Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dates, Manchego and Almonds

Between the turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, and pies, oven real estate is scarce on Thanksgiving. In the past, I've always made roasted brussels sprouts and juggled what needed to go in the oven when.  This year, I'm giving myself a break with one less thing to take up that precious oven space -- I'm making my shaved brussels sprout salad instead. 

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What to Wear to Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is a tradition at The Kitchen.  Every year we invite some of Food Network friends to join us and bring their favorite recipes. This year, Ted Allen, Christian Petroni, and Martina McBride came for dinner.  Ted made a delicious cranberry sauce, Christian fried up some Brussels sprouts and Martina made an apple cake that I will for sure be adding to my repertoire. 

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Maple Pudding Cake

Every once in awhile, I have a recipe that surprises me.  My culinary producer, Tim Macklin, asked me to come up with a recipe for a maple pudding cake. I decided to mimic my grandma's recipe for peach cobbler.  The cake is more like biscuits, and instead of fruit on the bottom, I would make a thick, rich, creamy maple layer.

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Halloween Inspired Green Chicken Chili

Every Halloween at The Kitchen, our producers like to give us a good scare. To go along with all of the tricks, we are cooking up some treats.  I am sharing my recipe for Green Chicken Chili. Chili is perfect to serve for a crowd on Halloween because you can put it on the stove and let everyone serve themselves.  Set up a toppings bar with sour cream, cilantro, scallions, avocado, etc. I used a skull pan to make skull cheese crisps for garnish.

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Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip

As you probably know by now, summer is my favorite time of year. Here in the Hamptons, I spend most of my time at the beach (with Gus of course!), on my little Boston Whaler boat, picking up goods at the farm stands, and cooking with my friends and family. On the coast of the northeast, we appreciate our summers so much after months upon months of bad weather, and we try to squeeze in every drop of fun that we can!

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Beach Bites in the Bahamas

This week on Beach Bites, we are traveling farther south to The Bahamas.  Nassau is one of the most popular port towns for cruise ships, and there is plenty to see right there in the harbor, but if you’re willing to go just a bit further, there is so much more to the island.  The food is “off the chain” as they like to say. 

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New Season of Beach Bites!

I’m so excited that the new season of Beach Bites is here! My first episode is this Thursday, June 7th, and I’m kicking things off on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It was my first time to the region and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had never really thought of Mississippi as a beach destination. Well let me tell you, I LOVED it! 

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Beastie Burgers

The second I land in Los Angeles, my mouth starts to water in anticipation of the famous In-N-Out Burger.  I love a double-double, animal style (that's code for double beef, double cheese, grilled onions and extra sauce).  I'm not ashamed to admit that there was an occasion that I ate THREE in one sitting.  Definitely didn't feel so hot the next day, but it was so good going down.  Anyhoo, I decided to try to recreate these burgers in my kitchen.  The results were even better than I expected! Definitely, try this at home.

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