by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, Recipes, November 14th, 2011
by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, How-to, November 8th, 2011
If ever there was a vegetable dogged by misunderstanding, fresh fennel is it.
Because while it may taste like anise and look like a bulb, it’s neither. And don’t let the grocery workers who love to label it that way tell you otherwise.
Fennel may taste like anise, and is a relative of it, but they are separate plants. And while the base of fennel is bulbous, that’s a shape, not its plant variety.
So now that we’ve cleared up what fennel isn’t, let’s focus on what it is.
Fresh fennel resembles a cross between cabbage, celery and dill. The taste is assertively (though not unpleasantly) licorice and sweet. The base of the fennel is round with tightly overlapping pale-green leaves. Sprouting out of that are long celery stalks topped with fine frilly leaves.
Fennel Egg Salad Sandwiches »
by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, How-to, November 6th, 2011
Try roasting a few pumpkins, then freezing the puree — that’s what Alton does. You can thaw it to make pie just before Thanksgiving, and the rest will store up to 6 months in the freezer.
Try making: Michele Albano’s Maple Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel
Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving recipes and tips.
by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, How-to, November 3rd, 2011
To cut 100 calories off your Thanksgiving meal, watch out for the fried topping on green bean casseroles. This casserole wouldn’t live up to the hype if it wasn’t for the crispy French fried onions, but each quarter cup will set you back 100 calories (and most recipes call for five times that amount!). Slim down portions to a light sprinkle and try these four other ways to cut 100 calories from Healthy Eats.
by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, How-to, November 2nd, 2011
When glazing your vegetables, add a touch of butter and sugar with a pinch of salt. The sugar and butter add shine to the glaze. Aromatics like herbs, ginger or citrus zest will add some zing.
Follow this guide to learn how to make your veggie side dish extraordinary, then watch our how-to video.
Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, How-to, November 1st, 2011
Stuffing your turkey changes the way you should cook the whole bird. You’ll want to make sure the stuffing and the turkey reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees F at the same time. Watch Alton’s complete video for more tips.
Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving stuffing recipes and tips.
by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, Recipes, October 28th, 2011
To create a smooth, rich gravy for Thanksgiving, gradually ladle the hot broth into the flour mixture, whisking constantly (this is key, or your gravy will be lumpy). Bring to a boil, then adjust the heat so the gravy simmers gently.
Try making: Ina Garten’s Homemade Gravy recipe
Food Network Magazine shows you how to make the perfect gravy in seven simple steps (photos).
by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, October 20th, 2011
People have been eating it for thousands of years, yet still no one can tell me why it should be peeled. So I don’t peel it, and neither should you. “It” being fresh ginger, the gnarly brown root that lives among the grocer’s Asian produce. And the flavor is so much better than dried — you must get to know it.
Most of us think of ginger as the powder in the spice cabinet and use it mostly for baking. In Asia, where ginger originated, it’s more a savory ingredient. That’s because fresh ginger packs tons of warm, pungent, peppery flavor that works so well with meats and vegetables.
Though they can be used interchangeably, the flavor of fresh ginger is more pronounced than dried, sporting heavy citrus, even acidic, notes. In Asia, fresh ginger is an essential part of numerous classic dishes, including stir-fries, soups, sauces and marinades, as well as Indian curries.
Ginger-Orange Chicken Cutlets »
by Heather Ramsdell in How-to, October 17th, 2011
Finally — a way to enjoy agave without the hangover!
That’s right: Agave nectar, the current darling of the alternative sweetener world, is made from the same plant that is used to produce tequila. And it goes down so much easier (squeeze of lime and dash of salt are optional).
But let’s start with some basics. Agave nectar (sometimes called agave syrup) is an amber liquid that resembles honey, but has a cleaner, sweeter, even fruitier flavor. Not long ago it was mostly unheard of in the U.S., existing primarily in the backwaters of the natural foods world.
In recent years, it has evolved into a booming $200 million industry. Suddenly, it’s being used in everything from ketchup and barbecue sauce to baked goods and ice cream. And don’t even get me started about the cocktail scene.
Agave-Barbecue Roasted Chicken »
by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, October 13th, 2011
This question tends to pop up at least once during our weekly “Ask the Editor” Facebook chats: Do cakes with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated? With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a great time to explore and answer this question. From Paula’s Pumpkin Bars to Giada’s Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake With Cream Cheese Icing to the classic Red Velvet Cake, it’s hard to escape cream cheese frosting’s creamy goodness.
So does it need refrigeration?
Food Network Kitchens answer the question »
It’s hard to not love an ingredient that loves fat.
And that’s exactly what sage does — it partners up perfectly with foods rich in oils and fats. So why not give it a try? It’s nearly the holidays and time to indulge.
Actually, that’s part of sage’s problem — and why it has a relatively low profile in American cooking compared to other savory herbs, such as basil and oregano.
While we think of all manner of uses for other herbs in all seasons, we tend to pigeonhole sage as a Thanksgiving herb suited mostly for stuffing and turkey.
But the richly peppery-rosemary flavor of fresh sage can more than earn its keep year round. You just need to know how to use it.
Fried Sage and Parmesan Penne »