Leave it to Wisconsin, a state with more than 1 million dairy cows, to take its frozen desserts seriously. Wisconsin custard, which is silkier and denser than ice cream, lures thousands of fans anytime the weather warms.
Apple orchards are open, leaves have begun to turn and, perhaps most importantly, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at your favorite coffee shop — fall is officially in session. While you may indeed crave the piping-hot comfort of a fragrant PSL, there are more ways to indulge in that seasonal flavor than in a cup of joe. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off a simple way to create your own rich, boldly flavored Pumpkin Spice Latte Base, which you can use to transform whipped cream, oatmeal and more into autumnal dishes.
If you can mix up a few ingredients, you’re well on your way to prepping this five-minute recipe. Start with a can of smooth pumpkin puree, then sweeten it up with brown sugar and mix in flavorful additions, including, of course, the requisite pumpkin pie spice. This fuss-free combo will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator; it’s a grab-and-use way to boost the taste of your favorite plates. To start, try it in Pumpkin Spice Latte Sweet Dip with creamy ricotta for a next-level dessert.
We understand that the transition from endlessly sunny summer days to cooler fall temps can be rough. Fortunately, we’ve also got the cure for summer nostalgia: crisp air, a cozy sweater, a roaring fire and one of these luxe warming cocktails.
If you ask us, the fresh lemon, orange and OJ in Bobby Flay’s Mulled Red Wine Sangria (pictured above) totally counts towards your daily recommended servings of fruit.
And this year is a big one for PSL, as it is affectionately known. Starbucks’ signature seasonal beverage is turning 13. (HBD, PSL!)
In light of this auspicious autumnal occasion, The Washington Post pulled together a tribute, tracing pumpkin spice’s rise and reign.
If you’ve ever experienced a summer in New York City — where AC units dribble water on you as you walk down the street and you could actually fry an egg on the sidewalks — you can understand why FoodNetwork.com staffers have been itching for the first sign of fall. And it’s finally here; the calendar and the temperatures prove it. And now it’s time we started cooking like it. In the spirit of this cooler, crisper season, we’re sharing the dishes that FoodNetwork.com staffers simply can’t wait to make, ranging from comforting pasta dishes to in-season sweets.
“No matter the time or day, chances are good that I’m craving pasta. Spaghetti, rigatoni, casarecce or campanelle; carbonara, Bolognese, amatriciana or pesto — I’m into them all. While my go-to recipe for linguine pomodoro delivers on busy weeknights when I’m turning hangry and need to eat, like, right now, I tend to reserve the ‘special’ sauces for weekend cooking and one in particular for the first chilly weekend of fall. This Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese from Giada De Laurentiis stars tender sweet onions and butternut squash, which is in season in autumn (though you can likely find it at the grocery store year-round). The beauty of this pasta is that there’s no true, proper sauce here. Instead, Giada simply roasts the veggies, then tosses them with the pasta and tangy goat cheese, which turns into a creamy, silky coating for the penne after it meets the hot noodles.”
— Maria Russo, Online Convergent Editor
For those of us in the majority of the country, the growing season is coming to a close. We might be fresh out of ideas on how to use up the crops that are lingering in our gardens, but we’re certainly not going to let the last few tomatoes of the season go to waste (even if they are still green!). Here are 25 delicious ways to use up that last of your seasonal bounty before it disappears until next year.
October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner, and this weekend the Food Network is full of sweets, tricks and plenty of treats. Saturday morning on The Kitchen the hosts put down the knife and share some no-carve pumpkin hacks. Plus, they share a recipe that will add a pumpkin spice flavor to hot chocolate, whipped cream, oatmeal and more! Then, Valerie Bertinelli has some friends visiting from Ohio, and she’s serving Three-Bean Turkey Chili and Sweet and Savory Cornbread Cookies while they play their favorite card game.
On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is using his trip to Puerto Rico as inspiration for a feast that includes Pigeon Peas and Rice and Crispy Plantain Chips with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce. Then American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is getting some help from Duff Goldman to complete her first professional cupcake order. After that, Bobby Flay is making one of his favorite brunch staples: crepes. He’s serving up sweet and savory flavors in his Cinnamon Roll Crepes and Ham and Cheesy Egg Crepes with Mustard Sauce.
Sunday night starts out with Guy’s Grocery Games Halloween Spook-tacular. During one round, the chefs must wear blindfolds and find a key ingredient to incorporate in their “Dinners to Die For.” Then it’s the season premiere of Halloween Wars with special guest judge Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Next up, it’s the series premiere of Worst Bakers in America as Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale battle it out to see who can turn the worst bakers into the best. Then Cooks vs. Cons gets the baking treatment when professional bakers will battle some devious fakers on Bakers vs. Fakers.
From Dark Horse Wine — Bet on the Dark Horse
When Chef Martin Rios advanced from Round 1 to Round 2 on Beat Bobby Flay tonight, he took his place opposite Bobby Flay in the kitchen and prepared to do battle against him — for the second time. It was just a few years ago that Martin battled Bobby on Iron Chef America, where he lost to the Iron Chef. So it’s no surprise that Martin declared, “This is it,” as he stood face-to-face against Bobby. “Since I lost to Bobby on Iron Chef, I’ve been waiting years for this redemption,” he noted.
Here’s one for your list of foods you may not be in a hurry to try: a tortilla chip so spicy it will make you gasp, cough, weep and beg for mercy (or water or milk, honey, yogurt, ice cream … anything that might help!).
Lily Aldrin and Michelle Flaherty: Those are just two of the names by which you may recognize actress Alyson Hannigan, who played those characters in How I Met Your Mother and American Pie, respectively. But on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Alyson is about to get a new title on Star Plates (11|10c): line cook. She’s heading into the kitchen at Michael Voltaggio’s Los Angeles restaurant Ink to learn the step-by-step process for executing one of the eatery’s most-famed desserts. Before her stint in a professional kitchen, we caught up with Alyson to get the dish on some of culinary cravings — and one of her biggest kitchen mishaps. Read on below to find out what she had to say.
What’s your favorite type of cuisine to eat (Italian, Thai, Mexican, etc.)?
Alyson Hannigan: Italian.
What’s your biggest cooking flop?
AH: Made a beautiful cake and no sooner than it was out of the oven, it ended up in pieces on the floor.