Actress Tiffani Thiessen likes to throw intimate dinner parties at her house for her celebrity friends. She let us film one of them which we’ll air on March 23 at 8pm ET. We call it call Dinner at Tiffani’s. Tune in for Tiffani’s favorite home-cooked dishes (Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, for example), delicious drinks (Blackberry Cocktail, for another) and entertaining stories from Tiffani’s guests Nathan Fillion (Castle), Willie Garson (Sex and the City) and Lindsay Price (90210).
We caught up with Tiffani to ask her about her hosting style, her favorite restaurants and more.
Cooking Channel: How would you describe your hosting style?
Tiffani Thiessen: Relaxed, warm, inviting and fun with a big side of silly.
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Hopefully you didn’t miss last night’s premiere of The Freshman Class. The new class of Cabrillo College’s Culinary Arts program were introduced and we found out all about the personal obstacles that have long held them back from cooking for a living (like gangs, oppressive families, homelessness). It’s good to know their backgrounds, so you understand how Kim feels in episode 2 when she … (just kidding; no spoilers. You’ll have to watch that episode next Tuesday at 8pm ET).
Fortunately, you can stream the entire Season premiere right now for free and then wait anxiously with the rest of us to see what goes down next week:
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Got Girl Scout cookies on your mind? Preorder sales might have started in January, but today marks the 102nd year since Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in Savannah, Ga. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on a box, don’t fret! In a nod to the Girl Scout Law, we are being friendly and helpful and making the world a better place with this recipe for Samoa-inspired Macarons. Crisp and chocolate-y on the outside with a chewy, moist filling of caramel and toasted coconut, these macarons are simply delightful, just like their Girl Scout cookie counterpart. And if you still want to celebrate with the real deal and support Scouts across the nation, the organization offers a “Cookie Finder” app, so you can track down the closest place to stock up on Thin Mints, Tagalongs and the rest of your favorites before they’re gone.
Celebrate with more of Cooking Channel’s Girl Scout cookie-inspired treats:
There are many conflicting views regarding juice fasts, or cleanses. Some people and Netflix documentaries swear by them, saying the fasts give them a new lease on life. Some people, usually doctors of some sort, urge caution, saying that extreme diets very rarely work. Both sides can probably agree that if you replaced the juice with ice cream it would be totally awesome. Well guess what? That’s a thing now.
A vegan ice cream shop in Los Angeles is offering a four day ice cream cleanse. You read that right. You eat nothing but ice cream for four whole days. The store, called Kippy’s, will ship you twenty pints of delicious cream, then you and your lack of self control do the rest. The creamery claims it is healthy, although being as how the diet provides you with over 800% the daily recommended allowance of saturated fats and over 360 grams of sugar, perhaps that claim is a bit premature. Still, it’s twenty pints of ice cream.
The four day ‘diet’ will set you back $240, so maybe you should just buy twenty pints of Ben & Jerry’s.
On tonight’s Season 2 premiere of The Freshman Class, four students facing high-pressure personal struggles will fight tooth-and-nail against the intense, hands-on culinary program at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz in order to journey towards their dream career in the food industry. Gabriel is a former gang member trying to raise his baby son. Kim’s demanding husband thinks school will make her lose focus on his own selfish needs. Jim’s a high school dropout vet who lives out of his van.
With all things financial, personal and professional riding on their first semester, tensions will run high in and out of the kitchens. Turn on Cooking Channel tonight at 8pm ET to see what happens, then check out CookingChannelTV.com/freshmanclass after the episode to get a Web-Only clip.
Bonus: Watch Season 1 of The Freshman Class in its entirety for free online.
Outta the way, kale! There’s a new hit vegetable in town and, not unlike the potato chip, eating just one is all but impossible (partly because they’re delicious and mostly because it’s silly to buy just a single Brussels sprout).
In the days before the great revelation of Brussels, we’d scour the dark corners of the grocery store for sprouts both overpriced and under-loved. Now all of that has changed, and it’s a very good thing. With demand up and prices down, markets are flush with these tiny cabbages, and they’re fresher than ever. A little oven-roasted caramelization and a quick spin in some sweet and spicy chili jam, and your thoughts of a green vegetable that tastes like feet will be but a distant memory.
As for the rest of the meal, I went for cod because I like it. As chili jam is to Brussels sprouts, Serrano ham is to whatever protein you want to serve. It’s a salty, savory jacket of flavor that perfectly accompanies a side dish that will have the whole family begging for more Brussels sprouts (bet you never thought you’d hear that one at the table).
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1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an indulgent Irish coffee cheesecake that features a double dose of whiskey. Buttercream Blondie adds a swig of the brown stuff to the coffee-infused cake batter and the rich chocolate ganache.
2. What’s Gaby Cooking tops store-bought naan with traditional taco fillings such as black beans, jack cheese and cilantro to fashion these fun, easy-to-make Mexican pizzas.
3. To take chocolate cookies over the top, Completely Delicious stuffs them with a spoonful of Nutella and caramel-filled chocolates, plus a sprinkle of fleur de sel.
4. How Sweet Eats’s grown-up grilled cheese sandwich can double as dessert. Her sweet take on the childhood classic features brie and dark chocolate layered between slices of banana bread.
5. Fill flaky phyllo cups with creamy wasabi goat cheese and smoked salmon to create Kitchen Confidante’s elegant bagels and lox-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
So, you promised the person of your dreams a romantic dinner at the most exclusive eatery in town only to find out they aren’t even taking reservations at the moment. You are forced to enter the sinister world of black market reservations, only to make an enemy out of a ruthless mobster and you end up sleeping with the ceviche fishes. It sucks when that happens.
Rezhound, which has got to be one of the more ridiculous names to come down the digital pike, is a service that could let you avoid all of that. All you do is input the restaurant, the number in your party and the approximate time you’d like to eat, and then sit back and relax. You’ll get a text message or an email when reservations become available.
The service is already available throughout most of the country so have at it.
Living in Game of Thrones’ land of Westeros can’t be easy. There are icy-sword wielding zombies, winters last for decades, the king is a major jerkface and, fast but not least, there are dragons. New York’s Brewery Ommegang can help (or at least pay homeage to) some of those complexities with the upcoming release of their newest Game of Thrones-inspired brew, Fire and Blood Red Ale. Ommegang sent a bottle to us early to sample (all hail the brewery in the North!).
Like Khaleesi’s aforementioned dragons who adorn the bottles’ labels (there will be a different bottle for each of the reptilian beasts), the beer is meant to bring some heat since they brew it with ancho chiles and spicy hops. In actuality, it’s a bit more mellow than you’d expect from something called “fire and blood,” but it does live up to its serpentine image with a suitably roast-y bite. There’s also some rye in the mix to add to the kick, or it may have something to do with harvesting the Dothraki plains, or maybe they realized you can’t spell “Targaryen” without “a rye grant.” Anyway, it’s a good-tasting beer and we recommend it whether you’re into the show or not.
The 750ml (over a pint and a half) bottles hit stores on March 31, in time for the April 6 premiere of the show’s fourth season. You can get more info here.