The Oscars are here! At last! We’ve weathered storms and polar vortexes and Super Bowls and lesser awards shows and junkets and speculation, but now it’s finally time to pull on sweatpants and watch hungry actresses in priceless gowns pretend like they’re not upset that they lost the honor of a lifetime! All that suspense and good bone structure can make a gawker hungry, so here are some suggested courses if you’re planning an Oscars get-together with friends. Or just yourself. It’s a long ceremony, people.
Red Carpet Velvet Cupcakes
Satisfy your sugar craving and start the evening off right by wolfing down some of Bobby Deen’s low(er)-calorie red velvet cupcakes. When you look in the mirror, ask yourself who you are wearing, and then answer, Frosting. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.
Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes
Too thirsty to eat? Make our potable, potent Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail. Everyone’s a winner on Oscar night.
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In many ways, a one-dish meal is both the ultimate challenge and the ultimate reward. Many promised “one-dish dinners” actually yield a full sink of soiled pots. Can a successful meal truly be created from so little dishwashing? Absolutely.
Not only is this dish delicious and easy, it’s stunning served directly from oven to table. Use whatever root vegetables you have on hand, and slice them thinly so they finish cooking at the same time as the chicken. It’s also super easy to scale up for a crowd or slim down for just one or two people. Bonus: Line the pan with a layer of aluminum foil and the only thing you’ll be cleaning up is your knife and cutting board.
PS: Cooking Channel’s got a great selection of one-pot recipes that you should definitely try out — right after you make this one.
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Creme Brûlée Cheesecake Bars from Cooking Classy
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
1. The mash-up craze is still going strong. Cooking Classy combines two iconic desserts to form these creme brûlée cheesecake bars.
2. Sip away those winter blues with Eat the Love’s luxe alternative to hot chocolate, a rich drinking caramel flecked with black sea salt.
3. Thread mini orbs of turkey and breadsticks on skewers to make this kid-friendly meatball sub on a stick from Cookies & Cups.
4. Girl Scout cookie season is in full swing. If you can’t get your hands on a box (or 10), satisfy your Samoa cravings with a batch of Southern Fatty’s coconut-and-caramel-covered donuts.
5. Mind Over Batter spreads a layer of in-season lemon curd between airy meringues to fashion these bright sandwich cookies.
Mardi Gras isn’t just a time to trade beads for cleavage. It’s also a time to eat a ton of intensely unhealthy food! After all, what else are you going to give up for Lent if not that? To help you ease into all of that clean living, a NOLA food truck has teamed up with a local bakery to create a burger so unhealthy, your arteries will pick up the saxophone and join a local jazz troupe.
It’s a hybrid of the city’s famous King Cake and a cheeseburger, appropriately named the King Cake Burger. It comes to us from a food truck called Food Drunk. At first it seems familiar, as it features Angus beef brisket topped with cheddar cheese and then squeezed between a brioche bun. Then, of course, the whole thing gets topped with a boatload of fondant icing glaze and sprinkles. It’s dinner, dessert and midnight snack all in one.
If you are into globs of icing on your burger, New Orleans is the place for you, or you could just smear some Betty Crocker on a Bubba Burger.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating 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?
The silver screen’s biggest names will strut down the red carpet on Sunday as Hollywood doles out its coveted little gold men. If you plan to root for your favorite actors and films in style, break out the bow ties and sequins and throw your own star-studded soirée, showcasing A-list hors d’oeuvres like these elegant puff pastry tarts. Assembling them won’t require any movie magic, just spinach, Italian cheeses and a box of frozen pastry shells. The flaky, savory bites will make your guests feel like the night’s real winners, even if they’re not walking off with a shiny statuette.
Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets
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Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways.
The funny thing about mash-ups is that inevitably one of the foods is going to be more dominant. For example, if you wanted to mangia bene Italian-American-restaurant style, you might combine your pizza pie with a creamy Caesar salad. But does the salad get sprinkled on top of the pizza, or do you saddle the salad with little pizza-shaped croutons?
