Simple Meal Solutions with George Duran

simple-meal-solutions-with-george-duranWe've all been there. It's getting late in the day. You forgot to defrost anything for dinner, so you're scrounging around in the pantry hoping to piece together something that resembles a balanced meal. All you're coming up with is some stale cereal and a few cans of vegetables. You're tired and stressed and feeling like there has to be a better way. 

George Duran wants to show us a better way. He's in the kitchen today offering tips for simplifying your shopping, stocking your pantry, meals you can put together in less than an hour, and getting the kids involved.

To celebrate National Tomato Month, George shares some tasty classics to try, including some with a twist. We're talking 

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Italian Style Chili
  • Stuffed Zucchini (or Canoes, for the kids!)
  • Spaghetti Bolognese with Chorizo

Even better than that? By checking out some of these featured signature recipes from George sharing them with friends, you can enter to win a chance for him to come to YOU and cook YOUR dinner for a party worth $5000! (*spoiler alert* he even tells our own Shiloh Johnson that he's willing to do the dishes!) That's a contest we'd like to win, for sure. 

See what George had to share: 

George Duran is an international chef and entertainer. Author of Take This Dish and Twist it, known for his Food Network show Ham on the Street and most recently host of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off. He’s appeared as guests on the Dr. Oz Show, NBC Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show, The Nate Berkus Show and many others.  Born and raised by Armenian parents in Caracas, Venezuela, George’s diverse background helped him succeed at NYU as the host of the award winning radio talk show, HYE Time Radio.  Post college, Duran continued to follow his Radio Muse, working as an on-air personality for comedy segments at WPLJ-FM in New York. By 2000, Duran told his Radio Muse he’d like to “take a break” and after hosting on the Latin music television station HTV he moved to Paris, France to study French cuisine at the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise, Groupe Ferrandi. Six months into his studies created and hosted in French a culinary show called Pop Cuisine on France’s Cuisine TV network. His unpretentious, quirky culinary style was a hit—garnering Pop Cuisine a nomination for a 7 d’Or (French Emmy) for Best Cable Show.  In 2005, Duran returned to New York, taking his career as a TV Chef to the next level—creating and hosting Food Network’s popular Ham on the Street. The program showcased George’s keen interviewing and culinary skills—and determined once and for all that you can’t fry a fudge-cicle.  In February 2007, Duran expanded his presence on Food Network, hosting The Secret Life of…, a light hearted exploration of the history of the foods we love.  In October, 2008, George’s first book, Take This Dish and Twist It hit bookstore shelves. As colorful and funny as the chef himself, Duran’s book is packed with highly useful tips revealing his delectably unexpected take on comfort food. During this period, Duran partnered up with the number 1 Hispanic cookware company, IMUSA as its spokesperson and shortly afterwards with Hunt’s Tomatoes. The enormous success of both campaigns resulted in the expansion of George’s role with both companies including all ConAgra products on a national and Hispanic stage. Most recently he has hosted on HSN for kitchenware products by IMUSA and T-fal.  In 2010 George was asked to join TLC’s prime time line-up by hosting Ultimate Cake Off where the nation’s top cake artists compete against each other to build the ultimate cake. Duran’s interests lie in French, Armenian and South American cuisines as well as cinematography and video editing. He currently lives in Long Island City, NY. For further information check out http://www.georgeduran.com.

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Simple Meal Solutions with George Duran

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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