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Published: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:48:04 -0800

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The Perfect Cocktail For Your Zodiac Sign

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:45:03 -0800


Ever feel like there's that one cocktail that just speaks to you? It just might be your perfect zodiac match. And, hey, even if you don't read your horoscope every day, it doesn't hurt to find a new go-to cocktail recipe for every occasion. We've tapped cocktail expert Kat Odell, author of the recently published cookbook Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails For a Mellow Buzz ($11), for her advice on all things cocktail-related astrology. Read on to discover which cocktail you should stir up based on your zodiac sign, and learn why it's the best match, according to Kat herself. And, yes, as the name of her book implies, you have permission to drink it any time of day!

A Better Way to Freeze Bananas For Smoothies, Banana Bread, and More

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:00:05 -0800



Don't toss out those overripe bananas! With a couple minutes of prep work, they can be transformed into frozen nuggets of gold, perfect for smoothies. Here's the best way to do it:

  1. Start with overripe, spotty bananas (they have much more flavor).
  2. Peel all of the bananas.
  3. Slice them into 1- to 2-inch chunks. (Smaller pieces are much easier on your blender; even a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, will have trouble breaking down a whole banana.)
  4. Arrange them in a single layer on a parchment- (or wax-paper-) lined rimmed sheet pan. Don't just toss the unfrozen chunks into a freezer-safe bag; if you do this, they'll freeze into a brick of banana chunks that'll need to be chipped apart before using.
  5. Once frozen, transfer to freezer-safe bags. We like to separate them into individual bags that hold just enough banana chunks for a smoothie, so there's no guesswork (or measuring needed) when you're tired and looking to blitz your way to breakfast. For our go-to smoothie recipe, that means 1 1/2 bananas, but many other recipes use less.


Armed with a freezer full of banana bags, you'll always be ready for rich, creamy smoothies, vegan banana "ice cream," banana bread, or oatmeal (heat the chunks in a microwave until thawed before using).

The 7 Best Salads at Trader Joe's

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:35:03 -0800


During a busy week, Trader Joe's extensive selection of premade salads can be a real lunchtime savior. Not only are there a variety of flavorful, filling options, but at around $4 a pop, these salads are much more economical than takeout. We asked our editorial staff to chime in with their favorites; pick up a couple on your next Trader Joe's run, and let us know if we missed your go-to.

21 #MealPrep Ideas That Are Anything but Boring

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:40:07 -0800


Do you #MealPrep? Meal prepping, or making your weekly breakfasts, lunches, and sometimes dinners ahead of time, is the craze sweeping the nation. Many self-confessed meal preppers often take to Instagram to show off their ingenuity and handiwork. People on special diets, such as Paleo or those on Weight Watchers, have long enjoyed meal prepping, since it can be hard to pick up dishes that conform to their strict needs on a whim.

Now, meal prepping is going mainstream as more and more people try to get a handle on the week ahead. It's also a great way to ensure you eat healthy and often for less than buying meals out. In fact, meal prepping is getting a downright gourmet makeover - check out these 21 inspiring examples of #mealprep!

Grab a Forkful of Happiness by Making This Garlicky Spaghetti Immediately

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:45:21 -0800

Allow me, a serious pasta addict, to introduce you to my favorite pasta recipe. Olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon, white wine, thyme, parmesan cheese, and a pinch of happy tears join forces to create a boldly flavored sauce that comes together in mere minutes. If you've got all the ingredients on hand, you're on your way to a fast and easy Italian dinner that will fill you with pure joy. I like to start by mincing the garlic and zesting and juicing the lemons so that everything is ready to go when it's time to add it to the pan. Once everything is prepped, the whole dish comes together in no time. Warning: your place will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of garlic and white wine (better than even a dessert-scented candle, in my opinion), so get ready to be showered with compliments if you've got others around. If not, this makes wonderful leftovers you can have for the next couple of days. RelatedEasiest Dinner Ever: Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e PeperoncinoGet the Dish: Olive Garden Lasagna ClassicoCreamy Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese That's Even More Comforting Than Kraft Spaghetti With Garlic, White Wine, Lemon, and Thyme From Erin Cullum, POPSUGAR Food IngredientsSalt 1/2 pound spaghetti 2 large lemons, zested and juiced 2 tablespoons olive oil 5 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/3 cup white wine Pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons salted butter Leaves from a handful of fresh thyme (about 5 sprigs), plus more for garnish 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish Directions Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a generous pinch of salt, and cook spaghetti 1 minute less than the package directions instruct. Before draining the pasta, reserve about a cup of the water for later use. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and zest the lemons using a microplane (or without, if you don't have one). Cut the lemons in half and add the juice to a small container so it's ready to go. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about a minute. Add the red pepper flakes and stir for a few more seconds. Add lemon juice and white wine, increase the heat to medium-high, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the pasta water, add the butter, and turn off the heat once it's melted. Add the pasta back into the pan, followed by the lemon zest and parmesan cheese, tossing to coat all the spaghetti with the sauce. Add more pasta water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve topped with additional parmesan cheese, thyme, and red pepper flakes, if desired. Information Category Pasta, Main Dishes Cuisine Italian Yield 2 to 4 servings [...]

