Star-a-Day: David Rose

by , April 22nd, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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What to Watch: Wine-Infused Recipes and a Tropical Ingredient Showdown on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, April 21st, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
Start the weekend with Ree Drummond as she makes a warming cowboy lunch of cheesy quesadillas and Chunky Beef Chili. Then, Trisha Yearwood is cooking with wine for her book club, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are using fresh ingredients to makeover classic snacks, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a Tuscan pizza and Roasted Vegetable Soup. On Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is sightseeing in Florence and making a meal incorporating chianti wine and fava beans.

On Sunday evening, three returning Triple G winners will battle it out in Flavortown Market for a chance to cook head-to-head against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Then, on Iron Chef Gauntlet, the six remaining Iron Chef hopefuls are back to battle it out for a chance to cook against three Iron Chefs, and on Iron Chef Eats, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Mario Batali and past Iron Chef America winners are taking you on a trip to the best comfort food and pizza spots across America.

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The Queen Eats One Amazingly Simple Dessert Every Day

by in News, April 21st, 2017

The Queen Eats One Amazingly Simple Dessert Every DayYou might assume that someone who has lived and ruled as long as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has is a total health nut — after all, one doesn’t make it to 91 without making some sacrifices in the food department, right?

Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’d be totally wrong.

Darren McGrady, a formal royal chef, gave an interview earlier this month to Recipes Plus, and he revealed quite a bit about the royal family’s eating habits. And since he worked for the Queen herself for 15 years, there’s probably no better source of information on Her Majesty’s favorite snacks and the little indulgences she can’t live without.

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10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

by in Community, April 21st, 2017

Is it just me, or does Earth Day have a way of making people feel fundamentally bad about themselves? It’s like January 1st all over again, except this time it’s not my holiday belly I’m scrutinizing — it’s my plastic consumption, or my less-than-conscientious water usage. (I’m not one for long showers, but I am guilty of sometimes letting the faucet run while I brush my teeth.) Just like with New Year’s resolutions, I set myself up for failure by raising the bar for improvement too impossibly high. This will be the year I start walking to work every day! This will be the year I always remember my reusable bags at the grocery store! But alas, walking isn’t possible in all weather, and trips to the grocery store are often spontaneous — and I don’t always have a trio of large canvas totes on hand. The real irony is that I probably laid out one of my elaborate energy-saving schemes while munching on a lightly bruised apple, destined for the trash after just six or seven bites.

We all want an A for effort, but reducing one’s carbon footprint goes well beyond tossing plastic to-go cups in the correct bin. I know that now, after reading how 40 percent of all food in America goes to waste — and specifically, to our landfills. It seems unreal; you wouldn’t slave over a gorgeous meal only to dump 40 percent of it into the trash. (You wouldn’t dream of running your shower for two hours either, but that’s how much water goes into making a pound of cheese.) What’s more is that this waste adds up to $162 billion in unnecessary water, energy and production costs each year. Much as I would love to blame it all on restaurants and large corporations, the hard truth is that it’s individual consumers like you and me who throw out 20 percent of the food we buy, which translates to nearly 300 pounds of food per year! Don’t believe it? Just ask Anthony Bourdain, the most-influential voice of the current food waste conversation.

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Star-a-Day: Cory Bahr

by , April 21st, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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You Can Now Drink Rosé from a 40-Ounce Bottle

by in Drinks, News, April 20th, 2017

You Can Now Drink Rosé from a 40-Ounce BottleWhen you think of 40-ouncers, you probably think of malt liquor: Colt 45 or Olde English 800, aka the kind of cheap, high-alcohol swill best drunk out of a brown paper bag.

You probably don’t think of an organically farmed, light, crisp Muscadet with “mineral aromatics” or a blushing rosé. Award-winning New York sommelier Patrick Cappiello wants to change that with his new endeavor: Forty Ounce Wines.

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Post-Tax-Return Meals (Whether You Got a Refund or Not)

by in Recipes, April 20th, 2017

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who’s expecting money back from Uncle Sam this year. Or perhaps you’re like the rest of us who kept crunching the numbers on our returns thinking “This can’t be right…I can’t possibly owe this much,” only to come to the conclusion that: A. Yes…you do. And B. That vacation you were dreaming of is now going to be in Baltimore instead of Bali. Whether April 18th left you feeling broke or flush, here are the recipes to make to celebrate that tax season is over. Read more

Star-a-Day: Caodan Tran

by , April 20th, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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Coffee That Bridges the Gap Between Cheap and Good

by in News, April 19th, 2017

Coffee That Bridges the Gap Between Cheap and GoodSome people like cheap coffee: the stuff that will open your eyes but not cost an arm and a leg. Others insist on good coffee: the stuff that is caringly sourced, carefully roasted. Now — wait for it — you can actually get both at once.

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Easy Family-Style Italian Pasta from Josh Cellars and Chef Amalia Scatena

by in View All Posts, April 19th, 2017

nullWhen a single bottle of wine does double-duty as cooking ingredient and dinner drink, it’s a definite winner. That’s been true for ages with Italy’s classic Fettuccine with Clams. Amalia Scatena, executive chef of Cannon Green in Charleston, South Carolina, knows that intimately. Born and raised in a close-knit Italian family in San Francisco, she went on to train professionally as a chef at the Advanced Culinary Arts Professional Program from the Culinary Institute of Florence. While living in Italy, she learned first-hand how closely entwined food and wine are at every meal. Wine was always served, but it was often used in cooking too.

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