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Play Matchmaker with Foodpairing

Cookies and cream? Clearly. PB&J? As natural as breathing. But caramel and squid? Not the first things you’d think to pair for dinner. Yet a new app from Foodpairing (from free to $18 per month) says the combo works on the basis of compatible flavor components. In fact, the company has had a global science team analyze hundreds of ingredients and their chemical compounds, and now chefs use the tool to inspire new recipes. With civilian foodies taking to the technology, too, we decided to plug everyone’s fave fall ingredient into a search.

Photo by Sam Kaplan

 

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @hungryhappens

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

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This week’s featured cook @hungryhappens caught our attention with her gorgeous shot of her Banana Chocolate Chip & Nut Hemp Muffins (recipe). Delish! While we love eating muffins breakfast, we think they make a great snack any time of the day too. Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Stella. We can’t wait to see what you make next!

 

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Dirty Pickle Martini

Cocktails, Anyone?

Inspired by one of my friends’ favorite shots–the Pickle Back, a whiskey shot chased with pickle juice–the Dirty Pickle Martini is crisp, sour and salty all at once. Though I prefer all of my martinis made with gin, the Dirty Pickle Martini is especially tasty when made with gin. Get ready to say “Cheers!” with this super satisfying and lip puckering cocktail.

 

 

 

 

Get the recipe: Dirty Pickle Martini

 

 

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A Vegetarian Farro and Corn Salad

The best part about this recipe is that you don’t really need a recipe. Just toss together however much (or little) of each ingredient you’d like and eat. To save time on the week days, prepare the farro ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to build the salad with whatever else you’ve got—like corn, avocado, asparagus, cheese, etc.

Vegetarian Farro and Corn Salad

Get the recipe: Farro and Corn Salad

 

 

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It’s Tiki (Cocktail) Time!

Paradise found: Author and cocktail kahuna Jeff “Beachbum” Berry shows you how to make three chilled-out classics that will transport you straight to the beach. Paper umbrella optional—but encouraged!

 

tiki cocktail recipes

Photo by Romulo Yanes

 

Get the recipes (adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed, by Jeff Berry):

 

Blue Hawaii Cocktail

Blue Hawaii

Zombie Cocktail

Zombie

Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai

Drink Tip! Stock your tiki cocktail cart with these two must-have tropical drink ingredients:

  • Barrel-aged, oaky gold rum
  • Orange-flavored curacao (If you can’t find curacao, use triple sec instead.)

Drink Tip! To get the supercool ocean-blue hue in your drink, add a couple drops of blue food coloring.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: Norma Sheikh

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

 

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Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw this delectable, dual-flavored cake roll from @pansyNsnowdrop. Chocolate and vanilla? Yes, please! Check out this week’s Featured Cook, Norma’s, other Instagram photos for more of her creative and fun cake roll designs including one with an intricate giraffe pattern. Keep up the delicious work Norma, we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

 

 

 

Wanna make a delicious marble cake of your own? Download our FREE Instant Expert! Mix & Match Cake booklet here.

 

 

 

 

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Reinvent Taco Night

This week, instead of taco Tuesday make it a meatless taco night Monday!

 

Smoky Poblano-and-Portobello Tacos

Smoky Poblano-and-Portobello Tacos

Roasted poblano peppers and charred corn tortillas give this grown-up 30-minute meal its crazy-delicious smokey flavor. Save this recipe for nights when no kids are around though, because you’ll use a cup of beer to deglaze the pan. Find out how to easily roast peppers under the broiler here.

Hearty Vegetarian Tacos

Hearty Vegetarian Tacos

Sliced caramelized onions ad pickled jalapenos give these veggie tacos a sweet and spicy flavor profile. Make an extra large batch of caramelized onions and keep them on hand in the fridge to try out one of our six tasty suggestions.

Spicy Potato Tacos

Spicy Potato Tacos

Got a couple of extra potatoes around? Then whip them up into spicy veggie potato tacos! Although you can use any type of all-purpose, we love using low-calorie and high-fiber sweet potatoes.

 

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Top 10 Favorite Beer Recipes

Sure, beer is great to drink, but it’s also an amazing cooking ingredient too! Don’t believe me? Check out 10 of my favorite beer recipes below in honor of International Beer Day.