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.
Continue Reading Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Caesar Salad + Pizza
It’s common knowledge that booze and burgers go together like, well, booze and burgers. Besides milkshakes, alcoholic beverages make the perfect accompaniment to a perfectly-made burger. However, the scotch and/or beer usually sit next to said burger, and not inside of it. That is, until now.
England’s Honest Burger have teamed up with Scottish brewery BrewDog to create their BrewBurger. Just how much brew is in that burger? Enough that it requires a valid 21+ ID to order it. Before being cooked, the patty is steeped in three different kinds of beer. That’s not all. The onions are fried in an IPA, the bacon features an amber-ale glaze and the whole thing is topped with a BBQ reduction made from an imperial stout. Oh yeah. In addition to fries, it comes paired with a bottle of scotch. After you eat this, you’ll be more than ready to send out honest and well thought out text messages.
The boozy burg is only available until early April, so if you are planning a trip across the pond, you had better book your reservation (and designated driver) now.
With all of my travels around the world, it’s hard to narrow down my favorite restaurants. I keep an ongoing list on my phone for reference, but these are the ones that instantly come to mind. In no particular order (because that would be cruel), here are my top-five restaurants in the world!
- Animal (Los Angeles): Let’s start at home, where I live, in L.A. I love all meat and Animal’s menu lives up to its name.
- The Lion (New York City): While visiting friends and family in NYC, I always make time for The Lion. This Greenwich Village hot spot boasts a back-to-basics menu served gourmet style. Who doesn’t love comfort food?!
- Hawksmoor (London): A number of restaurants that I love are in London, but the best steaks are definitely found at the Hawksmoor. Any true carnivore will appreciate the choice variety of cuts and the classic steakhouse decor.
- La Chapelle (London): La Chapelle features an incredible French-style sample menu where you can choose a few different plates and share. I mean, why not? The more the merrier! Don’t forget to end the meal with a petite coffee.
- Ladurée (Paris): One of my absolute favorite stops in Paris is Ladurée, a luxury bakery that serves absolutely to-die-for macaroons. Who doesn’t like a bite of heaven?!?
Tune in to Saucy & Sweet on Wednesday, February 26 at 8:30pm ET to watch Grammy-nominated, Le Cordon Bleu-graduate Kelis prepare a spectacular meal featuring jerk ribs, shrimp fricassee and goat cheese ice cream.
Yes, National Sticky Bun Day is real, and yes, it’s clearly one of the finest gastronomic holidays ever created. Can you think of a better reason to celebrate the very random date of February 21st during the dead of winter? That said, it’s time to break out those oven mitts and pay tribute to the stickiest day of the year with this glazed and gooey roundup of recipes from Cooking Channel and bun-loving bloggers around the web.
1. Blackberry-Hazelnut Sticky Buns (above) — Coming soon to a breakfast nook near you: Muscovado sugar-glazed, blackberry-dotted buns that are so sweet you’ll want to sing old-timey folk songs about them from the nearest mountaintop.
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Lately, all we seem to do with donuts is mix them with other things to get new pastries that end in ‘-nut.” The original still has some life in it, however. Case in point? Here is a Los Angeles donut shop that is, uh, slightly eccentric when it comes to topping them and stuffing them.
West Hollywood’s Glazed Donut Bistro serves all of your favorites, of course. Glazed is right there in the name after all. They also specialize in unconventional donuts that will either make you drool or wretch, depending on your predilection. Ever wanted a donut stuffed with fried chicken and served with house made honey maple dipping sauce? They do that. What about a Long John donut topped with shrimp salad? They do that too. All told, the bakery has a heaping ton of unusual creations, including donuts based on Monte Cristo sandwiches, mojitos and breakfast cereal.
So if you are in Southern California and have a hankering for some cholesterol, you could do a lot worse than this place.
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