for February, 2015

All Star Academy

February 24, 2015

Food Network has a new series coming out, and this Hot Potato was chosen to compete! Can you believe this killer line up of All Star mentors! Hosted by Ted Allen, chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, will guide the home cooks (including me) through challenges deemed difficult for even the most-well-seasoned chef. In the end, only one mentor and mentee will win bragging rights… and $50,000!   It was an honor to be chosen as part of this inaugural cast. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Tune in to Food Network on Sunday March 1st at 8pm central time to see how I fare in this exciting new series. Just can’t wait till Sunday? Check out some promo videos here!    


Truffle Honey Popcorn

February 18, 2015

I had a craving for something sweet & salty the other night- Popcorn is always an easy fix. If you are part of gen-Y or later you probably are unaware that you can make this delicious snack on your stove top and completely customize the flavors! That’s right sans-microwave popcorn my friends!!! You can buy the plain kernels in the popcorn aisle (shocker), and all you need is a little oil and a large pot with a lid. I’ve experimented with many different flavors over the years, my old standby favorite is simple olive oil with salt and pepper, & sometimes a little Tony Chachere’s too. But this time I was in to mood for decadence and the stars in my pantry were aligned for the most indulged treat I have every allowed myself. I have four words for you- DUCK FAT, TRUFFLES, & HONEY.   Truffle Honey Popcorn Ingredients 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1 tbs canola or vegetable oil 2-3 tbs duck […]