Fear and Loathing in Your Home Kitchen

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Every home cook has ingredients and dishes they avoid out of fear, or tools they’re afraid to use. What does it take to get over it?

A few months ago, I was invited by some friends to join a cookbook club. Similar to a book club, a cookbook club gets together once a month to tackle one specific book — everyone picks one part of the meal (mains, appetizers, desserts, and so on) and a recipe from within that category they’d like to cook, then we all get together to make dinner. It’s extremely fun. But it’s been three months of cookbook club and I’ve never once elected to cook a main dish for fear that might mean I’d have to cook chicken. Or steak. Or pork. I have always been terrified of making anything where meat is the star, so I default to what I know best: dessert. … Read more

Perfect Crispy Baked Fries

These golden, baked fries are perfectly crispy without the mess of deep-frying! Tossed with oil and tasty Italian herbs, these are sure to become a new family favorite!

Skip the takeout and make amazing fries from the comfort of your home! Try my air fryer french fries, sweet potato fries, and baked zucchini fries next! Not only are they all amazingly crispy and delicious, but healthy, too!

Fries on a white plate served with fry sauce.

Best-Ever Baked Fries Recipe

My family is pretty fry-obsessed. We like ’em hot and crispy served with all the dipping sauces. Our go-to is usually air fryer fries but this baked version is giving them a run for their money! Honestly, you wouldn’t think that baking them would make them so amazing, but this recipe is a game-changer! You get all the crunch and flavor minus the hassle and calories of frying them in oil. It’s a healthy way to get in your … Read more

Multi-agency group continues work despite staffing challenges during pandemic

The pandemic has stretched resources for the group, but the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) has developed an interim plan and is continuing with its work.

The organization was launched in 2011 when three U.S. agencies — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)—created it to improve certain efforts related to food safety. 

Specifically, its purpose is to improve coordination of federal food safety analytic efforts and address cross-cutting priorities for food safety data collection, analysis and use.

“Since its inception, IFSAC’s focus has been foodborne illness source attribution: identifying which foods are the most important sources of selected major foodborne illnesses. As part of this effort, IFSAC now produces annual estimates for four priority pathogens: Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter,” according to the group’s 2022–2023 Interim Strategic Plan.

Federal agencies and … Read more

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Playing a Steely, Volatile Chef in ‘A Taste of Hunger’

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In the Danish film directed by Christoffer Boe, “Game of Thrones” star Coster-Waldau trades King’s Landing for an equally high-stakes setting: a restaurant kitchen

There’s no shortage of movies that explore fire and passion required from ambitious restaurateurs. From Chef to Big Night, and even Burnt or Ratatouille, the passionate, high-stress pursuit of opening and working in restaurants is easy fodder for dramatic tension. But in A Taste of Hunger, the latest film from director Christoffer Boe, the restaurant merely serves as a setting for a crumbling marriage.

The film stars Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Carsten, a perfection-obsessed chef at the helm of Malus, a top-tier Copenhagen restaurant in hot pursuit of its first Michelin star. Carsten lives next door to Malus, which he runs with his wife Maggie (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal). Everything seems pretty perfect until Carsten discovers an anonymous letter, written originally … Read more

The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip

This buffalo chicken dip is the absolute best! Fully loaded with chopped chicken, three types of cheeses, sour cream, and delicious seasonings, this dip has the spicy hot sauce flavor that you are looking for!

Dips are perfect for any party or get-together. Try out this 5 Minute dip, this loaded ranch dip, and especially this 7 Layer Dip. Make them all and have a table full of different dips and chips. Everyone will love it!

A dish of buffalo chicken dip with green onions and blue cheese crumbles.

Buffalo Chicken Dip is the Perfect Game Day Appetizer

Football season is in full force! And if you are anything like me, you are all about the good food, appetizers, and dips that come along with it. Buffalo chicken is a classic game-day food, and this dip takes that taste to the next level! It has a signature spicy hot sauce flavor that can’t be beat. It is so easy to make, and you … Read more