TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt.
Check out five of our favorite alternative fries, like Tia Mowry’s zucchini sticks with ranch dip (pictured above) — which are still fried, but made of squash instead of potatoes — and oven-fried potato wedges that may convert you from your fast-food favorites. They’re also a great way to coax your kids into eating vegetables without even realizing what’s under the crunchy batter. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens.
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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.
- This basic Roasted Asparagus with Orange Glaze recipe from Tiffani Thiessen is a good place to start your asparagus adventures.
- Spaghetti With Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Giada De Laurentiis is luscious and rich but takes only a few minutes to prepare.
- 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.
- Creamy Farfalle With Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts from Giada is a creamy crowd-pleaser.
- 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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#5: Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
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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To eat healthier, you don’t have to force-feed yourself green juice and rabbit food. Instead, try keeping yourself full and happy with protein-packed salads that are equally satisfying and healthy for desk lunches or dinners at home.
We’ve rounded up six of our favorite salad recipes — kicking off with the above Composed Mediterranean Chicken Salad filled with chicken, halloumi cheese, cucumbers and red peppers — and there’s plenty more where that came from with Cooking Channel’s other healthy lunch ideas.
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Love is in the air on the Simply Laura premiere. To kick off Season 2, Laura Vitale whipped up steakhouse-quality food with her husband, Joe, for a date night at home. The multicourse meal included splurgeworthy seared New York strip steaks with green beans, Burrata-topped crispy ribollita and amaretto tiramisu for two.
Watch the full episode to see how date night came together for Laura, and watch new episodes of Simply Laura on Saturdays at 10:30am ET.
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The first family of Tuscan cooking is taking its show on the road. Extra Virgin Americana follows Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos, their daughters — Giulia and Evelina — and, of course, Uncle Robert as they road-trip across the country searching for food and fun.
In the premiere episode, they traveled to the Grand Canyon and cooked with breathtaking views behind them. Check out their helicopter ride, a travel back in time while they fill their RV at one of the oldest gas stations and much more when you watch the full episode below. And for more behind-the-scenes moments, flip through Debi and Gabriele’s road-trip photo album and their cross-country location guide.
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To snooze or not to snooze; that is the question. When your alarm blares in the morning, getting out of bed in time to brew coffee and make a hot breakfast is usually nixed in favor of sleeping an extra 15 minutes. However, you can get the best of both worlds by making brinner instead.
Even though you can make standard breakfast fare — eggs on toast, quick French toast — with the extra time you have in the evening, you might as well treat yourself to something more hearty and special. Below, we’ve picked six of our favorite brinner recipes, from savory cheddar-jalapeno waffles to breakfast pizza (pictured above in all its egg-topped glory).
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If you haven’t tried it already, be assured: Kombucha is coming for you. This delicious, nonalcoholic fermented tea beverage is increasingly showing up in bottles and taps. Better still from a Superfoodnerd’s perspective, it is enjoying a revival among DIY home brewers, who are discovering that kombucha is eminently makeable, so long as you can track down a good source for the very particular symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast necessary to transform sweet tea into sour kombucha.
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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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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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