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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Haylie Duff Makes Apple Pie Crescent Rolls

In the Kitchen: Haylie Duff Apple Pie Crescent Rolls

The star’s easy recipe

If the Pillsbury Doughboy were a real person, we’d date him. (We’re suckers for a chef’s hat.)

In today’s video, we honor him with help from actress/writer Haylie Duff and her apple pie crescent rolls. All you need is a sliced-up Red Delicious, brown sugar, and those twelve-minutes-to-perfection Pillsbury pop-and-bake miracles. If making things easy is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Duff, who lives in L.A., gave us the recipe from her new cookbook, The Real Girls Kitchen. While we had her to ourselves, she also showed us how to make sweet and spicy butternut squash.

Prepare to fall in love.

The Real Girl’s Kitchen is available at amazon.com, $14.50. For more recipes and tips, go to realgirlskitchen.com.

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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Haylie Duff Butternut Squash

In the Kitchen: Haylie Duff Butternut Squash

The actress shows us her tasty recipe

We won’t say what the shape of butternut squash reminds us of, but you can probably guess. (It’s a giant pear, you perv.)

Helping us be less intimidated by the golden gourd is actress/cookbook author Haylie Duff, who shows us how to cut and cook one up with delicious results in today’s video.

Want to see more? Duff makes apple pie crescent rolls, too. Her new cookbook, The Real Girl’s Kitchen, is available at amazon.com, $14.50. For more recipes and tips, go to realgirlskitchen.com.

Next Video: Greenmarket Tour
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Greenmarket Tour

Greenmarket Tour

Gramercy Tavern’s Mike Anthony shows us around

Trips to the farmers market usually go like this: Buy some apples. Feign interest in beeswax candles to chat with hot honey guy. Get a loaf of sourdough and eat half of it on the subway.

In today’s video, learn how Gramercy Tavern’s renowned chef, Mike Anthony, tackles the stands. He has tips for choosing kale, determining if a beet is healthy, and which strangely colored cauliflower you need to buy.

If you like what you see, check out Anthony’s just-published The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook. Not only is it loaded with suggestions, but it’s also way more accessible (read: easy without insane ingredients) than you might expect from a guy whose restaurant has a Michelin Star.

We should note that we just filmed this video, so everything’s still in season. And if you don’t know, the Union Square Greenmarket is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays year-round.

You’ll be chewing the fat with Zade the farmer in no time.

The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook is available at amazon.com, $32. Union Square Greenmarket, north and west sides of Union Square Park, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, between 14th and 17th Streets (grownyc.org). Gramercy Tavern, 42 East 20th Street, at Broadway (212-477-0777 or gramercytavern.com).

Next Video: Thai’d Down
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Thai’d Down

Thai’d Down

The restaurateur shares his story

It’s not your average rags-to-riches tale: Painting contractor has a knack for cooking Thai food, starts selling it from a shack, hits it big with Vietnamese fish sauce wings.

But Andy Ricker’s not your average guy. Eight years after opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland, Oregon, he’s earned a James Beard Award and written his first cookbook. (Did we mention his recipes command two-hour waits at the New York outpost?)

In today’s video, get to know Ricker — why he started cooking, what it’s like running seven successful restaurants (hint: not easy), and the best compliment he’s ever received.

He’s not what you’d expect.

Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand is available at amazon.com, $22. For more information about Pok Pok restaurants, go to pokpokny.com.

Photo: Stephanie Stanely for DailyCandy

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Fashion

Hotspots with Kate Wolfson

Hotspots with Kate Wolfson

Our editor shares her favorite things in L.A.

It’s a familiar tale: I came to Los Angeles for one love (a boy) and found another (a city).

Five years in, the city — and the boy — still makes my heart skip a beat.

In today’s video, I give you a tour of my beloved local spots that starts with a design-centric treasure hunt Downtown and ends at a Hollywood gallery/boutique in the storied Howard Hughes headquarters (hello, $55,000 backpacks).

