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Hoping for an Unharried Harry’d Halloween

by in Holidays, October 29th, 2011

harry potter butterbeer
The trick of October is for the monster mishmash of kids’-soccer watching, family apple-picking and pumpkin-patch prowling to lead up to a calm, cool finale: Halloween. For months my three boys, ages nine, seven and three, have plotted their costumes: a Harry Potter Quidditch player, a wizard — not Harry! — and a superhero dinosaur (whatever that is). My plans for what to serve while we carve pumpkins is less set in stone.

Inspiration for last-minute Halloween party treats, Harry Potter-style, came during a quick trip to Florida this week. After all, little wizards need food and drink for fruitful spells. At Hog’s Head, a pub at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, executive chef Steven Jayson told me Butterbeer, a drink the characters in J.K. Rowling’s now-classic series loved, is a favorite among the park’s Potter fans. Count my kids as part of that crew — after riding the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster, not before. ”Butterbeer is nonalcoholic and is served either cold or frozen; both versions are frothy and reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch,” he said. Sweet. He’s right about the taste given the thousands of drinks they pour daily, but I’d include cream soda in my description too; with each sip I tried to pull apart the components, knowing I’d want to stir up some at home.

Recipes for Butterbeer and more »

5 Ways to Drink Devilishly This Halloween

by in Drinks, Holidays, October 27th, 2011

wine for halloween
When there’s a chill in the air and a jack-o’-lantern on the porch, it’s time for wine that’s spooky in every place but inside the glass. Here are five wine options that will have you laughing like Vincent Price:

1. Wine for Candy:
A sweet-seeming red like an oaky Shiraz, Zinfandel or Cabernet will pair nicely with mini-Snickers or a fist-full of Jujubes.

2. Hard Cider:
If your Halloween will include bobbing for apples or caramel apples, ask your local wine merchant for their best hard apple cider. Recently fashionable among wine hipsters, hard cider has a delicious, farm-fresh taste joined by a light sparkle and a low alcohol content.

Wine with scary names »

Best 5 Halloween Treats

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 27th, 2011

pecan caramel spiders
The Halloween season practically requires us to consume unusual amounts of sugary treats. This year, whether you are hosting a Halloween party or simply entertaining trick-or-treaters, offer homemade sweet snacks in addition to the community candy bowl. Our top five recipes for spooky Halloween treats are go-to classics that kids and kids at heart will enjoy.

5. Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes — Sandra’s 30-minute recipe utilizes store-bought cupcakes, which she tops with rich, dark-chocolate frosting and shaped orange fondant.

4. Pecan-Caramel Spiders — Homemade caramel and pecan clusters become the spider bodies while licorice acts as legs and melted and shaved chocolate toppings add realistic color and texture.

Get the top three recipes »

Halloween Costumes Good Enough to Eat

by in Holidays, October 25th, 2011

bacon and eggs
Is your child a Food Network fanatic? Is he or she eager to go grocery shopping with you, help you cook in the kitchen and try new foods? Celebrate his or her love of culinary creations by making them a Halloween costume of their favorite food.

Alton Brown’s creative Good Eats costume designer Amanda Kibler fashioned five foodie Halloween costumes that are almost good enough to eat for Food Network Magazine. Using simple, inexpensive and easy-to-find materials, Amanda made Good Eats, Great Costumes for kids.

The ultimate breakfast combo, bacon and eggs (pictured above) are ideal costume choices for sibling twins or best friends. When these trick-or-treaters go door to door, they’re sure to earn a few extra pieces of candy from the neighbors.

French fries, pizza and cupcake costumes »

Alex’s Perfect Mulled Apple Cider for Halloween

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 25th, 2011

mulled apple cider
This Halloween, I’m taking a break from the usual pumpkin-related suspects and immersing myself in apples. I love to mix different apples when cooking. I always look for crisp texture, not too sweet and slightly floral.  For reliable texture that stands the cooking test I go for Granny Smith and Rome. For snacking and raw in salads I prefer Macouin, Braeburn and Royal Gala. For pickling? Fuji. Another effective approach is to totally ignore what everyone tells you to buy and get the apples that look the best to you.

