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Shrimp & Grits- All Star Academy

March 10, 2015

In episode 2 of All Star Academy we were challenged to cook with both famous, and infamous pairings… In the first challenge we each had to put a twist on a classic pairing. My team- Team Bobby was assigned Spaghetti & Meatballs. I was thrilled with this challenge. I am very confident with meatballs- and I’ve made countless versions of them before. Plus, if you recall in episode 1 I made some Albondigas, which a spanish style meatball- I was ready to rock this one out! I made “Southwestern” style Meatballs and in lieu of official pasta I used some colorful roasted peppers Julianned as a bed for my chili infused meatballs. Bobby warned me- not using noodles was risky, but I said “Screw the pasta” I’m going for it…. The turned out delicious! When time came for each of our mentors to put one of us up for elimination, I was sure I’d be safe… But then Bobby surprises me by […]

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Albondigas Soup- All Star Academy

March 2, 2015

Episode 1 of All Star Academy was quite a whirl wind! To bring you up to speed on what this hot potato has been up to read my previous post. Below is a run down of the show from my point of view as well the recipe for my Albondigas Soup. All Star Academy has scoured the nation to find the top 10 home cooks in America (this includes yours truly as part of the home cooks cast!), and brought them together to compete under the tutelage of Food Network’s All Star Chefs: Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone & Michael Symon. In episode one, the 10 of us had to compete for a spot on one of their teams, oh yeah, and the big winner last person standing at the end of the series will walk away with $50,000! Not too shabby huh? The most terrifying moment… serving up my dish for these All Stars to judge! Bobby Flay checking in to peak […]


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!    

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Chefs for Farmers: Sous Chef Competition

June 4, 2013

Two Hot Potatoes love Chefs for Farmers and Cafe Momentum, so when Chefs for Farmers announced the June 1st “Get Some #&@% Credit Sous Chef Competition” benefiting Cafe Momentum, we knew we had to attend. It was the first time we’d seen the Trinity Groves setup in action, and we’re really looking forward to the future of this area. What an incredible addition to the city of Dallas.   Chefs for Farmers always throws top-notch events – as seen here at their event in Fort Worth and here at their event at Highland Park Cafeteria. We should probably have a post from last year’s event, but I think we might have had too much fun at Lee Park, and the pictures are better unseen.   Luckily, we kept it together (mostly, anyway) at the sous chef extravaganza on Sunday. We both tried every dish and dessert and drink in the space, and we left with joyful, full stomachs. In the end, our votes for the top dish […]

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Herb and Cheese Chicken Thighs

March 28, 2013

Out of all the recipes I post I would say about half of them come from Food & Wine, and about a third of them come from Mario Batali. So this potato was super pumped when this month’s Food & Wine was all about Mr. Batali. I love his cookbooks, his restaurants and his terrible orange crocs. We probably eat chicken thighs about once a week at our house. Luckily, we’re both dark meat people, unless I’m making Thomas Keller’s whole roasted chicken, which I make an exception for. If you never make anything again, make Thomas Keller’s chicken. This recipe will be a nice addition of the chicken thigh rotation of recipes I have on hand. It wasn’t too complicated, and the skin came out super crispy. I served the thighs over collard greens with bacon & leeks. Perfect combination for a quick weeknight dinner. Also, I halved this recipe since I was only cooking for two, but 16 […]

DIY Foodie Christmas Ornaments

DIY Foodie Christmas Ornaments

December 3, 2012

In my household growing up my parents would fire up the old electric popcorn maker only once a year for the making of our cranberry and popcorn garland. (It’s not that we only ate popcorn once a year, but that was the only time we would make the unflavored kind and lots of it- thus the old fashioned popper. We’d all gather round the tree with our own bowls of popcorn, fresh cranberries and thread and string up our decor. I’ve since carried on the tradition but with my own Hot Potato twist. Turns out there are tons of food items that make for beautiful holiday decor. And more times then not- it’s less expensive to shop for foodie decorations at the grocery store, then it is to shop for real decor at a Crate & Barrel. When making something like garland its all about the asymmetry for me. It doesn’t have to be an exact perfect pattern, just a handfull of berries, […]

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Summer Dinner Party

September 4, 2012

I hosted a dinner party last week with my fab friend (with a fabulous name, also an Angela) in honor of our friend and fellow officemate Ms Sarah Hancock. Sarah has such a lovely home and kitchen, and we wanted to treat her and some friends to a summery meal. On the Menu: Quick Summer Fruit Sangria Parmesan Artichoke Crostinis Braised Orange Chicken with Spring onions and Olives served over herb rice Grilled Peaches Served over Vanilla Ice Cream with Balsamic drizzle. All was utterly delicious and this menu came together rather quickly so we had plenty of time to hang with the guests, and didn’t have to fus too much in the kitchen all night. Quick Sparkling Summer Sangria 1 Bottle of dry white wine such as Savigon Blanc 1 Bottle of Champagne 3 oz. St. Gernmain (optional) Ripe summer stone fruit such as peaches, nectarines and melon. Fresh berries can also be a nice addition True sangria is […]


Butter Bay Scallops served in the Shell

August 28, 2012

  This recipe looks fancy, and I know seafood usually intimidates people- but I promise you, this is one of the easiest seafood recipes you can cook. The only hard part about this one is finding the perfect Bay Scallops and the shells to cook them in. —– We visited the picturesque Cae San Blass last month and had such a wonderful time on this small stretch of All-American beach in Florida. Our days were filled with long walks on the baby powder-soft beaches, turtle watching at night and every afternoon revolved around what the next big meal was going to be. We were told that this part of the Florida panhandle was know for is plentiful sweet Bay Scallops, and through a little asking around we found out we could easily charter a boat to go catch some ourselves! Now I don’t know about you but my very competitive hunter gather instincts kick in to high gear every time […]

Burrata Caprese with Pine Nut Pesto

Burrata Caprese with Pine Nut Pesto

July 25, 2012

In our house, caprese is on the menu at least once a week during the summer. It’s our ultimate summer go-to salad. But I like to think that my caprese is a bit special, way better than your caprese. Your caprese is boring. Just kidding. But not about how good this easy summer recipe is. If you can’t make a caprese salad after this simple how-to, then I’m not sure you can be helped. And if you don’t like caprese, then I’m not sure we can be friends. Pine Nut Pesto 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts 3 medium sized garlic cloves Salt and pepper Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor.  Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor […]

Win a FREE foodie tee from Threadless!

Win a FREE foodie tee from Threadless!

July 18, 2012

Our friends at Threadless, the community-driven design company, have a selection of new and wildly popular tees featuring all sorts of clever and funny t-shirts for the ultimate foodie. From a jolly slice of watermelon, or toast basking in the sun, to a couple of oranges running in terror from the juicer. Threadless has a wide range of clever shirts and we’ve picked out 3 of our favorites to give away to our readers! To enter to win send us a picture of your favorite dish or leave a comment on our facebook wall and let us know what you think a Two Hot Potatoes t-shirt should look like. Every facebook post, share, and comment left between today and next Wednesday July 25th will count as one entry in to the drawing. Feel free to comment multiple times telling us how fabulous you think the Hot Potatoes are for a better chance to win 😉 3 Winners will be chosen […]

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