 

1. Beer Can-Smoked Whole Chicken

The first time I heard of steaming a whole chicken on the grill with the aid of a beer can, all I could think was “That’s Genius!” If you’ve never tried this before, then I urge you to try it ASAP. It’ll be one of your new favorite summertime grilling techniques. I promise.

Beer Can-Smoke Whole Chicken

 

2. Beer-Braised Beef

This easy 7-ingredient recipe is perfect when you have extra cans of Guinness hanging around the house, say after St. Patrick’s Day.

Beer-Braised Beef

 

3. Beer and Cheese Soup

What’s not to love about this hearty soup that brings together two wonderful foods: beer and cheese? Keep this recipe on hand for Oktoberfest and as an easy staple when the cooler months start kicking in.

Beer and Cheese Soup

 

4. Beer Margaritas

One of our most popular margarita recipes of all time, this large-batch beer margarita is made in a pitcher and easily serves four people. Bottoms up!

Beer Margaritas

 

5. Beer Braised Chicken & Peas

Braising is a super easy technique that infuses chicken with moisture and flavor. In this easy braising recipe, tangy mustard and hoppy beer come together to give this dish an unforgettable flavor.

Beer Braised Chicken & Peas

 

6. Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay

The Chew host Carla Hall shared this amazing Maryland Crab Boil recipe with us in our September issue (on sale tomorrow). While any light beer will work, we especially love this recipe with a pale ale or IPA (India pale ale).

Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay

 

7. Buffalo Chicken Chili with Blue Cheese-Toppers

I’m usually not very impressed by food served in mugs–I’m thinking of you cup-a-soup–but this Buffalo Chicken Chili  with Blue Cheese-Corn Mug Toppers is an exception. For this recipe, feel free to use whatever type of beer is your favorite.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

 

8. Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitaz

When I’m not pairing margaritas with my Tex-Mex food, beer is always my next choice. While the recipe recommends using a light beer, I’m sure the steak would be delicious marinated in a more robust darker beer or even a spicy michelada (which is now sold in cans by Tecate).

Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitaz

 

9. Beer-Battered Fried Chicken

Beer-battered and fried? You can dress up any ingredient–onion rings, jalalpeno poppers or cheese sticks–like this and I will be a fan, but beer-battered fried chicken might just be the best. While no specific type of beer is listed, I would recommend going with a light-colored beer to ensure that the end result will have a light, brown and golden fried crust. (A darker beer may make the batter appear dark and may turn even darker when fried.)

Beer-Battered Fried Chicken

 

10. Jambasta

This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael Ray was created for her dad who’s from Louisiana. “This is a combination of jambalaya–a local dish–and pasta, which he developed a love for with all of us Italians in the house!” says Rach. I think an amber ale or lager tastes best when combined with the andouille sausage and tomatoes, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Jambasta

 

 

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A Chocolate Chip Celebration

 

Chocolate Chip Quote

The chocolate chip cookie has been an American favorite since its serendipitous invention in 1937, when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn–ring a bell, anyone?–added pieces of a chopped chocolate bar to her cookies. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, we present you with some of our favorite recipes inspired by Ruth’s fabulous invention and delicious tiny morsel, the chocolate chip.

 

Get the recipes: 

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Martinis

Chocolate Chip Martinis

 

 

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Mid-Atlantic

BurgerBattle_Chef Maricel Presilla

 

CHEF MARICEL PRESILLA

of Cucharamama and Zafra, Hoboken, NJ

Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.

 

Maricel Presilla’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Mid-Atlantic 

1. SUR BURGER Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ 

A Portuguese roll soaks up the spicy juice from this chorizo-studded burger.

Sur Burger

2. CHEESEBURGER SLIDER White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

Okay, it’s not a restaurant. It’s a tiny diner specializing in sirloin patties topped with griddled onions and molten cheese on a potato bun.

Double Cheese Sliders

Photo by NYC Food Guy via Yelp

3. “THE ONE” Next Door, Montclair, NJ  

Duck fat–enriched beef, caramelized onions and white cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.

The One

Photo by Eugene O. via Yelp

4. BRAISED SHORT RIB BURGER Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ 

A short-rib patty with roasted-tomato mayo served on a Texas toast bun.

5. PALENA CHEESEBURGER Palena Cafe, Washington, DC  

Melted Italian cheese infused with truffles and garlic mayo.

Palena Cheeseburger

Photo by Norry H. via Yelp

 Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here