All Posts By Kirsten Vala

Kirsten is a Senior Online Editor for FoodNetwork.com. She’s a passionate baker and loves donuts, chocolate and everything sweet.

Fall Fest: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

by in View All Posts, October 27th, 2010

pepitas popcorn balls
We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

While you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween, hold onto the gook and make your own homemade stash of roasted pumpkin seeds. They’ll last for about a week tightly sealed, or you can keep them in the freezer for a month.

Roasting pumpkin seeds is simple with Alton by your side. See how he does it:
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Fall Fest: Baking Up Pear Desserts

by in View All Posts, October 20th, 2010
Pear Cake Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake from Food Network Magazine is baked in a slow cooker

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Pears are at their peak, sweet, juicy and great for baking into tempting fall desserts. Whether you’re having a casual get-together, thinking ahead to Thanksgiving or craving an everyday indulgence, bake up one of these sweet pear treats for a taste of the season.

Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake
Rarely is such a beautiful dessert so amazingly simple: Just layer the fruit and batter in your slow cooker and then let it cook gently for about three hours.

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Fall Fest: Best Pumpkin Recipes

by in View All Posts, October 13th, 2010
Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine
Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Nothing says “fall festival” like pumpkin and squash dishes, both savory and sweet. Try this Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine for a hearty fall comfort food served with dramatic presentation. Or, browse our collection of perfect pumpkin recipes.

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NYWFF: Afternoon with Next Food Network Stars

by in View All Posts, October 12th, 2010
Melissa and Aarti Cooking Demo
A cooking demo with Melissa and Aarti, Photograph by Tom Censani

The New York Wine and Food Festival brought Melissa d’Arabian and Aarti Sequeira, the two newest Next Food Network Star winners, together for an afternoon of cooking demos.

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NYWFF: Dessert Bash with Duff and Sandra

by in Events, October 12th, 2010
NYWFF Cake
NYWFF Sweet Bash Cake, from Making that Cake, a New York bakery

Saturday’s NYWFF event SWEET, with FN hosts Duff and Sandra, was a dessert-lover’s paradise! New York’s finest pastry masters, from four-star restaurants and obscure-but-amazing bakeries alike, manned 50+ booths in one space, showing off their most tantalizing sweet bites and vying for votes from a mass of mingling tasters.

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NYWFF: Prohibition Cocktails

by in View All Posts, October 12th, 2010
Prohibition Cocktails
Pouring drinks at Prohibition Cocktails, a New York Wine and Food Festival Event, Photograph by Tom Censani

At this New York Wine and Food Festival event, Southern wine and spirits expert Allen Katz poured a few classic cocktails and shared recipes, so you can try these old gems at home.

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Spinach: Giada’s Great Italian Takes

by in View All Posts, September 22nd, 2010
Penne with Spinach Sauce
Giada's Penne with Spinach Sauce

Fall FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

In honor of the first day of fall, whip up some comforting everyday Italian dishes from Giada, featuring the earthy goodness of still-fresh spinach. As part of a cheesy topping or pasta mix-in, spinach goes from dreaded health food to savory treat.

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Comfort Food Favorite: Twice-Baked Potatoes

by in View All Posts, September 15th, 2010
Marbled Stuffed Potatoes from Food Network Magazine

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Twice-baked potatoes are like the dinner-plate version of cupcakes – they’re cute, decadent, individually portioned and completely irresistible. Sure, they require more effort than your average weeknight potato side (they’re baked, mashed, mixed, filled and then baked again), but they’re also one of those dishes that makes any dinner feel like a special occasion. Twice-bake a cheesy batch for family and friends whenever you want to impress.

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Everyday Garlic Chicken Greats

by in View All Posts, September 8th, 2010

garlic chicken
Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

A few cloves (or heads!) of garlic are great for livening up plain chicken dinners. For an explosion of garlicky flavor, add these favorite weeknight wonders to your repertoire.

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Throw a Pepper Fiesta with Chiles Rellenos

by in View All Posts, September 1st, 2010
Chiles Rellenos Chiles Rellenos in Tomato Broth from Food Network Magazine

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Mild poblano peppers are the star of this Mexican food favorite, chiles rellenos. The peppers (look for darker colored poblanos for the richest flavor) are stuffed with cheese, dipped in egg and fried until the cheese is melted and the outside is crisp. They’re a fiesta on a plate, especially when paired with a fresh, tomato-based sauce like the Food Network Magazine version above.

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