Editor's Note: The following is a guest article written by the always amazing Kelsey Nixon. Here, Kelsey explains how she comes up with the recipes that she features on her Cooking Channel show.
As I chat with friends and viewers about the new season of Kelsey's Essentials, one of the things they find most surprising is that an entire "season" is actually shot in about a week. When we shoot my show we basically move in to the set for a week, and then won't return to the set for several months until it's time to shoot the following season.
Right now season two of Kelsey's Essentials is just kicking off on Cooking Channel and I am in between seasons. As I gear up for the next round of filming, it is of the utmost importance that I am constantly in recipe development mode. After filming an entire season, which is usually around 50-60 original recipes, I am in serious need of some inspiration!
To find out what dish has Kelsey inspired in Italy, keep reading.Nothing inspires me more than traveling, especially when it comes to food. Last year my husband, Robby, and I traveled to Spain and I dedicated an entire episode of Kelsey's Essentials to the recipes I re-created at home after our trip. Ironically, we're fortunate enough to be traveling through Italy right now (love it!) and I'm already anxious to start crafting recipes for an Italy show! All of the food so far has been superb.
One standout to us both has been the authentic bruschetta. I've noticed that they chop the tomatoes, basil, and garlic, toss it with olive oil, and then they let it sit and marinate on top of the crostini, so the center of the bread is soft and filled with flavor from the fresh ingredients but the edges are still crispy. Why haven't I thought of this before?! I can't wait to get home and start experimenting with my own original bruschetta. Italian dinner party anyone? Ciao!
Want more Kelsey? Be sure to check out her show, Kelsey's Essentials, this Saturday on the Cooking Channel. She's sharing her recipes for the best sandwiches ever, from fried green tomatoes BLTs to pressed picnic sandwiches.