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Iron Chef Gets Muppet Sous Chefs

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 10:14 am in Cuisine.

Muppets Kitchen (Courtesy DisneyOnline)
Food Network, PBS and Bravo-TV have always had their high-profile chefs. But have you noticed the newest celebrity chef trend? We’re talking, of course, about Dora the Explorer, Disney’s Princess Tiana (of frog-kissing fame), and now the Muppets’ Chef Angelo.

In this week’s food section, Mary Ladd gives us the lowdown on the new Muppets Kitchen, an online cooking show for kids and families, produced by Disney Online,  that stars a high-octane  kitchen pro – Iron Chef Cat Cora. (Aw, c’mon, you know Dora the Explorer never went to culinary school.)

Cora’s sous chefs include Miss Piggy, Kermit and the newest addition to the Muppet world, Chef Angelo. He’s the one wearing the toque and standing next to Cora in the photo. Very cute show. Recipes are delish. And it’s drawing considerable attention in the blogosphere. Michele Spring Fajeau, a blogger for the Mama Manifesto, says simply, “They had me at Muppets.” Yep, but they had me at Cat Cora.

Read Mary’s take on it, then try this tasty pasta recipe from the show.

Farfalle and Herb Salad with Peas
Serves 6

1 pound farfalle or orzo pasta
¾ cup frozen peas, thawed
½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the farfalle and cook for about 8 minutes until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked pasta, peas, herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the cherry tomatoes.

3. Drizzle the pasta salad with olive oil and toss gently.

– Courtesy Cat Cora, Muppets Kitchen and Disney Online

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