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Banana Bread Is Quarantine’s Unlikely Hero

The unspoken hero of this quarantined time is the humble oven. Since most of the world went into hiding, people have taken solace in one of the few acts that is productive, comforting, and time consuming: baking banana bread.

Cookies, brownies, muffins, all have been given shine on social media these past couple weeks. But, nothing has made the rounds more than banana bread. Not a day has gone by in the last week in which a load didn’t touch down on my timeline. 

The phenom even made its way to the cream of the crop of Twitter, with Chrissy Tiegen taking to the platform to offer a loaf of her famous banana bread in exchange for romaine lettuce, which she eventually found.

We decided to join in on the hype, and started with the very bread seen in Tiegen’s exchange, which can be found in her recipe book, Cravings. Check out the video above to see the process and our delicious results.

Now, I wasn’t satisfied with just the bread, I wanted answers. Why on Earth has banana bread taken ahold of our collective mind as we all sit, bored as hell, in our homes?

I sent up a signal. I posted on my Instagram story, asking people to DM me if they’ve made banana bread while pent up. To those who DM’d me, I simply asked, “Why?”

I expected to be able to make this into a quick, heartwarming story with the responses, one that hopefully alluded to banana bread being a childhood favorite to many that, in turn, is providing comfort in a time of need. And while some responses did support this theory, I overwhelmingly received two specific sentiments:

“I saw it on TikTok/YouTube,” and “I had rotten bananas.” 

After digging around a little, I found multiple TikTok’s showing recipes for banana bread, some with hundreds of thousands of views, while some in with millions. 

Also, apparently, a lot of people panic bought bananas. And, no one actually ever remembers that they bought them, so there were a lot of rotting bananas out in the world.

The trend seems to have been borne out of virality and necessity, as is everything in this day and age. Hell, most of my meals in the past few days can be sourced from the same ideals, too. 

And it seems like for the next few weeks that frame of mind will dominate the kitchen. People will continue baking, using whatever they have in their kitchen. Maybe keeping something from exploding in the oven will distract from the world seemingly exploding around us, who knows. 

But, hey, until it does, keep making that scrumptious banana bread.

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Chrissy Teigen’s Secret For The Best-Ever Scrambled Eggs

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Chrissy Teigen is an absolute delight! So many people know and love Teigen for her feisty social media posts, and she’s a hugely successful cookbook author and secret food blogger. While she’s hard at work on her second cookbook, I checked out one of her older recipes from her blog “So Delushious.”

Teigen describes her best-ever scrambled eggs as tasting “cheesy” without needing to add a spec of cheese. A no-cheese recipe with all the cheese flavor?! That’s the kind of kitchen magic I need (along with knowing how to crack an egg one-handed). Here’s what I learned from Teigen…

Take it Slow

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This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients: eggs, heavy cream (half & half works, too), good butter, salt, pepper and lots of time.

Teigen calls the recipe “low and slow eggs” because it can take more than 20 minutes to make this dish. While cooking eggs at a very low temperature (I used the lowest setting on the burner), you have to stir them constantly to get the rich, creamy texture Teigen describes.

This is not a quick morning breakfast, so be prepared to spend 15 to 30 minutes depending on how many eggs you plan to make, and how much love you want to put into carefully scraping the pan. (For a grab-n-go breakfast instead, here’s what you need.)

Butter Makes It Better

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A photo on Teigen’s blog shows a pan filled with foamy melted butter, which gives indulgent flavor to this simple breakfast dish. She recommends using enough butter “to make Paula Deen smile.”

I started out with enough butter to make Chrissy proud and a healthy portion of her secret ingredient, cream. I added about 3 tablespoons of half & half to the four eggs I prepared. I thought it might be too much cream, but once everything was whisked together, the bright yellow color of the eggs showed it’s the perfect amount.

Once I poured the eggs into all that melted butter, it was time to get things moving with a rubber spatula! Teigen describes the motion as “allllll around the pan circular scrape, followed by a push push push of the eggs from the outside toward the center.”

Seriously, Low and Slow

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When cooked carefully, these eggs are not too runny, not crumbly, not dry at all and extra thick and velvety. Teigen’s trick to avoiding rubbery eggs is the extra low heat; she suggests removing the pan from heat all together if you notice the eggs cooking too quickly.

Everyone has their own idea of eggs that are juuuust right. You can cook them a little longer if you don’t like wet eggs, just as long as you keep the heat low, or even turn it off once the eggs are almost done. Be sure to remove your eggs from the pan immediately so they don’t continue to cook. You can serve them with thick-cut bacon like Teigen or use them on a breakfast sandwich. (Here’s our list of the best bacon to buy.)

I left my eggs just wet enough so they spread slightly but weren’t runny. This scramble dazzled on the plate with a glossy sheen that looked as luxurious as it tasted. The outcome was well worth the 18 minutes standing over the burner!

Photo: Mandy Naglich

Teigen learned this technique from a cooking instructor, and it’s her go-to method when making breakfast for her husband, John Legend. Now you can make scrambled eggs like Chrissy Teigen to pass the time until her next cookbook arrives!

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Article by Mandy Naglich from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Chrissy Teigen Bakes An Emotional Support Casserole And Gets It Past The TSA

Recent kerfuffles involving peacocks and hamsters have people asking, ‘what can you bring on airplanes for emotional support’? It seems that Chrissy Teigen has found at least one answer: an emotional support casserole can qualify.

Teigen’s inquiry started as an innocent one, as she just wanted to know if she could bring a casserole on a flight. However, that dish later turned into an “emotional support casserole” once American Airlines showed up to help her out.

American Airlines said it was okay if the TSA was down with it, at which point the TSA’s Twitter account stepped into to give Teigen the green light.

