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Nicholas Elmi's Best Five-Ingredient Recipes

A Top Chef Winner's Best Five-Ingredient Recipes

Philadelphia chef Nicholas Elmi calls his food "very focused," "thoughtful" and "clean-tasting." He backs it up with a delicious menu of five-ingredient recipes.

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Chef Intel

The Italian Restaurant of Giada de Laurentiis's Dreams

Giada de Laurentiis's Ambitious New Las Vegas Restaurant

Giada De Laurentiis has become a megastar with simple Italian recipes for the home cook. Now, she's opening an ambitious restaurant—her very first—on the Vegas Strip. F&W's Kate Krader gets a preview and explains why it's destined to win big.

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TV Food Guide

How Wylie Dufresne Would Really Make the Liquid Shrimp from HBO’s Silicon Valley

In last night’s series premier of HBO’s Silicon Valley, chef Wylie Dufresne was credited with making something called "liquid shrimp." Here, what he thought of it and how he would really make the dish. 

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TV Food Guide

Top Chef Virtual Viewing Party: Are You #TeamNick or #TeamNina?

Wednesday marks the finale of Bravo's Top Chef season 11. Which cheftestant are you rooting for?

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TV Food Guide

Genius Game Day Snack: Khe-Yo's Sesame Beef Jerky

Sesame Beef Jerky Recipe

This easy recipe yields the perfect snack to eat while wearing stretchy pants and watching football or Homeland.

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Kitchen Trash

'Jersey Shore' Star Restores the Shore, Gets Spinoff Food Show

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Bucatini Carbonara

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Tonight at 11 pm ET, Vinny Guadagnino and his castmates from MTV’s Jersey Shore are hosting Restore the Shore, a one hour special to encourage viewers to make donations that will help rebuild Seaside Heights, NJ, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
 
Guadagino will soon host his own talk show with a food angle, according to an announcement by MTV. On The Show With Vinny, he will interview celebrities at his family’s Staten Island house and serve them homemade Italian food, likely made by his mother Paula Guadagnino, who cooks enormous Italian meals for her family every day.

Related: Superb Italian Recipes
How to Eat and Drink Like the Cast of MTV's Jersey Shore
5 Reasons Why This is the Last Season of MTV's Jersey Shore

 

 

Kitchen Trash

5 Reasons Why This is the Last Season of MTV's Jersey Shore

Kitchen Trash

How to Conduct Business like a Housewife

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Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey isn't a fan of Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl or cousin Kathy Wakile's posters.

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Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey isn’t a fan of Bethenny Frankel, even though Frankel is the most successful former housewife to come away from Bravo's reality TV series (her Skinnygirl beverage line sold to Jim Beam for an estimated $100 million last year). “Anything that tastes diet-y—for instance SkinnyGirl—I don’t like that,” Teresa said during Sunday’s episode. Instead of following Bethenny's steps to success, she and her fellow castmates demonstrated how they conduct business.
 
1. Research “Ingrediences”
Teresa Giudice met with an enologist at Brotherhood Winery to formulate a bottled bubbly peach cocktail named Fabellini. During the tasting, Teresa tells the enologist that she’s been researching “ingrediences” aka ingredients for her bellini.
 
2. Involve Your Husband
Joe Giudice joined his wife at the bellini tasting and proceeded to get buzzed, red-faced and overly chatty. “These people are looking at me like ‘would you shut your freaking husband up,’” Teresa says.
 
3. Order Sleazy Cocktails
Joe isn’t the only one who gets lit in a business setting. At a work lunch, Jacqueline Laurita ordered a provocatively-named cocktail by telling the waiter “I could use a Screaming Orgasm. I’ve always wanted to ask for that.” For the record, this drink includes vodka, amaretto, coffee liqueur and Irish cream liqueur.
 
4. Make Posters
For a friends and family tasting of her homemade desserts (red velvet cupcakes, frozen cannoli, tiramisu), Kathy Wakile set up a tent with posters in the parking lot of an ice cream store. “I don’t want to compare my book signing to her event but my daughters have posters like that when they have a lemonade stand,” says Teresa.
 
5. Choose a Quiet Setting—Like a Cemetery
Kathy invites Giacomo Berretta, CFO of Italian dessert company Bindi, to attend her dessert tasting. She takes him aside, next to a cemetery, and says “I want to sit down with you about making my dessert recipes with your flavorings and see where we could take this to the next level.” Later, reflecting on the meeting location, she says, “My desserts, they’re to die for.”

Related: In the Kitchen with Khloe Kardashian Odom
Surprising Celebrity Food Products
Etiquette Tips from Lisa Vanderpump of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Kitchen Trash

Snooki's New Soda

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Reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has partnered with Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops to create Snooki Wild Cherry Soda.

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What’s black and pink with spots all over? It’s reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s brand new Wild Cherry Soda for a franchise called Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops on the West Coast. Specializing in oddball drinks (they're the ones behind Buffalo Wing soda, but also Apple Pie), the company wrapped Snooki's limited edition cane sugar-sweetened flavor in hot pink leopard print. It's the latest addition to the pregnant star’s mini-merchandising empire that includes slippers, perfume, bronzer and tanning lotion. Earlier this week, Snooki told Access Hollywood “I had a dream that [my son] came out and he was a gorgeous little baby, then he turned 2, and he turned into a Chucky doll and he was trying to kill me.” Maybe she should stick to water.

Related: Surprising Celebrity Food Products
America's Wacky Fair Foods
Crazy Things People Do to Ice Cream

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5 Signs Your Date is Cheap

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Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, reavels five signs your date is cheap.

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"Let's split something," are not the three little words you hope to hear on a romantic date. Here, Patti Stanger of Bravo’s reality TV series The Millionaire Matchmaker tells Food & Wine five signs that your date is cheap.

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.