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Brown Sugar Apple Crisp — Down-Home Comfort

by in In Season, Recipes, October 10th, 2014

Brown Sugar Apple CrispIn my family, fall means a trip to the mountains for apple picking and apple cider. We love buying a variety of different kinds of apples — some to refrigerate and keep for eating, some to make jelly, and always, always a couple of pounds of cooking apples for apple pie and crisp. While I adore apple pie, I have to admit that an apple crisp is so simple and easy that it’s my go-to apple dessert. There’s no pastry to make and no dough to roll out, and with a little pep in your prep you can have dessert in under an hour.

Crisps, along with their culinary cousins — crumbles, grunts, brown betties and pandowdies — are all simple, old-fashioned, homey desserts. The desserts in this genre use a streusel-like mixture of flour or breadcrumbs, sugar, warm spices and butter, along with rolled oats and nuts. I especially love to use fresh, in-season Georgia pecans in the fall, but almonds and walnuts are great, too. Crisps are flat-out easy, and everyone loves a piping-hot fruit dessert with a sweet, buttery topping. You can serve the crisp with ice cream, whipped cream, or even creme fraiche for an ultra-indulgent dose of down-home comfort. Read more

Pumpkin Spice (and Everything Nice) — Fall Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, October 9th, 2014

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If you gauge the dawn of fall by when your first pumpkin spice latte of the season is sipped, there aren’t any limits your pumpkin spice intake. Amidst trips to the pumpkin patch, carving contests and all your other pumpkin-centric fall activities, these sweet pumpkin recipes should be on tap all season long:

1. You’ve never seen another pumpkin pie with looks this good. Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Cream (pictured above) receives a deeper sweetness from a just-ripe banana and an extra notch of spice from the cookies. Word to the wise: Don’t be stingy with the whipped cream.

2. The perks to a batch of Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies don’t stop with all that pumpkin spice goodness. These seriously moist treats come without eggs, making them vegan friendly.

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5 Fall Recipes with Fresh Fennel

by in In Season, Recipes, October 7th, 2014

There are very few ingredients that can add to a dish what fresh fennel can add. It’s got a hint of sweetness, a nice crunch and a refreshing flavor. Known for being eaten raw as a palate cleanser at the end of a big Italian meal, it can be prepared or eaten just about any way you can imagine. Take these recipes, for example: roasted fennel in pasta, fennel salad and even a fennel slaw. Try out a few of these and before you know it you’ll be adding fennel into all kinds of things this fall.

Baked Penne with Fennel: When you think of creamy baked pasta, you don’t necessarily think of light flavors. But fennel can add the perfect soft flavor to just about anything — including this creamy baked penne. With pancetta, heavy cream and three different cheeses, the dish definitely benefits from the fennel’s subtle flavor.

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Cooking with All Those Apples: A Top 10 List

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, October 4th, 2014

Cooking with All Those Apples: A Top 10 ListIt’s officially apple-picking season (truly officially, as October is National Apple Month), so it seems only right to share some ideas for apples. Everywhere I turn I see photos of friends plucking juicy fruit from trees, placing it in woodsy-looking mini barrels or baskets, destined for cinnamon-y pies or fragrant cobblers. This time of year, I crave the chill of autumn and the warming sip of hot cider. I crave Vermont. I spent four years in Burlington for college and the state has never left my soul. And in Vermont in fall, we picked apples. Now that I live in Southern California, I admit that I feel a bit nostalgic for the postcard-worthy foliage scenes, the smell of fresh maple syrup and the plethora of apples that had us cooking all season long.

If you’ve been apple picking, or even to the grocery store lately (I saw Granny Smiths the other day for .49 cents a pound!), you might well have an apple stock you are looking to use. What to do with ‘dem apples?

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Reasons to Reconsider Cauliflower — Fall Fest

by in In Season, October 2nd, 2014

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Before you relegate your next head of cauliflower to side dish status once again, reconsider this in-season veggie for its unconventionally substantial uses. From standing proudly as a main dish to acting as your next party-friendly appetizer, cauliflower is capable of some serious dish power. Let us list the ways:

  • Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce: Even if you’re accustomed to nibbling chicken wings off the bone, think of cauliflower florets as yet another way to get your weekly intake of spicy Buffalo sauce. Dip this healthier game-time alternative into homemade blue cheese sauce for the full package.

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Apples, the Savory Way

by in In Season, September 27th, 2014

Even though you can get apples year-round almost everywhere, there’s still something special about your favorite variety popping up at the farmers market when fall comes around. It’s a sign that cooler nights are coming and the best time of the year for comfort food is just around the corner. The obvious first task is to bake a great apple pie — but after that, there’s plenty of time for creativity. Think perfectly roasted chicken with sweet apples, or a fresh apple and kale salad. These recipes will get you on track for endless apple creations so you can take full advantage of the fall produce.

Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples: There’s always a reason to try a new chicken recipe, especially when it’s simple and you can pop it in the oven. The apples in this help bring out the savory flavors of the skin-on chicken thighs and the onions, while adding a subtly sweet note that is perfect for fall entertaining. But you don’t have to save it for a special occasion — this one is easy enough to be a weeknight meal.

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Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice Recipes — Plus a PSL to Make at Home

by in In Season, Recipes, September 9th, 2014

Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice RecipesWe’ve barely put away our swimsuits and sunscreen, but baristas at a certain coffee chain are already steaming up their immensely popular fall-flavored drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Inspired by this beloved seasonal beverage, Food Network Kitchen created pumpkin-spiced treats like French toast, sticky buns and muffins, plus a take on the latte that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen. Sip one any time of year – we won’t judge.

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Win Summer While You Still Can

by in How-to, In Season, August 29th, 2014

Win Summer While You Still CanLabor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and next Tuesday will be a little bit sad even for those of us who are not going back to school. So take full advantage of these last few days and send your summer off on a winning note. If you haven’t made these watermelon tequila shot skewers yet, now’s the time. Eat as much fresh corn and zucchini as you possibly can. Host a last-minute barbecue with tips for super-fast grilling. Or savor summer memories with these nostalgic tastes.

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Eggplant 5 Ways

by in In Season, August 27th, 2014

Eggplant 5 WaysTomatoes get all the love during summer’s peak, and while I do adore them, I really fall for eggplant this time of year. The most common of them are the large deep-purple ones called black beauty, or sometimes globe eggplants. A trip to your local farmers market will reveal the many other varieties that abound —  Fairy Tale, Turkish, Japanese and Italian are just a few of them.

When working with the large globe eggplants, it’s important to salt them. This helps remove any bitterness and draws out extra moisture from the eggplant. Fried eggplant was a favorite of mine when I was growing up, and it’s something my daughters love now. Nowadays I alternate between frying eggplant on the stovetop and making this crispy baked version for a healthier way to fulfill our cravings. Here are five more ways to enjoy eggplant while it’s in season.

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Don’t Touch That Dial: No-Bake Summer Desserts

by in In Season, Recipes, August 21st, 2014

No-Bake Summer DessertsWhen you’re battling flames over a blistering-hot grill, who wants to preheat the oven? Even when it comes to something as important as dessert, those added degrees are enough to break your cool when entertaining this summer. Luckily, in lieu of overheating, you can take your pick of Food Network’s finest no-bake desserts that’ll keep your kitchen nice and cold.

Oftentimes, no-bake desserts are no sweat too. Take The Pioneer Woman’s Individual Key Lime Pies (pictured above), for example. Unlike the arguable toil of from-scratch baking, it takes only layering homemade lime curd and whipped cream atop buttery graham cracker crumbs to have you seeing beyond the slice.

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