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Alton Brown shares genius tip for cooking steak

Alton Brown is known for his quirky personality and kooky — yet incredibly helpful — cooking tips. So when he posted a picture of a steak covered in mayonnaise to his Instagram account, fans knew it was worth looking into. (Remember when he told us to cook meatballs in an egg carton? Or how about juice a watermelon with an immersion blender?) Brown captioned the photo: “I didn’t have any oil or butter so..” https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn45Aa-HXwX/ It turns out that coating meat with mayo is actually nothing new to savvy chefs of the world. After all, mayonnaise is just eggs and oil, so the condiment can actually add more flavor to steaks and seafood than olive oil can do alone. This trick has also been used by grilled cheese masters to develop a crispier exterior. They mayo actually raises the smoking point, so the sandwich can be kept on the griddle longer, allowing…

Creepy new cooking show coming to Netflix in time for Halloween

There’s a new cooking show headed to Netflix in October, and it sounds perfect addition to our Halloween fun. According to the streaming service’s description, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell stars the “wickedly talented baker and artist” Christine McConnell. Fans will recognize McConnell from Instagram where the baker/artist/photographer has over 260,000 followers for her creepy cakes, pies and other macabre makings. The show is being produced by Wilshire Studios and Henson Alternative, the grown-up side of the Jim Henson Company, so we just might see some creepy puppet critters lending Christine a hand in the kitchen. The entire season is expected to drop on Netflix Oct. 12. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkL4qqzBdRM/?taken-by=christinehmcconnell The streaming service has released a new poster in advance of the show, which features McConnell in an ET/Stranger Things-esqu style. McConnell described the show to MyRecipes.com saying, “It’s like if Morticia Addams stopped in the the middle of the movie…

‘Central Perk’ coffee shops could be headed our way

Friends fans, listen up. All these years dreaming about hanging out with your five best buds at a cozy coffee shop might just turn into a reality. While Rachel won’t be there to serve you and Phoebe won’t be singing “Smelly Cat” on stage (definitely for the best), a Central Perk themed café could be coming to a town near you. While there is no official word yet, reportedly earlier this month, Warner Bros. Entertainment, who owns the rights to the successful ’90s television show, trademarked the use of the Central Perk name. According to celebrity-gossip site The Blast, Warner Bros. trademarked the name “Central Perk” as well as the logo for potential use for “coffee shop and cafe services.” The entertainment company also reported filed for exclusive rights to the name for products such as toys, board games and slot machines. Simply trademarking a name doesn’t mean franchised coffee cafés are…

Game of Thrones Golden Ale Arrives in Time for Season 7

If you can count on anything in a Game of Throne episode, it’s backstabbing, dragons doing something cool, and a Lannister drinking way too much. So it only seems natural for the hit HBO series to branch out into the theme-drink business. We’ve already welcomed, and loved, the Westeros-inspired wines. Now, if you’re into fandom inspired booze, grab your stein and get ready for the ultimate ale. Ommegang’s Bend the Knee golden ale is a light ale brewed with honey. The results are a a bubbly, beautiful golden brew. The matte black bottles retail for about $11 each, and you can choose your house: The Lannister lion, Stark direwolf, or  Targaryen three-headed dragon. This isn’t Ommegang’s first GOT inspired drafts. They released several beers including Three Eyed Raven in 2015. Find out where you can purchase this tasty adult beverage by using this beer finder, and be sure to stock up! After all, winter is coming. And…

Anthony Bourdain gives opinion on Unicorn Frap and other food trends

Unicorn Frappuccino fans won’t be pleased to hear Anthony Bourdain’s strong opinion of the recent Starbuck’s sugar-bomb beverage. The celebrity chef shared his opinion during an interview with Town & Country last week by saying: “Wow, that’s like four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns, and the colors pink and purple.” Bourdain then delivered another entertaining drink diss. Just add pumpkin spice to that mix, and you can nuke the whole county. And his least favorite food trend? “The Kobe slider is an indication of a douche economy that’s threatening to me personally. It’s like bottle service at the nightclub; it’s a societal ill. It’s a clear example of nothing being added to the slider experience by using Kobe beef other than the price. No one who orders a Kobe slider wants the unctuous, fatty experience of ordering a Kobe steak. What they want is bragging rights in front of their princes of…

Iron Chef makes its TV return with new but familiar Iron Chef Gauntlet

Food Network’s hit show Iron Chef is back … kind of. After a three-year hiatus, the show came sizzling back this past Sunday with a brand new name — Iron Chef Gauntlet — and brand new rules of the game. Unlike any other previous Iron Chef series, which played up the kitschy competition factor, author  and showman extraordinaire, Alton Brown wanted to cook up a show that would be more about the food and the folks who cook it.  Brown tells Fast Company: I always wanted to find new Iron Chefs, and we did the show The Next Iron Chef, but it was like a big-arc reality show. I wanted to tear that down and make it a lot more straightforward… I wanted to finally be able to take the series into a place that I thought it ought to go, which is that it’s all about the food, and it’s all…

Top Chef Heading to Colorado for Season 15

Top Chef’s next contestants are about to get a taste of the Centennial State for season 15 of Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show. “We are always on the hunt for the next great culinary destination, and Colorado is fast becoming a hot spot for young chefs and foodies, making it an ideal backdrop for our upcoming season,” said the channel’s VP Shari Levine in a recent statement. Production is expected to kick off this spring shooting scenes throughout Denver, Boulder, and Telluride. It’s the first time the show has been filmed in Colorado — a move that’s sure to solidify the state as a foodie destination. The state’s head of Office of Film, Television & Media, Donald Zuckerman, was pretty pumped about the decision. “This is a big get,” Zuckerman told the Denver Post.  “Because Colorado is not looked on as a food destination. The best food show on television will show our great restaurants, ranches, farms,…