16 Fun Food Facts You Didn't Know About Chip and Joanna Gaines

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:00:05 -0800


Chip and Joanna Gaines have a clear passion for interior design and renovations, but they also happen to be huge foodies. Whether Joanna is whipping up a homemade pie in the kitchen or Chip is getting up early to make breakfast for the family, the Gaines household not only looks beautiful but also probably smells delicious. If you're already fans of the Fixer Upper stars and Magnolia Journal authors, read ahead for 16 fun facts you might not know about the HGTV couple. But be warned, they might make you hungry.

The Best New Trader Joe's Products From 2017

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:01:21 -0800


One of the best things about Trader Joe's is that it's constantly releasing new products for customers to try, and we're not just talking about the free samples. Shopping at Trader Joe's is never boring thanks to the never-before-seen foods available every month, and 2017 was a fantastic year for the brand. We kept up with every single new offering from Trader Joe's to let you know which items are worth the purchase and which ones you should skip. Ahead, read up on all the best new Trader Joe's products of the year, and add your favorites to your shopping list the next time you head to TJ's.

- Additional reporting by Jamie Mieuli

20 Things You've Been Doing Wrong in the Kitchen Your Entire Life

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:01:12 -0800


Are you scrambling eggs, making chocolate chip cookies, and measuring pasta the right way? It might not seem obvious, but there are plenty of basic things you could be doing the "wrong" way in the kitchen. These 20 hacks will make you a serious cooking pro if you're not already. Keep reading to learn every cooking shortcut and tip that will save you time, stress, and sanity in the kitchen.

28 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes That Won't Bore You to Tears

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:10:07 -0800


Let's face it: boneless, skinless chicken breasts aren't exactly exciting. Prone to drying out, the lean dinner staple can also be pretty bland. And yet they're a staple for good reason: they're convenient, reasonably economical, and can even be delicious (really!) when treated right. Keep reading for plenty of ideas ranging from a Tex-Mex pasta casserole to lemony-bright chicken piccata to a memorable chicken, kale, and avocado salad.

Source: Cooking For Keeps, Cooking Classy, Damn Delicious, Half Baked Harvest

Burning Question: Why Does Pineapple Irritate Your Mouth?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:00:26 -0800



Yesterday I cut myself some fresh pineapple, then promptly proceeded to eat a lot of it before remembering that every time I eat a copious amount of pineapple, the roof of my mouth becomes itchy and sore. So why is this condition a common complaint among fresh pineapple aficionados?

Pineapples contain a plant protease enzyme called bromelain. Because it readily breaks down protein, bromelain is frequently used as a natural meat tenderizer. In addition, bromelain may also induce a prickly sensation in the mouth when consumed.

Although the enzyme is present in all parts of the pineapple plant, it's most concentrated in the stem, the hard piece in the middle of the fruit, which is much more fibrous and chewy but still edible. Many people believe that letting a pineapple sit overnight helps take away the irritation factor, but one surefire way to alleviate the burn is to cut out the core.

10 Make-Ahead Meal Prep Hacks That Will Make You Feel Really Good Later

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:28 -0800


#MealPrep is all the rage on Instagram and with good reason: who wouldn't love a fridge and freezer full of meals they can simply whip out and reheat on the fly? We've gathered our favorite meal prep ideas from eggy muffins to chicken freezer packs. Suddenly cooking at home doesn't seem like such a laborious chore.

