Everyone loves turkey-day leftovers, but there're only so many times you can re-heat mashed potatoes before they start to seem as bland as Uncle Ned's thoughts on classical jazz. Luckily, Better Homes & Gardens has come up with unexpected ways to re-purpose your Thanksgiving cornucopia into spicy, s
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There's just something about a chef - maybe it's the commanding knife skills, the epicurean ease with ingredients, the grace under pressure. Or maybe it's just the whole package. As more celebrity chefs have grabbed the limelight in recent years, there's no shortage of ones to crush on. So in celebration of culinary cuteness, we've compiled a list of the 10 most attractive male and female chefs out there (OK, so it's superficial, but it's fun). Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know who you think is the hottest chef!
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Preparing the Thanksgiving feast is stressful, even if you're a pro in the kitchen. To help this year be as seamless-and delicious-as possible, we're offering a range of quick and easy Thanksgiving classics, with a fresh twist, from Better Homes and Gardens. This way, you'll spend less time in the k
- Heather W. at Better Homes and Gardens | Shine Food – Tue, Nov 10, 2009 7:42 PM EST
Would you pay $368 for a steak? Believe it or not, a single entrée at a rarefied restaurant can boast a triple-digit price tag. Out of fascination and pure culinary voyeurism, I tracked down the most expensive dishes (including one dessert) at some of the world's priciest restaurants. And, since you might not feel inclined to blow your monthly budget on a main course, I found wallet-friendly alternatives for cooking your own versions at home:Read More »from $368 for a steak?? Five of the world's most expensive dishes
Aragawa is billed as Tokyo's first steakhouse, and its sought-after specialty is Kobe beef-locally raised, hand-fed Wagyu cattle renowned for their succulent flavor and delicate marbled texture. The house preparation is minimal - it's served with just mustard and pepper. The price? $368 for one steak. While the experience is no doubt life-changing, consider grilling up this Sirloin With Mustard and Chives dish at home instead. It might not be Kobe but it will be delish:
At Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, the menu is authentic French.
- Heather W. at Better Homes and Gardens | Shine Food – Fri, Nov 6, 2009 10:19 PM EST
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With the economy so tight, I've been cooking at home more and looking for quick and easy ways to get dinner on the table. So when I do go out, I want to make it really count. I've found that where you sit in a restaurant can have as profound of an effect on your night as what you order. Facing a swinging kitchen door, being banished to a desolate back room, getting wedged next to a cougar birthday blowout: a bad table can really put a damper on your dining experience. But I've learned that you don't need to be a big shot to get the best seat in the house. Here are some tips for scoring a coveted table:
Be Your Own Personal Assistant. When you call to make your reservation, say you're making it "On behalf of Mr. or Mrs. (your last name)." Try to sound harried but polite. The reservationist will take note, or, at the very least, relate.
Be a Regular. Instead of bouncing from bistro to grill to cantina, cultivate a relationship with a favorite restaurant. Make a point of telling the
It's a dreary weekday. You got a parking ticket. Your boss called you in for a closed-door meeting. There are dishes in the sink and a significant other on the couch. For whatever reason (or combination of the above) you're in a terrible mood. Whatever you do, don't take solace in the following foods! After scouring the web for expert nutrition advice, I discovered that these comfort food favorites can also be energy-sucking, headache-inducing, anxiety-causing culinary downers:
While a bagel may seem like a safe morning staple, according to health expert, author, and certified nutritionist Samantha Heller, white grains, especially when ingested without protein, can cause a spike in blood sugar. Your body reacts by pulling your blood sugar down, causing you to feel lethargic. So while that morning bagel may fill you up and give you a momentary sense of well-being, you'll regret it an hour later when you're tired, cranky, and you forget the client's name (again) on your 11Read More »from The top 7 worst foods for your mood