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11 Shortcut Items This Mom of 4 Can’t Live Without, Plus Recipes for Using Them

by in Family, Recipes, March 1st, 2017

Penne with Sun-Dried TomatoesI love cooking for my family. Mostly fresh. Usually from scratch. Sometimes ethnic. But as a mom of four small kids (seriously, the oldest one is 7), my energy is limited. Plus, it’s a bit of a betting game at this stage. Will the kids appreciate all of my effort when I set their food on the table? Yes, everyone’s clear on the expectations: Try everything and be a good sport about it. But will they actually enjoy it? In order to keep the cooking requirements and expectations in check, I take advantage of a few shortcuts for getting meals on the table quickly, easily and deliciously. Check them all out below.

Jarred Items: Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

Ounce for ounce, sundried tomatoes may have the most flavor of any single ingredient in your pantry. It takes a mere handful of ingredients to pull off Giada De Laurentiis’ Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (pictured above), which boasts a stellar 5-star rating.

Green olives create an almost instant sauce for either pork or chicken, giving either one a signature tang in seconds. Two of my favorites are Pork Tenderloin with So Many Olives and Chicken Mirabella: Chicken with Prunes & Olives.

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The Finnish Have a Word for Drinking at Home in Your Underwear

by in News, February 28th, 2017

The Finnish Have a Word for Drinking at Home in Your UnderwearYou could file this one under “Ideas long overdue.” However, we’re certainty that almost all of us have had this particular idea before — and have acted on it whenever given the opportunity. It’s just that we never had a word for it.

Now, thanks to Finland, we have a word for “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear — with no intention of going out,” and it is Kalsarikännit.

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Veggie-Inspired Jewelry with a Romaine Heart of Gold

by in News, February 27th, 2017

Veggie-Inspired Jewelry with a Romaine Heart of GoldThough it may be beautiful and glittery, expensive jewelry may seem like an unnecessary splurge. If you’re going to blow big bucks on something, you may think to yourself, perhaps it should be something that makes a difference in the world.

Now you can have your gorgeous jewelry and … OK, maybe not eat it, too, but at least know your money is helping kids eat healthy. New York-based jewelry designer and philanthropist Joan Hornig — whose jewelry is sold at luxury department stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus) and boutiques around the country and who routinely allocates a cut of the sales of her collections to a range of charities — has introduced a new line of beautiful bobbles to benefit the Recipe for Success Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization that works to promote healthy eating in children.

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Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 Days

by in Community, February 27th, 2017

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysPippa Middleton may best be known as the svelte younger sister of Kate; after all, Pippa left the world buzzing after the way she flaunted her figure as the Duchess of Cambridge’s maid of honor at the royal wedding in 2011. The natural question anyone would have after seeing her perfect, curve-hugging ensemble that April day would be: But how does she keep herself looking so fit and gorgeous?

She may be related to a Duchess, but Pippa doesn’t actually have her own royal title (at least not yet — her engagement last year to James Matthews should eventually give her one, too, according to a House Beautiful article published around the time of their engagement.) She’s authored several books on party planning, and recently she released a cookbook called Heartfelt: Over 100 Quick & Easy Recipes for a Healthy Heart in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

It turns out that the famous younger Middleton is actually a total health nut. She’s cycled across the United States and run marathons, including the Great Wall Marathon in China to support the BHF, according to reporting by Elle. And if she eats anything like the diet she’s laid out in her new cookbook, it’s clear she puts health above pretty much everything else.

And good for her! I totally support that, and, honestly, I wish I could do a better job of eating healthfully and exercising the way I know I should. But, there is one question that any flavor-obsessed food writer like myself has to ask: How does the food taste? So, I obtained a copy of Heartfelt (the proceeds are going to charity, after all!) and decided to test some of Pippa’s recipes myself to see if I could cook and eat exclusively from her book for three whole days.

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The 10 Best Things We Ate at the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 27th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAfter a four-day marathon of eating and drinking alongside your favorite chefs and stars at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it’s safe to say that we. are. full. But as we look back on this sunny weekend along the Miami shore, we can’t help but crave a few particularly memorable dishes that we were enjoying mere hours ago. From an over-the-top-cheesy burgers at Burger Bash to a sweet treat of Trisha Yearwood’s coffee cake at her Southern Kitchen Brunch, these are 10 of our favorite tastes of SOBEWFF.

