On today’s episode of the ABC hit show “The Chew,” the episode was titled “Your Family Will Love This.” The entire crew was on hand again today; Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon, they announced that this episode made one promise; that your family will love these meals.
Clinton told the audience that today’s show was featuring family meals, but family does not always equal fun, so he is throwing situations out there and asks the crew how they would respond to them. When a family member invites their new relationship to a family beach vacation? Daphne said it is unacceptable. Carla would not mind, but her sister would be livid. Michael would wear a Speed-O and see how they handle the family right off the bat. When someone announces they are pregnant at another person’s event? Everyone made a joke about it including Daphne, who would hand out pee sticks at the party! When someone brings a plus one to your wedding, when only they were invited? Daphne again said it was unacceptable. The cost for the party was factored in by everyone, but the guys were more in favor of this than the women.
Michael and Clinton made Pumpkin Bread with dates and walnuts from yesterday’s show because they did not have time to make it because Jamie Lee Curtis was such a cut-up that they just enjoyed her company. Mario introduced his friend Mariska Hargitay, of “Law and Order: SVU,” and everyone got a group hug. She admitted that they did a family group hug every morning. Mariska told them she spent the summer in Sicily and loved it. So Mario made a dish just for her experience in Sicily called King Salmon with Fava, Radishes, and Lemon Celery Citronette.
Clinton then dramatized about changing up his diet because one can get sick of the same things all the time. He switched his smoothie for a bowl of fruit containing acai, a superfruit, and his gin and tonic for bourbon and his Paleo diet for complex carbohydrates. It was a cute way to change up one’s boring foods.
“The Chew” visited Boulder, Colorado to see how they are ramping up school lunches. Chef Ann Cooper is in charge of the project that teaches kids to love good food. Virginia Schultz, a food service assistant revealed that when she first started working in the school; everything was processed. Now they get fresh food direct from the farm and Mara Fleishman; a parent is delighted that her kids are getting real food and are developing an appreciation for things that are fresh. Teacher Steve Ollanik sees the difference in the alertness of the children. The Principal, Guillermo Medina is gratified that the children grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs and are more familiar with the taste of food they had a part in growing. The cafeterias in the schools have their own salad bars and if the kids make a rainbow on their plate of at least three different colors, they get a sticker.
Daphne then showed her Turkey Broccoli Cheddar Meatballs. When her daughter stopped eating broccoli, she made these using the broccoli her daughter would not eat. They are baked and not fried, and come from the oven just so delicious. The crew loved them, and so did the audience.
Next Carla made a meal in a mug straight from the microwave. Too bad the microwave was not on, but fear not, there were plenty of her creations made already that saved the day and gave everyone a big laugh on this fun episode of “The Chew.”