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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Fall Recipe: Grilled Chicken Marinade & Jalapeno-Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Fall is here and what a perfect time for grilling in Orlando! Chef Marc Kusche from Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn has a great recipe for a grilled chicken marinade and a delicious side dish to spice things up: jalapeno-honey glazed sweet potatoes. You can see Chef Marc Kusche at the Orlando Home Show this Sunday, October 26 at 12:30 pm on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage.

What you'll need for Marc's Grilled Chicken Marinade:
  • 3/4 cup of roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup blended olive oil
  • 2 tbs dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbs chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • 4 chickens (to marinate)

Combine all ingredients (excluding the chicken) in a bowl and mix well to create the marinade. Place the chicken in a large container and pour the marinade over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and leave it in the refrigerator for at least eight hours, or overnight. 

Remove the chicken from the marinade (but don't wipe the herbs off, they're delicious charred right on the skin). Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Place the chickens skin side down and grill them on high, making sure all the herb flavors are getting into the skin. Move the chicken onto a pan and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 15 - 22 minutes.

What you'll need for the Jalapeno-Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes:
  • 2 lbs of sweet potato
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of Lake Meadows Farm Honey
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cut the sweet potatoes in half and place them on an olive oil sprayed sheet tray, skin side up. Roast the potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 - 40 minutes, then let them cool. When cool, dice into medium sized cubes and deep fry until golden brown. Transfer the potatoes into a sauté pan. Add diced jalapenos to the pan and drizzle honey over everything. Sauté for 1 -2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with chopped chives. 

The Orlando Home Show is on from October 24 - 26 at the Orange County Convention Center. Buy tickets to get more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration like the dishes above. Plus, there'll be home and garden celebrities, local experts, exclusive discounts, and more! Right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. A great deal for a great show - what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Secret Recipes: See Todd Wilbur At The Orlando Home Show

If you think getting recipes from your mother-in-law is hard, imagine trying to suss out the ingredients that go into America’s most popular restaurant and fast food dishes. Fortunately you don’t have to plead with waiters or snoop through trash bins – Todd Wilbur has you covered. The author of Top Secret Recipes as well as several other cook books has spent over a decade uncovering what goes into the world’s most popular dishes. Join Todd at the Orlando Home Show to learn how to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home. Todd will teach you the secrets behind the Big Mac, how Mrs. Fields gets her chocolate chip cookies so moist, and more. But before you taste test Todd’s food, enjoy our interview with him below and get to know this recipe hacker.


Marketplace Events (MPE): What tips do you have for foodies looking to improve their palates? How can you get better at picking out ingredients by taste?
  • Todd Wilbur (TW): “It’s important to understand how things are made. You need to be able to identify a wide range of ingredients and flavors. I run through a mental checklist of ingredients as I taste foods to identify what is used. I also ask servers for information on what is in the dish, and I have developed several techniques and tools to dissect and analyze dishes.”
MPE: What items do you always keep in your pockets?
  • TW: “Chap stick – I live in Las Vegas and it is always dry. And a dollar bill with a sharp edge for measuring food in a restaurant.”
MPE: What was the one recipe that was hardest for you to hack? Is there one that took more attempts or time than the others?
  • TW: “KFC Chicken because there are infinite ways to combine 11 herbs and spices. Also, the technique is one of KFC’s best kept secrets. I have created three versions of that recipe over the years as I gather more information. I believe my most recent version is as close as anyone has ever gotten to duplicating the taste of the real thing.”
MPE: Any embarrassing on-the-job moments you’d like to share?
  • TW: “On one of our shows we were cloning Dipping Dots. I needed liquid nitrogen [to make them] and told a doctor that I had warts and needed to do the application at home. The doctor made me drop my pants in the office and I was not wearing underwear that day and it was caught on camera.”
MPE: You’ve done so many books and recipes, are there any that are currently on your bucket list to figure out?
  • TW: “My top three are Butterfinger, Fig Newtons, and Bush’s Baked Beans.”
MPE: What’s your personal mantra?
  • TW: “Try to find the humor in everything.”
MPE: What is the most requested/asked about recipes from your books?
  • TW: “KFC coleslaw. It is the number one search term that brings people to our website.”
MPE: How were you discovered?
  • TW: “Wrote a book in 1993 called Top Secret Ingredients – it was more like a pamphlet. Printed 10,000 copies, and then I was asked to be on Live With Regis and Kathy Lee and could not keep the book stocked after the appearance, a USA Today article and more followed.”
MPE: What are your favorite ingredients to cook with at home?
  • TW: “Butter and bacon.”
The Orlando Home Show takes over the Orange County Convention Center from October 24-26, 2014. Todd Wilbur will be appearing on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage on Friday and Saturday only, don’t miss him! Bring your appetite and a friend – right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see you at the show.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Frightful Feast: 10 Halloween Dishes You’ve Got To Make

Hosting a Halloween party? You might have your decorations and costume figured out, but what about your menu? We know you’re probably not hosting a haunted dinner party, but most get-togethers do require some snacks for munching. If you’re tired of the old peeled grapes for eyeballs, overcooked spaghetti for witch hair, and literal lady fingers, but aren’t sure what to serve, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. We’ve compiled a great list of treats for you to try at your Halloween hootenanny, check it out below. 

