Bella’s easy peasy mac ‘n’ cheesy, as seen on Food For Life

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It’s comfort food time and who can say no to mac n cheese? This is a proper mac n cheese, as opposed to a mac n cheesy béchamel, aka cheesy white sauce, which most recipes call for. It’s a little more expensive to cook it this way, with pretty much just pasta and cheese, but it’s a real treat when done properly! And hey, if you’re going to treat yourself . . . → Read More: Bella’s easy peasy mac ‘n’ cheesy, as seen on Food For Life

Sammy’s classic american cheeseburger, as seen on Food For Life

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The secret to the perfect burger has to be the burger pattie itself – it’s all about the meat! Here are our top ps fpr the perfect burger:

•get together the right cuts of meat to give a good, strong beefy flavour

•buy good quality, dry aged and grain fed meat

•ask your butcher to mince the meat through the coarsest setting, only once, and from very cold meat

. . . → Read More: Sammy’s classic american cheeseburger, as seen on Food For Life

Bella’s Autumn Spiced Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Marshmallows and Bourbon Cream, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’re heading into autumn and some wonderful produce is coming into season, especially pumpkins and sweet potatoes! Sweet potato pie is a true American classic and is traditionaly served for thanksgiving, at the height of the northern hemisphere “fall”. This dish has been around since the 18th century, and was brought to America through the African slave trade in the 18th century.

Although sweet potatoes were considered a cheap . . . → Read More: Bella’s Autumn Spiced Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Marshmallows and Bourbon Cream, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

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So, I went to America and I fell in love. Love at first taste with Old Bay spice mix. The celery salt ridden pearl of southern seafood cooking was absolutely delicious. One of my favourite memories was hanging out by the wharf in DC, eating freshly boiled Chesapeake Bay crabs off a table covered in newspaper. It’s messy, delicious business. The crab was oh-so-sweet but the best bit . . . → Read More: Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

Catering for a big group? Easy! Making it a HOT delicious meal? Super easy! our top entertaining tips on LIfestyle food, as well as a recipe for old school chili con carne…

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Today’s question: I am preparing my birthday party. I would like to serve some hot food but I don’t want a big mess. Can you suggest something which will be nice, yummy, easy to serve and quickly clean up afterwards. I don’t want to cook while I am entertaining, so it has to be something, which can be done beforehand. It’s going to be 30 people.

You can ask . . . → Read More: Catering for a big group? Easy! Making it a HOT delicious meal? Super easy! our top entertaining tips on LIfestyle food, as well as a recipe for old school chili con carne…

Bella’s Best Ever Gumbo, as seen on The Morning Show

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So we’re back to our series on the delicious food of USA, and today we’re heading south to New Orleans, the home of gumbo. It may look like there’s a lot of ingredients, but trust me, it’s easy to make. The best part is that this recipe serves 8, so you’ll be chowing down on leftovers for a while! The great thing about gumbo is that you can put almost . . . → Read More: Bella’s Best Ever Gumbo, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s indoor smokey pork ribs, as seen on The Morning Show

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Who doesn’t love tucking into some Jurassic looking ribs that are finger licking good!? And for us, the best ribs are nice and smokey, but this can be hard to achieve when you don’t have a fire pit in the back yard or you live in an apartment. Here we have a recipe for Pork baby back ribs (which are prized for the tenderness) made with our very special . . . → Read More: Sammy’s indoor smokey pork ribs, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Philly Cheesesteak (worth every calorie!) as seen on The Morning Show

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Essentially, a philly cheese steak is just that – a sandwich filled with cheese and steak. What makes it so famous is the perfect balance of flavour between the micro thinly sliced beef and the deliciously melted provolone cheese. Provolone is classic in this dish, so make sure you seek it out. Grilled onions are a must, and some like to add mushrooms or capsicums to the mix but i . . . → Read More: Bella’s Philly Cheesesteak (worth every calorie!) as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Californian Black Bean dip with Jalapeños, as seen on The Morning Show

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I’ve just got back from a trip to the USA and ate SOOOOOOOO much good food! American food isn’t just about fast food and burgers… there are so many delicious dishes (some healthy, some more of a treat) from so many mini food cultures across different states.

From the classic Texan chili, to baja fish tacos from California, to Louisiana jambalaya, to Maryland crab cakes, to New York buffalo wings . . . → Read More: Bella’s Californian Black Bean dip with Jalapeños, as seen on The Morning Show

Gluten Free, Home Made Corn Chips? Yes Please! as seen on Lifestyle Food

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Sandy asked us this question via the Lifestyle Food Website, you can ask your very own question too! just click here and type away…

Question: sammy and bella hi, i want a receipe for home made corn chips. can you help me? please please

Answer: Homemade corn chips are super easy and quick, but most importantly Gluten free!

Its a great idea to make your own as you can choose . . . → Read More: Gluten Free, Home Made Corn Chips? Yes Please! as seen on Lifestyle Food