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Best 5 Pumpkin Recipes

by in Recipes, October 9th, 2013

Hazelnut Pumpkin PieFrom the pumpkin lattes being brewed at your local coffee shop and the crunchy pumpkin seeds being scraped out of jack-o’-lanterns to those ubiquitous cans of pumpkin puree on grocery store shelves, the classic fall flavor is seemingly everywhere right now, with so many ways to put this seasonal ingredient to good use. While pumpkin pie is a deliciously traditional way to celebrate this autumnal favorite, there are indeed other ways — both sweet and savory — to enjoy pumpkin, and for nearly all of them you can rely on that store-bought puree to save time in the kitchen. Check out Food Network’s top-five pumpkin recipes below to find inspired lunch, dinner and dessert ideas from Rachael, Anne, Robert, Sunny and more Food Network chefs.

5. Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish — Smooth and creamy, Rachael’s rich bowls are finished with a sweetened mixture of chopped apples and onions, plus chewy cranberries and a pinch of chili powder for subtle spice. Click the play button on the video after the jump below to watch Rachael make it.

4. Pork-and-Pumpkin Chili — Chipotle peppers in adobo add a smoky flavor to this big-batch chili, made with tender pork shoulder, pumpkin puree and fresh greens, then topped with cool pumpkin-laced sour cream for a refreshing bite.

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Flour’s Famous Banana Bread — The New Girl

by in Recipes, October 8th, 2013

Flour's Famous Banana Bread - The New GirlI’ve been on a banana bread kick lately, mainly because I keep finding myself with speckled bunches on my counter. Not wanting to leave the fruit to waste, my kitchen’s output of banana bread has been high. Perhaps I’ve subconsciously been buying too much as an excuse to take out my loaf pan, but so far no one has complained.

For my last go-around, I was craving the type of recipe I imagine most grandmothers have handwritten and stowed away in their recipe boxes. Although I love finding ways to gussy up the traditional loaf, I wanted to find a good base recipe — one that’s perfect on its own but would taste fabulous with chocolate too.

Flour Bakery’s Famous Banana Bread is just that. It requires only the most basic of ingredients and is easy to make, as all quick breads should be. Most importantly, you can really taste the banana. The tiniest addition of sour cream balances the sweetness, while the cinnamon and vanilla add comforting warmth to each bite. One piece makes a delightful morning treat, but I find myself sneaking bites at all hours throughout the day.

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Ratatouille Pasta — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 7th, 2013

Ratatouille PastaWhen vegetables are overflowing in your refrigerator, what do you prepare to put the produce to work? Simply roasting potatoes, parsnips and peppers with olive oil and seasonings is an option, as is enjoying squash in a soup or carrots and celery raw in green salads. But to beef up your vegetables, no matter what kinds you happen to have on hand, and turn them into a satisfying main dish, try mixing them with pasta and your favorite sauce. Instantly you’ll have transformed two humble ingredients — noodles and vegetables — into an all-in-one meal the whole family will want to eat.

Food Network Magazine does just that in its recipe for Ratatouille Pasta (pictured above) by re-creating the classic vegetable plate into an easy-to-make dinner. After grilling garlic-stuffed tomatoes, plus bell peppers, zucchini and Japanese eggplant — four quintessential ingredients in a traditional French ratatouille — until tender, chop them and gently saute them with fragrant basil before adding the cooked noodles. It’s best to reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining the noodles, as you may need to thin out the sauce before serving. For an extra-special finish to the dish, top each plate with a few crumbles of goat cheese; the tangy taste will marry the flavors of the vegetables, while the smooth, creamy texture will add welcome richness.

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Spaghetti with Greens and Bacon — The Chopped Dinner Challenge

by in Recipes, Shows, View All Posts, October 6th, 2013

Spaghetti with Greens and BaconChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

On this week’s Chopped: Extreme Halloween episode, the competitors found collard greens in their entree round baskets. Luckily we’re not asking you to cook with the rest of the basket ingredients: gummy skulls, sweetbreads and dehydrated weaver ant eggs. The competitors tried to incorporate the collard greens into their dishes, but some were more successful than others. With this recipe for Spaghetti with Sauteed Collards and Bacon, it’s easy to see that the collard greens don’t get lost at all; instead the underappreciated vegetable turns into a star after a little sauteing. You might never want to enjoy your greens any other way!

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Weekday Treats: Desserts Done in Minutes — School Days

by in Family, Recipes, October 5th, 2013

Instant Chocolate CakeWhether it’s because of an A+ spelling test, a hat trick on the soccer field or a pristinely cleaned bedroom, every child — and grownup — deserves to be treated to something special once in a while, and for many kids, that surprise may come in the form of dessert. Instead of resorting to store-bought goodies to save time in the kitchen, stick with from-scratch treats, like these homemade desserts, ready to eat in mere minutes.

