by Allison Milam in Recipes, October 13th, 2016
by Elizabeth Brownfield in In Season, Recipes, October 13th, 2016
When you crank the lid off a can of pumpkin, the next logical step is to bake its contents into a pumpkin pie, right? Maybe so, but we believe that this creamy ingredient has so much more to offer. Load up on our most-creative ways to put canned pumpkin to use in dishes beyond good old pumpkin pie.
If a tub of hummus is your go-to office snack or party app, just wait until you try Food Network Kitchen’s newly developed Spicy Pumpkin Dip. The already-smooth pumpkin puree unites with blended chickpeas for a creamy spiced dip best scooped up with pita chips.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, October 11th, 2016
Apple season is officially here. And whether you make a trip to the orchards to pick your own, peruse the pretty piles of fruit at your local farmers market or simply head to your usual grocery store, today’s apple options seem endless. While that variety is welcome, it can also be overwhelming. When it comes time to bake a pie, hand-churn applesauce that would make Grandma proud or simply grab a fresh, juicy fruit to snack on, you can never quite remember which variety is best for that occasion. Here, we share our list of favorite varieties for baking, saucing, snacking and freezing, along with our most-quintessential apple recipes.
by Bev Weidner in Family, Recipes, October 11th, 2016
Leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. We adults? We’ll be inside celebrating Halloween like the “mature,” face-painted and costumed folks we are. Even if you’ll be shepherding little ones from door to door on the 31st, use the days leading up to it to scare up some adults-only fun that’s sure to create a stir.
One look at this steaming cauldron of Witch’s Brew gives us the creeps, but a sip of the lime-pineapple swig will have us in the spooky spirit (and so will the two cups of vodka in it). A block of dry ice hidden away gives the punch that eerie, bewitched effect.
by Emily Lee in Recipes, October 10th, 2016
Good news: I’ve got the solution for life.
OK, let me start over. It’s the solution for dinner — for your dinner’s life. And it involves lo mein noodles and chicken and a crazy-gorgeous sauce! But don’t freak out; we’re keeping your kids’ version way simple. Their dish involves orange slices, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be high-fivin’ after that.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, October 10th, 2016
When it comes to ingenious culinary designs, few foods are as impressive as the bell pepper. When cooked, its thin yet sturdy skin becomes sweet and tender without breaking down, and its hollow center provides built-in stuffing possibilities. While most traditional fillings tend to involve rice, any hearty grain-and-vegetable combo works well as a stuffing, and since peppers are known to walk the flavor line among several different cuisines — think Greek, Italian and Cajun — there’s no limit to ingredient pairings. Check out these best-ever stuffed pepper ideas below to get Rachael Ray’s spin on a classic, Ellie Krieger’s light, Mediterranean take, as well Food Network Kitchen’s top-rated versions.
Sweet and Sour Couscous Stuffed Peppers
These sweet bell peppers loaded with nutty whole-wheat couscous, browned beef and plump golden raisins are the foundation of a well-rounded dinner. The bold colors of the antioxidant-packed bell peppers aren’t just for decoration — the more bright colors you can pile onto your plate, the healthier your meal will be.
by Colleen Park in Recipes, October 9th, 2016
Macaroni and cheese is great and all (actually, it’s really great — a timeless classic if ever there was one), but sometimes you want something a bit more unexpected, something that delivers the ooey-gooey comfort you know and love but is also refined. And for that there’s Giada De Laurentiis’ next-level take on a baked pasta, which she deems “a really sophisticated and elegant mac and cheese.”
Just as quick to make as a classic homemade mac and cheese, Giada’s Creamy Baked Fettuccine with Asiago and Thyme replaces the usual stovetop cheddar sauce with a mixture of two cheeses and cool creme fraiche that can simply be combined in a single bowl. Similar to sour cream, creme fraiche boasts a subtle tang, which, along with the fragrant fresh thyme, balances the richness of the Asiago and the nutty Parmesan. When the pasta is ready — Giada skips the old-school elbow noodles and opts for thick, hearty fettuccine — she tosses it with the cheese blend to create a decadent mixture that’s ready for baking. Just top it with a blanket of Asiago and let the casserole turn golden in the oven.
by Elizabeth Brownfield in Recipes, October 9th, 2016
Cauliflower has been unveiling its talents lately as a culinary chameleon, making its way onto plates as cauliflower rice, mock mashed potatoes and even gluten-free pizza crust. But we think cauliflower can be pretty great even without these dramatic transformations. Though most recipes call for cauliflower to be broken into florets during the cooking process, there’s something striking about this cruciferous vegetable when it’s prepared closer to its natural state, sliced into steaks or even cooked whole. Here are some of our favorite ways to make cauliflower the star of a dish.
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower steaks on the whole don’t need more than a basic salt and pepper seasoning before they go into the oven to roast. Valerie Bertinelli keeps things simple here with a buttery mixture of toasted pine nuts and golden raisins to add a layer of flavor and texture to the simply roasted vegetable.
by Sara Levine in In Season, Recipes, October 7th, 2016
It’s officially sweater-and-boot weather — and that means coat, scarf and glove season is mere weeks away. Every year at this time, we start craving the culinary equivalent of those cozy clothes: hearty dishes that fill us up and warm us from the inside out on even the coldest of days. These recipes are guaranteed to sate those cold-weather cravings, and they’re almost as much fun to make on a cool fall night as they are to tuck into when the cooking is done.
“Put this dish in front of anyone and they’ll automatically think of fall,” says Anne Burrell of her Orecchiette with Pancetta, Pumpkin and Broccoli Rabe (pictured above). And since it’s packed with autumnal ingredients like fresh diced pumpkin, broccoli rabe and toasted pumpkin seeds, we understand why.
by T.K. Brady in Recipes, October 6th, 2016
Canned pumpkin puree is a workhorse of the Thanksgiving feast, but we like to stock up on it as soon as it really feels like fall (read: right now). Check out some non-pumpkin-pie applications for this extremely versatile shortcut ingredient that makes any meal, snack or dessert scream autumn.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Loaded with fiber from the oats and canned pumpkin, this spiced oatmeal makes a comforting breakfast. Make a large batch and thin it out with a little milk or water for a speedy morning meal. Read more
Some tailgaters go all out with a portable grill, but all you really need is something to munch on while you’re waiting for the big game. Snack mixes are simple to make and easy to pack for the long trek to the stadium or a Saturday spent at the soccer field. Kids and adults will love the crunch and can choose from sweet and savory options. Try one of these on your next game day. Read more