Get out of your chicken rut with these simple, flavorful recipesChicken - is there anything to say about it that hasn't already been said? Yes, it's a blank canvas that soaks up the flavors of whatever preparation you choose; yes, it's a great source of essential protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals; and yes, it's a relatively cheap source of protein. And no, nobody savvy orders it when dining out, unless it's something really special that you have no clue how to make yourself.
But when dining at home, chicken is definitely still on the table. In fact, it's probably already on the table, sitting there, steaming away, and you're eating whatever your usual chicken dish is because you just couldn't think of anything else to make.
To get you out of your chicken rut, then, we've come up with 15 great chicken recipes from our favorite cookbook authors, chefs, bloggers, and contributors. They span a range of cuisines from countries around the world - everything from the good ol' U.S. of A. to Morocco, Italy, and Thailand. There are recipes for people
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Get out of your chicken rut with these simple, flavorful recipesChicken - is there anything to say about it that hasn't already been said? Yes, it's a blank canvas that soaks up the flavors of whatever preparation you choose; yes, it's a great source of essential protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals; and yes, it's a relatively cheap source of protein. And no, nobody savvy orders it when dining out, unless it's something really special that you have no clue how to make yourself.Read More »from Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes
No one likes feeling deceived by the food and drinks they buy at the store. But as recent cases might show, there are more than a few drinks in stores that aren't what they seem.Read More »from Misleading Beverage Labels
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In recent history, it was orange juice, POM pomegranate juice, and coconut water that came under fire for misleading labels. And while orange juice may not be as pure as you might think, and POM won't fix all of your health problems, there are a few more offenders to add to the list of misleading labels.
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So what's a consumer to do? Read up on the latest drinks under fire for deceptive labeling, and learn what's really in your drink. At this rate, that tap water is looking might tasty.
Credit: Flickr/ youaremycookie"All Natural" Arizona Teas
All of those "natural" claims on the Arizona tea cans really put the company in hot water, when a class-action lawsuit was filed against the beverage-maker for its "natural" labels -
There isn't a tequila-lime shot in sight at the best bars to enjoy the spirit in styleMore likely than not, you've had a traumatic experience with tequila. You've done away with it, said you'll never touch the stuff again. If that's the case, you're missing out on a delicious spirit, so let us introduce you to some top-notch tequila bars to help rehabilitate your perception of tequila - and not the tequila you drank in college.Read More »from The Top Tequila Bars in the US
Tequila Taste-Test: George Clooney's Tequila, How Good Is It?
Tequila and mezcal are seeing the same boom as other brown spirits, like cognac, single malt Scotches, and whiskey. Much as there are great whiskey bars and rum bars throughout the country, there are now great tequila and mezcal bars that are determined to show the versatility, sophistication, and unique profile of agave spirits. Mat Resler, from Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria, says the "tequila boom" happened only a mere five years ago, and the mezcal boom, even more recently. "When I left California [a few years ago], no one had mezcal on the shelves," he says. "Now, I go
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, Apr 24, 2013 5:30 PM EDT
The Mexican specialty will never lose its place in our hearts, here's how to perfect the recipeMaking "the perfect" guacamole is not a novel idea. Heck, we've even done it twice before, and have two different interviews with celebrated chefs from New York City hot spots Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano about how to make the perfect version.Read More »from How to Make an Even More Perfect Guacamole This Cinco De Mayo
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Just because we've examined the art of making guacamole once or twice before doesn't mean we're done, though, because techniques, products, and recipes are constantly evolving and changing, and we as cooks are always craving more and more tips and opinions from the experts.
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This time around we spoke with George Duran, international chef and entertainer. The host of Food Network's Ham on the Street and TLC's Ultimate Cake Off and author of Take This Dish and Twist It, Duran is known for his colorful and lively personality and helpful and informative cooking tips.
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Duran's guacamole mantras are similar to
Stop buying the popular appetizer frozen and make it, perfectly, from scratch at homeWe know what you're thinking. How is it even possible to perfect a pig in a blanket? When you think of the popular mini appetizer, you probably think of it frozen on a sheet pan, ready to be popped in the oven - so what's there to discuss?Read More »from How to Make the Perfect Pigs in a Blanket
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Even if you do want to make the classic cocktail wieners at home, you're probably thinking that there's not much to worry about. A package of pre-made dough, mini cocktail franks, and a side of mustard for dipping and you've got yourself a dish, right? We beg to differ.
