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Dinner Rush! One-Pot Chicken + Spring Rice

Spring is here. Those are three words we’ve all hoped to hear over months of frozen nights (and a cripplingly catchy Frozen song). As markets grow packed with loads of tasty new vernal treats (and in honor of Earth Day), this Dinner Rush is all about going green.

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Sifted: Brownie Sundae Cups, Beer-Battered Onion Rings and More

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1.  With a cherry on top: Bake brownies in a muffin pan and top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream to form these childhood-inspired hot fudge brownie sundae cups from Leanne Bakes.

2. This stunning three-layered cream cake from Box of Spice is studded with chopped pecans and shredded coconut, then smeared with fluffy cream cheese frosting.

3. Our Four Forks gives empanadas a tropical twist by stuffing the flaky pockets with sweet potato and topping them with a bright mango salsa.

4. Frozen blackberries and raspberries double as ice cubes in Boulder Locavore’s elderflower gin fizz cocktails.

5. Paired with a smoked paprika aioli, Knead for Food’s beer-battered onion rings are the perfect party finger food.

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Get Yourself Some Doughnuts With the Doughbot App

Everyone loves a good doughnut or ten. These doughy, deep-fried treats are perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a 3am crying and binge-eating fest. However, they aren’t always easy to find. What if you are exploring a new city and feel your blood sugar drop? Don’t worry. There’s an app for that.

An app called Doughbot recently showed up on the App Store and, well, it’ll help you get that doughnut fix you’ve been needing. Essentially, it’s an aggregate of web listings, Yelp pages and Instagram photos. The information is collated and pretty soon you’ll have a list of all the best and brightest local doughnuts currently awaiting chomping.

Much like a freshly prepared doughnut, this app isn’t free. It costs a whopping buck, or just about half the price of a high-end fried dough confectionery.

Meatless Monday: Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad

 

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?

If a massive Easter feast has you feeling sluggish, reboot with this vibrant warm spring salad. Roasting the vegetables — a colorful tangle of mushrooms, asparagus, radishes and carrots — brings out their juicy, sweet notes; salty miso butter, rice wine vinegar and grated ginger balance the flavor. Top the lot with a poached egg and wisps of frisee for a meal hearty enough to stand in for dinner, but without any risk of a post-dinner food coma like yesterday’s holiday ham.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Miso Butter and a Poached Egg

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Pineapple Quesitos: A Spring Breakfast (or Dessert) Treat


Cooking Channel readers, meet quesitos. These wonderful little pastries are sold at bakeries throughout Puerto Rico, eaten most often at breakfast alongside a cup of coffee. The cigar-shaped treats are filled with sweetened cream cheese and various fruits, like guava paste, passion fruit and, as used here, pineapple. The tangy-sweet fruit surrenders to its sugary side when sauteed with butter, brown sugar and vanilla, making the quesitos taste even more decadent. They’re beautiful in a shabby-chic kind of way, nothing fussy — just rustic goodness with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The best thing is that you can whip them together in about 10 minutes and instantly satisfy your craving for something sweet. But piled high on a platter, they just as easily translate into a beautiful dessert for spring entertaining.

Pineapple Quesitos

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Web-Only Freshman Class Videos

On last night’s The Freshman Class, Amalia was forced to choose between school and family when her daughter’s play conflicted with an important wine class.

In this web-only clip, Amalia seeks the advice of another mom to help her decide:

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Powdered Alcohol Just Got Approved For Sale By the Government

If there’s one thing we can all get behind is the idea that alcohol is simply not portable enough. Sure, you can fill up an ironically decorated flask, but who has the pocket space in today’s day and age? No, liquid alcohol simply won’t do. There must be another form, some other way to do it. Well, consider your wish granted, introducing powdered alcohol.

The appropriately named Palcohol just got approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau so it should start appearing on liquor store shelves shortly. It works just like the juice mix. You add water and then stir. Soon you’ll be drunker than good ole Uncle Ernie at a family gathering. Just keep the ranting to a minimum.

What possible uses does this have over traditional alcohol? Well, if you were an unsavory type, you could sneak some in to the ballgame and save yourself from spending $15-20 per drink. Not saying you are an unsavory, but if you are that would do nicely. Oh yeah. It’s also lighter so you can jog with it stuffed in your wallet. There’s always that.

Pizza Hut New Zealand Packs Their Crusts With Chili Dogs

Everyone knows that the fast food chains that routinely clog our arteries here in the states do some pretty wacky stuff in other parts of the world. Up until this point, however, no company has taken the initiative to mix chili dogs and pizza. What a sad world it used to be.

Pizza Hut New Zealand has made the world a happier, and greasier, place with their new chili dog stuffed crust pizza. This ‘za is pretty self explanatory. It’s a pizza whose crust is filled to the brim with chili dogs. You’ll feel like a local street fair is going on in your mouth. This can be both good or bad depending on your point of view.

Also, in case you were wondering, these pizzas do come with ketchup and mustard. Condiments mixed with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese? Yum!

Super Food Nerds: Make Your Own Chorizo

About 10 months ago, I moved to a taco-free neighborhood. Not only does this mean no already-made tacos, it means no tortillas, no chorizo, nothing. I’ve been feeling pretty deprived, so I decided to take matters into my own hands — today, chorizo; tomorrow, the world. There are two kinds of chorizo: the Spanish-style stuff, which is dried and smoked and can be eaten as is, and the Mexican kind, which is fresh and needs cooking. I decided to tackle the Mexican variety.

I started with pork shoulder, as it’s a flavorful cut of meat that benefits from the grinding process (which softens its too-chewy texture), and added fatback to make it even juicier. (If you can’t find fatback, belly works too, or even bacon, though it’ll add a smoky note.) For seasoning, I decided to go pretty classic with achiote paste, cumin, chiles, Mexican oregano and garlic, along with salt and sugar for balance.

One of the keys to making delicious, juicy sausage (of any kind) is to make sure everything remains super cold throughout. If the meat warms up too much, its fat will melt, leaving you with crumbly, dry meat. Freezing the meat before you grind it also makes the grinder’s job easier, so you’ll end up with evenly ground meat. So toss the meat in the spices and pop it in the freezer. (Use this time to think about how good the eventual tacos will be.)

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Rosca de Pascua: Argentinian Easter Cake with Jordan Almonds

In my Brooklyn neighborhood, I’ve noticed the windows of Italian bakeries steadily filling with Easter cakes and breads during the past few weeks. While the marzipan lambs and braided loaves stuffed with dyed eggs are lovely eye candy, they only reminded me how badly I wanted to make my own Argentinian rosca de pascua this year. The brioche-like bread that is shaped into a ring, covered in pastry cream and topped with candied cherries or almonds is traditionally sold in Argentinian bakeries in the week leading up to Easter. Like the Italian version, hard-boiled eggs are sometimes baked into the bread, but chocolate eggs have become a popular substitute.

I decided to keep this recipe simple by brushing the loaf with a light glaze and then covering it with toasted almonds. Instead of dyed eggs, I added a few Jordan almonds for their shape and color. To ensure an even layer of rich cream throughout, I used pastry cream as the bread’s filling. If the Latin American rosca de reyes marks the end of the winter holiday season and its cousin the Mardi Gras Louisiana king cake signals the beginning of Lent, then the Argentinian rosca de pascua lets you pick up right where the others left off.

Rosca de Pascua (Argentinian Easter Cake)

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