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6 Apple and Cheddar Pairings That Really Hit the Spot

by in Recipes, September 18th, 2016

We love newfangled food trends just as much as the next Instagram addict, but something about this cool fall weather has us craving simple, comforting classics. Very few flavor combinations bring us back to the basics like that of sweet-tart apples and creamy cheddar cheese, a time-honored pairing that’s so simple in theory yet gastronomically complex. Apple pie laced with sharp cheddar, smooth apple-and-cheddar bisque — there are dozens of forms that this sweet-and-savory flavor union can take. So, as we work up to another season of comfort food, here are a few of our favorite iterations of the quintessential fall combo.

Curried Squash Soup with Apple-and-Cheddar Melts
Rachael Ray builds her gooey cheese melts by layering sharp cheddar and Gala apple slices between thick slabs of white bread. But first she spreads a generous dollop of sweet mango chutney across each bread slice. When you dip your sandwich into the spiced squash soup, the chutney will blend nicely with the sweet and aromatic curry in every bite.

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8 Delicious Oktoberfest Dishes to Sop Up All That Beer

by in Recipes, September 17th, 2016

If you’re in Munich today, we bet you’ve got a pretzel in one hand and a beer stein in another (don’t spill!). It’s the first day of Oktoberfest, the annual German festival that started over 200 years ago as a royal wedding celebration. Can’t make it to Bavaria this year? You can host an Oktoberfest-themed shindig at home with these recipes. Some buck tradition, but that’s all right: They all go great with a cold beer.

Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut (above)

Sausage is a necessary Oktoberfest element, and Michael Symon’s brats are super-savory after a slow simmer with garlic and onions.

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3 No-Recipe Salad Dressing Recipes to Keep in Your Arsenal

by in Recipes, Shows, September 17th, 2016

Sunny's Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy The secret is out: To cook a successful dish at home, you need not have a long, intricate recipe on hand or even any recipe at all. Sometimes, a simple how-to for the process or a general method for creating it will suffice. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast hosted a Recipe-Free Show, complete with savory and sweet eats and drinks, from saucy meatballs to a buttery fruit crisp, that are easy enough to put together without a recipe. Check out the cast’s easy ideas for making a trio of go-to salad dressings, each quick to prepare and ideal for no-recipe cooking.

Sunny’s Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy “Equal-Parts” Harissa Salad Dressing
The name of the game here is 1/4 cup — keep that measurement in your mind. Just as the title suggests, this rich dressing boasts equal parts (1/4 cup) of mayonnaise, tangy buttermilk, spicy harissa and two kinds of fresh greens: cilantro and scallions. Once that mixture is whisked, it’s ready to be tossed with Sunny’s kale salad, which is studded with juicy chicken and grapes.

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5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Skirt Steak

by in Recipes, Shows, September 16th, 2016

skirt steakBy Angela Carlos

This week on Chopped Teen Tournament, four young chefs battled for the final spot in the Chopped Teen finale and a chance to win the $25,000 prize. The Chopped Champion hopefuls put their cooking skills to the test, turning pairings, such as Linzer torte cookies and rabbit in a can, into something worthy of the critical judges’ plates and palates.

In the entree round the three remaining competitors opened their baskets to find bison skirt steak — not so unusual, considering the canned rabbit the contestants worked with in the appetizer round. However, this skirt steak proved to be the undoing for some and the salvation for others when it came time to judge their technique.

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10 Recipes to Make When You Can’t Drink Any More Apple Cider

by in Recipes, September 16th, 2016

Apple Cider DoughnutsIt happens to the best of us: You finally follow through with plans to go apple picking and get so caught up in the perfect fall moment that you come home with an overabundance of fresh apple cider. This year, don’t panic. Instead of throwing away the perishable gallons taking up prime real estate in your fridge, use them to make a range of recipes, including dessert, weeknight dinner and, of course, doughnuts!

