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Video: Alton Brown and The Food Lab Play With Chicken

A few months back Alton Brown stopped by the office to chat with us about cooking and recipe writing. Now, chatting is all well and good, but I'm not going to pass up on the opportunity to actually cook with the man who made me want to do what I do today. To make it exciting, we grabbed the first raw ingredient we could find—a whole, head-on chicken from the Chinese supermarket around the corner—and placed a bet on it. More

Video: Alton Brown's 5 Essential Pieces of Kitchen Equipment

Now that it's a new year, we're on our way to becoming our best, healthiest, most organized selves. For those looking to simplify their kitchens, we gladly present: Alton Brown's five essential pieces of kitchen equipment. In our latest episode of the Chewing the Fat video series, TV personality and food science whiz Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America) elaborates on quite the interesting hit-list, including a few "essentials" many might not include. More

What It Was Like Being a Judge on 'The Next Food Network Star'

In my ever-careening life as a food TV pundit, I was asked to judge on an episode of the The Next Food Network Star that aired June 24, as a number of serious eaters have pointed out. I agreed to do it mostly because I thought I would able to see Alton Brown, whom I have always enjoyed talking to. Alas, when I got to the studio I discovered that none of the three stars of the show—Alton, Bobby, and Giada—were on set for this taping. More

Alton Brown's 'Man Breakfast' with Bacon, Eggs, and Hash Browns

No, I did not make up the "man breakfast" thing. It's actually in Alton Brown's Good Eats 3: The Later Years. While you can argue about the name, my wife can attest to the fact that females can enjoy this meal, too. I mean, what's not to love about properly made hash browns with eggs and bacon? But the best part is that this meal comes together so quickly. Anyone else craving breakfast for dinner? More

Dinner Tonight: Alton Brown's Baked Oysters with Artichoke and Panko Crumbs

There are some questionable accounts about what actually goes into the authentic version of Oysters Rockefeller. Just about every recipe I found was different, significantly too. That's how I ended up with this baked oyster recipe from Alton Brown, which makes no attempt to be historically accurate. Luckily, Brown just decided to create a really great baked oyster recipe. More

Grilling: Rotisserie Turkey

Smoked turkey has been the norm for years around my house. While the meat is exquisite, the skin is often tough and leathery but with the addition of a rotisserie, I finally fixed this conundrum. To get an extremely flavorful bird with delicious skin, all you need is Alton Brown's recipe and a rotisserie. It sure beat out the oven-roasted version in terms of juiciness and overall taste. More

Cook the Book: Turkey with Stuffing

Having subscribed to Alton Brown's anti-stuffing school of thought for a long time, this was my first experience with stuffing actually cooking inside the turkey. Once the turkey was brought up to the safe temperature of 170°F, I took it out of the oven and nibbled on a few preliminary bites. How different is true stuffing? The cooking turkey juices had seeped inside, making for a bready mix that was much moister, meatier, and deeply flavored than usual. It made me fully appreciate why so many folks swear by the stuffed bird; it really does taste better. More

Cook the Book: Turkey Piccata

The recipe takes a boneless turkey breast (much more readily available than the whole bird for the bulk of the year) and treats it almost identically to the more typical chicken piccata. It's a simple preparation—pound, season, flour, and fry. The butter and oil that the turkey slices are fried in acts as the base for the sauce of shallots, white wine, and lemon juice. More

Glazed Carrots

I suppose that while paging through Alton Brown's Good Eats 2: The Middle Years, I was looking for a glazed carrot recipe that had a little more oomph than the standard combo of butter and brown sugar. This recipe subs in ginger ale as a sweetener, and depending on which brand you choose it can lend a significant kick. I chose a super strong ginger beer, which reduced to a lovely glaze and left the carrots plenty spicy and gingery enough to wake you up. The sprinkling of chili powder adds a bit more warmth and spice, taking these carrots out of the realm of sleepy side and into the side dish spotlight. More

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