All Posts By Marissa Bell

Recipes With Color: Pink Champagne

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2012

bobby flay's grapefruit and mint salad
Ringing in the new year is a color that is both fresh and luscious. On HGTV’s Color of the Month blog, January’s hue has stirred up mixed reactions in the design world, but for food enthusiasts it’s a vital hue from our food rainbow. We see it in immunity-boosting foods like citrus and salmon. The hero this month is a shade called Pink Champagne and it’s here to rescue us from nagging colds in the form of grapefruit.

For me, this happy color is an escape from winter. Growing up, my aunt used to send baskets of oranges and grapefruits from Florida every winter. Savoring a slice of grapefruit this time of year always brings back warm memories for me. In lieu of this year’s shipment, I have been stocking up on bags of Florida pink grapefruits from the store and eating one every day. Why carve out half a grapefruit when you can enjoy the whole thing?

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Recipes With Color: Grape

by in Recipes, December 28th, 2011


The season’s usual hues are red, green, silver and deep blue, but this December HGTV’s Color of the Month is glamming it up with grape. It’s a juicy pick to add to our palates and this beautiful berry color is among my favorite shades.

You may be thinking of a particular recipe that bears this color, something with grapes or wine. Sure, I love the sweet and tart orbs, but this grape-toned dish of Sauteed Cabbage and Apples by Melissa d’Arabian is my go-to comfort food. Delightfully, it does include a generous splash of red wine. My mom’s version, which I called “the purple cabbage stuff,” is a staple in my family, requested at Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthday dinners.

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Recipes With Color: Marigold

by in Recipes, November 12th, 2011

cauliflower and ham crustless quiche recipe
Autumn may bring shorter days, but there’s still plenty of brilliant color to feast our eyes and appetites on. Thanksgiving meals display the season’s variety of colors from green bean casserole to jewel-toned cranberry sauce. One that creeps on to all our plates is November’s reigning color, marigold. It’s a fall favorite that both HGTV and foodies love. As a Design Happens blog contributor puts it, “Gorgeous to look at and good to eat.”

Marigold reminds me of harvest foods and my favorite time of day in fall when the sun lights up valleys in the last hour of the day and similarly in early morning. In photography terms, it’s called the “Golden Hour,” and it’s even prettier in the fall when slanted rays hit red, brown and gold trees. In celebration of golden sunrises and marigold, I’m hungry for breakfast, particularly leftover Turkey Day breakfast with family and friends.

Get the recipe for Cauliflower and Ham Crustless Quiche »

Recipes With Color: Teal

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2011

balsamic glazed acorn squash
October’s Color of the Month is a jewel of fall, signaling changing leaves and cozy family dinners. HGTV’s color team picked teal as the stunning winner, which designers and readers alike consider “intense,” “rich,” “elegant” and “transfixing.” On FN Dish, we are sharing a darker green hue of teal in a feast for your eyes and appetite.

The deep, dramatic green shade of teal makes me think of fall produce like the strong sleek rind of acorn squash. When you cut into it and cook up the vegetable’s hearty meat, you get another rich autumn color: burnt orange. Both fall colors pop in this recipe for Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash featured in Food Network Magazine.

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Recipes With Color: Indigo

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2011

blueberry almond bruschetta
FN Dish is teaming up with HGTV and the Design Happens Blog over color inspiration. Every month, HGTV’s color team brings you Color of the Month, complete with entertaining ideas, home decor recommendations and so much more. This month indigo is in the spotlight, and readers are calling it “calming,” “pretty,” “lovely” and “organic.” Here on FN Dish, we’re taking the color of the month and treating your eyes to eye-opening recipes.

The inviting, refreshing taste of blueberries calls to mind the tranquility of the color indigo. In late summer when I was a kid, we used to pile in the family van for a day of blueberry picking at a farm an hour away. We’d tie empty gallon milk jugs with the top half cut off onto our belts for hands-free picking. Belt secure, I’d go running under the bushes, grabbing double fistfuls of the indigo orbs, but I’d skip the bucket and stuff my face — then get scolded later for eating more than picking.

Get the recipe for Blueberry-Almond Bruschetta »

Dinner With Color: Bright Red

by in Recipes, September 9th, 2011

ragu stuffed peppers
Red screams Eat me. Whether it’s in peppers, tomatoes, watermelon or strawberries — that bright color makes me hungry. Have you ever noticed that fast-food companies try incorporating the color red into their logos and restaurant decor? That’s because the color invokes hunger, it attracts attention easily and gets the heartbeat racing.

Get your heart rate going with these Ragu-Stuffed Red Peppers featured in Food Network Magazine. If you’re not a fan of peppers, you can switch it up using tomatoes and chicken salad for a potluck dinner that’s packed with the same hue.

Add color to your dinner tonight »