A small, underground group of food enthusiasts meet to dine in the exclusive Test Kitchen.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thanks to reality television, chefs are stepping away from the stove and into the spotlight. But one area woman is taking local chefs out of those extreme circumstances to create meals on their own terms, with 20 foodies in tow to eat it up.
Did you forget to make a dinner reservation? Don't panic: Chef Nigella Lawson is here to help with some suggestions for a heartfelt, home-cooked meal. She talks with NPR's Steve Inkseep about her simple but sexy Date Steak ... and for dessert? Churros in hot, chocolate dipping sauce.
A glittery, heart-shaped box of chocolates certainly is charming, but that isn't all there is. Take a page from the ancients' cookbook and give your loved one a series of savory chocolate pleasures. Vegetables, chicken, beef and pork all get a boost from this Valentine's Day staple.
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Get recipes for Chili-Cocoa Mashed Acorn Squash, Oven Roasted Chocolate Barbecue Chicken, Chocolate And Port Beef Stew (above) and Cacao Nib And Fennel Encrusted Pork Tenderloin below.
Now aging in wine cellars across Iowa, the Marquette grape is a descendant of the popular pinot noir and can survive 35 degrees below zero. It was developed at the University of Minnesota, released in 2006, and planted in wineries from New York to California. Cold-weather states, in particular, have embraced the designer grape with great expectations
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American consumers overwhelmingly prefer white-meat chicken. That means a whole lot of leftover legs for U.S. chicken producers to walk off. Why do we like chicken breasts so much ? and how can we cross over to the dark side?
When average American shoppers go down the meat aisle, they take a look at the packages of chicken and almost always reach for the white meat.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean island, but Chinese food is as much a part of Trinidad as sandy beaches, palm trees and rum cocktails. And the New Year celebrations are a perfect showcase for the fusion fare.
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Get recipes for Fried Wontons, Shay Shay Tien's Pow, Eight-Treasure Trini Chow Mein, Dasheen Pork, Five-Spice Rum Pork And Vegetables, Bitter Melon With Onion Seeds, and Chinese Cakes below.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow days can either be a bane or a boon to business. Some local restaurants tried to drum up customers today by offering special "snow day" deals.
At Spin Pizza south of the Plaza, manager Roger Formanek says snow days can be unpredictable, and often dead. But today Spin offered a "crummy weather voucher": 20% off to people on the email list, and a warning to "Be Safe When You Drive." And he says it worked.
"Literally, almost every guest has the coupon in hand or on their phone," he said. "We'll take it either way."
A local mom and food writer shares her advice and recipes for getting more 'real food' on a family dinner table. Plus, information about healthy snacking, winter cooking, and what makes our city a mecca for fabulous local ingredients.
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What is the secret to filling the home and family meals with whole foods, thus shaping children's familiarities and environments with healthy choices?
Hovering somewhere between a soup and a stew, all chowders start with a good stock, salt and starch. And in the end, a true chowder has chunks. But if you're not trying to win your local sailing club's annual chowder competition, there's plenty of room to improvise.
For Sara Jenkins and her mother, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, food is a family affair ? and a family business. Nancy, a food writer, lived in an old Tuscan farmhouse in a steep mountain valley. It was there that she first introduced her daughter, Sara, to uncomplicated cooking and fresh, flavorful ingredients.
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Food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins and her daughter Sara, together in Spain in 1966. Sara, like her mom, is now also a cookbook writer.
For five decades DiCapo greeted visitors to the Italian Gardens restaurant in downtown Kansas City. During that time he saw the restaurant become a Kansas City favorite hosting countless local and national celebrities over the years.
But its global popularity is boosting prices and making it harder for Bolivians to buy the seeds.
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A man cleans quinoa grain in Pacoma, Bolivia. Quinoa's rising popularity in the U.S. has been a boon to some farmers in the semiarid highlands of Bolivia, but there are fears that the rising demand is pushing up prices for the grain, making it unaffordable for many Bolivians.
