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All Men Must Dine: A Game of Thrones Pop-Up Restaurant

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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40 Mom Recipes

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

14 Fascinating Food Factory Facts

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.

How Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos Prepare for a Disaster

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.

Cheers to Chili: Wine Pairings for Big-Game Foods

Cheers to Chili

 

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.

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The Bacon, Egg, Cheese, French Fry, Pastrami Sandwich


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.

Deep-Fried Mac & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Comfort Food on Comfort Food Action


Matt “Fidel Gastro” Basile, chef and owner of Toronto’s Lisa Marie, is an authority on food experimentation and street food (closely related disciplines). He earned his de facto street food PhD by touring the United States and studying the ways food trucks, pop ups, food carts and food stands make incredible dishes without industrial or even conventional kitchens. (His journey, by the way, is chronicled in Rebel Without a Kitchen, our new show premiering Tuesday, January 27 at 10pm ET).

This webisode from the show is a pretty good example of his creativity at work. He brought Compete to Eat host Jo Lusted over to his kitchen to combine her two favorite comforts: mac & cheese and grilled cheese into one game-changing sandwich. Then he deep-fried it. This is what that looks like in action:

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Let’s Get Down to Buzzness: 11 Ways to Cook With Coffee

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.

 

Fashion Designer Zac Posen on the Similarities Between Food and Fashion

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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Philadelphia’s Four Best Tacos

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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