On her Cooking Channel show, Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo, Rachel reveals the modern, un-stuffy side of Parisian cuisine that falls somewhere in between classic bistro dishes and tasting-menu plates of Michelin-starred establishments. Whether uncovering the city’s hidden cafes and purveyors, or serving dinner for two at the one-table restaurant in her tiny apartment, Rachel proves there are many sides of French fare to be explored.
In her book My Little French Kitchen (the translation of the restaurant name La Petite Cuisine), now available in the United States, Rachel goes beyond the Paris arrondissements to explore the French countryside, bringing the best dishes and techniques from her travels back to her pintsize flat. The six chapters highlight the most-iconic foods — and surprising modern twists — from each region, like Red Wine Roast Chicken from Bordeaux (shown above) and many herb-filled dishes from Provence. Amid the recipes you’ll find stories and photos of Rachel’s adventures, sure to inspire wanderlust (or provide fodder for trip planning).
Try a few recipes from My Little French Kitchen today:
Red Wine Roast Chicken
Provencal Vegetable Bake
Salted Butter Caramel
We’re giving away three copies of My Little French Kitchen (one cookbook to each of three winners). All you have to do to enter is look through this gallery of our top Thanksgiving side dishes and leave a comment telling us which recipe you’d be most excited to make for Thanksgiving this year.
So, tell us, which Thanksgiving side dish do you want to make this year? You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving three very lucky, randomly selected commenters each a copy of My Little French Kitchen. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 6pm ET on Oct. 29, 2014. For full official rules, visit http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/my-little-french-kitchen-cookbook-giveaway-rules/. Sponsored by Cooking Channel, LLC, 75 9th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011.
Dust off your slow cooker. It’s officially the season of low and slow, the kind you can set, forget and come home to after work just in time for dinner. It’s kind of like having a personal chef who specializes in your favorite comfort foods. Here are a few slow-cooker favorites it can help you with, from breakfast to dessert.
Continue Reading Fall Fest: Slow-Cooked Meals from Breakfast through Dessert
Doughnuts and cheeseburgers aren’t exactly the best of friends but, in recent years, they’ve become at least acquaintances. The world has its share of doughnut burgers, but they all share one thing in common, the doughnut simply replaces the bun. Here is a doughnut that is actually stuffed with ooey, gooey cheeseburger goodness It’s like jelly … with protein.
Philadelphia’s PYT Burger is no stranger to these pages, making something of a habit out of unveiling kooky burgers. This is the only one that doubles as both dinner and dessert, however. The D’oh Nut Burger is essentially a cheeseburger forced inside of a glazed doughnut, with chocolate-covered bacon bits sprinkled on top. Sweet, delicious heart disease. This burger is only available for a limited time, however, so you had better get on it. Either that or you can just buy your own doughnut and wedge a burger inside of it.
For more outrageous doughnut creations, check out a new episode of Donut Showdown tonight at 9pm ET.
Have you eaten your quota of fun-sized candy bars yet? While there’s still plenty of time before October 31st, there’s no harm in getting in the spook-tacular mood early with these Creeptastic Zombie Cupcakes. They’re also ideal for a Walking Dead zombie party. The skulls, eyeballs and gooey brains that sit on top of the cupcakes start with a simple red velvet cake, broken down into crumbs and mixed with enough frosting to bind them together into cake eyeballs, brains and skulls. Dip them in white chocolate and go wild creating the brains and guts. Your friends won’t believe their eye(ball)s!
For more creepy creations to jumpstart your Halloween celebrations, check out these bone-chilling recipes from Cooking Channel:
Before you buy industrial-size bags of candy bars and make yours the most popular house in the neighborhood come Halloween, pause for a minute. Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course there’s the issue that we as Americans eat too much sugar and face an obesity epidemic. We’ve heard plenty about that. But also more important than ever is the issue of deadly food allergies. That’s why FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween: Offer something that’s not candy (or food) and paint your pumpkin teal so savvy (and food-sensitive) trick-or-treaters can know which houses are safe.
Lest you fear getting TP’ed for your treats, the alternatives to candy don’t have to just be raisins and toothbrushes. Here are a few cooler ways to sidestep candy.
Continue Reading Trick-or-Treating Ideas Beyond Candy
We’re still stuffed from last weekend’s 2014 New York City Wine & Food Festival, but it’s already time to start thinking about flying south for the winter. The 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival is coming quickly (February 19-22), and trust us: Feasting in Florida in February is a genius idea.
For four days, top Cooking Channel and Food Network talents will converge on the warm, sunny Miami coastline to cook, drink and hang out. The events hit on nearly every taste, whether you’re a yogi, an unstoppable carnivore or an unabashed cupcake fiend. And you’ll be doing it all alongside the food industry’s top talents, including Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, Rev Run, Aarón Sánchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Rachael Ray, Giada de Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and more.
Tickets are already selling out, so get on it. There are tons of events to choose from, but if we had to play culinary concierge, here’s what we’d recommend.
Continue Reading You Should Go to South Beach Food & Wine Festival
Video games let you see the world through the eyes of a variety of cool characters, including Italian plumbers, anthropomorphic pie charts and, oh yeah, a whole lot of muscle-bound soldiers. However, there are no games in which you play as a humble slice of bread. Why can’t we just get our digital carbs on? Well, don’t tell the dude who invented the South Beach diet, but a bread-themed video game is breaking the mold.
It’s called I am Bread and, well, when you play it, you are bread. The object is to navigate a suburban household, avoid obstacles and eventually reach the fabled toaster of legend. It seems to play fast and loose with the bread physics, but one imagines it wouldn’t be a very fun game otherwise.
The game will launch for PC, but after that it should head to home video game consoles. It’ll show up sometime next year. This could be the greatest thing in games since dice lead.
Move over, pumpkin spice latte — you’re not the only squash-themed edible that deserves the seasonal spotlight. Let’s clear a path for good ol’ reliable butternut. Is it the sexiest squash at the market? Hardly. But what it lacks in front-porch decor appeal it more than makes up for with a cute name and remarkable versatility.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Creamy Rigatoni with Squash, Sage and Pine Nuts
There’s a certain excitement in the air when a new restaurant opens up in the neighborhood. Finally, a reason to leave the house. However, not all eateries are worthy of you escaping from your bubble of Netflix and Facebook “Likes.” Some of them are downright failures in every conceivable way possible. Here are the worst of the worst of these sad experiments in eating displeasure, the biggest successes in failure-dom, if you will.
Photos: 10 Worst Restaurants in the World
For more restaurants that could benefit from the expertise of Cooking Channel chef, check out tonight’s new Restaurant Redemption at 10pm ET. Tonight Ching-He Huang reinvent the food and decor of a boring and predictable Chinese place called Pho-Barclay in New Jersey.