Who says you can’t play with your food? Fondue is a warm bath of melted cheese, chocolate or blended fruit puree just waiting for you to dunk something into it. Best served with cubes of bread or freshly chopped fruits or vegetables, fondue can be made in a classic fondue warming pot or on the stove and later plated. Our savory and sweet fondue recipes below are quick-to-prepare snacks or light meals, so grab a fondue fork and start dipping.
Food Network Magazine’s traditional Fondue (pictured above) is made with gooey-good Gruyere cheese, crisp white wine and a healthy splash of cognac. Serve along with slices of tart green apples to balance the richly flavored cheese.
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Once three o’clock strikes, time seems to go to warp speed. Some days I feel like I’m on autopilot, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the monotony of motherhood — it’s okay to admit we don’t love every part, like homework and that whole work-life balance.
For this very reason, I make a conscious effort to not over-schedule my daughters with afterschool activities. I’m a firm believer in letting them have some time to wind down and enjoy the simple pleasure of playing at home. Still, I find myself exhausted come dinnertime these days. I may not be zipping from dance class to soccer every day, but suddenly thrown into single motherhood means I need to find new ways to ensure dinner doesn’t become boring — for me to cook, and for the girls to eat.
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The Halloween season practically requires us to consume unusual amounts of sugary treats. This year, whether you are hosting a Halloween party or simply entertaining trick-or-treaters, offer homemade sweet snacks in addition to the community candy bowl. Our top five recipes for spooky Halloween treats are go-to classics that kids and kids at heart will enjoy.
5. Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes — Sandra’s 30-minute recipe utilizes store-bought cupcakes, which she tops with rich, dark-chocolate frosting and shaped orange fondant.
4. Pecan-Caramel Spiders — Homemade caramel and pecan clusters become the spider bodies while licorice acts as legs and melted and shaved chocolate toppings add realistic color and texture.
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Pumpkin is not only synonymous with Halloween, but it also signifies the official arrival of fall. What better way to celebrate the season and National Pumpkin Day than with pumpkin soup? Decadent and warm, its bright color will keep away the pre-winter blues.
Try Rachael’s Pumpkin Soup With Chili Cran-Apple Relish for a scrumptious meal in less than 45 minutes. The natural sweetness of the pumpkin is enhanced with cinnamon and nutmeg, while the chili powder and hot sauce liven up each bite. The apple, onion, cranberry and honey make a great relish all on their own, but tastes even better when mixed into the soup.
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Food Network’s senior culinary editor, Liz Tarpy, picks her favorite recipe for October.
I went to my local garden center this weekend to buy lily of the valley bulbs. Instead, I walked out with a half dozen apple cider doughnuts. I couldn’t resist the colorful display of pumpkins and gourds, bunches of dried corn, gallons of cider and bags of these cakey doughnuts (or “fat pills,” as a former boss once called them). Normally, doughnuts don’t appeal to me. But with the colors and smells of fall all around, buying the doughnuts (and supporting the local farm to boot) just seemed like the right thing to do.
It’s OK to have treats now and again, I reasoned, as long as they are balanced with more healthy choices. I can have my cake, and my vegetables, too.
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It’s the perfect time of year to turn your classic lasagna recipe into a pumpkin-flavored treat.
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Each month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like root beer or hummus.
Mixed nuts come in all shapes and sizes, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. Packed full of protein, this blend of cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and peanuts are a great snack or, like in these three recipes, can add a little extra oomph to otherwise ordinary dishes.
This month, Jonathan Milder, Vince Camillo and Andrea Albin transform this nutty snack into pasta, toasts and toffee.
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The ultimate family-friendly feast, macaroni and cheese is a timeless dish that can feed a crowd. Ina Garten’s dressed-up version of this classic favorite features smooth and creamy Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheeses and fresh tomato slices. Best of all, this easy weeknight pick bakes for just 30 minutes.
Serve Food Network Magazine’s Roasted Root Vegetables for a side of healthy, in-season eats.
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Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.
‘Tis the season to tailgate. Whether you are gearing up for the World Series or just Sunday afternoon football, there is no better way to root for your team than with a pre-game tailgate. And there’s no better game-day eat than fan-friendly chicken wings. Simple to prepare and easily adaptable to different tastes, chicken wings are the ultimate finger food. This weekend, make a batch of these bone-in bites using one of our tried-and-true approaches below.
Alton Brown’s go-to Buffalo Wings from Food Network Magazine are steamed then roasted and later drenched with a smooth, buttery Buffalo sauce. Serve along with Food Network Magazine’s cool and chunky Blue Cheese Dip for easy and delicious dunking.
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Whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner party, a holiday gathering or just an afternoon tailgate, no get-together is complete without an appetizer spread. Skip the usual tray of veggies and ranch, and opt for quick and easy homemade selections that will leave your guests comfortably satisfied until the main meal. Our top five appetizer recipes below offer traditional and unique versions of your favorite pre-dinner eats that are ready in a flash.
5. Ina’s Savory Palmiers — Ina saves time by using store-bought puff pastry to make these pesto-packed snacks.
4. Giada’s Fried Ravioli — Light, crispy and perfectly cheesy, Giada’s eat-with-your-hands ravioli are best dunked in warm marinara sauce.
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