1. Mini donut spiders - Seriously adorable with very little prep time!

2. Hot dog mummies - So cute and something every little one will enjoy!

3. Melting witch pudding cups - OK, these are a little more complex, but they`re so creative and the finished product looks so fun.

Image via Pillsbury

4. Watermelon brain - The perfect mix of creepy and healthy!

Image via Boing Boing

5. Mini broomsticks - All you need to make these are three ingredients and a microwave; that's our kind of baking!

Image via Hersheys

6. Rice Krispies pumpkins - Seasonal, tasty and gluten free!

Image via 365ishPins

7. Skeleton cookies - How sweet a these little bone daddies?

Image via Betty Crocker

8. Candy corn Jell-o shots - Sure to make any 21-year-old squeal with excitement!

Image via A Beautiful Mess

9. Mummy bake brie - You have to follow candy corn Jell-o shots with something classy so we chose this, sophisticated and delicious.

Image via Babble

10. Graveyard salsa - You can make your own salsa or just go store-bought, we won't judge.

Image via Chickabug

If you’re having a Halloween party this year but aren’t set on your decor, check out our list of Spooktacular Decorations and get inspired. Halloween is coming up soon, so we’ve got to ask: are you dressing up this year? What are you and your family going to be? Let us know below!

Holiday Boutique Exhibitor Spotlight: Fidjets

We're pleased to have Fidjets joining us at the Holiday Boutique, November 6-9 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Before you see this innovative exhibitor at the show, get to know them in our interview below...

Name: Janell Crooks

Booth Number: 338

Describe your products:
Fidjets! Magnetic Jewelry Clips that go everywhere! Fidjets not only bling-up your everyday wardrobe and boots, they can adjust the length of your sweater sleeves, long dresses, pant legs, and long-tailed shirts. Fidjets can also be used to secure a scarf and bathing suit wraps.

Price range:
$ - $0-$20

What are your featured items?

Why would your product make the perfect holiday gift?
This is a brand new product on the market. It allows you to change your ordinary wardrobe to extraordinary in seconds. Fidjets are pretty, fun, and affordable. Women love them.

What is your favorite part about the Holiday Boutique?
So many gift ideas in one place!

Is there any additional company information you think we should know?
This booth will also have holiday wreath, natural-stone jewelry, and holiday lanterns.

Make sure to check out Fidjets at the Holiday Boutique. The show takes over the Overland Park Convention Center from November 6-9, 2014. With over 200 unique exhibitors, it's the shopping event of the season. Buy your tickets now to get the best deals - right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vancouver Home + Design Show Survival Guide

The Vancouver Home + Design Show opens today! Now until Sunday at BC Place Stadium you can take in seemingly endless celebrity presentations, expert ideas, and more! We couldn't be more excited to share our fabulous features, renovation tips and tricks, design ideas, and culinary creations with you all weekend long.

With so much going on, you may need to pace yourself. Read our show survival tips below to hit the Vancouver Home + Design Show like a pro.

1. Come Prepared
Wear comfortable footwear - BC Place Stadium is a huge building, and you don't want to get tripped up by sore soles. Plus, grab a free bag (or two) from our generous exhibitors and you'll have the perfect spot to throw oodles of samples, coupons, and more.

2. Slow Down
Don't rush through the show or you'll miss the best bits. Arrive early, stay late, and take your time. There's plenty to see and do to keep you entertained all day long. When you need to rest your feet, head to the Floform Lounge and enjoy a change of scenery with a copy of Western Living Magazine and a glass of Church + State vino. You'll also find snacks at the ready - or if you crave something a little more filling, check out the food court options like Steveston Fish & Chips and Vij's.

3. Stick to Your Schedule
Have a favourite celebrity guest that you just have to see? Create a schedule so you never miss a minute. Better yet, set alarms for yourself so you know where you have to be and when. Don't forget to keep your show map with you - no one likes getting lost!

4. Be Ready to Buy
Nothing's worse than falling madly in love with the perfect product at the show and not having the cash on hand to make it yours. Many of our exhibitors take credit, but just in case, have some cash at the ready.

5. Take Notes
You're only human, you can't be expected to remember everything you hear at the show. Whether you're listening to Bryan Baeumler, cooking with Chef Corbin, or getting the low-down at the Ask a Designer booth, be ready with pen and paper (or smartphone, on silent) in hand!

6. Stay Up to Date
BC Place has free wifi and we'll be live tweeting all weekend long. Make sure to follow us at @VanHomeShows to get the latest information on giveaways, presenters, and the best booths. Have something to say? Share it with us using #VHDS14! You never know, you could win a prize (hint, hint).

Now that you have these tips, put them to good use at the show! Haven't bought your tickets yet? No worries. Right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. Bring a friend or family member to the show; we can't wait to see you there!