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10 NOLA-Inspired Recipes to Make for Mardi Gras

by in Recipes, February 26th, 2017

We have New Orleans to thank for more than a few dishes that can be enjoyed year-round, but there’s no better time to enjoy its influence than Mardi Gras. If you’re a long way away from the Crescent City, bring the flavors of the French Quarter home with fluffy beignets, mouthwatering po’ boys and a beautifully bedazzled king cake. Here are some of our favorite NOLA-inspired recipes to make for Mardi Gras.

Beignets

Since Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, has to do with indulging before Lent, we’d say beignets definitely deserve a place on your menu. Fried until they’re golden-brown and finished with a generous topping of powdered sugar, these sweet fritters take some time and care to make but are well worth the effort.
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These Individual-Serving Pot Pies Will Transform Your Menu of Comfort Foods

by in Recipes, Shows, February 25th, 2017

These Individual-Serving Pot Pies Will Transform Your Menu of Comfort FoodsWhen it’s blustery and cold outside, few things will do the job of warming you up quite like a hearty casserole. But thanks to hectic schedules (and the ability to go from hungry to hangry in just a few minutes), there’s not always time to settle into the kitchen to prepare one. Enter: A timesaving solution. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a duo of chicken pot pies, but neither was presented in the traditional big-batch format. Instead, these brand-new recipes put an individual-serving spin on the pot pie, proving that this tried-and-true favorite can be transformed in a speedy way. Read on below for two weeknight-friendly takes on pot pie, each a can-do meal fit for the whole family.

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Burger Bash 2017 Winners: Little Jack’s Tavern and Jr’s Gourmet Burgers

by in Events, News, February 24th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe soft sand, the cool ocean breeze, the sound of partygoers mingling along the shore — this was the scene at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday night. This plus a whole lot of burgers, of course. Friday marked the 11th annual Burger Bash at SOBEWFF, and like in years past, Rachael Ray hosted the fan-favorite extravaganza, which brought together nearly three dozen chefs from across the country. As hungry burger enthusiasts lined up to sample chefs’ between-the-bun offerings, all-star judges, including Ayesha Curry, Rev Run, Adam Richman and Emilio Estefan, took their places on a perch inside the tents to get down to the business of tasting as well. Up for grabs this year was the sought-after Schweid & Son’s The Very Best Burger Award, which would be decided by the judges, and the equally coveted Heineken Light People’s Choice Award, which celebrates the chef or restaurant that earned the most votes from guests. After reveling in the meaty burgers (and plentiful sides) on display, we watched as two restaurants earned the highest honors. Read on below to find out who took home the trophies, and take an insider’s look at some of our favorite bites from the night.

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Cassoulet for Any Day

by in Events, February 24th, 2017

Best Creative Cassoulet from Chef Ryan Lory of Charlie Palmer SteakCassoulet was born, as many deep-rooted comfort food dishes are, out of hunger and a need to use up leftover ingredients. At its most basic, it is a thick, stewlike casserole with duck, pork or other meaty bits, and meltingly tender beans under a golden crust. The correct way to make cassoulet is a point of contention throughout France with each village claiming it makes the authentic version. The cassoulet cook-off is to France what the chili cook-off is to the United States. Andre Daguin, a famous French chef, once said, “Cassoulet is not really a recipe, it’s a way to argue among neighboring villages of Gascony.”

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This Purse Has a Secret That’s Perfect for Sipping

by in News, February 24th, 2017

This Purse Has a Secret That's Perfect for SippingYou’re out and about, and suddenly you realize it’s the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine — while on a ridge overlooking a gorgeous sunset, say, or in the midst of a stroll or picnic with your main squeeze. Wouldn’t it be great if a spout suddenly materialized from that fetching purse you’re carrying and began dispensing the wine of your choice?

Guess what: Someone’s come up with a solution. Bella Vita’s PortoVino wine purse comes with a hidden, zippered, insulated compartment into which you can tuck a removable 1.5-liter bladder that you can fill with your favorite hooch (high-end, to match the bag, of course).

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