Um, So, KFC Created Cocktail Recipes Using Gravy - Would You Dare Try Them?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:45:27 -0800

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You probably never thought about adding gravy to your evening cocktail, but that's now a real possibility thanks to a few new KFC recipes. KFC has actually released official recipes for Gravy Cocktails because it claims the brand has "gravy so good, you can drink it." I mean, yes, I'm the kind of person who much prefers buttery mashed potatoes with a heaping spoonful of gravy on top, and I'm not too proud to admit I used to love the taste of KFC's classic, supersavory gravy. But this . . . this I am unsure about.

The above video shows a bartender making a gravy-infused Bloody Mary garnished with a chicken nugget skewer. The video leads you to other Gravy Cocktail options, including the Fingerlickin' Sour and the Southern Twist, a dinnertime-appropriate beverage with bourbon and gravy (yum?). Obviously KFC cannot sell cocktails in its stores, so these are merely suggestions for you to try at home - would you?

Krispy Kreme Is Letting You Pick Its Next Doughnut! Here Are the Enticing Options

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:15:13 -0800



Krispy Kreme is all ears. For the first time ever, the classic chain is asking consumers to determine its next Glazed Doughnut flavor. From Jan. 16 through Jan. 22, Krispy Kreme will allow consumers to vote online and choose from among the following four flavors: blueberry, caramel, maple, and lemon.

"In 2017, our fans responded with tremendous enthusiasm regarding how we innovated around our Original Glazed Doughnut," Chief Marketing Officer Jackie Woodward said in a press statement. "To begin this year, we're tapping that enthusiasm and mobilizing that engagement to make our fans full-fledged innovation partners."

The winning flavor will be announced on Jan. 25 and will later be available in Krispy Kreme locations nationwide for one week this coming Spring. Now go ahead and cast your tremendously important ballot.


Sip on This: The Truffle Cocktail and Other Top Drink Trends For 2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:10:04 -0800


If the last few years in cocktails have been marked by the moscow mule, it seems that things are about to change. New flavor profiles and a resurgence of liquors, including gin and mezcal, are hitting the palate in a big way, and more consumers are looking for richer, more in-depth cocktail concoctions.

"People are becoming more aware of what they are ordering and have access to a ton of information," Kyle Tran, beverage director at the New York, NY-based Library of Distilled Spirits, told POPSUGAR. "They come in and they want to almost stump you, but are really open to having a conversation about their favorite drinks. They will tell you what they like and then ask what you can make them that's similar but with a new twist," he said.

Additionally, he said, fresh ingredients and new flavors have been top of mind for the imbibing crowd this year, including the Library of Distilled Spirits's signature drink, the Madman, made with black truffle.

"It really is good, fresh ingredients that people care about in their cocktails, and we are lucky enough to have access to great ingredients. This allows us to expand the cocktail list a bit while also offering customers new flavors that they may not have had before," said Tran.

Evan Hosaka, lead bartender at Rosina inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, echoed Tran's sentiments, telling POPSUGAR that a modern twist on the classics will continue to trend in popularity this year, but seasonal ingredients and customization will be the key. To that, he explained that Rosina offers a beverage called The Seasonal Fix. Guests can customize the beverage with their liquor of choice, and it is served with seasonal ingredients such as muddled fruit and herbs.

Thomas Waugh, a 15-year craft libations veteran, noticed that consumers want both new and fresh but also reminders of yesteryear. For his new venture, The Pool Lounge, located in NYC, he chose a menu that riffs on classic drinks, celebrating the season's fruits, vegetables, spices, and even smoke. "We create drinks that focus on single flavors that are prime for the season," said Waugh. "The art is to amplify the flavors and achieve a multilayered complexity by building the recipes around them with complementary spirits and ingredients.

What else is going to be the drink in your cup this year? We have the scoop on the top-trending cocktails that will be making their way across the bar in 2018.

Cherry Garcia Pint Slices FINALLY Exist, and We're Gonna Buy 12 Boxes

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:05:14 -0800



Get ready to head to the closest grocery store, because as of today, Ben & Jerry's Pint Slices come in more flavors - including perennial favorite Cherry Garcia. Ben & Jerry's says that the popular pint flavor, chock-full of delicious cherries, has been highly requested in Pint Slice form (no surprise there). In addition to the new Cherry Garcia option, Pint Slices will also be available in Tonight Dough and Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz. Pint Slices, introduced in 2017, were previously only offered in Americone Dream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup; those flavors aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

And as if that news wasn't enough, Ben & Jerry's is also releasing three new truffle pints. New flavors include Chocolate Shake It, a chocolate malt milkshake ice cream with chocolate-cookie-covered fudge truffles and marshmallow swirls; Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake, a caramel cheesecake ice cream with graham-cracker-covered cheesecake truffles and chocolate cookie swirls; and Chillin' the Roast, a cold-brew coffee ice cream with chocolate-cookie-covered coffee liqueur truffles and fudge swirls. I got an early taste of all of them, and let me tell you, you can't go wrong with any of the new flavors.

All of the new ice cream options are available in stores starting on Jan. 16, or you can place an order directly from Ben & Jerry's. Which new dessert are you excited to try?


16 Italian Soup Recipes to Get You Through Chilly Nights

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:15:15 -0800


There's no disputing that Italians know their way around a pot of soup - pasta e fagioli, minestrone, and Tuscan white bean soup immediately come to mind. This collection of recipes includes variations on each, plus Italian-American options like slow-cooker chicken parm soup (really!) and lasagna soup.

Peeps Oreos Have Returned, Because Did You Really Think They Wouldn't?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:10:04 -0800


Limited-edition Oreo flavors don't always return to shelves after their initial run, but Peeps Oreos have indeed made a comeback. First introduced in 2017, Peeps-flavored Oreos feature a golden cookie and a bright pink marshmallow creme that tastes strikingly similar to Lucky Charms. This year, there's an option for Peeps Oreos with a chocolate cookie and purple marshmallow-flavored creme that's already been spotted on shelves at CVS. Peeps are one of the most polarizing foods, but perhaps the addition of a chocolate cookie will sway people who might be apprehensive about trying these. Although the Oreos are far more enjoyable than they sound, never forget the embarrassing side effect many people experienced after eating too many of the artificially colored cookies.

Just Add a Can: 17 Recipes Made Better With Canned Ingredients

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:20:38 -0800


Every cook knows that fresh is always better, but canned ingredients are one of a few food-editor-approved shortcuts in the kitchen. Need to bulk up your pasta? Add chickpeas. Want easy homemade tomato sauce? Start with a can of whole tomatoes. These 17 recipes are all made better by the addition of canned ingredients, and they're just as easy as they are tasty.

Minty-Fresh Peppermint Pattie Brownies Are an Ideal Valentine's Day Treat

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:10:16 -0800

Weird, but true: I did not like chocolate for the first decade and a half of my life - except when combined with a generous hit of mint, like with York Peppermint Patties or Junior Mints. I still am rather particular about chocolate desserts, shunning chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream, and cake. My main weaknesses: fudge and intensely chocolaty brownies. This ridiculously decadent recipe combines my two loves, tucking nuggets of minty fondant inside the richest brownies I've ever tried. If you, or a loved one, are particularly fond of the combination of mint and chocolate, this is the recipe you should make this Valentine's Day. With a just-right balance between bittersweet chocolate and minty freshness, they are pretty fabulous. A few quick notes: do not be tempted, like I was the first time I tried out this idea, to tinker with the brownie batter itself, adding peppermint extract in addition to or in lieu of the vanilla. While vanilla extract might sound odd in a mint brownie, these brownies do not taste like vanilla per se. Rather, the vanilla rounds out the chocolate flavor. Peppermint extract messes with the balance, making it too minty overall. Also, do know that your brownies will stamp out into rustic, not perfect, hearts, as you can see in the pictures. If you are the type of person who would be bothered by this, consider cutting these the standard way: into squares. Peppermint Pattie Brownies Adapted from Gourmet Notes I used the third-largest cookie cutter in this set. While not pretty, the brownie scraps are quite tasty and can be snacked on or used in a trifle, a milkshake, or other dessert where the aesthetics of the brownie pieces are not important. Alternatively, cut the brownies into squares. For cleaner-edged brownies (they still won't be perfect), bake the brownies 5-10 minutes longer, but know that this will result in cakey rather than fudgy brownies (this is not my recommendation, flavor-wise). Ingredients2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter 8 ounces bittersweet (60 percent cacao) chocolate, coarsely chopped, such as Ghirardelli or Callebaut 1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups (14 ounces) granulated sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large bag (about 26 pieces) York Peppermint Patties Directions Put oven rack in middle position, and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with butter; line pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof mixing bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour in chocolate mixture, whisking until combined well. Fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Spread about half of the batter in the prepped pan. Arrange the Peppermint Patties evenly on top, and then spread the remaining batter on top of the Peppermint Patties. Bake until the top is shiny, the sides have begun to pull away slightly from the pan, and the center has puffed up (a wooden pick or skewer will not come out entirely clean), about 40-45 minutes. Cool brownies completely in the pan on a wire rack. Very carefully transfer the brownies from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment sling. Cut out the brownies using a large heart cookie cutter. Information Category Des[...]

