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25 Ways to Use Asparagus

Asparagus season is in full swing, but before you go grabbing bunches of it at the farmers market, take a look at some of our favorite recipes for inspiration. Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables, because you can eat it shaved raw in salads, chopped and cooked in brunch or pasta dishes or even roasted on its own (sometimes with a little bacon). If you don’t wrap it in a blanket of pork, it’s low in calories — about 4 calories per spear — and it’s a source of fiber and potassium. Asparagus also contains glutathione, a powerful anticarcinogen and antioxidant.

So make use of your local green market’s plentiful asparagus stock with these 25 fantastic uses of asparagus.

  1. This basic Roasted Asparagus with Orange Glaze recipe from Tiffani Thiessen is a good place to start your asparagus adventures.
  2. Spaghetti With Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Giada De Laurentiis is luscious and rich but takes only a few minutes to prepare.
  3. White asparagus is grown under soil to prevent photosynthesis from turning the stalks green. Just remember to peel the stalks before you cook them. Try it in Emeril Lagasse’s Fried Soft Shell Crab, White Asparagus and Wild Sorrel With a Grilled Ramp Dressing.
  4. Creamy Farfalle With Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts from Giada is a creamy crowd-pleaser.
  5. Wrap asparagus in almost anything. Rachael Ray wraps it in bacon, Kelsey Nixon tucks prosciutto around hers, Giada goes for smoked salmon (pictured at top), Tia Mowry uses Asian-marinated grilled beef and Ellie Krieger tries smoked turkey.

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Ali Khan’s 5 Favorite Cheap Burgers

#5: Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen

The Vitals
The burger: Schnipper Old Fashioned, a flat-top classic 5-ounce griddled patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, house sauce, double cheese (American) and griddled onion
The bucks: $6.99
The coordinates: New York City

It’s not hard for many to simply call Schnipper’s a Shake Shack clone. Whatever you call it, you will be paying $7 for a near-perfect cheeseburger. There are a number of elements that make Schnipper’s such a damn successful burger, but none are more important than a uniformly well-browned exterior that comes from a masterful charring at the griddle. At Schnipper’s, the holy-burger-cold-topping-trinity of lettuce, tomato and pickle is alive and well, and the quality is up to the same standards as the beef. Many a Bang for Your Burger Buck has delivered standard-to-subpar lettuce, or a mealy tomato that was made passable thanks to a heavy dousing of burger sauce a la Thousand Island. No need to dunk the greens in pink stuff at Schnipper’s. Also, the more I revisit the pics, the more I am confounded by the magical act that was Schnipper’s melting the cheese underneath the burger. The sauce was applied with restraint, a technique to ensure that the all the flavors of the burger come out. These toppings are familiar territory, of course, but they were measured and layered with precision and were of quality. Many burgers have gotten away with less at this price point, so tip your cap. And come hungry, because that price includes a short wait. This is where Schnipper’s outdoes Shake Shack: It’s a more convenient experience. I’ll take a shorter line to a non-cloned burger any day.

Just as long as that clone isn’t trying to blow up the world or something.

Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
570 Lexington Ave. (at 51st St.)
New York, NY 10022

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Watch Cooking Channel Wherever, Whenever with Our Live-Streaming App

Have you ever wanted to have a dinner party with Tiffani Thiessen or cook with Rev Run and his family? Now you can. With our updated iPhone and Android app, you can get recipe inspiration wherever you are, streaming your favorite food shows at the store, during your commute or even waiting in line at the DMV. You can choose to stream the channel live or pick an episode from a list of shows including Dinner at Tiffani’s, Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Unique Sweets, Junk Food Flip and more.

Get the Watch Cooking Channel app for free on the iTunes Store and Google Play now, and get comforting dinner ideas here.

Watch the Dinner at Tiffani’s Premiere for a Macho, Macho Meal

Get ready to see grown men cry on Dinner at Tiffani’s. In the Season 2 premiere, Tiffani Thiessen prepared a manly meal for her husband, Brady Smith, and their friends Matthew Lillard and Nashville star Eric Close. She kicked things off with a juicy blue cheese-bacon Ultimate Lux Burger and beer-battered fries, she also served something a little healthier with a hearty wedge salad with homemade ranch dressing.

Watch the full episode below to see the guys weep tears of joy over all of that, plus her salted caramel snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches, and see more of this season’s photo booth fun here. Dinner at Tiffani’s airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET.

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Go Pinkies Out for High Tea on Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers Season 3 Premiere

If your New Year’s resolution is to be fancier, Rev Run and his family are here to help. In the Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers Season 3 premiere, Rev’s wife, Justine Simmons, wants to host a traditional English high tea, but Rev is not so sure that tiny sandwiches will satisfy his friend Perry.

Watch the full episode below to see them compromise with a combination of tea sandwiches — Justine’s dill-smoked salmon and Rev’s meatball sliders — lemon-strawberry scones and, of course, mixed berry tea.

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Tiffani Thiessen’s Favorite Spots to Eat in NYC for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tiffani Thiessen loves to entertain with friends — as seen on her show Dinner at Tiffani’s, Season 2 premiering on Feb. 3 at 8pm ET — but when she’s traveling away from home, she has a handful of go-to restaurants in her back pocket. One of her favorite food cities in the entire country is New York, where she spent a few years living on the Upper West Side. Check out some of her favorite restaurants below for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Nachos’ Calorie Count Becomes Less Grande in the Junk Food Flip Premiere

Melted cheese apparently does have a limit. Bobby Deen and Nikki Dinki are back with a brand-new season of Junk Food Flip, and in the Season 2 premiere the duo traveled to San Diego to tackle the epic, 2,290-calorie Champion’s Chicharrones Nachos at Lucha Libre’s.

Bobby and Nikki faced off to create the best healthy remake of the restaurant’s shrimp-and-chorizo-topped fried pork rinds before their versions were put to a blind taste test with local diners. Check out the full episode below to see which dish reigned supreme in their showdown.

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Kelsey Nixon’s Mesmerizing Food GIFs Will Move You

Every day, we eat with our eyes first, but today you’re in for a real feast. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and drooling over delicious food is a thing of the past now that cinemagraphs of jaw-dropping recipes are here. For Kelsey Nixon’s new show, Kelsey’s Homemade, we’re highlighting the best finishing touches from her recipes in GIF form, and they’re the food equivalent of a yule log — you can’t look away.

Check out three of our favorites below, and then fuel your addiction with more of Kelsey’s recipe cinemagraphs here.

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Watch Patti LaBelle and Viral YouTube Star James Wright Chanel Bake Sweet Potato Pie

If you ran to the store after watching the viral video of James (literally) singing his praises for Patti’s sweet potato pie, we have exciting news: You can finally make your own at home. Better yet, Patti and James will show you how to hit the high notes at your holiday party with three different pie recipes on her new Cooking Channel special, Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies.

To ring in the holidays, Patti and James baked up a storm; they made an Apple-Peach Cobbler, Holiday Brisket Pot Pie and, of course, that signature family recipe for sweet potato pie.

Watch them bake — and maybe even sing — together when you watch the full episode below, then check out some of her best recipes here.

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Homemade for the Holidays

When it comes to home cooking, I can’t think of a better time of year. The holiday season brings with it family food traditions, classic recipes and the tastes and smells of those dishes that you look forward to. Cooking during these months almost seems to be therapeutic for me.

While there are many holiday dinners that are planned around this time of year, I also love to do a lot of impromptu cooking and baking. The most-successful way for me to do this is to keep my pantry well-stocked with ingredients that I know I’ll reach for time and time again — whether the recipes are sweet or savory.

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