Sometimes a cup of coffee is simply not enough. Sometimes a cup of coffee needs a biscotti. But not just any biscotti. This baton-shaped Italian cookie should be dense, chunky, dunkable -- and noisy till the end.
Get recipes for Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti, Anise, Orange And Pignoli Biscotti, Cherry, Pistachio And Vanilla Biscotti, Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Biscotti With Kahlua Icing, and Maple Walnut Biscotti With Maple Icing.
In a country where understatement and simplicity reign, the unpretentious smorrebrod is a national dish. There are countless variations, from minimal to lavish, but all reflect straightforward Scandinavian sensibilities: simple, honest, local ingredients attractively presented with little waste.
If plain champagne just doesn't cut it, here's a host of other bubbly drinks to toast with, from the classic French 75 to a Douglas Fir Sparkletini. The basic cocktail building blocks of sparkle, spirit, sour and sweet can be combined in seemingly endless variations.
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I have a confession to make: I don't like champagne. This is particularly problematic during the holidays, when parties are awash in champagne and other sparkling wines to toast the season.
Punch bowls are back, but they're not filled with sugary juice and cheap booze. Drink historian David Wondrich pays homage to the "monarch of mixed drinks" in his new book, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl.
At 75, French chef Jacques Pepin has spent the greater part of his life in a kitchen savoring food. But he's not yet ready to put his career on the back burner. Today he's the author of 23 cookbooks and has hosted 12 cooking series. His latest cookbook will be released in October.
Chef Jacques Pepin ? or, as Julia Child called him, "the best chef in America" ? has spent more than six decades in the kitchen savoring food.
Even now at 75, he still swears that "the greatest thing of all is bread and butter."
Marcella Hazan is credited with introducing Americans to true Italian cooking. But she began her career teaching science -- and didn't have much of an interest in food.
When Marcella Hazan came to the United States in 1955, one of her first priorities was figuring out how she would feed her husband, Victor.?The American grocery stores, with all their canned goods and prepackaged foods, were a far cry from the markets of her Italian homeland, where fresh produce, meats and fish were easy to find.
Beloved chef Madhur Jaffrey prepared for a life on stage and screen as an actress ? but her longing for the food of her childhood led her to her other career. She looks back on her days in film and in the kitchen with NPR's Renee Montagne.
With dozens of cookbooks published and her own cooking shows in the U.S. and Britain, you'd think Madhur Jaffrey had planned all along for a life in the kitchen. But the Indian chef began her career as a classically trained actress.
From peanut butter hummus to "dirty" Prosecco, chef Nigella Lawson shares some simple solutions for holiday entertaining. She talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about quick appetizers, drinks and desserts that are sure to please the guests.
The Kona coast of the Big Island in Hawaii is to coffee what Napa Valley in California is to wine. But now, a destructive bug known as the coffee berry borer has infested Hawaii's Kona coffee bean farms.
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The Kona coast of the Big Island in Hawaii is to coffee what Napa Valley in California is to wine. The elevation combined with a moderate tropical climate and volcanic rock helps produce some of the priciest coffee beans in the world.
Food writer Peggy Bourjaily joined the movement to eat more seasonal foods from local sources, but the limited menu during the off-season didn't necessarily fly with her family. Then she found a way to invite other fruits and vegetables into her life -- but only during the cold months.
Get recipes for Fennel Citrus Salad, Roasted Branzino Stuffed With Leeks And Meyer Lemons, Banana Bread, and Chicken Salad With Mango And Pomegranate below.
The holiday is full of culinary hurdles, says Chris Kimball, host of America's Test Kitchen on PBS. But he assures that a few recipe redos can help solve perennial problems.
Another Thanksgiving brings another round of traditional foods that can be bland, soggy and, frankly, unappealing. But it's not too late to snap your holiday meal out of the doldrums with a few simple cooking makeovers.