This week, I’m sharing my warm and comforting Mulled Apple Cider recipe.

Get the recipe »

Thanksgiving Live: Ask Your Question

by in Holidays, October 18th, 2011

thanksgiving turkey
Home cooks and Thanksgiving dinner guests have another reason to be thankful this year. Ted Allen, Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Melissa d’Arabian, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli and Rachael Ray will come together to answer some of the toughest questions about holiday meal making on Thanksgiving Live!, a two-hour call-in show hosted by Turkey master Alton Brown on Nov. 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm.

From solutions to dry turkey and lumpy gravy to Food Network stars demonstrating helpful tips and delicious recipes, experts will be on hand to address perennial problems.

Do you have a question you need answered? Leave your question in the comment section below, and then tune in to FoodNetwork.com on Nov. 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm to see if your question has been answered.

After the on-air broadcast concludes, the cast will sit down to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast they prepared during the show, and the online streaming video will continue with post-show coverage. Each guest will contribute a signature dish — covering everything from starters to desserts — and Alton will carve the turkey.

Do you want to be on Thanksgiving Live! on Food Network?

We are soliciting Skype viewers and callers throughout the country who would like to be part of our show: Sunday, November 20, 12 pm to 2pm EST.

Email the following information to thanksgivinglive@foodnetwork.com and a Thanksgiving Live! Producer may contact you for more information:

Name
Location
Email
Home telephone number
Skype name
Your Thanksgiving question

Aunt Sandy’s Best Halloween Costumes

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 12th, 2011

sandra lee halloween costume
When it comes to the ultimate Halloween costumes, Sandra Lee’s are an especially tough act to follow. Donning more than just a mask and face paint, Sandra practically becomes the characters of her costumes, with transforming hairpieces, real-world props and, of course, signature cocktails and Semi-Homemade snacks to match. Cast your fan vote for Sandra’s best-ever Halloween costume, and tell us in the comments what you hope she’ll wear this year.

To see Sandra’s all-new Halloween costumes and get spooky sweet treats recipes, check out Sandra’s Halloween Wonderland, premiering Sunday, October 23, at 9am/8c.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

by in Holidays, September 28th, 2011

pasta with farro
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a time to celebrate renewal and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with food?

Rosh Hashanah Menu:
Food Network Magazine’s Pasta With Farro (pictured above)
Noodle Kugel
Michael Symon’s Brisket
Spiced Apple Cake

Apples and Honey: 5 New Ways »

Oktoberfest 101

by in Holidays, September 26th, 2011

sausage and kraut
Ladies, don your dirndls, and gentlemen, fasten your lederhosen, because Oktoberfest 2011 is officially underway. Though this beer barrel-tapping festival runs from September 17 through October 3 in Munich, Germany, you can bring the party stateside with our comprehensive guide to everything Oktoberfest, which includes clever (and useful) German phrases, a traditional Oktoberfest menu, classic German and beer-centric recipes and a list of local biergartens. So pitch a beer tent, grab a keg and experience this annual tradition like never before.

After the formal tapping of the first barrel during Oktoberfest, festival-goers proclaim, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s been tapped!” in German). Start your celebration by tapping a bottle of authentic Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier (a German wheat beer). Prost! (Cheers!) to that.

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10 Easy Labor Day Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2011

labor day recipes

Let’s face it: The last thing you should be doing this Labor Day weekend is cooking up a storm in your kitchen. You should utilize recipes that produce a lot of flavor in a small amount of time. These 10 recipes are quick and easy and include options for appetizers, sides, mains and sweet desserts.

Drink:
The Perfect Lemonade

Appetizers:
Food Network Magazine’s Pineapple Salsa
Rachael’s Macho Gazpacho

Recipes for easy sides, mains and desserts »