Teigen then quickly got to work, baking her casserole before bringing it to the airport, and yes, getting it through security. She didn’t use a ceramic dish, though, probably because a Tupperware would be safer for the dish to travel in.

The casserole got through security, onto the plane, and to Teigen’s final destination, where she posted one final tweet with her prized meal in hand.

To be honest, I’m surprised the casserole made it that far. It all would’ve been in my belly by the time I made it to baggage claim.

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Chrissy Teigen Admits To Baking Kanye A Terrible Cheesecake

Chrissy Teigan has become a goddess in the food world, as the model has positioned herself to be a go-to source for everyday recipes. That doesn’t make her infallible, though, and she recalled an embarrassing time when she served Kanye West a cheesecake that was barely a cheesecake.

While on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Teigen and hubby John Legend talked about the infamous cheesecake, saying that it tasted more like flan — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“I’ve made a bad meal for a celebrity friend before,” Teigen said. “I made a cheesecake for Kanye… it was very bad.”

Legend backed up his wife, saying that the cake still tasted good, but it wasn’t necessarily a cheesecake. Apparently Kanye kind of nodded his head and said, “This is kind of flan-ish.”

Obviously, Kanye didn’t insult his friends, but the incident still embarrassed Teigen to the point that she’s never tried to make the cheesecake again.

You’d think Teigen would own it and call it a flan cake or something. Maybe it wasn’t what she intended, but I honestly hope it’s in her next cookbook.

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Chrissy Teigen Reveals What She Eats Every Single Night For Dinner

I know you well enough to know you will "ew" my whole fish photo but don't care

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Supermodel Chrissy Teigen is arguably everyone’s favorite celebrity foodie, as she can genuinely enjoy a bucket of KFC as much as she can enjoy fine dining.

While Teigen shares a variety of meals on her social media accounts, there is one food that she eats more consistently than anything else, and that’s a plate of Branzino.

No, not Benzino the rapper who foolishly dissed Eminem  — Branzino, the European seabass with silver-colored skin.

Teigen told Refinery 29 in an interview that with some help from her mom, she cooks up a mean Branzino for herself every night.

“I have one whole fish every night, covered in garlic and olive oil, stuffed with lemons and rosemary. And I eat it every single night. So I go, ‘Mom! Guess what time it is?’ And she gets all sad and she goes: ‘Fish timeeee.’ Cuz she knows she has to finely mince the garlic, which takes forever.”

Chrissy even said over Twitter that she’ll sometimes eat two Branzinos a night, which is a damn good problem to have.

She didn’t say what John Legend eats for dinner, but you can’t be mad if it’s hot wings, like this:

These are a few of my favorite things…

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Chrissy Teigen Admits To Being Hospitalized After Cooking Scalloped Potatoes


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Chrissy Teigen is one of our favorite celebrity foodies, often tweeting out her food life, and even writing a best-selling cookbook. As great as she is in the kitchen, she recently admitted to having a bloody incident with her hubby John Legend.

She told Delish of a past incident that involved the couple trying to cook up some scalloped potatoes. During their cooking sesh, not only did she slice off the tip of her finger, but so did John.

“I gave John the task, and within the first three swipes, he cut the tip of his finger clean off,” Teigen told Delish.

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The two were hosting a football game at their home, wanted to make their guests some food, and decided to use a new mandoline. John gave it a crack, and immediately sliced himself up. Teigen, not learning from Legend’s mistake, tried to slice the potatoes herself, and did the exact same thing to her finger.


They both ended up going to urgent care to patch up their fingers, and thankfully it wasn’t worse for the cooking couple.

We’re willing to bet both will be more careful next time, as they both make money off their hands.

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Chrissy Teigen Took The Bus To Flavortown And Came Back With This Halloween Costume


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Chrissy Teigen, social media star and model, celebrates Halloween just like everyone else. This year, she decided to embrace her inner foodie and dress up as…Guy Fieri.

Let’s let that sink in.

Teigen, host of Lip Sync Battle and The FAB Life, is one of the few celebrities to blast her Instagram feed with gratuitous food porn. For that, Chrissy, we’re incredibly thankful.


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While promoting her upcoming Halloween episode of the FAB Life, Teigen gave fans a sneak preview of who she’s dressing up as for the spooky holiday. Yep, none other than the host of the long-running Food Network series Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives

The costume features a blonde wig and goatee, sunglasses and a fiery button-down. Classic Fieri. 


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As you can see, it’s both hilarious and terrifying.

Teigen will be in full “Fieri mode” on her Oct. 30 Halloween episode.

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The Best Burger in the Country According to Supermodel Chrissy Teigen


Most super models are notoriously stereotyped as “un-eaters”, whether it is from dieting or starving, these beauties always get the heat.  Sports Illustrated supermodel, and wife to John “make-you-weak-in-the-knees” Legend, Chrissy Teigen is notorious for her love of good food.

Her Instagram has no shortage of breakfast sandwiches and “stuff her mouth” selfies, and was chosen to be a judge for one of the countries top tier burger competitions, South Beach Wine and Food Fest’s Burger Bash.

This annual competition is a throw down for some of the most stomach bursting burger-coctions on the planet.  If you have it in your pantry, one of these chefs are using it in their burger.  Mac and Cheese, Fritos, Jalapeño Chips, Candied Jalapeño, and so much bacon.


Chrissy Teigen and her judge comrades chose a burger out of Miami for “Very Best Burger”, Lure Fishbar’s Bash Burger. Josh Capon accepted the award for his creation, stuffing guests with a burger topped with American Cheese, loaded with secret sauce and caramelized onion bacon jam.

Nothing is hotter than a girl who doesn’t mind getting down with a burger, we love you Chrissy Teigen.