Blog Posts by Food The Shine

  • Surprising twist on Betty Crocker classics

    The iconic, All-American food brand Betty Crocker is known for it’s nostalgic comfort foods, but recently, two chefs, Annie and Dan Shannon, turned the entire Betty Crocker cookbook on its ear, with their upcoming new book “Betty Goes Vegan”. We invited the Shannons to “The Shine” to show us their twists on some American classics. The Shannon’s new book isn’t a health book, to be clear, it’s a book intended to allow vegans to eat all the different foods they enjoy, including those yummy and sometimes fattening comfort foods. The mission of the book was to show not only vegans, but also non-vegans alike, that vegan food can be delicious and that the options are endless.

    The Shannons brought to “The Shine” four delicious vegan dishes: quiche Lorraine, cheeseburger pie, red velvet whoopie pies, and cinnamon rolls. “Betty Goes Vegan” doesn’t hit stores until February 5th, but for a sneak peak, check out the two recipes below.

    [ Related: Five Comfort Foods That Fight Fat]


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  • Cookies for a cause: a yummy way to give back this holiday season

    Still looking for a fun and unique way to give back this holiday season? Well, think sweets. Entrepreneur Ivanka Trump and head judge of Bravo’s “Top Chef Just Desserts” Johnny Iuzzini have teamed up to support a wonderful, and not to mention, yummy cause, for the holidays. They’re teaming up with The Glad Products Company this year to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer,  a non-profit committed to raising funds to support research for pediatric cancer. Through the Glad Holiday Cookie Exchange, Glad will help by raising up to $100,000 for Cookies for Kids' Cancer, one cookie at a time.

    How can you get involved? It’s so easy – you can either send a personalized virtual cookie to a friend at or you can host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale by registering your event online and sharing how many cookies were sold at For every virtual or edible holiday cookie shared, sold, or exchanged, Glad will make a donation, up

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  • Childhood food favorites all grown up

    Remember the days of PB and J, grilled cheeses, and all those comfort foods we savored so much as kids? Well, let the savoring continue. Nadia G, chef and host of the hilarious and entertaining "Bitchin' Kitchen" stopped by “The Shine” with her revamped, adult versions of some of your favorite childhood staples. Nadia whipped up some “grown up” dishes of a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, a grilled cheese, the classic hot dog, and a milkshake. All of her delectable recipes are for the taking, below!

    What was your favorite food as a kid? Do you still enjoy it now? Let us know in the comments below.

    [Related: Comfort Foods That Won't Clog Your Arteries]


    Adult PB&J

    Cashew-Peanut Butter

    Recipe courtesy of Nadia G


    Peanut butter

    ·       1 cup unsalted, raw cashews

    ·       1 cup unsalted peanuts

    ·       1/2 teaspoon salt

    ·         3 tablespoons of canola oil

    ·       1 tablespoon of orange Juice

    ·       1 tablespoon of maple syrup

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  • 5 simple, yummy dinners with rotisserie chicken

    Combine a store-bought rotisserie chicken with a few ingredients and you’ll have a healthy meal in minutes for your family. Rotisserie chickens can be found at your local supermarket and are a great shortcut for quick and easy recipes that call for cooked chicken. From soups to casseroles, Shine Food Editor Sarah McColl found a variety of yummy dishes you can put together in no time for easy, weeknight (or weekend) dinners.

    For the rotisserie chicken recipes, read below or click on the links:

    BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    Chicken with Pasta

    Chicken Enchiladas

    Chicken, Spinach, & Bean Soup

      2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
      2 leeks , white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
      1 pkg fresh spinach
      1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried
      2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
      2 cups water
      1 15-ounce can cannellini beans , rinsed
      1 2-pound roasted chicken , skin discarded, meat removed from bones and  shredded (4 cups)
      2 bags

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  • Comfort foods that won't clog your arteries

    Most of us have a love/hate relationship with comfort foods. We thoroughly enjoy eating them and savoring all their deliciousness, but at the same time, we know very well how fattening they are (we can practically feel our waist lines expanding as we down that grilled cheese!). Believe it or not, we’ve found three comfort foods that aren’t terrible for you. In fact, each recipe contains healthy substitutes so we can enjoy the flavor without the guilt. Vegan chef and author of “Chloe’s Kitchen” Chloe Coscarelli introduced us to these three delicious, low-cal comfort foods on this episode of “The Shine”.

