Archive for October 2011

Halloween Costumes Good Enough to Eat

by in Holidays, October 25th, 2011

bacon and eggs
Is your child a Food Network fanatic? Is he or she eager to go grocery shopping with you, help you cook in the kitchen and try new foods? Celebrate his or her love of culinary creations by making them a Halloween costume of their favorite food.

Alton Brown’s creative Good Eats costume designer Amanda Kibler fashioned five foodie Halloween costumes that are almost good enough to eat for Food Network Magazine. Using simple, inexpensive and easy-to-find materials, Amanda made Good Eats, Great Costumes for kids.

The ultimate breakfast combo, bacon and eggs (pictured above) are ideal costume choices for sibling twins or best friends. When these trick-or-treaters go door to door, they’re sure to earn a few extra pieces of candy from the neighbors.

French fries, pizza and cupcake costumes »

Alex’s Perfect Mulled Apple Cider for Halloween

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 25th, 2011

mulled apple cider
This Halloween, I’m taking a break from the usual pumpkin-related suspects and immersing myself in apples. I love to mix different apples when cooking. I always look for crisp texture, not too sweet and slightly floral.  For reliable texture that stands the cooking test I go for Granny Smith and Rome. For snacking and raw in salads I prefer Macouin, Braeburn and Royal Gala. For pickling? Fuji. Another effective approach is to totally ignore what everyone tells you to buy and get the apples that look the best to you.

This week, I’m sharing my warm and comforting Mulled Apple Cider recipe.

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Pumpkin Lasagna — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, October 25th, 2011

pumpkin lasagna recipe
It’s the perfect time of year to turn your classic lasagna recipe into a pumpkin-flavored treat.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Lasagna

Browse more of Food Network’s fall-entertaining recipes.

Three Ways to Use: Mixed Nuts

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, October 24th, 2011

nutty fig toasts
Each month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like root beer or hummus.

Mixed nuts come in all shapes and sizes, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. Packed full of protein, this blend of cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and peanuts are a great snack or, like in these three recipes, can add a little extra oomph to otherwise ordinary dishes.

This month, Jonathan Milder, Vince Camillo and Andrea Albin transform this nutty snack into pasta, toasts and toffee.

Get the recipes and vote for your favorite »

Mac and Cheese — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 24th, 2011

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The ultimate family-friendly feast, macaroni and cheese is a timeless dish that can feed a crowd. Ina Garten’s dressed-up version of this classic favorite features smooth and creamy Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheeses and fresh tomato slices. Best of all, this easy weeknight pick bakes for just 30 minutes.

Serve Food Network Magazine’s Roasted Root Vegetables for a side of healthy, in-season eats.

Get the recipe: Ina’s Mac and Cheese

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner?

by in Community, October 24th, 2011

grilled steak and eggs
Recently, Food Network asked Facebook fans: “Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Which is your favorite, and which could you go without?” Growing up, you’re always told three meals a day are a necessity, but many of you (more than 1,300 to be exact) think that’s not the case. Lots of people would throwaway lunch, while breakfast was definitely the most hotly contested issue.

Many said no to breakfast, but even more of you said you’d devour breakfast any time of day.

Our solution? Breakfast for dinner. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you have a hearty meal at dinnertime that’s made of your favorite morning dishes.

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VOTE: Your Favorite World Series Sandwich

by in Polls, October 22nd, 2011

world series sandwiches
This season, eight Major League Baseball stadiums in cities across the country rolled out sandwich carts featuring Food Network signature sandwich creations. As if the rivalry between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals could not get any more intense this weekend, both Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Busch Stadium in St. Louis will be offering their city-specific steak sandwiches, custom made with local flavors like St. Louis-style barbecue sauce during the World Series.

There’s no need to travel in order to taste these meaty fan favorites. Make the Texas Steak Sandwich or the St. Louis Steak Sandwich in the comfort of your own kitchen, just in time for Game 3 of the Series tonight.

Check out Food Network and Sandwich Central for more Food Network Eats.

 

Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie — The Weekender

by in View All Posts, October 21st, 2011

chicken pot pie
On weeknights, getting dinner on the table is more a matter of survival than it is an act of creativity. Monday through Friday, I rely on the same 10 or so meals to keep us fed. These are the things I know by heart and can make without consulting books or a website for measurements or cook times.

When the weekend rolls around, I’m ready to stretch my culinary legs a little bit and try something beyond my standard turkey burgers and roasted broccoli, delicious though they may be. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not cooking up 10-course gourmet meals, but I do try to pick at least one recipe per weekend that requires a bit more time and energy. Around these parts, we call that dish The Weekender.

This last Sunday, we had plans to gather with friends for dinner. My promised main dish needed to be portable, made with poultry and outrageously delicious. The recipe that fit the bill? Ina Garten’s glorious Chicken Pot Pie.

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What Is Food Day?

by in Events, October 21st, 2011

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Mark your calendars: The first annual Food Day is almost here. From this year forward, every October 24 you’ll find schools, communities, health professionals and local officials pushing for sustainable food that’s healthy, affordable and produced in a humane way.

How you celebrate the big day is entirely up to you. Plan an event, work with your local city council or even just spread the word. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that’s fought for big strides in food since 1971. The day is backed by an extensive advisory board of politicians, leaders and advocates, plus honorary co-chairs Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Rosa DeLauro.

The 6 goals Food Day aims to achieve »

Winning Wings — The Ultimate Wing Recipes for Sunday Football

by in Recipes, October 21st, 2011

‘Tis the season to tailgate. Whether you are gearing up for the World Series or just Sunday afternoon football, there is no better way to root for your team than with a pre-game tailgate. And there’s no better game-day eat than fan-friendly chicken wings. Simple to prepare and easily adaptable to different tastes, chicken wings are the ultimate finger food. This weekend, make a batch of these bone-in bites using one of our tried-and-true approaches below.

Alton Brown’s go-to Buffalo Wings from Food Network Magazine are steamed then roasted and later drenched with a smooth, buttery Buffalo sauce. Serve along with Food Network Magazine’s cool and chunky Blue Cheese Dip for easy and delicious dunking.

Get Tyler’s Sticky Honey-Soy Chicken Wings » »