Archive for August, 2012

Smoky Mac and Cheese

Smoky Mac and Cheese Recipe

I can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend. Where did summer go? I had all sorts of big plans for grilling and preserving and cooking up the flavors of our most bountiful season, but then poof, just like that it was gone. Not that I can complain too much: now it’s time to think about braising, tailgating, and all my favorite recipes that come with the fall.

Smoky Mac and Cheese Recipe

That’s the beauty of this holy-crap-it’s-amazing baked macaroni and cheese — each and every bite carries the deep, smoky flavors of the August grill, but it is rich and hearty enough to hold you over all fall and winter long. I’ve been mastering my mac and cheese recipe for years now, and to be honest, I didn’t think it could be improved upon. One bite with my latest changes may have changed my mind!

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How Comedian Reggie Watts Eats on Tour

Reggie Watts

We caught up with the brilliant comedian/musician Reggie Watts (IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang) in San Francisco at the Outside Lands Music Festival and asked him about how he eats on tour:

Food is important, but when you tour you sometimes end up eating some pretty sh*tty food. Which sucks.

But I do try to find out the great restaurants to go to before I go to a city. Like I went to Heirloom Cafe the other day which was awesome. And I went to Zuni and had their famous chicken.

If I am in town more than a day then I have a high chance of actually going somewhere great that has a beautiful philosophy behind it — a philosophy about quality. I really love quality but sometimes you just gotta eat a hot dog cause there is nothing else around.

I wish we had Del Taco and Chipotle. They are really best in San Fran. You must visit them. Just so you know how terrible things can be.

BONUS: Watch this hilarious clip of Reggie and Michael Cera musically improvising on their love of food.

Photo and interview by Andrew Wintner of The Beat Advisory

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Cookbook Giveaway: The Sprouted Kitchen

The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

The Sprouted Kitchen CoverHealth food skeptics might expect the recipes in a cookbook titled The Sprouted Kitchen to be all sprouts and seeds, rabbit-food style. Not so in blogger Sara Forte’s new book, beautifully photographed by her husband, Hugh. Sure, Sara’s recipes highlight fresh produce, whole grains and unsaturated fats — but they’re also tempting and satisfying. Case in point: the spicy Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas pictured above.

From vibrant seasonal salads to fruit-spiked cocktails to bites of (unprocessed) indulgence in the treats section, the book’s 100 recipes are mostly original, with a few favorites from Sara’s popular blog folded in.

The Sprouted Kitchen‘s recipes are both impressive and easy, so try one for a simple weeknight meal or your next dinner party:

The Sprouted Kitchen carrot salad

We’re giving away a copy of The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods to one randomly selected lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite healthy dish.

So, tell us, what’s your go-to healthy recipe?

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Thirsty Thursday: An Heirloom Tomato Cocktail

Beefsteak Collins Cocktail

Beefsteak Collins Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Normally relegated to the likes of Bloody Marys and Micheladas, tomato juice has been looking to make a bigger splash for some time now. Fortunately for everyone, we’ve got just the thing. Starting with in-season beefsteak tomatoes, this heirloom tomato cocktail gets a sweet infusion from thyme simple syrup before it’s rounded off with gin, lemon juice and grenadine. It tastes like if you put sugar on an heirloom tomato instead of salt, and it was delicious.

Bottoms up, folks.

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How to Pack a Perfect Picnic for Labor Day

Spend the last official days of summer outdoors with some of our favorite packable recipes. Be sure to make extra servings for your Labor Day picnic; these dishes won’t even last as long as your fleeting summer tan.

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Ask a Question to Eden of Eden Eats

Eden Eats

Head over to our Facebook page now and post a question for Eden Grinshpan of Eden Eats.

Eden has already uncovered the hidden global food scene in Nashville and Tampa. Tomorrow night at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel, she will spend 24 hours in the diverse desert city of Phoenix to taste her way around the world and meet the people who have recreated their culture through food.

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Sifted: Perfect Late Summer Recipes and Football Fare

Peach Crisps by Cookie and Kate

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Bake peach halves filled with Cookie and Kate’s delicious yogurt-oat topping and voila! In less than 30 minutes you have a scrumptious peach crisp ready for a big scoop of ice cream.
  2. Dress up movie night with Savory Simple’s sweet and spicy curried popcorn. It’s fun, easy and addicting.
  3. Football season is just around the corner. Combine two classic game day apps with livelovepasta’s spinach artichoke potato skins.
  4. Princess Tofu’s teeny ginger peach hand pies are not only adorable, they’re absolutely delectable, too. Make them while peaches are still at their sweet and juicy best.
  5. Katie at the Kitchen Door’s ricotta gnocchi is light and fluffy with a hint of sweetness. Sautéed with mushrooms, sweet corn, summer herbs and, of course, lots of butter, it’s the perfect meal to celebrate the end of summer.

Craving More?

  • When it comes to the perfect pies and tarts, we’ve got you covered with 20 summer-perfect recipes.
  • Alton’s hot spinach artichoke dip is a game day (or any day) winner.
  • Debi and Gabriele add spinach to their ricotta gnocchi. It’s a five-star recipe that our fans can’t get enough of.
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Breaking: The Fabulous Beekman Boys Join the Amazing Race

The Fabulous Beekman Boys on The Amazing Race

The teams for the new season of The Amazing Race have been announced and it turns out two of the 22 around-the-world racers are Cooking Channel’s own Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge. Given their background, we think they have a pretty good shot at the million dollar prize. Learning to run a 200-year-old farm, raise a herd of goats, launch a lifestyle business and maintain a healthy relationship is probably as good of a prep for an intense global competition than anything.

Find out what Josh and Brent are made of when the Fabulous Beekman Boys premieres on Cooking Channel on Thursday, September 20th at 10pm ET.

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Summer Fest: Giada’s Rigatoni With Eggplant Puree

Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: eggplant.

I’m a big fan of eggplant no matter how it’s prepared: sliced in half and grilled to charred perfection, cubed and roasted, or sliced thin and wrapped around ricotta cheese. But not everyone loves the consistency of this meaty vegetable. Giada has a great recipe for those who might otherwise be eggplant-averse: Rigatoni With Eggplant Puree.

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Hump Day Snack: The Nintendo Toaster

NES Toaster

Now there’s a good reason to blow on your NES cartridge. A designer who goes by the name “MyBurningEyes” has created a Nintendo Entertainment System toaster. Since these likely won’t be mass produced any time soon, we have to take it at the designer’s word that the appliance is functional. Until then it shall remain “The Legend of Melba.”

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