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Pigs in a blanket will forever be a widely loved dish, and it deserves to be treated like one. Whether whipping up a small batch for a pre-dinner snack or preparing them for a crowd, there are certain steps that you should take to make them into perfectly passed treats. Ever think about the dough getting soggy? Because if you don't dry your cocktail franks well, it's definitely a possibility. Or
The classic brunch staple has been around for ages, so we examine its history and how to make the perfect versionMuch like so many other iconic dishes with muddled histories, the origins of eggs Benedict are subject to some debate. There are several theories surrounding where, when, how, and - most importantly - by whom the classic dish was created, and in honor of National Eggs Benedict Day, we decided to give it a careful look.Read More »from How to Make the Perfect Eggs Benedict
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Of all of the theories that are thrown around, some of which involve chefs, commodores, the term "benedict" meaning bachelor, and traditional French cookbooks, there are two prominent ones that seek to explain the creation of eggs Benedict. The first theory dates back to the 1860s, at the historic Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City. Supposedly, a frequent patron, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, was bored with the usual menu and wanted something new and exciting to try for lunch. After discussing her options with the chef at the time, Charles Ranhofer, they decided on a version of eggs Benedict, and the dish
Credit: P.J. Clarke'sThere's something magical about the humble Tater Tot. Some might even argue that it's the perfect food: bite-size, salty, crispy, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, greasy but not overly oily, and a great vessel for just about any topping. Its abundant nooks and crannies allow for nearly limitless surface area (aka more crunch) and it boasts a pillowy interior that french fries can only hope to emulate - let's just say there are many reasons why it's one of our favorite childhood foods.Read More »from America's Best Tater Tots
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"Tater Tot" is actually a registered trademark of Ore-Ida, the company that invented them in 1953. Founders F. Nephi and Golden Grigg (great names) found themselves with an excess of potato scraps after making french fries, and were sick of selling them off for a pittance as animal feed. So they chopped them up, added in some flour and other seasonings, and then sent the whole mess through an extruder and into the deep-fryer. And a legend was born.
Americans are expected to spend $66 billion on weight loss this year. Walk into any bookstore and it's bound to be filled with piles of books on how to lose weight, what is making you gain weight, quick fixes, and weight loss concoctions. The books tell you to "Eat this, take this, buy this, drink this!" and they are selling like bottled water in the desert!Read More »from How to Get Fat
In reality, however, it takes a conscious decision to create good health, and the choices we make determine the outcome. The most important step in losing weight is to think of long-term lifestyle changes rather than quick-fix solutions. Motivation and willpower are key and you don't need a pill or potion! If you are looking to drop a few pounds and get healthier, then do just the opposite of the behaviors outlined in the slideshow and you will see results. Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective can be a real eye-opener.
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Choose lots of unhealthy fat in your diet! Fast foods, chips,
It's not just as simple as frying - there's a science behind itIs there anything better than a crunchy, salty potato chip?Read More »from How to Make the Perfect Potato Chip
Created in 1853 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., potato chips were originally meant to be a prank in response to a surly customer complaining about his potato fries being "too thick," but their thin, crisp qualities turned out to be something very different than a joke. "Saratoga chips" instantly became a hit, and their popularity traveled from upstate New York to all around the country. By the 1920s they had become a well-known and popular snack, and potato chip manufacturing companies starting popping up everywhere in the culinary industry.
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The widely distributed chip is one of America's favorite snacks, and with so many brands and varieties available, potato chips continue to be one of the most popular food items that you can buy. And while you can walk into any convenience store, gas station, or supermarket and pick up a bag, the Cook editors here believe that
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
The Minneapolis-based coffee chain closing stores in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and other statesHas the rise of third-wave coffee shops inevitably hurt the coffee chains? It appears at least one chain has been forced to change its game.Read More »from Caribou Coffee Plans to Close More Than 80 Stores Nationwide
Caribou Coffee, the Minneapolis-based coffee chain, announced closings of 88 stores nationwide today, according to The Huffington Post. Sixty-six of those stores are in the Chicago market, but closures will span as far out as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. But the company also plans to convert at least a dozen of those shuttered stores into Peet's Coffee & Tea￼ shops. Said the company in a written statement, "Over the past few months, we at Caribou have revisited our business strategy, including closely evaluating our performance by market to make decisions that best position us for long-term growth."
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The Chicago Tribune reports that after the closures - effective this Sunday - about 1,000 people will be out of jobs. Of the stores lef, the Tribune says, "Caribou will have 486