A single-serving indulgence that demands no baking at all, Food Network Magazine’s Instant Chocolate Cake (pictured above) is a family-friendly pick that takes just 10 minutes to make. This rich, moist cake is prepped with traditional pastry ingredients, like cocoa, flour and vanilla extract, but it’s cooked quickly in the microwave instead of the oven. Perhaps the best part about this go-to recipe is that all of the ingredients are simply stirred — without the help of a mixer — in the same oversize mug in which it’s served.

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Greens with Spiced Butter and Fresh Ricotta — The Weekender

by in In Season, Recipes, October 4th, 2013

greens with ricottaI am of the belief that collard greens are perpetually misunderstood. Most people I know think these greens can be served only one way — paired with a hunk of smoked meat and cooked until they’re limp and olive-colored.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against this particular approach and have always appreciated a serving of long-braised greens. It’s just that I think it’s time to broaden our approach to the humble, healthy collard. Who knows, maybe we’ll make it as popular as its cousin kale!

My collard conversion started a few years back. I had gotten yet another bunch in my CSA share and needed desperately to free up some space in the crisper. Without time for a long braise, I decided to treat the collard greens like Swiss chard.

I cut them into thin ribbons and sauteed them in olive oil with lots of slivered garlic until they were just limp. My first bite was uncertain, as I assumed they’d be tough and chewy (because why else would you need to cook them for hours?). But I was delighted to discover they were tender and had married deliciously with the garlic.

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Best 5 Applesauce Recipes

by in Recipes, October 2nd, 2013

Homemade ApplesauceWhile some jarred products (think ketchup and mustard) may indeed be best enjoyed straight from their store-bought bottles, applesauce isn’t among them, as it’s both simple and quick to make from scratch. All it takes to prepare a batch is a few crisp apples and a pinch of sugar, plus butter for richness and a bit of citrus; from there, you can dress up your recipe with warm spices, like cinnamon, or a glug of liqueur. Check out Food Network’s top-five applesauce recipes from Ina, the Neelys, Alton and more Food Network chefs to find classic and creative ways to turn autumn’s bounty of apples into a comforting seasonal dish.

5. The Neelys’ Homemade Applesauce — For added apple flavor in their 25-minute recipe, the Neelys stir apple cider into their simple mixture of fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks.

4. Plum Applesauce — Juicy red plums add both color and sweetness to this big-batch applesauce, easily prepared in a rice cooker in just one hour.

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Sunny’s “Scrambled Eggs with Personality” — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2013

San Antonio MigasForget about the dry, tough scrambled eggs of breakfasts past. Sunny Anderson is introducing a new recipe that promises light, fluffy results full of flavor every time. Packed with crunchy tortilla strips, tender vegetables and pepper Jack cheese, her San Antonio Migas (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are next-level eggs with Southwestern flair. “Migas are scrambled eggs with personality and texture,” Sunny recently told the magazine, which means they’re similar to the classic morning meal your family craves but dressed up with creative ingredients and textures.

The secret to making migas is layering flavors and incorporating them into whisked eggs before they’re scrambled. To start her 20-minute recipe, Sunny sautes tortilla strips until they’re buttery and crisp, then adds colorful bell peppers, green chiles and sweet onions. Together, the chips and vegetables will offer both crunchy and tender textures in the finished dish, while the eggs will be soft after just a few minutes of stirring. Be sure to lower the heat on the stove once you add the eggs to the pan, as too high a flame can dry them out quickly. Before serving, mix in chopped tomatoes, then top with creamy cheese for a fresh, bold finish.

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Rachael vs. Guy: Sweets Cook-Off

by in Recipes, Shows, September 30th, 2013

Rachael vs. Guy: Sweets Cook-OffOn Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Rachael and Guy coach teams of talented kid chefs to culinary victory. Here on FN Dish, we’re serving up some of the mentors’ best family-favorite, cook-together recipes in a friendly face-off. Whose dish scores more points with your family? Cast your votes below!

To celebrate the Kids Cook-Off finale, this week is a showdown of sweets. First up, the mentors bring you dueling recipes for dessert-in-a-glass.

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All-in-One Meals for Quick Dinners — School Days

by in Family, Recipes, September 28th, 2013

Cheesy Gnocchi CasseroleWhile intricately prepared dishes with multiple components may be exciting to cook for special occasions or weekend projects, busy school nights are no time to commit to making a complicated meal. On these hectic evenings when you feel especially pressed for time, stick with all-in-one dishes to guarantee a stress-free dinnertime. These one-dish offerings have multiple meal parts — like proteins, starches and vegetables — which means that you can serve your family a complete dinner by prepping only one recipe.

Kids and kids-at-heart appreciate the creamy comfort of melted cheese and potatoes, which makes Food Network Kitchens’ Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas (pictured above) a family-friendly staple. This go-to supper is a cinch to prepare in a hurry, as there’s no need to roll gnocchi from scratch. Just pick up a package of the store-bought variety, combine with deli ham and frozen peas, then top with Swiss cheese to create a simple dinner full of tried-and-true flavors.

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