Every good chef needs a good set of tools. When Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are in Tuscany, they try to cook with unique Tuscan tools whenever possible. And, like any chef, they’re always looking to add to their arsenal. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, they’ll take the kids to a flea market go on the hunt for traditional cooking utensils. Debi and Gabriele are on the lookout for antiques with history, stories and soul to decorate their kitchen. It turns out, a lot of antique kitchen tools can look pretty sinister. For example, the above photo might look like a bludgeoning device, but it’s actually a molinillo, a tool used by Spaniard colonists in Mexico since the early 18th century to make hot chocolate. Browse through these photos of old tools after the jump and try to guess if they were used for cooking or for torture. Highlight below each photo with your mouse to reveal the answer (or check the comments below).
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Fat Tuesday is coming up. The holiday has given us solid empirical evidence that people will do almost anything for beads. And if a string of chintzy plastic balls is worth disrobing in public, an actual edible version should conceivably merit 10 thousand dollars. That is what the judges of Donut Showdown will decide tonight at 9pm ET when a singing rabbi, a lawyer and a recent college grad compete in a speedy Mardi Gras-themed doughnut extravaganza. The bead necklace doughnuts made with an orange liqueur glaze are like portable king cakes — with considerably less risk of swallowing a plastic infant. They’re also just one of several awesome creations to come out of the competition, with the top doughnut’s maker taking home ten grand.
Watch Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.
It’s chocolate week on Cooking Channel. You may be saying, “I’m pretty sure every week is chocolate week, buddy.” You have a great point, but it’s a little silly to talk back to a blog.
Of course we’re prepping for Valentine’s Day which is less than a week away. And on that subject, here’s a tip: Don’t go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants use the holiday as an excuse to markup the cost of a scallop by about 300%. You’ll make a better impression by cooking the meal yourself (a juicy roasted chicken is a pretty solid bet). Then — and this is the kicker — to really win over this person you’ve right-swiped on Tinder or perhaps have been courting for years, you need to give her/him something chocolate. We know this because in a survey of people writing this right now, 100% agree that chocolate is the best way to show your devotion to another person. For your inspiration, Cooking Channel is dedicating each night this week to shows about chocolate.
The theme week begins Sunday, February 8th at 8pm ET with a new special hosted by Justin Warner, Breaking the Rules: Chocolate. Americans consume about three billion pounds of chocolate a year. Justin will check out some of the coolest things being done with chocolate, debunk some chocolate myths, and then completely reinventing the chocolate chip cookie. Check out our schedule to see what other chocolate insanity is lined up. And remember to watch Breaking the Rules: Chocolate on February 8th at 8pm ET. Don’t be choco-late. (Nailed it.)
Yo mama so fatigued from cooking you dinner all those nights, we think you should consider returning the favor. All joking aside, it would be the considerate thing to do. And since we have 40 easy recipes for nostalgic dishes like tuna noodle casserole, meatloaf, mac ‘n’ cheese and biscuits, you don’t have much of an excuse not to. If preparing comfort food for your mom isn’t possible, find someone else’s mom (Mo Rocca-style).
Yo mama’ll be so dumbfounded by your altruism.
Tastes like home: 40 nostalgic recipes
Winter storm Juno turned out to be a well-received bust for New Yorkers. Despite it, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos (who lived through Los Angeles earthquakes and Hurricane Sandy) remain self-proclaimed catastrophists and want to always be prepared for the worst. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, they are putting their family through a drill where they’ll build a family emergency kit and attempt to cook a meal without any power, electronics or any communication with the outer world. Living without showers, TV, the internet and cell phones is a challenge for the kids, but at least they have some pretty top-notch cooks to attempt a great Italian meal without a stove.
Watch Extra Virgin at 9pm ET to watch how they cook Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Insalata di Cannellini, Frullati Cantaloupe and Italian Tuna Salad without any electricity.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their opportunity to play this Sunday way back in the first round of the playoffs. We’re guessing they either weren’t consuming enough of these Steel City Sandwiches or too many. This behemoth has similarities to a typical bacon, egg and cheese (namely bacon, eggs and cheese), but takes it several yards further with stacks of five Italian meats, hand cut fries, homemade Italian slaw and tomato.
Putting the fries and the slaw directly on the sandwich is a tradition of steel workers in Pittsburgh. Now a food truck in Los Angeles is bringing this Pennsylvania tradition from Steel City to Tinseltown.
See how it’s done and hear the word on the street on a new episode of Eat St. tonight at 10:30pm after the season premiere of Rebel Without a Kitchen.
It’s Friday. You’ve been at work or school for five days in a row. Understandably, you could use a pick me up.
Get stimulated with our recipes for coffee-fueled steak rubs, desserts and roast pork.
Then stay awake through the night to watch Bobby Flay cook more coffee-inspired dishes on Brunch @ Bobby’s, tomorrow, Saturday at 12pm ET. (Or just set your alarm and have some java at the ready.) He’s making Espresso-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso-Cinnamon Butter, Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Potato Biscuits, Ham Steak and Red-Eye Gravy and Spiced Mocha Lassi.
American designer Zac Posen has clothed Naomi Watts, Glenn Close and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, he’ll bestow his fashion finesse onto Debi Mazar and her daughter Giulia when they go to his studio for a behind-the-scenes tour and dress fitting. Then she’ll pay him back with fresh Peach Bellinis, Linguine with Red Snapper (photo after the jump) and Smoked Trout Salad that also has something interesting going on with dressing. For Debi, the correlation between food and fashion has always been two-fold. Firstly, she’s deeply passionate about both. Furthermore, her love of food has caused her dress size to fluctuate over the years,
forcing her granting her the opportunity to buy more and more outfits. Zac thinks food and fashion are even more closely stitched. He says:
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On tonight’s Taco Trip at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez heads to the city of taco love as part of his mission to find the country’s best taco originators. Here are the bites that blew his mind:
The Cheesesteak Taco at Union Taco (pictured above)
Visiting Philly without hitting a cheesesteak would be like going to the moon and not glide-walking backwards. Union Taco takes the holy grail of Philadelphia sandwiches as inspiration for this short rib-packed, plantain ketchup-drizzled wonder.
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