How to Make It: Chocolate Chip Cookie-Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
God help me.

Mornings are tough. Cinnamon rolls help. But chocolate chip cookie stuffed cinnamon rolls help even more.

Yes, this is real life. What a time to be alive.


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Just In Time For 4/20: Win A Cannabis Cookbook!

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Who has the munchies?

Fun fact: Easter, one of the most holy of holidays, occurs on National Weed Day this year. Coincidence? Perhaps. I'm using the duo of celebrations as an excuse to give away a timely gift. Slightly different than most cookbooks, you either need a prescription (or great connections) to acquire one integral ingredient in each recipe. That shouldn't be too difficult around here.

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Taking a Gamble on Bill Rancic is Always a Good Thing.

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Food Network

You may know Bill Rancic from his days on The Apprentice or maybe you know him for being an incredibly successful entrepreneur and being a bestselling author. Or quite possibly, maybe you just know him as being Giuliana's hubby (kidding...sort of). Nonetheless, you know Bill Rancic. His newest venture is taking place on the Food Network with the show he'll be hosting called "Kitchen Casino" and since it seems like everything this man touches turns to gold, it is sure to be a hit. Before the big premiere goes down tonight, we talked to Bill to find out exactly how the show works and if our money's on it, we're gambling on it being a straight up win.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): So I read the premise of Kitchen Casino but I'd love for you to break down the concept of the show in your words.

Bill Rancic: Yeah, it's pretty cool. I'm a huge fan of cooking shows. Cooking competition shows especially. This show is different than any show I've seen because it combines these amazing chefs in the kitchen and they're competing while we integrate these great casino game challenges. We basically have four rounds. We have a slot machine that dictates the theme or the category of the dish that they'll prepare. Then we have chef roulette where the chefs are competing and then midway through the competition or halfway through it, the entire kitchen spins like a roulette wheel. So if you and I were competing, the kitchen spins and I may end up with your dish in front of me and you may end up with my dish in front of you. Then you have to then take that dish over, prepare it, and then show it in front of the judges! You don't know what I may have put in there too! I may have sabotaged it and you'll end up with an inedible ingredient. There is certainly a lot of strategy in that round! You may see some horns sprouting out of people heads in that round! [Laughs.] Then we have chef poker where basically, they play poker to determine what ingredient they have to cook with. Then here is the kicker! At the end of it, you can go through this entire competition and win every round but we give you the chance to double or triple your money. Or, you can go home with nothing. So when people's greed sets in, just like in Vegas, they don't know when to say when! They may have ten grand but they want to go for thirty and take the last challenge. But there is then the chance that they go home with nothing.


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Bobby Flay, on Whether He's Burned Out from Cooking: "No, Definitely Not"

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Food Network

Take two competitors, have them battle it out, then put the winner toe to toe with one of the top chefs around, and what do you have? It's simple. You have "Beat Bobby Flay." But how simple can that really be? Thursday nights on the Food Network, you'll get to see if this daunting task is possible when two pros head into the kitchen to win the bragging rights of beating culinary master and one of our TV favorites, Bobby Flay. To mix up this competition even further, they're throwing in greats like Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, and Alex Guarnaschelli to take part in the fun. Before you tune in and get in on the action, we chatted it up with Bobby about some of his past adventures and asked him to explain further how this new and exciting contest of skills will go down.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): You do so many shows on the Food Network so in everyday life, do you ever get burned out of cooking?

Bobby Flay: No, definitely not. In fact, this week I'm opening a new restaurant in New York. Frankly, it's the thing I love to do the most whether it's at home, on TV, or at my restaurants. It's really what gets me motivated to do everything.

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How to Make It: Chik-fil-A-Style Chicken Nuggets and Sauce

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Ain't no chicken glue here!

Chicken nuggets have a special place in my heart. Besides being delicious, they're nostalgic and take me back to the days of cardboard food boxes and tiny toys. Chick-fil-A to me, though, is wifey status. They take the beautiful, chicken-chunky days of yore to an entire different level of tastiness. There are few things in life as wonderful as their hot crispy bite-sized pieces of chicken, waffle fries and sweet tea. Seriously, I have a hard time naming three things better than that.

As a Southern girl, Chick-fil-A was much more than just a fast-food restaurant. It was a home. Thankfully, this beauty is out on the west coast, but when I saw this DIY recipe for their nuggets and God-given (pun intended) Chick-fil-A sauce, I had to try it out.

This recipe will leave you saying my pleasure.


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"Some Super-Interesting Dishes!" Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in America

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Known for her spiky blond mane (now with a rockin' tinge of pink) and sassy attitude, Anne Burrell is so much more than an esteemed chef, cookbook author, and cooking show host. Anne is also a mentor. On the fifth season of the Food Network show Worst Cooks in America, she (along with Bobby Flay) will once again test her patience levels by attempting to teach the willing contestants to heat it up the kitchen with the hopes to win a $25,000 prize. Starting February 17th you can get in on the fun of watching the flips and flops that will be flying as Anne tries her best to turn the incompetent into capable cooks. Before the big premiere, we talked to Burrell and got some background details and also found out what the new season has in store for us.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): So how does the casting process work with the contestants?

Anne Burrell: Each of the "would be cooks" come to us with their "signature dish" and we ask them about it. There have been some super interesting dishes!


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Romantic Dinners for One You Can Easily Make Just in Time for Valentine's Day

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Overrrrated

Dateless this Valentine's Day? Why your friends be having all of the fun? Dedicate yourself to something you love this Friday: you. You are so amazing (smart, good-looking -- do I sense nodding right now?) that you deserve the best food of all time on the day you hate most. So while your friends are posting pictures of their candlelit dinners and newly received gifts (pfft) online, don't fret, because you'll be posting selfies of wonderful ol' you having dinner made by the person who loves you most: you and only you.

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How to Make It: White Castle Cheeseburger Sliders

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The goods

The West Coast has some of life's greatest pleasures: scenic coasts, vast national forests and a chill, easy-going attitude. But, although many East Coasters happily call California home (myself included), too often do we find ourselves trying to fill the square-shaped holes in our hearts caused by the distinct lack of White Castle. We'll try those "amazing" gastropub burgers in the trendy part of town or even throw down on Double-Doubles. But sometimes, even In-N-Out can't fulfill us. I'm here to help.

To those who have never tried White Castle before, I'm sorry for your loss. White Castle burgers are literal bundles of onion-y joy sandwiched between two fluffy buns of happiness. Of course, too much of this ecstasy might cause brains to explode, so White Castle wisely makes its signature dish fit in the palm of your hand. They have locations in 12 states, none of which are California.

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Wolfgang Puck Will Be In South Coast Plaza Macy's This Saturday

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The real Wolfgang Puck. The man himself. The legend. Yes, him. The Austrian who's credited for inventing the California-style pizza and has a restaurant with his name on it in South Coast Plaza will be doing a cooking demo at Macy's Culinary Kitchen this Saturday, October 5 at 2 p.m.

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It's Here: A Recipe For The Ramen Burger

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While perhaps not inciting the same level of utter insanity as the Cronut, the Ramen Burger has become another food craze that has left some drooling at the their computer screens and others scratching their heads. It's a USDA prime beef burger nestled between two buns made of fried ramen and topped with "secret" shoyu sauce, arugula and scallions. (Where were you back when I was in college?!) The carb-loaded creation is the brainchild of New York chef/GoRamen.com blogger Keizo Shimamoto, who is originally from Orange County! Gwen Stefani who? This is our newest claim to fame.


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