16 Make-Ahead Recipes From Ina Garten That Will Change the Way You Cook

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:00:50 -0800


If ever there were an award for queen of make-ahead recipes, Ina Garten would win. She's so good at this cooking strategy that she wrote an entire cookbook about it. The beauty of Make It Ahead is that "each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises," according to the description from Ina herself. Whether you prep the dough for salty oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies in advance, or you make a big pot of soup and freeze the rest for later for dinner on a whim, there's a way to make cooking easier (and more fun) with Ina's expert direction. Ahead, take a look at more than 15 ways people are embracing the make-ahead lifestyle and start enjoying the time-saving recipes for yourself.

Prepare to Get Fizzy: Sparkling Everything Is THE Drink Trend of 2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:25:10 -0800


People love to sparkle, and I'm not just talking about swiping on extra highlighter. This year will be the year of sparkling everything in the world of drinks: from a surge of kombucha-like probiotic waters to an increased desire for guilty-pleasure "sodas" that are actually healthy, 2018 is all about getting fizzy. Perhaps the Kirakira craze has made its way to the food sphere - it's the edible version of the shimmer-and-glitter phenomenon, if you will. Or maybe it's just the fact that the word "sparkling" makes everything seem a little bit more fun, cold-brew coffee included (looking at you, Stumptown, which has debuted Honey Lemon Sparkling Cold Brew).

This year, we'll see more eye-catching sparkling waters on shelves than ever before; La Croix's comeback was only the beginning. Look out for Alta Palla, the brightly colored cans of sparkling waters and juices, at Whole Foods and Good Idea Drinks, the "Swedish sugar buster" that wants to help kick people's soda habits one Sparkling Orange Mango Water at a time.

If you're feeling adventurous, you might go for a pickle-flavored probiotic gut shot that tastes like garlicky pickle soda. Maybe you've thought about giving up coffee but still want the caffeine fix, and you'd be able to turn to Phocus, a Kentucky-based company that makes naturally caffeinated, calorie-free sparkling water (the secret is extractions from green tea leaves). Next-level machines will even translate the trend from stores for the masses to homes for the serious aficionados. Drinkmate can carbonate anything from lemonade to wine and will help satisfy seltzer cravings at a moment's notice.

Spark your interest (see what I did there?) by trying out some of the unique recipes ahead that put an unexpected fizzy twist on classics, like green tea "soda," homemade sparkling cold brew, and a bubbly fruit smoothie. Embracing sparkling everything is just one of the biggest trends of 2018.

Smoothies That Won't Leave You Hungry Before Lunch

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:00:29 -0800


When you're rushing to make it out the door on time in the morning, you don't have to skip the most important meal of the day if you take a few minutes to blend up a smoothie. These 18 recipes are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts, and the best part is they won't leave your stomach growling before lunchtime rolls around.

Copycat! 18 Homemade Versions of Classic Canned Soups

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:15:03 -0800


Growing up, canned soup was always my quick and easy go-to meal; I even went through a phase where I would only eat Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup every night for dinner. Now that I'm older and more skilled in the kitchen, canned soup only makes an appearance when I'm feeling under the weather and can barely muster up the energy to actually cook. As colder weather moves in, I find myself craving the comfort of canned soup but with my own personal culinary touch. These recipes embrace all of the yumminess of those canned classics but with a homemade touch that takes the flavor to the next level.

