Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts — Off the Shelf

by in Books, June 6th, 2014

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
My love for ice cream runs deep. In fact, it runs almost as deep as my love for cookbooks. Ice cream is ideal because it’s a perfect dessert all on its own, loaded up with toppings or used as a building block to make a treat that’s even more delicious. It’s this last use of ice cream that makes the new cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer so wonderful.

If you’re a home cook and you’re a little intimidated by the idea of making ice cream from scratch, Jeni has you covered. Most of her recipes skip the use of eggs in the base, which means no tricky tempering of egg yolks is required to get rich, creamy, decadent results. And the flavors are so fun. The book gives you a selection of flavors to try at home; it has everything from a basic Sweet Cream Ice Cream to a summertime classic like Cream Biscuits with Peach Jam Ice Cream, to flavors a bit more bold, like Cumin and Honey Butterscotch Ice Cream.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts doesn’t stop at ice cream, though. In fact, frozen favorites are just the beginning in this book. The title offers a wide range of dishes you can make, each with ice cream as its shining star. Readers will find recipes for cocktails, cakes, cobblers, biscuits, beignets and more. There’s even a section featuring all the ways in which you can dress the components of the book (ice cream, sauces and topping “gravels”) up into craving-inducing sundaes.

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What to Watch: Exotic Thai Recipes with Giada and a Dessert Luau on Iron Chef America

by in Shows, June 6th, 2014

Iron Chef America
Tune in to all new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Farmhouse Rules and The Kitchen this Saturday. On The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s making a Tex-Mex feast for the construction team workers as she unveils the two new entrances at her building. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller and her husband, David are having date night at the drive-in and The Kitchen hosts are trying a new twist on the classic stuffed tomato and answering questions on a viewer video edition of The Kitchen Helpline. On a new episode of Iron Chef America, pastry-chefs are paired with Iron Chefs for a dessert-themed luau.

On Sunday, Damaris Phillips continues her tradition of the $30 date on Southern at Heart. Giada De Laurentiis cooks up an exotic Thai meal on Giada at Home, and Guy Fieri joins forces with Chef Jonathan Waxman to recreate some favorite Mexican dishes on Guy’s Big Bite.

Finally, get ready for some serious competition on Sunday evening with a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, followed by a brand new episode of Food Network Star. Afterward, catch a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Budding Young Chefs Compete in First-Ever Chopped Teen Tournament

by in Shows, June 5th, 2014

Chopped Teen TournamentFor the very first time on Chopped, 16 teens will enter the kitchen in the Chopped Teen Tournament, premiering Tuesday, July 15 at 10|9c. These talented youngsters bring energy and ambition to the table, to compete for $25,000 in prize money and a coveted culinary school scholarship. They’ll face appetizer, entree and dessert basket ingredients that could stump even the most-experienced adult chef. And just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they’ll be judged any differently.

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Shockingly Grill-Friendly Vegetables

by in Recipes, June 5th, 2014

Shockingly Grill-Friendly VegetablesWe’ve all grown accustomed to accepting everything from juicy pineapple rings to crunchy romaine with grill marks. But why should you stop there? Push beyond the realm of hot dogs and hamburgers by getting ahold of some veggies that are shockingly good on the grill. Here’s a list of favorites — and then some.

Grilled Beets
Now that the grill is involved, your beet salad game will never be the same. Just as you do before roasting, wrap beets in foil with a little olive oil before getting ‘em on the grill. Once they’re soft, your reinvented beets will possess an earthy, smoky sweetness that the salad bar just can’t touch.

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Hot Art, the Illusion of Choice and Whiskey Boom Tremors

by in News, June 5th, 2014

Hot Art at LA's Chinese American MuseumArt Meets Hot: You could call it the hottest art exhibit in Los Angeles. LA’s Chinese American Museum is currently showing, through July 12, new works by 30 diverse artists inspired by locally produced hot sauces Sriracha and Tapatio. Some of the artwork even incorporates the sauces as a medium. The now-iconic sauces have risen “to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard as the all-American condiment for the Y-Generation,” the museum contends, adding that they “have become interwoven into the American cultural fabric.” Curator Steven Wong told NPR that, while “a hot sauce show could be superficially kind of pop-y,” he believes it is “very complex if you peel away the layers.” [Chinese American Museum via NPR]

Whiskey A-Going-Going … Gone? Thanks to a global explosion in bourbon and whiskey consumption, with exports more than doubling in the past decade and sales up more than 10 percent in just the past year, we could be looking at a whiskey shortage. American distilleries are struggling to keep up with the rising demand, but sales are outpacing increased production by about two to one, The Tennessean reports. “It’s not like you can ramp up production today and have that whiskey on the market tomorrow,” Clayton Cutler, chief distiller at the TennSouth Distillery in Lynnville, Tenn., tells the paper. “There’s an aging process that requires a wait of at least a couple of years before you can start selling it. Some takes four years or more.” Better down that sour before it’s too late! [The Tennessean]

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Make-and-Take Picnic Desserts — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 5th, 2014

Make-and-Take Picnic DessertsThe need for a roster of packable desserts is real in the summer months, especially when the name of the game is outdoor eating. When the dinner grub is covered at a friend’s backyard barbecue or your picnic menu is missing that last sweet course, you need something that you can move from point A to point B with limited spillage and fuss. That means ice cream sundaes and other temperamental desserts are out, and Food Network’s go-to make-and-take treats are totally in.

Food Network Magazine’s Blackberry Summer Pudding Cake (pictured above) may not look transport-friendly, but fear not. After pouring juice over it, carry this classic British dessert in its container to your final destination and remove it just before serving.

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Dig In This Father’s Day with Food-Inspired Cards for Dad

by in Product Reviews, June 5th, 2014

Dig In this Father's Day with Food-Inspired Cards for DadWe’ve all heard that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” right? That means there’s a good chance that your dad (or husband or grandfather) likes to be behind the barbecue — or he at least likes eating whatever comes off said grill. We’ve rounded up a few cards for the food-loving father, to go perfectly with that new set of grill tools or that six-pack of beer you got him. Dig in.

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