Can’t make it to the Oscars? Grab your ballot, don your formal wear and make snacks instead, themed to match all the nominees for Best Picture. Every day this week, we’re featuring a new batch of ideas for two of the films (See all the posts here.) Today: The Kids Are All Right and Inception. Pit family dram-com against science fiction with these plot-thickening snacks.
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- Horray for Hollywood-decorated cupcakes (image from Food Network Magazine)
What, no ticket to the 2011 Oscar Awards this Sunday? Consider it a lucky opportunity to view the red carpet from the best seat anywhere: your couch. You’re free to heckle the stars (their attire, hair, dates) as you wish, and shout out loud with excitement or disappointment when each winner is announced. And without a slinky dress or monkey suit to starve yourself into, you can enjoy a nominee-themed menu without worry.
Check back here every day this week — we’ll be posting menu ideas for all of the Best Picture nominees so you can eat along with your favorite film, or pick and choose from each to create your own award-winning menu. Today, Black Swan and The Fighter; two movies about battling foes both internal and actual. For tense dramas like these, popcorn just won’t do.
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- Giada’s Grapefruit, Onion, Basil Salad
In the Southern portion of the U.S., the fall and winter months are prime time for citrus growing, with orange, grapefruit, and lemon crops at their peak from September/October until June. Despite the colder-than-normal temperatures this year, the USDA still expects Florida citrus trees to put forth around 19.6 million boxes of grapefruit, 4.4 million boxes of tangerines and a whopping 138 million boxes of oranges. Make these fruits the star of your meal — they’ll add refreshing bursts of flavor sure to liven up the drab winter months.
One slice into a juicy blood orange and you will see where these radiant red fruits get their name. Make a sweet-and-tangy, crimson-colored reduction out of them for Food.com‘s Baby Lamb Chops With Blood Orange Sauce.
Giada’s Grapefruit, Onion, and Basil Salad is an inventive twist on the summer fruit salad. Salty black olives and crunchy red onions pair perfectly with sweet balsamic vinegar and tangy grapefruit.
Fresh juice from ripe tangerines add zesty flavors to Food2.com’s Tangerine and Cardamom Glazed Roasted Winter Vegetables. Serve this alongside the Lamb Chops With Blood Orange sauce for an elegant and creative dinner.
To end your meal, try Emeril’s Lemon and Blueberry Tea Cake from The Cooking Channel. This cinnamon-spiked sweet treat is a cinch to make.
- Food Network's Milissa Tarquini demonstrates the recipe search function on the ITK app. (Photo 2011©Alexander Bitar)
Last week was social media week in New York City — a chance for New Yorkers to learn about the latest trends in social, mobile, gaming and more across categories like food, entertainment, music and fashion. At an event called Eats & Apps, put on by MouthoftheBorder, the latest apps were presented to food lovers (professionals and enthusiasts alike). And by apps, we mean -etizers and -lications. Sliders, mac and cheese, veggie chili and fries from build-a-burger joint 4Food were passed as party-goers chatted with the creators of the newest products marrying tech and food. Attendees had the opportunity to try out the new apps and talk to the creative minds who brought them to life, as well as mingle with food writers, bloggers, editors and home cooks. Food Network’s In the Kitchen App for iPad, iPhone and Android was there, joining the ranks of the latest, greatest must-have food and cooking apps of the moment.
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- Homemade marshmallows, like these from the Barefoot Contessa, will be a Twin Cities food trend this year, reports MetroMix.
During our time hunkered down in the Food Network Kitchens research labs formulating our 2011 FNK Forecast, we rounded up dozens of previews and predictions from all over the web, ranging from the thoroughly focused grouped and methodologically rigorous to the wildly guessed at and purely intuitive. Food trends, like food itself, are a subject nearly everyone has an opinion about. And round about the New Year, everyone, ourselves included, starts speaking up. Now that the year is beyond its New Year’s hangover, what food trends are popping up in your neck of the woods?
While for our own purposes we wanted to keep our focus national and our trends fairly general, we took a particular interest in those prognosticators who worked a local angle and taught us something about the burgeoning culinary scenes in cities around the country. We enjoyed these so much, we thought we’d share them to give you an idea of what to expect for the rest of 2011.
