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Lots of Latkes

by in View All Posts, December 2nd, 2010
Calico Potato Latkes from Food.com

If you like hash browns, you will love latkes (also known as potato pancakes).  Savory and warming, latkes are fried pancakes made from grated potatoes and other vegetables. From the seemingly infinite number of variations on this classic Hanukkah dish, here are some of our favorite recipes:

Calico Potato Latkes from Food.com incorporate carrots for color and flavor, and taste as good as they look. Top them with green onion-studded sour cream or your favorite applesauce.

Alongside a big salad or bowl of soup, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes with Chunky Five-Spice Applesauce make a special weeknight dinner. The earthy vegetables provide a perfect contrast to the sweet and spicy applesauce.

Savory squash and onions form a delicious base for vegetarian-friendly Butternut Squash Latkes from Food2.com. This healthier twist on tradition is also baked, not fried.

From the CookingChannel.com, the holiday flavors of cinnamon and orange come together in the Brass Sisters’ Sweet Sweet Potato Latkes, dusted with powdered sugar and served as a special dessert.

Learn more about how potato pancakes are made in a short clip from The Secret Life Of…Pancakes shot in Milan’s restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

For more Holiday recipes and ideas, visit FoodNetwork.com/holiday.

Easy Cookie Swap

by in View All Posts, November 29th, 2010
Gingerbread Cookies from FoodNetwork.com

Are you having visions of sugarplums dancing or hallucinations from too much turkey? There’s no denying that the holiday season is already in full swing. Make this year easier with a cookie swap—a great way to try new recipes without having to bake them all yourself. We’ve chosen some of our favorite recipes for cookie-swapping and invite you to gather some friends and share the fun.

Animal crackers began as edible ornaments, sold in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. Giada’s simple Animal Sugar Cookies are probably quite a bit tastier and definitely more colorful. Appease your flock with a batch: They’re perfect to eat, share or hang on the tree.

Believe it or not, Paula Deen has put a healthy twist on classic Peanut Butter Cookies, just in time for those sugar-free cookie lovers on your list. And for a treat less traditional, try the winning recipe from Emeril’s Cookie Contest, Chris’ Kicked Up Spicy Walnut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. This cookie literally has something for everyone.

If baking is not your thing, Cooking Channel’s Michael Chiarello has you covered with No Bake Chocolate Amaretto Cookies.  Or, visit Food.com for No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. Both recipes come together in a matter of minutes and set in the refrigerator.

For a sweet adult treat, whip up some Limoncello Cheesecake Squares or Boozy Blondies from Food2.com to share. There’s nothing like a cookie to melt away the stress of all that holiday shopping.

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Traveling Sideshow

by in View All Posts, November 18th, 2010
Cranberry Pomegranate Terrine from FoodNetwork.com

Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday of the year. Arrive at your destination with your sanity and your culinary contribution intact with these holiday recipes that are easy to pack along.

Get our take-along recipe ideas »

Date Night at Home

by in View All Posts, November 11th, 2010
Champagne Risotto from FoodNetwork.com

The key ingredient to a great date night at home is a little bit of imagination. Make cooking together part of the fun with a creative adventure featuring romantic recipes.

Start your special evening with a champagne toast, and set aside some bubbly for Giada’s Champagne Risotto with tender asparagus and crisp pork. Asparagus has long been considered an aphrodisiac. According to an old French tradition, bridegrooms prepared for their wedding night by eating three different asparagus dishes on the previous evening.

While your risotto is heating up, cool off with this Melon and Prosciutto appetizer. Luscious melon is kissed by a touch of berry syrup and wrapped with prosciutto in a near perfect combination of salty and sweet flavors. This is as much fun to assemble as it is to eat.

Rachael Ray’s quick cooking Garlic-Buttered Sliced Steak with Onions makes a mouthwatering main course. Believe it or not, garlic has a reputation for stirring up passions. Long ago, Tibetan monks were not allowed to enter the monastery if they had eaten garlic for exactly this reason.

And for dessert, nothing is more romantic than sharing a dish of Chocolate Orange Mousse with Raspberries. This simple yet indulgent recipe from Sandra Lee is the perfect ending to a fantastic meal made better together.

