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Take a Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez

Tonight at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez — the badass Mexican dude you see on Chopped every time you turn on the TV — is heading out on a simple mission: to stuff himself with the best tacos in the country, every week, one city at a time, from the sophisticated to the mom-and-pops.

His Taco Trip begins in a place you might not associate with tacos, but is home to the country’s fifth largest Hispanic community.  Tune in to meet the chefs, families and locals who have helped define Chicago’s culinary landscape. Or check back here tomorrow to watch the full episode for free online.

Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Gifts for the Hungriest People on Your List

Zoku Ice Cream Maker

Ready or not, here the holidays come. If listlessly strolling store aisles in search of the perfect gift isn’t totally your thing, we’ve got you covered with these nailed-it gifts for every type of foodie on your list.

For the Ice Cream Lover: Sure, you could just phone it in and give them their favorite pint of ice cream (especially if you threw in the spoon), but for a grand slam, give them a frozen treat of their own creation. Thanks to the  Zoku Ice Cream Maker ($25.95), ice-cream eaters can customize their own mix-ins and have a bowl in hand in just 10 minutes.

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31 Days of Cookies: Candied Apple Rugelach

Kick off Hanukkah celebrations on the 16th day of cookies — and first night of the Festival of Lights — with this amped-up version of a classic Jewish cookie. The pastry’s delicate layers are wrapped around a caramelized apple confit, rather than chocolate or nuts. With a 32-cookie yield, this recipe is perfect for a whole crowd of candle-lighting revelers.

Click here for the Candied Apple Rugelach recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Heroic Australian Chef Creates 99-Cheese Pizza

They say that life doesn’t create true heroes anymore. They say that we live in a morally compromised world bereft of such black and white concepts. They say a lot of things. They also have not laid eyes on this pizza that features ninety-nine different types of cheese, so what do they know?

Johnny Di Francesco, an Australian chef who has already won the coveted World’s Best Pizza award, just unveiled his newest creation. It’s a pizza made with ninety-nine cheeses and a Jay Z joke isn’t one. The pie starts with the paltry-seeming ninety-four cheeses as its base, then once it is baked the chef tops it with five more, including fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese and ricotta.

Even cooler? Melbourne residents who popped in at his pizza place, Gradi, last weekend were able to pick up the short-lived pie for a whopping nineteen bucks! That’s like twenty cents a cheese.

Meatless Monday: Potato Latkes with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini and Fried Egg

Potato Latkes with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini and Fried Egg

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Tomorrow at sundown, Jews around the world will observe Hanukkah, the festival of lights. They will say prayers over the menorah, exchange festive presents and spin a mean dreidel. And they will eat lots of latkes.

Eating fried foods is an essential part of Hanukkah tradition and potato pancakes are often the dish of choice. In this recipe, Chuck cleverly serves his latkes with roasted vegetables and a fried egg to create a complete (albeit not Kosher) meal. Enjoy. And Happy Hanukkah!

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Our Food Predictions for 2015

Food Network Kitchen have a pretty good handle on the trends that will shape what you order, eat, watch and read in the new year. Here are their predictions:

1. More Love-Child Snacks: 2014 saw the unholy couplings of brands that spawned Dewitos (Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew), cappuccino-flavored Lay’s, pumpkin pie-flavored Pringles and more — and that was just for chips.   In 2015 expect more collisions of sweet and salty, bitter and befuddling, like candy bar-flavored sodas and other flavors that you can’t find in nature

2. Easy Meal Customization:  Forget fussy fixed menus.  In 2015 expect more curated mix-and-match fast-casual joints, smaller menus at mid-range restaurants and family-style feasts at high-end places.

3. More Drinking, Less Chewing: 2015’s must-have utensil is a cup. Whether they’re filled with green juice, fruit smoothies or full-on sippable meal replacements, people want their protein, vitamins and minerals on the go and on the double.

Look out for even more squeezable kids’ fruit pouches, high-end blenders making juicing mass, bone broth becoming the new kale smoothie, butter coffee and DIY Soylent.

4.  Don’t Be Anti Bacteria:  Our culture is really into cultures — fermented and probiotic foods like kombucha, kefir, kimchi and miso — that support healthy gut bacteria.

In 2015 watch for a bounty of fermented pickles and pickle juice; sauerkraut; savory yogurt; cultured butter and buttermilk; kefir grains and kombucha; fermented sausages (salami, Thai sour sausages); and kvass.

Get the rest of our 2015 food trends and predictions.

31 Days of Cookies: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies

On this 15th day of cookies, our guest blogger shares a kitchen-sink-style holiday cookie: They’ve got everything.

Christmas season is all about the cookies. They are Santa’s favorite treat, after all. These cookies are chewy, soft in the center, crispy on the edges, and full of oats, dark chocolate, cranberries and pistachios. They’re also super easy (and fast) to whip up. You can mix up a batch, scoop it out into balls and keep them in the freezer until you want a freshly baked treat. They’re perfect for those unexpected holiday visitors!

Click here for the Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Stephanie Le, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, obsesses about noodles, potatoes and eggs, and she almost always falls for food-related hype. You can typically find her patiently waiting in the longest lines with her camera and empty stomach hoping to get a taste of the next big thing. Her first book, Easy Gourmet (Page Street Publishing), was published in 2014. She spends her days on recipe development and photography, and she blogs about her food adventures at I am a Food Blog, winner of Saveur’s Blog of the Year and Best Cooking Blog 2014.

Uber Joins Grubhub and Seamless in the Food Delivery Game

The Internet has turned takeout food into a big, big business. Gone are the days when one would have to waste precious breath talking to a restaurant employee. You can get that triple bacon cheeseburger just by pushing a few buttons, thanks to delivery services such as Grubhub and Seamless. Now there is a new competitor on the digital block, transportation company Uber. Wait, really?

Uber, better known as the taxi service your one friend won’t stop talking about, has just unveiled UberFresh for bring fresh food to your doorstep. Each delivery will charge a flat fee of $3 and the company claims a restaurant delivery will only take ten minutes. 

As of now the menu choices are limited and the service is only available in Los Angeles. That’s right. Not only does Uber think they are above the law, but also above the ebb and flow of Los Angeles traffic. Ten minutes?!

 

31 Days of Cookies: Christmas “Circus” Cookies

Get in the holiday spirit on the 14th day of cookies with these miniature sweets cut into Christmas shapes of your choosing. They were modeled after those pink-and-white-icing- and sprinkle-covered cookies you might remember from your childhood — hence the “circus” moniker. These frosted treats are bedecked in more holiday-appropriate colors and taste just like their inspiration.

Click here for the Christmas “Circus” Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: The White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies

For the 13th day of cookies, we’re bringing you some gingersnaps with the presidential seal of approval. These molasses cookies — from former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses — are chockfull of ginger flavor. A roll in granulated sugar before baking helps balance the zippy spice.

The White House's Molasses Spice Cookies

Click here for the White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies “Gingersnaps” recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

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