We’re celebrating the season with a whole line-up of festive holiday specials and shows!
Join Chuck when he tackles Christmas dinner for the first time, enjoy Cookies & Cocktails with Kelsey Nixon, Chrissy Teigen and Jon Legend, and make sure to save room for Nadia G.’s outrageous 7-course feast.
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I’ve been making black bean chili for about 10 years now. It’s my go-to dish for the fall, especially when serving a crowd. But when I make it, I don’t call it “vegetarian chili,” even though it is. I think calling something vegetarian still freaks people out a little bit, as if it might have some scary mystery ingredient that vegetarians use to ward off meat-lovers and vampires, like TVP or tofu. Lots of dishes are technically vegetarian if you think about it; apple pie is meatless, but no one offers a slice of “vegetarian apple pie,” do they?
So to me, chili is chili. Sometimes it’s made with beef, sometimes chicken, sometimes just beans, and some recipes are loaded with vegetables like zucchini and carrots. Rachael Ray’s Meaty, Meat-less Chili is made with black beans and portobello mushrooms, plus traditional chili ingredients like cumin and hot peppers. It’s hearty, filling and comforting — perfect for a fall potluck or football party. No need to call it vegetarian chili, but you’re vegetarian friends will love it, and so will your meat-loving pals.
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Use leftover risotto to fry up arancini, an addictive Italian snack.
In Rome, there’s a McDonald’s mere steps from the Spanish Steps. It’s always busy, but I can’t imagine why anyone would choose McDonald’s over authentic Italian snack food. Fast-food French fries vs. freshly-fried arancini risotto balls? That’s a no-brainer.
“Italians are experts in some of the most creative and satisfying snack foods around,” says Mario Batali, a true expert in all things Italian (and all things delicious).
Tonight on Ciao America, Mario’s visiting food spots across the country for the best Italian snacks, stateside. In Rhode Island, Saint Louis and New York, Mario finds the panini, the frittatas, the grilled pizzas and spiedini that are ready to eat pronto!
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Ciao America! Tour Mario's Italian food picks here in the US.
Beloved Italian super-chef Mario Batali doesn’t just love cooking Italian, but eating it to. There’s no denying the guy’s one of the foremost experts on Italian in the country. So aren’t you just the least bit curious to see where his favorite places to eat are?
That’s why we’re psyched that Ciao America has found a new home on Cooking Channel. Beginning this Friday, we get to travel with him across our very own U. S. of A. as he eats his way through his favorite Italian dishes. Sign me up for the road trip!
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The holidays are a time for rejoicing, but they also happen to be a time for feasting. Cooking Channel and Food Network teamed up with Barneys New York to celebrate all the glorious gluttony of the season in their “Have a Foodie Holiday” window display for 2010.
Barneys creative director Simon Doonan and team created delicious displays overflowing with inspiration from foodie culture. Check out which star chefs joined in the fun after the jump.
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Pear & Chestnut Verrine Flavored with Rum Anejo, from Tribeca Grill
Last Saturday, over 50 pastry chefs from New York City restaurants and bakeries competed at the Sweet event, part of the New York Wine and Food Festival. It was a fantastic confectionery spectacle, featuring some truly unique sweet treats.
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Half meatball, half cheese tray in Old Forge
We’ve all heard of New York style, Chicago deep dish, authentic Neapolitan. But the small town of Old Forge, Pennsylvania has a pizza style all its own. My mom grew up near Old Forge (in Scranton, now famous thanks to The Office) and last weekend while visiting family, we had to get our pizza fix.
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