. Before giving a speech Wednesday at the University of Michigan about raising the minimum wage, President Obama took in a little local flavor, stopping by the Ann Arbor eatery to highlight the fact that owner Paul Saginaw pays workers there more than the minimum wage. While there, the POTUS also enjoyed the deli’s “classic #2″ Reuben sandwich (get the recipe here), which he later declared to have been “killer.” [@Zingermans via Huffington Post]

“Half-Caff”? Big Laugh: In the hands of hipsters, a humble cup o’ joe can seem like the most-pretentious thing in the world. But while hearing someone order a “double upside-down mocha macchiato with soy, low-fat, no fat, no lid” that also tastes “like Christmas” may be profoundly irritating if you’re standing behind him or her in line and late for work, over-the-top coffee orders are pretty funny (a latte fun?) when you watch them being sent up by the sketch comedians at Nacho Punch. Watch “Hipsters Love Coffee” here. [Nacho Punch]

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Lentil Avocado Salad — The Weekender

by in Recipes, April 4th, 2014

Lentil Avocado Salad - The WeekenderWhen I worked at an office, remembering to eat lunch was never a problem. Even if I lost track of time, I could always feel how the energy around me would shift a few minutes before noon. As soon as the clock flipped, my co-workers and I would rise from our seats to meet friends or pick up sandwiches at the cafeteria downstairs.

Once I started working from home, that unconscious knowledge that it was time to eat lunch was one of the first things to go. Instead, I’d sit down to work and enter something of a fugue state. I’d resurface hours later, feeling ravenously hungry and shocked by how much time had gone by.

These days I do two things to combat the work hypnosis. I set an alarm on my computer that reminds me to eat lunch (it’s simple but effective), and I make some big batch of grain or bean salad at the start of each week so that I have something to look forward to.

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Taste Test: Frozen Burritos

by in Uncategorized, April 4th, 2014

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As more burritos hit the frozen food aisle, Healthy Eats was curious to see which fit the “healthy” bill. Sure, making your own bundle of deliciousness is ideal — but sometimes you’re just in the mood for a grab-and-go meal. ...

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What to Watch: A New Season of Guy’s Big Bite and the Chopped Tournament of Stars Finale

by in Shows, April 4th, 2014

Guy and HunterThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes from Ree, Amy, Damaris, Rachael and Guy, as well as the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars.

On Saturday, on The Pioneer Woman, Ree makes school treats for the kids. Then on Heartland Table, Amy cooks lunch with her cousin, who is a butcher. Come Sunday, on Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, she shows you how to cook five make-ahead meals in one day. Then on Southern at Heart, Damaris shows you how to elevate ho-hum dishes using spices. Later on the new season of Guy’s Big Bite, Guy’s making one of his favorites, Brunswick stew, with his son Hunter. In the evening, tune in for an all-new Food Court Wars where a pair of friends battles a father-daughter team for eatery space. Then it’s the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Brandi, Carnie, Gillian and Michael compete for the title of champion and $50,000 for charity. Afterward watch Cutthroat Kitchen, where a chef’s whisk gets supersized when making mousse.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Uncategorized, April 3rd, 2014

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In this week’s news: Vegetables save lives (seven-a-day is the new five-a-day); baseball stadiums cater to the Whole Foods set; and scientists keep putting monkeys on wacky diets.

For a Longer Life, Pass the Salad Tongs
Given all the nutrition...

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Bill Rancic Dishes Out Gaming Strategy for Competing on Kitchen Casino

by in Shows, April 3rd, 2014

Bill RancicWhen it comes to gambling, there’s more to it than luck. Strategy plays an important part in how a game is won or lost, whereas cooking — especially competitively — requires skill. These two traits are necessary for contestants if they wish to excel in Food Network’s new series Kitchen Casino, which premieres Monday, April 7 at 9|8c. Only those chefs who can balance both have the opportunity to win the jackpot.

FN Dish recently caught up with Bill Rancic, the host of Kitchen Casino, to talk about the show, what’s expected of the contestants and what he thinks are the tools they need to succeed in this unique competition.

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