Just as important as the question, “What are you dressing up as for Halloween?” is “What are you dressing your cupcakes up as for Halloween?” Take a break from your last-minute Halloween prep and get inspired by some of the best-dressed Halloween cupcakes out there.
Fans who took advantage of the VIP travel package for the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival earlier this month were treated to a special VIP tour of the Food Network Kitchens and a cocktail party with two of Food Network’s brightest stars, Melissa d’Arabian and Aarti Sequeira. Read more
Last Sunday’s Grand Tasting at the New York Wine and Food Festival promised to be the ultimate New York City culinary showcase, and that it was. The event featured samples from two hundred of the city’s best restaurants and wine and spirit purveyors offering samples on a pier overlooking the Hudson river. Attendees ate their fill of fabulous food and mingled with their favorite Food Network stars who were all in town for the festival.
Paula and Michael Deen came all the way from Georgia to take in the festival, greet fans and sign copies of Paula’s cookbooks.
The stars are all in town for the New York City Wine and Food Festival, and several of them stopped by Food Network Magazine’s lounge party on Wednesday night at Thalassa restaurant. Sunny Anderson, Candace Nelson, Marcela Valladolid, Aarti Sequeira and Melissa d’Arabian all came by, and party-goers drank champagne and snacked on panini inspired by the October issue’s 50 panini booklet, as well as cupcakes decorated with the magazine’s logo.
To celebrate the magazine’s second anniversary, we asked the stars about their favorite features in the mag:
Marcela’s favorite section of the magazine is He Made/She Made, where two chefs each put their own spin on a favorite dish (Marcela and Chris Cosentino battled over nachos in this month’s issue). If she were throwing a similar cook-off, Marcela says she would pit Bobby Flay against Ming Tsai to see who makes the best traditional Mexican mole sauce.
We asked for it, and you delivered, with gusto, the wackiest flavor combos you crave. Some pairings were surprising, to say the least (shaved ice with sliced avocado and chocolate sauce on top? Really, Shannon Wahyudi?), but some sounded pretty good to us, like Tracy Schadler‘s salami and honey-walnut cream cheese on rye sandwich, Sara Beth Hanson‘s gouda, pear and anchovy on a Triscuit idea, or Mary Jefferson Rabon‘s pancakes and syrup served with a side of cheddar. A few were quite simple, Larry Marshall‘s favorite, for example: Hershey bars and beer. More still were elaborate – Donna Malarsie offered up her (healthy) crave-worthy recipe: Quinoa with feta, toasted almonds, orange pieces and dried cranberries tossed with a shallot, dijon, olive oil, lemon dressing, and Bill Hughes made us drool a bit thinking of his Smoked Coffee and Mignonette Pepper-Crusted Leg of Lamb.
Here’s how it starts: The magazine staff pitches the idea to Food Network Kitchens. In this case, “How ‘bout 50 kebabs?” The concept is then assigned, by test kitchen vice president – Katherine Alford – to one of the recipe developers. 50 Kebabs went to Bob Hoebee, who has a special fondness for authentic, exotic foods from around the globe. And also, well, who else should develop a ton of kebabs but Bob . . .
Oh, fans. Your food photos leave us overcome with feelings of love. And hunger.
You’re our fans. Or you like us — whatever Facebook is calling it these days, we want you to know that we like you back. And we’re huge fans of the fabulous food photos you post on our wall. Take Layla’s Vegetarian Sushi, for example. It looks incredibly delicious (reminds us a bit of the veggie sushi Chef Morimoto created for Food Network Magazine) and we love her step-by-step instructions on her website.
Way to go, Layla. You rock. Keep sharing, we’re hungry for more.
We love asking you what you’re cooking and we never tire of reading your responses. Many of you are grilling for Memorial Day weekend, and not just burgers and ‘dogs — over on Facebook you’re talking about hickory grilled spareribs, whole butterflied chicken injected with jalapeno butter, bacon-wrapped shrimp, sweet potatoes, grilled pizza, Coca-Cola baby back ribs, corn on the cob, peaches and pineapple (served with ice cream, we presume).
And to our fans who report broken grills or thunderstorms in the forecast, we’re truly sorry! The weekend’s not lost though, you can still grill inside like Bobby.
We also shared Food Network Mag’s 50 bonus burger recipes on Facebook and you topped our ideas with dozens of your own — feta-stuffed burgers, seafood burgers, burgers topped with mango and jack cheese and turkey burgers with pesto. But major props go to Missi H. who made 5 of the 50 burgers so far. Let us know when you get to 50!
Twitter talk on Thursday was all about lemons, and it turns out you love lemon bars as much as we do. We shared our favorite tips, like rolling lemons on the counter before squeezing for more juice, and you offered a suggestion back: microwaving them for 5 seconds to soften them for even more juice.
Care to share more of your weekend food plans with us?
We know you’re talking about Food Network, and yes, we are listening! We read your Facebook wall posts, your tweets, your comments on recipes and blog posts, and your blogs as well, and while we’d love to chat back and answer each question, there’s just not time to give you the individual love you deserve.
What we can do is meet here to discuss hot topics and trends, your likes and dislikes, popular questions and debates — in social media.