AKA Soup-ual Healing
The Price Is Right. Gilligan’s Island reruns. A pile of blankets. Chicken noodle soup. These are the four things I want when I’m feeling under the weather, no matter what time of year it is. Whenever I was home sick from school, my mom always made chicken or beef noodle soup for me, and she let me eat in front of the TV. It was the best! In college and into my 20s, I resorted to the canned stuff whenever I had the sniffles and needed some culinary TLC.
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We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
Right now we’re all languishing at that middle point between the winter and spring holidays, when everyone’s holed up indoors without an excuse to celebrate. Though it may be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the season, you can be social and stay cozy by hosting a comfort food potluck party. With a few rustic decorations and a bring-your-own menu of indulgences, this party will help beat the winter doldrums. (Want to hammer home the comfort factor? Invite guests to come in sweatpants — seriously.)
To host your own comfort food potluck party, you’ll need these five essential ingredients:
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These five sauce-less pizzas are loaded with soft, savory cheese and indulgent, meaty toppings. Even red sauce lovers will do a double take.
1. New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza (pictured above)
America’s best pizza is a notoriously loaded subject, but the white clam pies native to New Haven, Conn., always surface at the top of the heap. Before making the pilgrimage, try preparing this legendary Neapolitan concoction at home. Fresh, briny littleneck clams come together with an intense dose of garlic, olive oil, oregano, and grated cheese atop a charcoal-colored crust. You won’t be disappointed.
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Sure, life can be beautiful. It can also be a tough, desperate slog. Case in point? Sometimes you want to gobble up an entire pint of organic ice cream but your freezer is empty and your couch is really comfortable. What to do? You can’t call and order some because everyone knows ice cream can’t handle the climate-based rigors of delivery.
Not so fast. A San Francisco creamery called Three Twins has teamed up with a startup called Ordernear to create an iPhone app that allows for home delivery of scrumptious frozen treats. If you live in or around San Fran you can have pints delivered to your door within 60 minutes of ordering. Each pint will set you back around five bucks.
There is no word on if this app, or something similar, will begin melting hearts in other parts of the country.
Don’t let the remnants of snow and the freezing temperatures fool you – on Sunday at 2am, the clocks will move ahead one hour to begin daylight saving time and the long-awaited countdown to spring. In the spirit of brighter mornings and longer days, we think this DIY Lemon Citrus Cake is the perfect way to spring forward and wake you up from the winter-woes. Using just two simple cookie-cutter shapes, these lemon slice decorations are easy to make, so you can spend most of your time soaking up the sun, or catching up on sleep after missing that extra hour on Saturday night. Change up the colors to make other fruits, like limes or oranges, or you can even use the citrus slices as cupcake toppers.
For more lemony, sunshine-inspired sweets, check out some of Cooking Channel’s brightest stars:
Lemon Lime Mousse
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Lemon Fonuts (Vegan and Wheat/Gluten Free)
Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
I’m all for eating with the seasons, but by the time it gets to March (at least in the Northeast, where I live)…there is virtually nothing fresh. Storage crops, like root vegetables and apples are no longer exciting and it’ll still be a couple months before green pea shoots and tender lettuce appear in the farmer’s market. That’s probably why this month has officially been dubbed Frozen Food Month. Before you dig into the abyss of your freezer, know that the secret to using frozen vegetables is to incorporate them into meals, rather than to just steam them as a stand-alone side. Here are a few ways to embrace frozen foods for tasty meals.
Peas: This has to be the most versatile frozen food — the one that makes you wonder if fresh peas are even worth the trouble of shelling them. One easy way to use them is in a quick rice pilaf: saute an onion, add rice and peas and broth or water and you have a perked-up side. Alternatives include a “fresh” pea soup or a surprisingly easy, yet elegant dish of peas with shallots and pancetta (pictured above). You could add them to the risotto cakes in this Sunday pot roast. Pistou soup will get you some summer flavor when you need it most: in winter.
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Yesterday was Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans, uninhibited revelers in the French Quarter made questionable choices in order to collect colorful plastic beads and coins; costumed marching bands blasted Dixieland anthems up and down Bourbon Street; and people gorged on food of every color. If you weren’t part of the festivities, you can still bring the flavor home with Bobby Flay’s take on a New Orleans-style brunch, including Bananas Foster Beignets with Cafe Brulot Creme Anglaise, Beef Grillades with Cheesy Fresh Corn and Sweet Onion Grits and a whiskey cocktail strong enough to make you expose body parts (namely your teeth from smiling.)
Watch last night’s Season 4 premiere of Brunch @ Bobby’s right now to take a culinary walk through New Orleans:
How many times has this happened to you? You read an amazing sounding recipe for cherry glazed ribs in one of your favorite blogs but then the act of actually figuring out what to buy and where to buy it becomes too much for you so, instead, you eat a bag of cheese puffs and take a nap. Suffer no longer! There’s an app for that.
Introducing Parsly, a web application that turns recipes found on the Blogger platform into automatic digital grocery lists. Even more, these lists are sent to participating grocers so your food can be waiting for you when you walk in the door like some kind of modern King Joffrey.
Unfortunately, this service is currently only available in the UK and the only participating retail store is the Tesco chain. With an idea this good, however, it is sure to expand before too long.
It’s pronounced “shar-see,” and, yes, it’ll change your life. Char siu is a popular Chinese version of barbecued meat, most typically pork nowadays. The tender cut of meat is slow-roasted with a sauce made of hoisin, five-spice powder, soy sauce and Shaoxing wine (a popular Chinese rice wine).
Many of us are familiar with char siu’s knockoff cousin, those boneless pork ribs you get from the Chinese restaurant. They’re a curiously vibrant red color, kind of sticky and taste vaguely meaty. I promise once you’ve tried this version, you’ll be hard-pressed to go back to that white paper carton. This sauce is sweet and savory with an awesome kick from the five-spice powder.
Go ahead, test the waters with this single recipe to make sure you like it. Once you’re hooked, make a double or triple batch of the sauce, then keep it on hand in the fridge for a quick weeknight flavor bomb for anything from cooked meats to simple roasted vegetables.
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Hot Cocoa Cookies from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
1. Turn your favorite mug of hot chocolate into a batch of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen’s soft, chewy hot cocoa cookies, each fittingly topped with a gooey melted marshmallow.
2. Just a Taste brilliantly reinvents the concept of boozy brunch with these chocolate-covered Guinness waffles.
3. Skip the wait at your local dim sum hall this weekend and recreate fluffy Chinese BBQ pork buns at home with this recipe by China Sichuan Food.
4. Make the most of citrus season with these bright blood orange and cinnamon vanilla tarts from Chasing Delicious.
5. We’re unabashed fans of the comfort food mash-up, so Electic Recipes caught our eye with this marriage of a classic French dish with traditional Italian ingredients — the dough-topping trinity of basil, mozzarella and pepperoni — to form a cheesy pizza quiche.