Selena Gomez takes the heat in new cooking show

Selena Gomez is taking the heat in the kitchen.

The singer-actress slices and dices in “Selena + Chef,” debuting Aug. 13 on the new HBO Max streaming service. The 10-episode series was shot in the kitchen of Gomez’s new Los Angeles-area house. Her grandparents and two friends, who have been quarantining with her, serve as taste testers.

“I really thought this would be something lighthearted because I was getting definitely down,” she said in a video conference Wednesday. “Of course, there’s more important things going on but this was an opportunity to make something that could make people smile.”

Guiding Gomez remotely are chefs Nyesha Arrington, Roy Choi, Tonya Holland, Daniel Holzman, Jon & Vinny, Candice Kumai, Ludo Lefebvre, Antonia Lofaso, Nancy Silverton and Angelo Sosa. They coach her through making such dishes as Korean breakfast tacos, matcha chocolate chip cookies, spicy miso ramen, seafood tostada and cheese souffle.

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Kitchen Appliance Pros Swear Your Food Processor Is Way Better Than Your Blender for Most Cooking Tasks

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From Good Housekeeping

Food processors and blenders are similar in theory: A container with a blade inside, topped with a lid, sitting on a stand with a motor to power it all. But that is as far as it goes for similarities. Their work bowl shape, blade style and accessories, cause them to differ in terms of what foods they are ideal for.

“In general, the two have different purposes,” says Nicole Papantoniou, Senior Testing Editor of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab:

  • A blender has a jar with blades at the on the bottom that cut food into small particles and whirl them around. That’s why the blender purees and liquifies so well. This makes it better for recipes where a smooth, even consistency is key. Blenders also crush ice, so they’re the best for frozen drinks. Overall, the blender works best when liquid

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You can grill queso? This new cooking trend is taking over social media

What’s the only thing better than a tub of melty, mouthwatering queso? Try making a giant tray of it smoked on the grill. This cheesy and spicy dip-making trend is latest cooking hack to take over TikTok and, much like any classic queso recipe, the possibilities seem to be endless.

In the videos, many of which can be found under the hashtag #smokedqueso, home cooks show viewers how they customize their queso.

To start, all you need is an aluminum foil pan, Velveeta (yes, real queso needs Velveeta), some chilies and pretty much anything else your heart desires.

In one video from TikTok user @eatwithalyssa called their concoction “the best queso I’ve ever had.”

This fully-loaded dip featured chorizo sausage, jalapeños, diced onion, a can of Ro-tel and a variety of cheeses including pepper jack, cheddar, a Mexican blend and, of course, Velveeta, which gives queso it’s smooth, creamy

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