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HEARTy Plates: Instead of traditional heart-shaped Sugar Cookies this Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a decadent dinner of braised Vermont beef heart ravioli or duck heart tartare next Monday night. That’s right, this Valentine’s Day restaurants across the country will serve up more than just heartfelt portions of oysters and chocolate cake. Supper in Philly and Incanto in San Francisco are among those restaurants featuring blue plate organ specials on their Valentine’s Day menus. In our opinion, however, if you want to keep your Valentine around until spring, you better stick with flowers and chocolates. [thedailymeal.com]
Introducing: Hand-Held Lasagna: Just when you think we’ve already transformed all possible foods into their bite-sized counterparts (I mean, how can you top Edy’s Dibs?), an LA catering company is cooking up Lasagna Cupcakes. These savory treats aren’t frosted but rather filled with classic Italian cheeses, vegetables, and béchamel sauce. Matt Poley, a partner in Heirloom-LA, says that “As long as they aren’t scalding hot, you can eat them with your hands. In fact, we encourage it. You might get some spillage, but not a lot.” [wsj.com]
Every Day is Meatless Monday: Last February, one self-proclaimed “hard-core omnivore” took the plunge – into veganism. Oregonian Grant Butler initially committed to a one-month challenge, but one year later, he is still embracing his protein-packed vegan recipes. Find out here how he fared during a trip to his meat-loving hometown outside of Kansas City, MO. And as Butler says, “No meat, no eggs, no dairy? Turns out it’s no problem.” [oregonlive.com]
Let’s Hear it for the Boys: The New York Post is reporting that thanks to Food Network’s popularity and the current economic climate, more NYC men are donning chef hats in their own kitchens. Some local women are finding themselves won-over by these eligible foodies, what with their ultra-fierce knife skills and culinary creativity. Definitely can’t argue with that! [nypost.com via yumsugar.com]
- Kristen Stewart, lover of vampires, werewolves and Food Network. Image from celebritymania.com.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Kristen Stewart shared some interesting tidbits: The Twilight star enjoys playing golf and guitar, she’s reading Anna Karenina and her new hobby is cooking. The latter so much so that she’s known for watching Food Network with her signature “frown of concentration” on her face. “I’m such a dork,” she tells Vogue. Stewart did more than talk about her hobby, she prepared lunch for the interview: Tortilla Soup with assorted fixin’s, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can make Kristen Stewart’s Tortilla Soup — she shared her recipe with Vogue — though you might want to leave out the garlic if you’re making it for your, you know, undead friends.
But don’t stop at the soup; whip up an entire Twilight-inspired menu (to serve after dark, of course). Some suggestions:
Vampire Blood Tomato Soup With Muenster Sammies
Stuffed Baby Bellas
Vampire Dip in a Fried Tortilla Bowl
Blood and Guts Potatoes
Vampire Kiss Martini
What would you serve to a Twilight star, or at a Twilight-viewing party?
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The new year brings a fresh start and new challenges — especially in the kitchen. We asked you via Twitter what recipes you wanted to learn to cook this year, and there were a few common themes. Perhaps you’ve stumbled on some 2011 cooking trends — could 2011 be the year of Pad Thai? Risotto? Here are a few of our favorite tweets, and some recipes to get started on your culinary goals. Read more »
The Food Network Kitchens compiled a list of trends to look for in the coming year — some flavor-focused (Southeast Asian Black Kale Tacos, anyone? How about an extra helping of comfort, or veggies in a starring role?) — and some a continuation of the food-meets-technology-craze (digital cookbooks and your favorite cooking sites on your mobile device). Devour listed the first five predictions earlier this week, and we gave you more here on The FN Dish here and here. Before you begin your NYE reveling, check out our final two predictions below — eating well and doing good.
Local Sourcing Surges – Time was, if you wanted to eat locally you went to your nearest farmers market and bought directly from the producer. Well, times are changing. Some of the biggest fish in the food industry—Walmart, Bon Appétit Management, and Sysco, among others—are getting into the game. As a result, in 2011 we’ll be seeing local foods cropping up more frequently in supermarkets as well as in some surprising places—schools, hospitals, ballparks, and chain restaurants.
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The Food Network Kitchens has compiled their list of delicious predictions, and we’re serving it to you in bite-sized nuggets. Read yesterday’s trend predictions here, and check back tomorrow for the final installment. Then, visit Cooking Channel’s Devour for the even more new-year prophecies. Now, for today’s tech-savvy trends:
Food Goes Mobile
In 2011, smartphone apps will take over the tasks of restaurant search, reservation booking, and on-line food ordering. (Don’t wait till 2011 — check out our Food Network mobile offerings for iPhone, iPad and Android.) Food trucks will proliferate like never before. Pop up eateries will spread, while restaurants become increasingly ephemeral, conceptual, chef-centered less and less defined by brick and mortar spaces. And spaces will, as with the recent wave of food courts/gastro-malls, become more versatile, more multifarious, more designed to be moved through, grazed. The unvarnished good news is that it will never be so possible to eat well on the move.
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