Host Alton Brown is working as a consultant on a low budget sci-fi movie. His job: make spooky, gooey gelatin molds. Since gelatin is one of the most powerful tools on the pantry planet, Alton's happy to comply, but he insists on making his Panna Cotta Brain with Cranberry Glaze, Cinnamon Cherry Heart, Spooky Edible Eyes and Sparkling Gingered Face taste real good.
As the holidays approach, Alton Brown ponders the perfect roast beef, meets with a butcher, comes to terms with aging, learns about ovens and radiant heat, discovers new ways to have fun with flower pots and produces Dry-Aged Standing Rib Roast with Sage Juz -- the ultimate carnivore's delight.
Winter squashes confuse and confound for no other reason than there are so darned many of them. Alton Brown offers advice on how to shop, store and cook a plethora of gourdy recipes, including Butternut Dumpling with Brown Butter and Sage, Squash Soup and Pumpkin Bread, and find out what's really up with beta carotene.
Alton helps discover the secrets of cream cheese and its alter-ego mascarpone. Conquer crumb crusts, buy into some pans, and produce both Savory Cheesecake and Sour Cream Cheesecake without a crack in site.
No bivalve is more American than the clam nor is any other shell-dweller more versatile in the kitchen. Alton Brown instructs on the ins and outs of clam identification, how to decide which ones to use where, buying a clam opening device and make a wicked chowder. Recipes include Clams on the Half Shell with Fresh Mayonnaise, Radonsky for the New Millennium and Clam Chowder.
Following a heart attack and near-death experience, Alton Brown seriously into oatmeal. Alton examines crock pots, makes honest granola, teaches about fiber and nutrition and makes the universal baked dessert topping. On the menu: Overnight Oatmeal, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Granola and Haggis.
The aliens among us are eggplants and they are delicious -- really. Alton Brown creatively instructs on how to shop for and store different varieties of eggplant, evaluate bread crumbs and celebrate the vegetable peeler. Alton prepares Eggplant Pasta, Baba Ghannouj and Eggplant Steaks.
Alton Brown gets the dirt on Dutch processing and the dead Dutch guy who invented it, chooses a few powders and then applies them to Hot Cocoa, Cocoa Brownies and homemade Cocoa Syrup.
Crepes are a great wrap with a bad rap. Truth is, crepes are incredibly simple, versatile and good eats. All you need is science, a good pan and a limber wrist. Alton Brown then performs crepe technique for a live audience. On the menu are Crepes, Crepe Quiche Lorraine, Crepes Suzette and Mushroom Crepe Cake.
Alton Brown teaches what you can do to return macaroni and cheese to a table near you. Alton helps evaluate bakeware, noodles and offers a look into evaporated milk and of course: cheddar cheese. He prepares Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese and Next Day Mac and Cheese "Toast."
Alton Brown, ever the Spud Stud, cooks up homey Leftover Baked Potato Soup, creamy Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad and a spectacular Swiss Potato Roesti. It's all in a night's work for AB, but will he wind up being mashed?
Alton Brown finds himself participating in a rather odd TV game show. The arena: a junkyard. The opponent: Chef Midwest. The ingredient: pork belly. AB's power play: bacon -- from scratch. With recipes for Soy Honey Brine, Scrap Iron Chef's Bacon, Bacon Vinaigrette with Grilled Radicchio, Honey Mustard Cure, Red Pepper Brine and Molasses Black Pepper Cure.
Alton Brown finds himself catering a tailgate party for a group of folks out to catch a glimpse of a mythical sea monster. To commemorate the event, Alton prepares his favorite tailgate-able sea monster, the squid, in his Squid Vicious recipe.