Have you ever thought, “I wonder if I can freeze this?” Bahar Taktehchian, editor-at-large of Shape magazine, stopped by "Daily Shot" to answer Ali’s questions about what can and can’t be preserved in the icebox.
“You can freeze wine, however, you can’t drink it afterwards,” Bahar says. “But you can freeze it and cook with afterwards.” Just pour leftover wine into an ice cube tray, and pop out cubes when you’re ready to add to sauces and stews.
If you’ve ever made a recipe with fresh herbs, you’ve probably had a whole bunch left over. Instead of letting your parsley, dill, or cilantro go to waste, chop up the remaining herbs, and place them in an ice cube tray. “Fill it with a little bit of water and put the remaining herbs in there,” she says. “Put them in the freezer and use them whenever you need them.”
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- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:55 PM EST | CommentsHappy Thanksgiving! On this festive episode of "Daily Shot," celebs share what they’re doing to celebrate this special holiday.
Actor Mark Consuelos offers his appreciation for the primitive nature of the holiday. “Thanksgiving is the last bastion of hope of manhood that we have,” he says. “You’re allowed to behave like cavemen.... You eat, and you drink, and you sleep, and you watch football, and it’s all accepted.”
Chef Carla Hall cooks up a Southern feast and recalls one time she asked her sister to bring a vegetable side dish. “I didn’t think I had to tell her to cook the vegetables,” she says. “She came in with a bag of vegetables!”
“I will make an oven-stuffer, not a turkey,” talk-show host Wendy Williams says. “I will make a stovetop stuffing, but I will cut in some of my own ingredients. And we’ll light up the barbecue outside to make ribs.”
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- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:22 AM EST | Comments
Thanksgiving is one day away, and even "Top Chef" finalists have some surprising holiday staples. You might think Carla Hall would make every side dish from scratch, but there's one item she just can't live without: canned cranberry sauce.
"I grew up with canned cranberry sauce," she says. "I still want that on the table. I want to be in the kitchen when it comes out of the can."
Carla also shared a great idea for what to do with the fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers: Upside-Down Turkey Sandwich Casserole. Simply coat a casserole dish with Country Crock, put mashed potatoes in it and create a bowl shape, and then fill with turkey and vegetables. Top with breadcrumbs or cornbread for the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat. (Recipe below.)
The co-host of "The Chew" was a model before she was a chef, and she stays in shape by being careful with her portions. "I say no to nothing and yes to mo...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:07 AM EST | Comments
You know Julie Benz from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Jawbreaker," "Saw V," "Dexter," "Desperate Housewives," and "Defiance." But out of her many credits, there was one role that stood out.
"The role that I really loved was Robin on 'Desperate Housewives,'" Julie says of the role she took on right after "Dexter." She was thrilled to work with the women she had "admired for so long" and loved the eccentric role she had a chance to play. "My character was very quirky and fun," Julie says. "She was a stripper… a lesbian stripper."
Throughout her four seasons on "Dexter," Julie played Dexter's significant other. Over the course of her time on the show, she says one scene —which she didn't know about in advance — was the most memorable. "My favorite scene on the show is when Dexter proposes to Rita," Julie says. "As soon as we started to rehearse and Michael started saying his dialogue, it was that magic moment that all actors hope for, and...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:26 AM EST | Comments
Over 50 percent of people never discuss concerns about gas and bloating with their doctors, but Dr. Roshini Raj says patients should put their self-consciousness aside for the sake of their health. "They're embarrassed," she says, insisting that people should be upfront with symptoms "because it can be a sign of an underlying GI disorder that's potentially more serious," like celiac or Crohn's disease.
If you're concerned about gas, Raj recommends staying away from larger amounts of lentils, beans, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. "They're great for you, but certain people get more gassy with them," she says. "Introduce them slowly to your diet, and you will get more used to it."
There are also a few more unexpected behaviors that can cause blowing, like chewing gum. "A lot of people don't realize that when you're chewing gum, you swallow air," Raj says. "And that then goes into your intestine and can cause a lot of gas." Another habit to av...Read More »