Apple Cider Doughnuts (pictured above)
Fall wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of apple cider doughnuts. This recipe from Food Network Magazine makes a dozen, glazed and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

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Fall Pie Fundamentals

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2016

In one more week, fall officially begins, and when it does, the nation will partake in a collective culinary shift. Coffee orders will transition from cold brew to espresso; comforting casseroles and slow-cooked stews will replace light salads and chilled soups come dinnertime. Most significantly of all, the market produce selections will switch from tart summer berries to apples, sweet potatoes and other hearty fall crops that pair so nicely with warming spices. Here at Food Network, we feel there’s no better way to usher in the new harvest than with a celebration of seasonal pies. These are a few of the flavors we’re anticipating most — apple, pumpkin and sweet potato — plus a few variations on each.

The Filling: Apple
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, sure. But toss the sweet-tart fruit with butter, sugar, lemon juice and fall spices and it becomes less of a preventive health measure and more a work of art. We can’t see any harm in piling them, sliced, into a deep, buttery crust either. What you decide to do with the decorative top layer is entirely up to you, but here are some popular variations.

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The Very First Soup Recipes You Should Be Making This Fall

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2016

Broccoli Cheese SoupThe weighty pots in your kitchen likely didn’t get a lot of love the last few months, when lighter, cooler picks were in high demand. Now, whether the weather is reflecting it or not, we’ve got fall on the brain, and a big batch of soup is one of the first things we can’t wait to cook. These are the recipes that’ll fill our bowls first.

Break out the biggest pot in your kitchen for a cheesy, creamy dose of soup-induced comfort. Simply puree broccoli together with grated cheese, milk and half-and-half to get a taste of the crowd-favorite dish made right at home: Ree Drummond’s thick and hearty Broccoli Cheese Soup (pictured above). Read more

7 Hot Dips to Kick Off Fall

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2016

Warm Artichoke and Bacon DipBy Colleen Park

Whether you’re gathering friends and family together for game night or for game day, break out your favorite baking dish and make a hot dip your go-to appetizer. Though we love cold chip accoutrements like guacamole or layered dips with fresh veggies, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a perfectly crunchy chip topped with oozing cheesy goodness. As easy as they are to blend and bake, these hot plates will have everyone hovering around the snack table until the last chip is gone.

Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip (pictured above)

Artichokes get a lot of love in cheesy dips, though you might forget there are vegetables involved when bacon gets into the mix. Giada De Laurentiis blends bacon into this warmed dip and crumbles it on top for bursts of savory flavor and crispy texture. And with a base of creamy mascarpone cheese, there’s no melt time needed. Just bake for 10 minutes to warm the dish through. Read more

6 After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Kids’ Appetites

by in Family, Recipes, September 14th, 2016

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean HummusIt’s such a tenuous thing, the after-school snack: Feed the kids too little and you have afternoon meltdowns. Feed them too much and you’re in for an evening of kids slinking down in chairs and pushing dinner around with a fork without actually eating a thing. To prevent both scenarios, I keep these snacks in heavy rotation at my house. This is what I serve when my four small kids come tearing down the hallway toward the kitchen after school.

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean Hummus
With a squeeze of fresh lemon and beans straight from a can, this dip comes together in about a minute. Pile a few handfuls of fresh veggies — cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers — on a tray and watch the kids dive into one of the five recommended daily servings of produce!

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ICYMI: Pumpkin Spice Is Officially Back in Season

by in In Season, Recipes, September 13th, 2016

In case you missed it, last Tuesday marked the official return of Starbucks’ ever-popular autumnal latte — and this year, they’re debuting a cold PSL Frappuccino to help ease customers into the seasonal transition. (Bottled versions will be available in grocery stores nationwide starting this fall too.) The international coffee chain has managed to secure pumpkin spice’s status as a hallmark of fall flavor — which means that soon, a flurry of other brands will follow suit, rolling out their latest takes on the warming combination of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. If you’ve been looking forward to the return of sweet, spicy pumpkin all summer long but don’t want to risk wasting money on some of the new, experimental iterations, consider uncapping your own bottle of pumpkin pie spice and getting creative at home. Oatmeal, cinnamon buns, muffins and whoopie pies are just a few edible iterations that showcase the flavor in all of its comforting, spicy glory. Here are six recipes from Food Network Kitchen that show you just how it’s done.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
It might surprise you to find out that you need only a tiny amount of the spice that inspired the mania behind this rather simple latte: one-quarter teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, to be exact, along with one-quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. The real key is to add a little pumpkin puree to the warm milk; it gives the latte extra body.

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