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in News, View All Posts, November 9th, 2010
New York State’s New First Lady of Food: Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee is ‘First Lady’ of Food: With the election of her longtime companion, Andrew Cuomo, to the governorship of New York, Food Network’s own Sandra Lee has become New York’s First Lady of Food. AM New York imagines what the victory celebration might have looked like, including this lasagna and a tasty doughnut tree. [AmNY.com]

Chicken-Powered Cars: Tyson chicken factories are turning chicken fat into diesel fuel for cars, trucks and possibly airplanes. And you thought chickens couldn’t fly. [wsj.com]

Pumpkins are Flying in Delaware: This weekend marked the 25th Annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin Contest in Delaware. Participants competed with a variety of air cannons, catapults, human-powered devices and other launching mechanisms to see which could throw a pumpkin the farthest. [Delawareonline.tv]

San Francisco bans Happy Meals: In an effort to curb childhood obesity, the city of San Francisco has voted to ban kids meals that are sold with toys unless they conform to a set of nutritional guidelines. Will healthier meals make happier kids? Tell us what you think. [LATimes.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Bringing Home The Bacon

by in View All Posts, November 4th, 2010
Bacon-Jalapeño Stuffing from FoodNetwork.com

Almost everyone loves bacon, whether you call it American pork-belly, Canadian bacon, French lardons, or Italian pancetta. In twelfth century England, couples who could last more than a year without arguing were awarded a side of bacon—an enviable prize that lead to the phrase “bringing home the bacon.” Be the hero of your dinner table with some of our favorite bacon recipes.

Emeril’s classic Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Almonds are simple to prepare and make an elegant starter for an evening of holiday entertaining. Warm cheese, sweet fruit and crispy pork meld in a satisfying way that your guests will remember for many holidays to come.

For a lighter take on bacon, give the traditional stuffed potato a healthy makeover with Ellie Krieger’s Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream from The Cooking Channel. Savory Canadian bacon creates a crunchy topping for the garlicky avocado cream.

Spice up your Thanksgiving table with a savory Bacon-Jalapeño Stuffing. This cornbread dressing with bacon and cheese should please even the pickiest eaters in your family.

For an easy weeknight dinner, nothing beats Bacon and Lentil Soup from Food2.com. Versatile soups like this are a great way to use up small amounts of leftover meat or vegetables. Make a big batch tonight and have it for lunch tomorrow.

And for a truly different sort of treat, there are Maple Bacon Cupcakes from Food.com. Minced bacon is folded into a sweet batter that also includes bacon drippings, topped off with maple syrup-infused frosting. Is it breakfast, dessert or something in between? You decide.

Cooking for Vegetarian Guests

by in View All Posts, October 28th, 2010
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from FoodNetwork.com

Not sure what to make when a vegetarian guest comes for dinner? Don’t panic. If you’re trying to please a diverse group of eaters, these vegetarian-friendly recipes are sure to bring everyone to the table.

Break the ice with flavors of cranberry and orange in Emeril’s Red Rooster cocktails from CookingChanneltv.com. And show off your creativity with a colorful Vegan Antipasti of fresh vegetables with marinated mushrooms.

As a main course, “meaty” walnuts provide contrast to the tart cherries in Ellie Krieger’s Wheat Berry Salad. Add a bowl of Squash Soup With Caramelized Apple Croutons and you have a perfectly easy weeknight meal.

On a chilly evening, this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Aida Mollencamp is the ultimate comfort food—creamy mashed potatoes baked over a bed of flavorful vegetables and gravy.

For a no-fuss dessert, try this sweet No-Bake Berry Frost Pie from Food2.com, which can be served chilled or as a frozen treat. Feeling sneaky? Our Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Food.com replaces the usual cream and eggs with tofu, but maintains the same great taste and texture of your old favorite.

Read more about vegetarian and vegan diets.

Can-Do Fondue

by in View All Posts, October 19th, 2010
Blue Cheese Fondue with Tomatoes and Roasted Cipollini Onions From CookingChanneltv.com

Company coming over?  It’s a great time to fire up a pot of molten cheese. Fondue is a classic, sophisticated dish that brings people together– talk, dip, and enjoy great company. Choose your recipe from some of our favorites and grab  friends for some cheesy fun.

For tradition, you can’t beat Tyler Florence’s Cheese Fondue. Two kinds of cheese combine with garlic, wine and kirsch to warm up your whole party. Need some interesting dippers? Besides bread, sample some bacon-wrapped chicken with spinach, blanched vegetables and apples.

The whole family will love this Tex-Mex Fondue from food.com.  And—don’t tell the kids—it’s got vegetables inside.

Feeling saucy? Buck tradition with Alton Brown’s Fondue Vudu. It packs a flavorful punch with curry powder and hard apple cider that goes great with this savory biscotti recipe from Food2.com.

Michael Chiarello’s Blue Cheese Fondue is sure to impress your guests.  This garlicky dip is complemented by cherry tomatoes and roasted cippollini onions.

And after all that cheese, skip dessert in favor of a sophisticated but simple Cherries Jubilee cocktail, courtesy of Sandra Lee.

Most importantly, don’t forget the cardinal rule of fondue. No double dipping!