For the last month or so our friends at “The Chew” have been treating us to their favorite main courses, side dishes, appetizers, desserts and cocktail recipes just in time for the holiday season and Christmas dinner with the family. Today on the show, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and chefs Carla Hall, Mario Batali and Michael Symon treated us to something different, they shared a few of their favorite tips and tricks around the kitchen! If you’ve ever wondered the proper way to microwave a potato, how to make delicious croutons for your salad or favorite soup, or how Ms. Carla Hall makes a quick and easy cookie dough – you are in luck! We have the scoop on 9 DIY tips and tricks that you will use over the holidays and throughout the year!
Chewniversity: Make Daphne Oz’s spiced vanilla sugar mix!
According to Daphne Oz, her delicious spiced vanilla sugar mix is perfect on top of oatmeal, sugar and it even makes a great chai when mixed with tea – YUM! It would make a great holiday gift.
Daphne Oz vanilla sugar mix ingredients
- One and a half cups of sugar
- A few vanilla beans that you split down the middle
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cardamom
- Put it in a jar
Chewniversity: Chef Carla Hall shows us how to make quick and easy cookie dough!
When it comes to making cookies, chef Carla Hall suggests you double the recipe. Take the extra dough and roll it into a log, double wrap it in plastic wrap. The dough will last six to eight weeks!
Chewniversity: Chef Mario Batali shows us how to make croutons out of stale bread.
I love croutons in my salad and soup. Sometimes I even find myself snacking on just croutons and cheese! I honestly can’t get enough of them and go through them like no other. Lucky for me and everyone else who is addicting delicious croutons, today on “The Chew” Chef Mario Batali dished on how we can make croutons out of stale bread.
Chewniversity: Chef Mario Batali shows you how to make your own stock!
Chef Mario Batali tells you how you can make your own stock out of leftover seafood, chicken or vegetables!
Chewniversity: Chef Michael Symon shows us how to microwave a potato.
I love a good baked potato! Today on “The Chew” chef Michael Symon showed us how to microwave a potato properly. According to chef Symon the first thing you do is:
- Season the potato with olive oil, salt and pepper for a crisp skin.
- Use a microwave safe plate.
- Place the potato in the microwave for about three minutes. For multiple potatoes make sure to increase the microwave time. Turn over the potato to cook each side evenly and then microwave for an additional three minutes.
Chewniversity: Chef Carla Hall shows you how to make pie crust cutouts!
- First roll out your pie dough.
- Then use cookie cutters to cut out your favorite shape!
- Either lay out cut out pieces on the pie around the edge or use the cut out crust to top the pie.
- Bake until golden.
How fun would this be on Christmas night? The kids will love decorating your pie.
Clinton Kelly gives you the rules for a potluck party invitation!
Ever wondered what to include on your potluck party invitation? Here are Clinton’s top three tips:
- How many people you’re expecting to feed.
- What time you’re planning on serving the meal.
- The available oven space in case reheating a dish is necessary.
Extra tip: You may want to ask your guests if they have any food allergies.
Daphne Oz shows you how to bake with your kids the easy way!
- Make the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it, so you only get the kitchen dirty ONCE!
- Have all of your favorite toppings and sprinkles in a muffin tin.
- Store your cookies in layers between parchment paper or paper towels in an airtight container.
FUN DOUGH RECIPE FOR KIDS
Looking for a way to keep your kids occupied and having fun over the holidays? Daphne Oz shows you how to make fun dough for your kids to enjoy on the Friday, December 19th episode of “The Chew”!
Instructions: In a saucepan combine over low heat – one cup of water, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a cup of sifted flour and 1/4 cup of salt! Don’t forget the food coloring of your choice! Be sure to watch the video below for details.