I also stop for a twenty-layer crepe cake at a bakery which, like me, is a New York transplant that’s pretty sweet on the City of Angels.

Thanks for tagging along, and please wave hello if you see me around town.

I’m the girl in the Mini Cooper, desperately attempting to parallel park.

Want more? Check out our editor’s go-to spots around New York. And stay tuned for editor favorites in San Francisco and Chicago, coming soon.

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Food & Drink

Break Us Off a Piece

Break Us Off a Piece

Balaboosta’s Einat Admony demos a tried-and-true recipe

This is going to be a bold claim, but we found the Harry Potter of cookbooks.

It’s called Balaboosta, and its Israeli-inspired recipes are universal crowd-pleasers. What’s even better: They’re almost all YA-level easy.

In today’s videos, we got the resident Rowling, Einat Admony (behind NYC’s Balaboosta and Taim restaurants), to show us how to make two of her recipes: homemade Kit Kat (above, and better than the real thing) and chilled eggplant salad.

One bite of either and you won’t put the book down until you’ve made everything in it.

We just hope there are at least six (seven?) sequels.

Balaboosta is available at amazon.com, $18. For more kitchen goodness, check out our videos on donuts, ginger cookies, and frozen peanut butter pops.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Food & Drink

Einat Admony’s favorite childhood dish

Einat Admony’s favorite childhood dish

Balaboosta’s Einat Admony’s childhood recipe

If you think you don’t like eggplant, you will now (our editor is living proof). And if you already sing its praises, get ready to freak out over chef Einat Admony’s simple recipe. 

Admony grew up on the dish and swears it tastes as good (and maybe even better) after a few days in the fridge. 

To buy Admony’s new cookbook, Balaboosta, go to amazon.com, $18. Then watch how she prepares a homemade Kit Kat

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Cake Donuts

In the Kitchen: Cake Donuts

Pastry chef Stephen Collucci gives us a gift

In recent months, donuts and their fans have gone a little bit crazy. See: cronuts.

Bypass three-hour waits and pay homage to the original by making your own old-fashioned cake donuts (no special tools required). In today’s video, Colicchio & Sons pastry chef Stephen Collucci — whose donut bible Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped came out yesterday — teaches you how.

The best part of this recipe is that it’s customizable. We covered our creations in pistachio- and lavender-infused sugars, but Nutella was a thought (it always is).

Go wild.

Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped is available at amazon.com, $13.50. To stay sweet, check out our videos on making peanut butter pops, ginger cookies, and profiteroles.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Food & Drink

Quick Fix: Coconut Water Cocktail

Quick Fix: Coconut Water Cocktail

A refreshing cooler you just shake and serve

Who’s the hostess with the mostest? You, when you serve this easy-to-prep cocktail round after round. In this Be Ready in a Flash video, our advertising and commerce editor, Larkin Clark, shows you how to shake it up.

Tweet your favorite cocktail that’s ready in a flash with #PowerShotBeReady. Learn about Canon PowerShot at usa.canon.com.

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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Bikinis Restaurant in ABC City

In the Kitchen: Bikinis Restaurant in ABC City

Co-owner Karina Correa tells us her story

There’s a difficult decision we face almost daily at this job: Do we tell the world about hidden gems or keep them to ourselves (to ensure we always get a seat)?

Just kidding. We always tell you guys everything. But if we were going to hide something, it’d be Bikinis, a Barcelona-inspired hole-in-the-wall cafe that’s been flying under the radar in Alphabet City for months.

In today’s video, we catch up with co-owner Karina Correa and get her to tell us the Bikinis story, from how the bikini sandwich (a gluten-free take on a croque monsieur) got its name to why she decided to open a restaurant after ten years in fashion design.

At the end of the interview, she even tells us the secret to life.

Clearly, the cat’s out of the bag now.

Bikinis, 56 Avenue C, between 4th and 5th Streets, Alphabet City (212-777-2277 or eatbikinis.com).

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy