Food and Drink

Watch Second Graders Eat Caviar, Lobster and Snapper


One of the world’s finest restaurants was recently challenged with pleasing some of their toughest customers -- second graders. Six students from a Brooklyn grade school were given a peek into the life of fine dining at acclaimed French restaurant, Daniel, located in New York City’s posh Upper East Side. The bunch was treated to a 7-course tasting meal, which normally costs $220 a person. Chef Daniel Boulud exposed the youngsters to “a lot of flavor, a lot of layers [and] a lot of textures,” -- and with that price tag, I’m sure many of those flavors, layers and textures are foreign to adults!

The kids had a decadent dinner with plates ranging from lobster and ravioli to snapper to steak and fried broccoli. It wouldn’t be a meal without dessert, which proved to be a real crowd -- pleaser among the diners. The gang seemed to enjoy all their courses; although when Chef Daniel Boulud mentioned doing “Macaroni and Cheese” next time, they replied and an enthusiastic “Yayyyy!!” (Sometimes it can be as simple as noodles and cheese! Phew!)

They concluded their dinner with a toast, as if there is any other way to end a 7-course dinner. The kids certainly have a jump-start on dinner etiquette and I’d like to make a toast to their lovely manners!

Watch the video created by the New York Times and notice how both the kids and Chef Boulud take the meal very, very seriously. How adorable!

 -By Melanie Owens

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7 Father's Day Recipes That Are (Almost) as Awesome as Your Dad


You may have planned your Father's Day menu weeks ago, but if you're anything like us, you may be scrambling to find some delicious meal ideas for dad's big day. Whether you like to fire up the grill or keep things in the kitchen, these awesome entree, side dish, and dessert recipes, straight from some of TLC's favorite personalities, are easy, delicious and guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Kitchen-boss-ribeyeRib Eye Steaks with Steak Sauce

The secret to this awesome main dish is in the sauce...Buddy Valastro's sauce, that is! Pick out high-quality pieces of meat and let this tangy, citrusy steak sauce work its magic. Get the full Rib Eye recipe.

Grilled Corn with Manchego Cheese

Since you've already got the grill fired up, make this tasty take on a backyard barbecue staple. A bit of grated cheese and delicious spices take this side dish to the next level. Get the Grilled Corn with Manchego Cheese recipe.

Gourmet Burgers

Don't let the "gourmet" description scare you! Celebrity chef Curtis Stone makes the perfect burger in this super simple, yet satisfying recipe.

Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella Salad

Even if dad isn't a huge fan of vegetables, it's hard to argue with this easy, yet impressive-looking salad. Tomatoes are just coming into season, so if you can buy fresh ones from your local farmers' market, the salad will be that much better. Get the Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella Salad recipe.

Crispy Homemade Potato Chips

If you're feeling especially crafty in the kitchen, these perfectly crunchy chips are an amazing addition to any meal.

Christine's Guacamole

And what are chips without an awesome dip? "Sister Wives" mom Christine swears by this classic avocado-based dip that everyone will love. Get Christine's Guacamole recipe.

Kb-shortcakeStrawberry Shortcake

Finish off a great meal with this fresh and fast dessert from the Cake Boss. You can make the vanilla cake the day before and simply top with strawberries and whipped cream on Sunday! If strawberries aren't your favorite fruit, blueberries, mango, or other fresh fruits work just as well. Get Buddy's Strawberry Shortcake recipe.



-- Mara Betsch

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Oprah's New Tea Is Taking Over Starbucks


Oprah-starbucks-new-now-250x150.jpgAs if Oprah isn't busy enough acting, running her mega-empire, and saving Lindsay Lohan (and the rest of the world), she's adding tea maker to her resume. Starting April 29, her brand of chai teas, Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, will be available at Starbucks and Teavana stores in the United States and Canada.

And what makes the deal ever sweeter, for every chai tea sold, Starbucks will make a donation to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which gives young people educational opportunities.

For those not familiar with chai tea, it's black tea infused with a variety of spices, and Oprah is a big fan. “I looove tea,” said Oprah Winfrey. “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine," she was quoted in the official press release. She visited the Starbucks tasting room and concocted her version which includes black and rooibos teas along with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves.

Though this collaboration is new to Starbucks, we have a feeling it may be the first of many.

And it's not the only new thing at Starbucks. The brand also recently announced that it will be selling libations with its lattes. The rollout will take several years and will only occur is certain markets, but look out for light bites and alcohol menus in the future.

Will you swing by Starbucks to sample the new chai tea?

-- Mara Betsch

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What Your Food Looks Like—Split Down The Middle



Beth Galton and Charlotte Omnes like to pick at their food, but not in the way you or I might. The two have a photo series called Cut Food, which chronicles what happens when you split open some of your favorite menu items and really see what's on the inside. 

Take, for example, the corn dog, or the Nutty Buddy, above, in perfect vivisection. Or below, a stuffed turkey, precision split. 

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Omnes and Galton both have day jobs in the advertising world, so cutting open food and seeing how things lay on the inside is just a pleasant distraction. 

 "Everyone can recognize and relate to these images," says Omnes. "That's the fun part. You want to figure out the trick. That's how people respond when they see them: How'd you do that?"

They aren't the first to do it—there was, famously, Scanwiches, the blog and book devoted to the perfectly arranged sandwich, and there's another book just out called Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science of Cooking—but they the first to do things in an incredibly low-fi way. 

Galton hopes their images inspire others to try out similar photo trickery. "It would be fun to see other people reach conclusions on what looks good cut in half and how to make that happen," she said. [NPR]


An Incredible Ice Cream Sleight-Of-Hand


Well, this guy's got some impressive moves. A Turkish ice cream vendor in Instanbul takes great delight in impressing and infuriating his customers by twisting and twirling his ice cream cones in an impressive sleight-of-hand act. 

Watch and be amazed!

Don't Miss: The TLC Kitchen Cookbook!


When TLC's stars aren't helping you figure out what wedding dress to wear, or connecting you with loved ones in the spirit world, they're cooking up delicious and delectable dishes to enjoy. We've all gotta eat, after all. So it made sense, then, that a bunch of your TLC faves would come together to create a scrumptious new cookbook. 

We're excited to announce the brand new TLC Kitchen cookbook, out December 2 (just in time for the holidays!) from Parragon Books! In it, you'll find tons of great recipes for everything from corned beef hash to turkey and rice casserole, to quick tomato soup and roasted veggies. 

Plus, you'll find great recipes from some of your favorite TLC stars, including Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Mama June, Randy, from Say Yes To The Dress, and, of course, the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro. We're particularly excited to try Jen of The Little Couple's spoon taco dish (you had us at "tacos"), and Sophie and Katherine of DC Cupcake's strawberry-banana cupcake recipe. 

Every recipe comes with gorgeous full-color photos and easy-to-understand instructions. So grab your copy and get cooking!

And as a special treat, enjoy this yummpy black and white brownie recipe from the cookbook!

Don't forget to order your copy of TLC Kitchen today!

A Cake That Would Make Cake Boss Proud



We know the way to Cake Boss Buddy Valastro's heart. It's impossibly executed cake creations that wow. And amateur baker Lara Clarke, from Brownhills, Birmingham, UK, managed to do just that, with her Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Johnny Depp cake. 

What is it about this cake that's so amazing? Is it that it's a life-size portrait of Johnny as Jack Sparrow? That it stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall? That it took Lara 90 hours to make? Or that she only started baking two years ago and learned by watching tutorials online? 

Before watching the tutorials, "All I'd really made before was some bog-standard banana cake in home economics," she said. She's competing with the cake this week in what's known as the Cake International, going up against master bakers for the title of top baker. 

We're pretty impressed with the cake, but there are at least a few people who will probably be happy to see him go. 

"It took me 90 hours to make. We live with my fiancé's parents and I think they will be pleased to get rid of it," said Clarke. "When my father-in-law first saw him, he leapt about 10ft in the air thinking we had burglars." [BBC]



What To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy: The 7-Layer Candy Bar Dip


Well this is just too much. Too. Much. 

Some evil genius over at the website Serious Eats came up with a seriously mindblowing way to put your leftover Halloween goodies to good use. We present to you the 7-layer Candy Bar Dip. The dip blends chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut M&Ms, Hershey's bars, Snickers bars, Crunch bars, Oh Henry!, Payday, and Skor bars. The aim was maximum texture and flavor, so it's not exactly the prettiest to look at, but it does sound rather delicious. 


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After layering the chocolate treats in a greased casserole dish (starting with the Skor on the bottom and working your way on up), you simply bake at 200 degrees for about ten minutes. 

The dip testers put it on a hard pretzel, but we imagine it works pretty well with just about anything solid — graham crackers, fruit, or our personal fave, potato chips. 


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What do you think? Would you give it a whirl? And more importantly, would you share some with us? [Serious Eats]

Thanksgiving, In A Croissant


Yes, Halloween just happened, but we've already moved on (sniff!). May we introduce to you the newest way to enjoy Thanksgiving? 

Meet the Thanksgiving Croissant, a semi-annual creation from the folks at New York's esteemed Momofuku Milk Bar. Chef David Chang's Milk Bar is the same place where they dreamed up such delicacies as cereal milk flavored soft serve, and something called Crack Pie, which is like pecan pie with ten times the buttery richness. 

For Thanksgiving, the Momofuku geniuses created a savory croissant filled with white meat turkey, dark meat turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. But here's where their creativity comes in. The dough is made with celery salt, so it tastes like stuffing. A neat trick, huh? 



Do you have a secret weapon you're looking forward to serving this Thanksgiving? Tell us about it in the comments!

World's Largest Key Lime Pie Made In Florida


Key lime pie: it's not my favorite, but I may have to give it another try. That's because the folks of Key West, Florida, –– the place where key lime pie was invented and perfected –– have just created the world's biggest key lime pie.


This isn't Key West's first go at World's Largest KLP: Back in 1987, volunteers presented the city council with a pie that was 7 feet in diameter. But that's nothing compared to the latest, an 8-foot-in-diameter monster made specially for the 2013 Key Lime Festival.

What goes into a pie that big? Well, 6,000 key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers, and 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk. My teeth are aching at the thought.

The pie still has to be verified as World's Biggest by the Guinness Book of World Records, but we think it's a pretty safe bet to pass muster. But would it pass Buddy's test?

Catch Buddy and the rest of the Cake Boss crew, Monday nights at 9/8 c.

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