    Craving Chloe's Baked Mac and Cheese? Here it is! 

    Best-Ever Baked Mac and Cheese
    Serves 6

    Good to know: The consistency of this sauce is enhanced by a roux, a mixture of fat and flour that is cooked over low heat until it is bubbling and the raw starchy taste has cooked out.  Roux is used to thicken soups, stews, and sauces.

    Make-Ahead Tip:

    Unbaked macaroni and cheese can be

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  • Tasty and easy cold summer soups

    Yummy, flavorful soups are not just for the winter anymore, ladies.  Host of Yahoo’s Blue Ribbon Hunter and author of "You Can Trust a Skinny Cook",Allison Fishman, gives “The Shine” the scoop on five delicious and easy-to-prepare cold summer soups. From the potato-based Vichychoisse to avocado soup, summer is about to get a whole lot yummier.

    Want to make these soups at home? Here you go!

    1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, with puree
    1 Kirby or small cucumber (about 5 inches long), peeled and coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 handful basil leaves, plus more for garnish
    1/2 jalapeño, stem removed, halved lengthwise, with seeds
    1/2 small red onion, peeled and quartered

    1. Put the tomatoes and tomato puree, cucumber, olive oil, vinegar, and salt in a blender on low speed until you have puree, about 20 seconds. Add the basil, jalapeño, and onion and pulse on high speed until

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  • Most surprising, yet delicious hot dog toppers

    We don’t know about you, but hot dogs are definitely one of our favorite summer staples. And who said ketchup or mustard was the only way to top them off? On today’s episode of “The Shine”, we’re running down our list of our favorite, most surprising hot dog toppers with Shine’s Senior Food Editor Sarah McColl. Think outside of the box – like a  BLT dog to a Kimchi (Asia-inspired) one, we cover a range of flavors. Enjoy the feast!


    Another summer staple? Barbeque meat! Check out our Shine Super Club’s cookout secret to do it right.


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  • Best grills for under $100

    Whether you call it a cookout or a barbeque, nothing says summer like a mouth-watering piece of meat right off the grill. Depending on your preferences, you should choose a grill that works best for you and your cooking needs. On today’s episode, Shine’s Senior Food Editor Sarah McColl shows us her top picks for the best grills under $100. Whether you’re focused on design and style or need to conserve space, Sarah has a grill for you. Added bonus - join in Shine’s July's Supper Club by sharing Your Best Cookout Secret and you could win the super-chic portable charcoal grill featured in this episode. Details here!

    Getting hungry from all this summer grilling talk? Check out our Shine Supper Club for endless recommendations for tasty summer eats from ice cream (like a strawberry shortcake flavored one) to the perfect marinated steak.

    Happy summer — and happy grillin’!
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  • Three-ingredient Cocktails for Summer

    There's nothing better than a refreshing cocktail by the pool or at a summer cookout, right? Think again! How about a cool, delicious drink that's only three ingredients? Now we're talking! Whether you favor rum, tequila, or opt for something more sophisticated, The Shine is giving classic cocktails a modern twist - and each beverage contains three ingredients (plus a garnish, perhaps). Shine's Senior Food Editor Sarah McColl is dishing on her personal favorites. Cheers!

    For more fun and easy, delicious recipes, check out the food section on Shine!

    Also, for food inspiration all summer long, join the Shine Supper Club!

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  • Shine Supper Club: The First Bites of Summer

    Shine's Food editor Sarah McColl dishes to Alesha Renee on her suggestions for the first bites you should take this summer.