The Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Episode 3 Recap in GIFs

by in Shows, October 9th, 2015

Chris wants another chanceGet highlights from Episode 3 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.

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Prepare for the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2015

by in View All Posts, October 9th, 2015

Prepare for the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2015If you plan on making pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, don’t wait till the last minute to pick up those cans of pumpkin at the store. If you do, you may find yourself facing an empty supermarket shelf.

Hard as it may be to believe — with pumpkins gracing every front stoop in the neighborhood ahead of Halloween — a pumpkin shortage is bearing down on us. And while pumpkins may seem plentiful now, they may not remain so later in the holiday season.

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So, You’ve Been Asked to Bake for the School Bake Sale. Now What?

by in Family, Recipes, October 9th, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesBake sales are about appealing to the mini masses, so you want to choose a winning recipe from the start. It should be something simple enough to make without a fuss, familiar-looking (don’t forget that most of your customers are kids) and presented with a little flair. Here’s our best advice for a sold-out sale.

What you’ll need:

  • Get a platter or nice basket to display your goods. Both are universally available at every dollar store in town, so buy it there. (That way, if it never makes its way back to you, there’s no harm done.)
  • Small cellophane bags with twist ties are a great way to display anything from bar cookies to small treats that might come two or three to a serving.
  • Make a sign. Using big, clear letters, write out the name of your dish and, if possible, the main ingredients.

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What to Watch: The Premiere of Unwrapped 2.0, and The Walking Dead’s Benjamin Papac on Halloween Wars

by in Shows, October 9th, 2015

Halloween Wars JudgesThis weekend, celebrate the cool weather with comfort food recipes from your favorite chefs. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond starts things off with a family lunch of Spicy Sausage Dogs and Kiwi Lime Pie for dessert. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their best autumn recipes with Jeff Mauro’s United States of Meatloaf and Marcela Valladolid’s Spaghetti Tossed with Butternut Squash and Sage Butter. Then, on Sunday night, Unwrapped 2.0 premieres with back-to-back episodes about movie theater eats and your favorite crunchy snacks.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis hosts a wine-and-appetizer party, serving Potato Crisps with Goat Cheese and Olives and a Savory Crostata. Next, Damaris Phillips goes picking the fresh harvest and picnicking with blackened chicken sandwiches and Zucchini Noodle Salad. Then, on Sunday night, there are all-new competition shows, starting with a Guy’s Grocery Games with four chefs who have overcome adversities to make their culinary dreams come true. Next, the four remaining teams on Halloween Wars present their displays to guest judge Benjamin Papac from The Walking Dead. Then, Alton ends the night with a whole new slate of sabotages on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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All of the Takeout Favorites You Know and Love, Made Right at Home

by in Recipes, October 8th, 2015

Basic Pepperoni Pizza and Four Cheese PizzaIf takeout meals are part of your usual dinnertime MO, you’re surely not alone. But with the help of just a few staple recipes and good-to-know tips, you can indeed turn out the classic picks you most often order — cheesy pizzas and garlicky breadsticks, sweet-and-sour chicken and fried rice from the local Chinese restaurant or beefy tacos from the food truck downtown — right in your own kitchen. Find out how with these must-try recipes.

Pizza: Pepperoni, sausage, extra cheese, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, pineapple — no matter how you top it, pizza is likely a takeout favorite, and for good reason. It’s the ultimate in customizable eating, so nearly everyone is guaranteed to like what’s in front of them. To make your own pie at home, start with a go-to crust. The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for dough is a classic, and it serves as the base of her Basic Pepperoni Pizza and Four-Cheese Pizza. If you really want to deliver on the takeout experience, bake a batch of her Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks, made with only five simple ingredients.

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8 Ways to Eat Pumpkin All Day Long — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, October 8th, 2015

Pumpkin Chipotle WafflesYou might not want to turn into a pumpkin at midnight, but odds are you wouldn’t mind eating pumpkin all day until then. This fall, get your pumpkin fix with sweet and savory recipes that will take you from breakfast to dinner (not to mention dessert), whether you use fresh pumpkin or canned puree.