This Recipe Lets You Keep Your New Year's Resolution and Have Mac and Cheese Too

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:00:17 -0800

Image Source: Andrew Scrivani Clinton Kelly made this lightened-up squash mac and cheese, and the internet went wild. It's easy to understand why: people can't ever get enough mac and cheese, especially when it's less indulgent, and butternut squash macaroni and cheese in general has exploded on Pinterest. You get all the creaminess and color from the butternut squash, minus all the "bad" stuff. One thing to note: I know it sounds scary cooking squash in milk, but I've done a similar technique with mashed potatoes. It's very ingenious! Basically, none of the squash flavor is lost by doing so, and there's no draining involved. You could even use an immersion blender right in the pot if you don't want to transfer the mixture into a blender. Image Source: Lorenzo Bevilaqua / ABC RelatedGet Out of Your Dinner Rut With This Inspiring Chicken RecipeYou Don't Get to Taste the Food - and Other Shocking Revelations About Being in the Audience of The ChewDaphne Oz's Cheesy, Garlicky, Breadcrumb-y Broccoli-Cauliflower Gratin25+ 1-Pan Dinners (Because Dirty Dishes Suck) Lightened-Up Squash Mac and Cheese From The Chew Approved Notes This is one of the most popular dishes that I have ever made on The Chew. I think (1) because people love mac and cheese, and (2) they are always looking for ways to eat their favorite indulgent and comforting dishes without consuming all of the calories. My lightened-up version has half of the calories of a classic mac and cheese and is even more flavorful. The texture that you get from the butternut squash is creamy and velvety smooth, so you don’t have to add as much cheese to the pasta to get the same results as the more caloric version. Try it, I promise you won’t be disappointed - and as you know, it’s always bathing suit season somewhere! Ingredients3 cups butternut squash, cubed 1 1/4 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 cups milk 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt 1 cup shredded gruyère cheese 1 cup grated parmesan 1 pound cavatappi pasta 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned panko breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste Directions In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add butternut squash, stock, milk, and garlic. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and add to a blender. Add in the Greek yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Blend starting on low and slowly increase the speed, being careful to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth and then add in the gruyére and parmigianino. Blend again until combined and cheese is melted. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the cavatappi according to the package instructions. When pasta is done, drain and add it directly to the cheesy squash mixture. Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add panko and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Spoon the mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with the toasted panko. Garnish with chopped parsley. Source: From THE CHEW: APPROVED with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Information Category Pasta, Main Dishes Cuisine North American Yield Serves 8 Cook Time 30 minutes [...]

Here's the Secret to Olive Garden's Addictive Alfredo Sauce

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:01:01 -0800

Olive Garden's signature alfredo sauce is proof that the simplest recipes can be the best ones. The restaurant chain's Chicken Alfredo is the most popular dish at Olive Garden, and the cheesy sauce is what makes it so popular . . . it's a recipe that's been unchanged for decades. POPSUGAR spoke to an Olive Garden representative about the surprising history of Olive Garden's alfredo sauce, and we have a newfound appreciation for the restaurant's "Americanized" version of a classically Italian dish. While you won't find any milk or heavy cream in an authentic Italian alfredo recipe, it's true that cream was first added to the dish when it made its way to America. And Olive Garden built on that idea to develop its own recipe in the early 1980s, which includes butter, milk, cream, flour, garlic, imported parmesan cheese, and imported Romano cheese. "Adding cream gives alfredo sauce a richer, more full-bodied finish that Americans love," the Olive Garden spokesperson said. Clearly, Olive Garden is doing something right, because people seriously can't get enough of the cheesy, creamy sauce - you know you've ordered it at least once in your life. Olive Garden dished out a few more facts about the beloved dish that any fan of Italian food would want to know. RelatedGet the Dish: Olive Garden's Toasted Ravioli The recipe for alfredo sauce at Olive Garden has not changed since the restaurant was founded in 1982. Olive Garden's signature flavor profile for alfredo sauce includes a lot of garlic: one tablespoon, or about three to four minced cloves. Olive Garden claims fettuccine is the best pasta pairing because the broad shape of the pasta allows the thick alfredo to cling to the outside. As for the best topping, both chicken and seafood (like shrimp) pair well with alfredo because the lightness of the meat complements the rich, creamy sauce. You can (and should!) always add more parmesan on top. We'd have to agree with Olive Garden chef Jim, who said, "You can never have enough parmesan." Get the recipe: Olive Garden's alfredo sauce [...]