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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @petitfoodie

Written on October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

We’re on a serious banana bread kick lately! Instagram user @petitfoodie made this Brown Butter Cinnamon Banana Bread look so delicious we just had to feature another banana bread photo. Lucky for us, she included the recipe link to her blog, so you know we’ll be trying out this recipe at home, too! Hm, maybe we should have a banana bread bake-off?!

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Wait! Don’t Shoot!

Written on October 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by

It’s become as much a part of your restaurant routine as choosing tap or bottled: the ceremonial Instagramming of your meal. But faster than you can heart your friends’ food shots, restaurants—citing disruptiveness, among other things—are saying, “Drop the phone and step away from the table!” Still, even as some chefs are imposing photo bans, plenty of others are encouraging foodstagramming. Hear two New York chefs argue it out below.

 

 

Alex Stupak, chef at Empellón, says go for it:

 

- Immediate publicity is a boon to our business. As chefs, we now have the power to transmit ideas without needing to wait for traditional media. I can create a new dish that night and have guests transmit the idea to thousands of their Instagram followers.

 

- Essentially, the customer is always right. You can certainly ask people to stop doing what they want to do, but I think that letting them have their fun is more hospitable.

 

- These days if it’s not on Instagram, it’s almost as if it never happened. By communicating with these images, you can share your experience with friends, whether they’re with you at the table or far away.

 

Luke Venner, executive chef at BLT Fish, says it’s a no-go:

 

- These shots aren’t true representations of the dish. As a chef, you want to be able to dictate how the food looks when it’s photographed. Similar to when a celebrity is captured leaving the gym by the paparazzi, a dish isn’t going to look its best when it’s shot in a dim corner of the room with an iPhone.

 

- It’s disruptive. I completely understand that guests want to document a memorable dining experience, but the flash is distracting to other patrons.

 

- Sometimes you just need to live in the moment. Taste your food (while it’s still hot!) and take everything in. Forget the cameras. Be there and enjoy your experience with your friends.

 

Where do you stand? Tell us below in the comments!

 

Written by David Farley; Photography by Sam Kaplan

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week: @sweet_genius76

Written on September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

We’re seriously drooling over @sweet_genius76‘s Lemon Soufflé. It seems like the perfect dessert to transition into fall: it’s both light and rich, fruity and heart-warming. Jen, if you need help finishing all those plates, we’re here to help!

Looking for more fruity desserts? We’ve got tons of easy berry dessert recipes here.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week: @jcaonguyen

Written on September 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

We’re truly impressed by @jcaonguyen and his venture into making a homemade Ramen burger! His dedication proves that you don’t need to wait in line for something truly delicious- you can make it at home yourself! Who knows, maybe someone will even try a homemade Cronut one of these days…

Want more fantastic burger recipes that taste just as great as a restaurant? Check out Rachael’s 25 Most Popular Burgers here.

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @hungryhappens

Written on August 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

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This week’s featured cook @hungryhappens caught our attention with her gorgeous shot of her Banana Chocolate Chip & Nut Hemp Muffins (recipe). Delish! While we love eating muffins breakfast, we think they make a great snack any time of the day too. Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Stella. We can’t wait to see what you make next!

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: Norma Sheikh

Written on August 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

 

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Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw this delectable, dual-flavored cake roll from @pansyNsnowdrop. Chocolate and vanilla? Yes, please! Check out this week’s Featured Cook, Norma’s, other Instagram photos for more of her creative and fun cake roll designs including one with an intricate giraffe pattern. Keep up the delicious work Norma, we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

 

 

 

Wanna make a delicious marble cake of your own? Download our FREE Instant Expert! Mix & Match Cake booklet here.

 

 

 

 

More #RRWhatchaCookin Cooks:

Josie’s Mixer Berry Cream Puffs

Theresa’s Creative Grilling Technique

Alisa’s Fajita Night

 

 

 

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @loreleiannmarie316

Written on July 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

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We love deviled eggs! They’re the perfect finger food for any party or picnic and make a great anytime-snack too. So when we saw @Loreleiannmarie316′s avocado deviled eggs we knew we had found this week’s featured cook. To mix it up and eat clean, she filled the hard boiled eggs with seasoned avocado. Delish!

 

“Steal” Rachael’s Deviled Egg recipes here!

 

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Josie’s Mixer Berry Cream Puffs

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Alisa’s Fajita Night

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Josie

Written on July 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

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Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we love them all! Not only are these little gems full of antioxidants, they’re also great in any dish from salads to main courses. One of our favorite ways to use these colorful beauties though is in desserts, which is why we chose Josie as this week’s Featured Cook! Her mixed berry cream puffs made us what to take advantage of these seasonal faves and whip up a berry dessert ASAP. Thanks for sharing your photos, Josie, we can’t wait to see what you make next!

 

Click here for our Berry Dessert Recipes

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Theresa L.

Written on June 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine!

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Grilling season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited, which is why we loved this photo from @Theresamarie_xo showing off her creative “grillz skillz.” Grilling salmon in banana leaves? That’s genius! As we’re all about trying different foods on the barbeque such as watermelon, coleslaw and even doughnuts, we had to choose her as this week’s Featured Cook. Congrats Theresa, we cant wait to see what you cook up next!

Click here for our cool, new grilling  ideas and recipes.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @FreckledFoodBeast

Written on June 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine!

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This week’s featured cook, Becca van S. got us in the mood to grill out and chill out! We loved her comment on fighting over the dark meat with her hubby and couldn’t agree more with her #foodgasm hashtag more. Bring on the summer grilling!

 

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