Once your alarm blares, heat up your waffle iron first thing for Pumpkin-Chipotle Waffles. This sweet and spicy morning treat comes with a Southwestern-style kick from cayenne-and orange-infused maple syrup.

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How Food Network Stars Tailgate

by in Food Network Chef, Food Network Magazine, October 8th, 2015

eddie jacksonTailgate or home-gate: Which is better? In the October issue of Food Network Magazine, we learned that Guy Fieri, Aarón Sánchez  and former NFL player Eddie Jackson chose the parking-lot party. So did Sunny Anderson (who would rather be at the MetLife Stadium sipping a coffee spiked with a shot of whiskey). But most Food Network chefs prefer to be at home yelling at the TV during the game.

Read below to learn what they consider their most impressive game-day culinary feat then judge for yourself who deserves the bragging rights. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or more like Katie Lee, who admits she’s too busy stuffing her face with nachos to yell at anyone, you’ll find inspiration for your Sunday spread.

Eddie Jackson

  • Root For: My alma mater’s Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Against: Any other SEC school
  • Most-Impressive Game-Day Feat: 50 slabs of ribs
  • Signature Dish: My Spicy Rum Chicken Wings are always a big hit.


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One-on-One with the Next Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, October 7th, 2015

Chris Soules and Kendra WilkinsonThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week front-runner Jaleel saw his time be cut short after a momentary slip-up that resulted in an overspiced dish and one of the most-dramatic moments in Worst Cooks history. Tonight two recruits who’ve had trouble setting the correct pace in Boot Camp landed in the bottom two. Their far-less-than-spectacular dishes landed them there, but in the end an eggs-traordinary elimination challenge determined who would go home. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

3 of a Kind: Tea Desserts

by in Restaurants, October 7th, 2015

Cure3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

When it comes to tea as a culinary ingredient, matcha is having a moment. But restaurants across the country are looking beyond that trendy tea to create brew-inspired desserts with other variations of black, green and herbal tea.

Toasted Oat & Chamomile Pots de Crème, Cure, Pittsburgh
Skip the after-dinner coffee in favor of calming oat-topped chamomile pots de creme and honey-lemon-blueberry preserve to capture the essence of the classic tea stir-ins. This ultra-seasonal Mediterranean-inspired restaurant adds an early-fall element with a garnish of blink-and-they’re-out-of-season ground cherries.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

by in Family, Recipes, October 7th, 2015

One Recipe, Two Meals: Gnocchi with Tomato SauceOK, we all love gnocchi. How can you not? Delicious little mouth pillows of delight! It’s basically the hybrid love child of all the carbs. Potato + pasta = duh.

I will admit, making gnocchi from scratch can be a bit laborious. It’s therapeutic on a weekend, when you have the time for it (and a trough of red wine to accompany this activity). But on a weeknight, when your family is in a fit of hangryness, you need dinner pronto, man! And this is going to be the way to do it.

I’ve come up with a beyond-simple recipe that gets the kids fed quickly, yet still maintains a teensy bit of fancy for you and yours. The sauce is glorious — packed with loads of garlic and basil, but pureed to give it a smooth, silky texture.

This is actually a tip from my Italian friend, who just spent some time in Italy. She was like, “Bev, you’ve got to puree that sauce. You want it smooth, dude. Like us Italians. Smooth.” She probably didn’t say that last part, but I like to imagine that she did.

You’re using frozen gnocchi for this recipe, but shoot — dried is fine. Even homemade! The kids get the stripped-down version, topped with a simple dusting of Parmesan cheese and truckloads of crusty bread.

And for the adults, we’re simply adding a good handful of Kalamata olives and capers to the tomato sauce, giving it more of a puttanesca feel. You like it, right? I know.

You’ve got to make this! So incredibly perfect for a gorgeous, crisp fall evening. Top it off with more fresh basil, Parmesan and, like, a million pieces of crusty bread. You need these carbs. Trust me.

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