If you’re looking for an affordable brunch dish to feed your friends and family this spring, try Michael Symon’s Grilled French Toast. In this recipe he creates aluminum “ovens” to cook his fruit topping alongside French toast on the grill for a delicious smoky flavor. We tried it out for ourselves with a few tweaks (see below), and broke down the cost above. We served six, so the total came to about $4 per person (counting the addition of maple syrup and powdered sugar, which we strongly suggest!).
– Use bananas instead of more expensive berries for your topping.
– Bourbon! (Add it to both the bananas and the custard before grilling.)
– Use whole-wheat bread and milk — instead of cream — for a healthier dish.
– Pay attention to your grill, because that toast will burn fast! An ideal char:
– But if you do burn your toast, simply cover it with lots of topping and powdered sugar, and your guests will never know:
Also, we have to give a special thanks to our friends Bill and Justyna for hosting and letting us experiment on their grill!
On this week’s Extra Virgin (Wednesday at 9pm ET), Gabriele Corcos will restore the old chicken coop on his land and finally fulfill his dream of living on a farm. Debi’s more of a city girl at heart, but who can resist looking at these snuggly sweethearts? Plus, she gets to make a farm-inspired feast to celebrate. Scroll through the rest of the cuties after the jump and get more of your farm fix on a new Extra Virgin, Wednesday at 9pm ET.
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Rev Run has a mission to bring all his kids who have moved away from home back to the dinner table — and he’s using food as bait. On last night’s Season 2 premiere of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev had been dreaming about his favorite bait: pizza. Naturally, he decided to bake up his first pie. In order to do it right, he spent time at his local pizzeria to pick up some tips. Watch the full episode after the jump (no cable provider required).
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If you turn on Cooking Channel or Food Network today (or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages), you’ll notice our logos have turned blue. Today is World Autism Awareness Day, so we’re participating in a unique global initiative to help shine a light on the growing public health concern.
To find out more about autism, the Light It Up Blue campaign and easy ways you can participate, visit AutismSpeaks.org/LIUB.
If you’ve watched Pizza Masters, you’ll agree that Fran Garcia and Sal Basille are Italian comfort food experts. They run Artichoke Pizza in New York which many claim to be the city’s best pizza (therefore, in turn, the world’s best pizza). They learned their craft the same way as many great Italian-American chefs, by generations and generations of nonna’s teaching them the way around a kitchen. They’ve taken this history (and great, funny stories) and turned them into quick and easy recipes in their new book (out today!) called Staten Italy: Nothin’ but the Best Italian-American Classics, from Our Block to Yours. You can expect authentic comforts that go way beyond pizza — like Eggs Pizziaola, Pork Cutlets with Hot Peppers and Vinegar, their famous Cauliflower Fritters and much more.
Get it here.
It’s time for round two of our March Madness campus eats tournament. Here are two head-to-head battles for Friday night’s Sweet 16 showdown.
Gonzaga University COG Cookies vs. UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
Gonzaga University COG Cookies
COG, or Center of Gonzaga, cookies come right from the university and make an appearance at all sporting events. Basketball fans look no further: A fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie is waiting for you at the stadium.
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
A trip to UCLA without getting an ice cream sandwich from Diddy Riese’s would be a worse crime than missing a free throw. Mix and match with 10 cookies and 12 ice cream flavors for the ultimate dessert.
Michigan State Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich vs. University of Oklahoma Chili Con Queso
Michigan State Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
The ice cream cookie sandwich from Michigan State’s Melting Moments is the perfect way to celebrate your team’s victory. Keep the party going with bourbon-spiked vanilla ice cream stuffed between irresistible chocolate chip cookies
University of Oklahoma Chili Con Queso
The chili con queso from the University of Oklahoma’s The Mont is an awesome game-day snack. With four melty cheeses and spicy sausage, this dip will have your guests licking the bowl clean.
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Game of Thrones’ fifth Season premieres April 12, and the latest Ommegang beer collaboration with the show comes out April 6 to help subdue your anticipatory nerves (without Jaime Lanister shoving you out a window). Here’s how the new Three-Eyed Raven-themed saison stacks up:
It’s thematically on the beak because it looks very dark and ominous — you’d expect it to taste thick and full, stout-like — but it turns out to be light with floral roots. That’s so three-eyed raven! The label art, an aspect of beer consumption that, for better or worse, never gets much recognition, uses concept art from the show and is worth checking out on its own. On the downside, everything we’ve heard speculates the three-eyed raven won’t play a part in any Season 5 storyline. But that’s not enough of a fault to keep this ale from taking flight.
Yesterday, Bruce McCulloch of the Kids in the Hall participated in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. He answered a lot of fans’ questions about his creative process and future projects, but his most enlightening feedback came in response to whether or not he liked sandwiches:
“i love sandwiches. they are trustworthy. you tell a sandwich a secret – it will stay a secret. Some people think they taste good. I don’t know about that – i just keep them around as my ‘secret keepers'”
Get our best secret keepers like the ever-dependable sausage, pepper and onion and 33 other sandwiches.
March Madness brings out the best rivalries in college basketball. But college rivalries go far beyond the court’s end line. Check out our top picks for college town eats as rival dishes go head-to-head.
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich vs. UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
Diddy Riese’s ice cream sandwiches are a must-have at UCLA. Select your starting ice cream sandwich roster from the best lineup of cookie varieties and ice cream flavors.
UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
This New York classic has become a favorite in Berkeley, Calif. Top your favorite frankfurter or knockwurst with tangy sauerkraut and homemade Russian mustard, and you’ve got a winner.
Check out more tournaments after the jump.
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If you’ve harbored a decades-long mission to knock hipsters down a pretentious notch (what, only us?), we’ve got just the thing to ground them — in the coffee arena, at least. (Retroactive pun-appreciation break.) As the logic we just made up goes, the opposite of hipster is cowboy. While hipsters wax superior with shatter-prone Chemex coffeemakers and an accompanying pile of filters harvested from Japanese mulberry trees, cowboys (and pioneer women) are out doing hard stuff with their hands, like herding wild cattle. And they’d sure as hell know how to get caffeinated if their roommate “accidentally” bumped their Chemex off the kitchen counter and smiled a little when it broke.
Take it from Laurie March, co-host of Cooking Channel’s original Web series Good to Know, who shows us how to make coffee like we’re roughing it, ranch-style, without even a plebeian drip machine in sight. ‘Cause living up to that flannel is probably the new ironic. Watch how she does it after the jump.
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