All-American Dessert x 4

November 21, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Crisps, Cobbler, Buckles and Bettys! Do you know the difference between these delicious fruit desserts?

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Grill the Bird!

November 19, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

Thanksgiving is always a bit of a juggling act when it comes to getting everything on the table at the exact same time. Oven space is beyond scarce -- but can you imagine a world where you don’t have to tie up the oven by roasting the all-important bird? Welcome to it! This year, try grilling your turkey.

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Thanksgiving for Two

November 14, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Thanksgiving doesn't always have to be an elaborate event; it can be the perfect excuse to relax and spend quality time with a special someone (or two or three). When making a meal for a few, rather than a crew, preparing a whole turkey can seem like a waste. (I, for one, am sick of turkey by the next day.) If you're hosting an intimate affair this holiday, why not try something a bit smaller for your Thanksgiving feast?

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Orange Alert: It's Persimmon Time!

November 6, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

Gorgeously vibrant, orange-hued persimmons are the perfect color for a fall holiday tablescape. But what do to with these autumnal beauties beyond piling them in a bowl for a centerpiece? I've devised a handful of ways to easily enjoy these underappreciated fall fruits (and not just as eye candy).

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Homemade Hibiscus Soda

October 29, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

I love making my own soda (check out my recipe for homemade cream soda!). In honor of taco month on bobbyflay.com, I created a recipe for a beloved Mexican favorite: jamaica, aka hibiscus.

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Homemade Corn Tortillas, Debunked

October 15, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

When a recipe is only three ingredients, one being salt and one being water, one would expect it to fall under the category of “easy, peasy”, right? Guess again. Corn tortillas require some finesse to get just right. Armed with these tips you are sure to be a tortilla-making machine in no time.

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Epazote: An unsung hero of Mexican cooking

October 13, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

Repeat after me: eh-paw-ZOH-tay.

If you have a thing for beans, you'll want to get to know and love this Mexican herb -- not just for its flavor, but for its function (it is said to combat the, ahem, negative side effects of eating beans).

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How to Be a Chile Whisperer

October 2, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

Fruity guajillos, fiery chiles de arbol and fresh poblanos have already been toasted, minced and puréed in The B-Team Kitchen this week (it is taco month, after all!)...and there are more to come. Want to master chiles in your own kitchen? Follow this handy guide, excerpted from The Mesa Grill Cookbook, and you'll be a chile whisperer in no time...

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Cheese, The Flay Whey

September 27, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

This month it is all about the Mediterranean which has us thinking and nibbling all sorts of deliciousness. A definite noted favorite is the one and only…. (drumroll please) cheese! Within such rich and diverse food cultures our beloved cheese is consistently at the heart of it all. After all, who doesn’t like cheese?

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A New Favorite Take on an Old Mediterranean Grain

September 23, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Packed with complex carbohydrates and fiber, delicious and hearty whole grains play an important part in the Mediterranean diet. Look beyond rice and pasta, because it’s worth getting to know farro, amaranth, millet, freekah and wheat berries. From the ubiquitous grain salads of the region to barley studded Italian minestrone soup to a purple-tinged French crepe made with buckwheat flour, there are as many traditional recipes as there are modern takes on these ancient grains. And yes! They’re delicious – Bobby wouldn’t have them all over GATO’s menu if they weren’t, but just as importantly to me, at least, whole grains are a healthy choice.

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Summer's Last Gasp

September 19, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

As Indian Summer sets up camp for a few weeks in the Bay Area, my instinct to eat as many tomatoes, melons and stone fruits runs high. To further help this cause, I head directly to Contigo, arguably one of San Francisco's best Spanish restaurants owned by Brett and Elan Emerson. Their menu, billed as “love letter to Spain” features rustic dishes inspired by the vivid flavors of Barcelona. Everything is cooked from scratch using products from local farmers, ranchers and fishmongers.

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The Mediterranean Pantry

September 17, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

September is Mediterranean month on bobbyflay.com and we’re ready for it – talking about, cooking with, and yes, EATING the incredible ingredients of that region is the perfect way to help us deal with those end-of-summer blues. Bobby has a well-documented love for the flavors of the Mediterranean and his restaurant GATO is influenced by dishes from Tunisia to Lisbon, from Turkey to Istanbul. Here are a few of the ingredients that define the region and make its varied cuisine just so tasty:

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OPA!

September 1, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

To kick off Mediterranean month at the B-Team, I’d like to offer you a cocktail, an Ouzo cocktail that is. Ouzo, a Greek spirit distilled from grapes and flavored with anise, is typically served as an aperitif and lends itself well to sipping straight, on the rocks, or my favorite, as a cocktail. If you're fan of anything remotely liquorice or fennel - this should be your next drink!

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Caramel Corn

August 26, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

So, I realize that this month on the B-Team is devoted to FRESH corn but I couldn't resist posting my absolute favorite, crowd-pleasing, mouth-watering snack: Caramel Corn. This recipe was developed by the lovely and talented Anna Kovel for Martha Stewart Living back in July 2010.

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Corn 101

August 11, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

Corn 101

Corn is busting out all over in late summer! Everywhere you look you will see bright green husks piled high in your grocery store or on the stands at your local farmer’s market. Before you fill your cart or recyclable bag here’s a few things you should know.

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OH GAZPACHO, how I love (to reinvent) thee....

August 5, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Few ingredients spell summer better than a ripe tomato if you ask me. And on a hot summer day, a delicious, cool Gazpacho made from August tomatoes is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to enjoy them.

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Where There's Smoke, There's S'mores

July 16, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

This month the B-Team is featuring all-things grilled, whether it’s your backyard BBQ, park side picnic, or costal campsite. And where there's smoke there's s'mores!

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FIRE UP THE (cast-iron) GRILL (pan)!

July 8, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

After a month of tasting and testing more burgers, fries, onion rings, and yes, even shakes than I ever should, followed by a weekend where rosé, fried clam bellies, hotdogs and homemade strawberry ice cream were abundant, a month of healthy grilling sounded just perfect to me.

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Barbeque: Cali Style

July 3, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Carolina Barbeque and Texas BBQ but have you ever tried Santa Maria Barbeque? Unlike the aforementioned styles, Santa Maria Barbeque doesn’t involve a long, slow cooking method or sweet sauces, but is instead a menu featuring a well-seasoned California tri-tip cooked over native red oak coals on a special hand-cranked grill, accompanied by pinquinto beans, salsa, green salad, and garlic bread.

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The Oh-So-Irresistable Onion Ring

June 21, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Onion rings may not be something you would make every day (ok, definitely not!) however they surely would be a welcome treat next time you’re toying with the idea of cooking up some burgers for dinner.
Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to making the best oniony, crunchy goodness ever. Perfect for burger month, indeed!

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