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).
Continue Reading Quiz: Antique Cooking Tool or Torture Device?
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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.)
Winter has come. And it feels like it could last a generation. There are at least two ways to feel better about it, apart from stumbling upon a stockpile of dragonglass. You can spend it chomping down comforting meals like classic casseroles, mac and cheese, steaming soups and stews, and nostalgic recipes like Mom used to make. (We can help with that.) Alternatively, you can try to win tickets to a Game of Thrones-themed pop up in London taking place between February 13 and 15. HBO is setting up the restaurant — styled to feel like a secret Small Council meeting in King’s Landing — to promote the show’s 4th season coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. We expect it lets you enjoy all the thrills of consuming poached veal tongue without the hazards of poisonous wine or a sword to the gut. The sweepstakes is running now, but you must be older than 18 and be a permanent UK resident (is that in Ulthos?)
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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
Unwrapped 2.0 is about to invade your television sets with a new host, Alfonso Ribeiro, and a new set of behind-the-scenes looks at how your favorite packaged foods get made. In honor of the show’s past and future delights, here are 14 fascinating facts in the world of mass food manufacturing.
Watch Unwrapped 2.0 every Monday at 10pm ET.
Bonus: Binge on some old-school episodes of the original Unwrapped for free online.
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.
Beer and football go together like Clydesdales and puppies, but what is the right drink if you prefer stemware to steins?
Bryan Jones, executive chef of St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, spends a lot of time thinking about wine-and-food pairings. Jones runs the winery’s dining program, which means that he essentially is the opposite of a sommelier, cooking up just the right dish to pair with the estate’s classic California wines, like peppery Zinfandel (It’s meatloaf with a tomato-garlic-chile ketchup, if you were curious).
So we picked his brain to figure out what he’d serve at a Super Bowl party.
Continue Reading Cheers to Chili: Wine Pairings for Big-Game Foods
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.