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).
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Serrano-Wrapped Cod + Chili-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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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.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
There are some food holidays that seem nearly impossible for vegetarians to celebrate. Take, for instance, National Meatball Day, an annual tribute that veggie-lovers may have skipped out on yesterday. But thanks to the specialists at New York City’s wildly popular the Meatball Shop, you now have a mouthwatering — and meatless — reason to belatedly join in. Next time life calls for meatballs, whip up a batch of these robust veggie balls. The baked rounds are loaded with celery, mushrooms, lentils and walnuts — plus a ton of fresh herbs — to mimic the plump, hearty texture of the classic spaghetti-toppers. Whether you cover them with spoonfuls of pesto or smother them in tomato sauce, these veggie balls will have even hardcore carnivores asking for seconds.
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Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.
When we think of comfort food, the first things that come to mind are soup, cheese and pasta. It’s even better when a dish combines the filling, warming bounty into one awesome dish. Thus mac and cheese — the ultimate high-brow/low-brow craveable pasta — and French onion soup (those cheesy crouton-topped crocks) form this week’s melty mash-up.
Continue Reading Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Mac ‘n’ Cheese + French Onion Soup
Besides Ken Jennings, the second-most famous Jeopardy contestant of all time has to be Watson, the lovable supercomputer. Watson did a bang up job and proved that, contrary to popular belief, computers can store a lot of information. Now Sherlock’s microchip-laden buddy is back — and this time he’s got on his chef’s hat.
The IBM Watson Food Truck dishes out meals designed by none other than Watson itself. IBM has designed a process known as cognitive cooking in which chefs program Watson with several key ingredients and let the supercomputer do the rest. The result? Expertly designed fare from around the globe.
You can snag some of this compu-food at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. In the meantime, somebody should fax Watson an application for Food Network Star.