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Deep-Fried Mac & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Comfort Food on Comfort Food Action


Matt “Fidel Gastro” Basile, chef and owner of Toronto’s Lisa Marie, is an authority on food experimentation and street food (closely related disciplines). He earned his de facto street food PhD by touring the United States and studying the ways food trucks, pop ups, food carts and food stands make incredible dishes without industrial or even conventional kitchens. (His journey, by the way, is chronicled in Rebel Without a Kitchen, our new show premiering Tuesday, January 27 at 10pm ET).

This webisode from the show is a pretty good example of his creativity at work. He brought Compete to Eat host Jo Lusted over to his kitchen to combine her two favorite comforts: mac & cheese and grilled cheese into one game-changing sandwich. Then he deep-fried it. This is what that looks like in action:

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Let’s Get Down to Buzzness: 11 Ways to Cook With Coffee

It’s Friday. You’ve been at work or school for five days in a row. Understandably, you could use a pick me up.

Get stimulated with our recipes for coffee-fueled steak rubs, desserts and roast pork.

Then stay awake through the night to watch Bobby Flay cook more coffee-inspired dishes on Brunch @ Bobby’s, tomorrow, Saturday at 12pm ET. (Or just set your alarm and have some java at the ready.) He’s making Espresso-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso-Cinnamon Butter, Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Potato Biscuits, Ham Steak and Red-Eye Gravy and Spiced Mocha Lassi.

 

Fashion Designer Zac Posen on the Similarities Between Food and Fashion

American designer Zac Posen has clothed Naomi Watts, Glenn Close and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, he’ll bestow his fashion finesse onto Debi Mazar and her daughter Giulia when they go to his studio for a behind-the-scenes tour and dress fitting. Then she’ll pay him back with fresh Peach Bellinis, Linguine with Red Snapper (photo after the jump) and Smoked Trout Salad that also has something interesting going on with dressing. For Debi, the correlation between food and fashion has always been two-fold. Firstly, she’s deeply passionate about both. Furthermore, her love of food has caused her dress size to fluctuate over the years, forcing her granting her the opportunity to buy more and more outfits. Zac thinks food and fashion are even more closely stitched. He says:

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Philadelphia’s Four Best Tacos

On tonight’s Taco Trip at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez heads to the city of taco love as part of his mission to find the country’s best taco originators. Here are the bites that blew his mind:

The Cheesesteak Taco at Union Taco (pictured above)

Visiting Philly without hitting a cheesesteak would be like going to the moon and not glide-walking backwards. Union Taco takes the holy grail of Philadelphia sandwiches as inspiration for this short rib-packed, plantain ketchup-drizzled wonder.

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Here is a $400 White Castle Burger Just Because

White Castle is known the world over for its diminutive, and cheap, slider hamburgers. However, what if the burgers weren’t designed to cost less than a buck? What if they cost over 400 times that? One food blogger has been looking into just that, creating a massively expensive White Castle burger out of fancypants ingredients.

Nick from Dude Foods, who is no stranger around these parts, has just unleashed one of his most ridiculous creations yet: the $400 White Castle slider. What makes it so expensive? He topped it with two expensive cheeses, Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Hook’s 15 Year Cheddar, then ladled on $200 worth of Italian white truffles. He wasn’t done, however. Finally, the slider received generous portions of duck foie gras, Russian caviar and a fried quail egg. Oh yeah. He also topped it with 24K gold flakes. It’s not fancy unless it’s gold.

If you have a whole lot of money to burn and the hankering to turn something lowbrow into something decidedly high brow, give his outlandish recipe a try. One thing to note, however: He said it tasted terrible.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Funniest Food Moments

Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have several things in common: a history at Chicago’s Second City, stints on Saturday Night Live and, most notably, food-based hilarity. Here are their 10 best scenes that feature grub.

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The World’s 10 Weirdest Brunch Restaurants

Brunch: It’s not breakfast or lunch, and when you’re hung over it tends to take place well after both of them. Brunch is a time to lazily sip on mimosas and hungrily chomp on breakfast fare (or burgers). Not all brunches, however, are created equal. Some are typical, and some, like these, offer plain cool and plain bizarre ways for you to spend your weekend afternoons.

Photos: 10 Weirdest Brunch Restaurants

For more awesome brunches, watch Brunch @ Bobby’s every Saturday at 12pm ET.

Food Delivery App Adds Healthy Button to Help Avoid Cheeseburgers

The last couple of years have seen the rise of the insanely convenient food delivery app. The only downside? Delivery food is not, on average, good for you. Most of it is downright unhealthy. One delivery app, Eat24, is trying to change that with the addition of a ‘healthy button.’

The company recently unveiled an aggregate system that uses a series of algorithms to determine what menu items are healthy enough to eat without breaking any of those vaunted New Year’s resolutions. It’s not the kind of thing that will just jut out obvious options like turkey burgers. The algorithms were designed by nutritionists so you can expect actually healthy instead of fake healthy.

This healthful button has already launched nationwide, so if you use Eat24 on the regular, and you want to cut down on the chimichangas, try it out.

Hershey’s Also Jumps on the 3D Food Printer Train

The last few months have seen many tech pundits claiming that the ‘Internet of things’ is a mere five years away. As you can see from reading this blog, it may come even sooner than that. 3D printers that crank out food are all over the place, and now Hershey’s is getting in on the game with a chocolate printer.

Note. This is not a printer made out of chocolate, to be given to Printshop enthusiasts on their birthdays or whatever. The CocoJet Printer, made by Hershey’s and a company called 3D Systems, prints stuff out of chocolate. This could be a boon to small businesses that specialize in candy and want to be able to print any shape they want.

The companies did not announce when this thing would be available on store shelves, nor have they announced a final price. Those familiar with the product, however, suggest it will be expensive, clocking in at anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000. That’s a small price to pay for a chocolate bar shaped like your dog.

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