All Posts In View All Posts

Prepare for the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2015

by in View All Posts, October 9th, 2015

Prepare for the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2015If you plan on making pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, don’t wait till the last minute to pick up those cans of pumpkin at the store. If you do, you may find yourself facing an empty supermarket shelf.

Hard as it may be to believe — with pumpkins gracing every front stoop in the neighborhood ahead of Halloween — a pumpkin shortage is bearing down on us. And while pumpkins may seem plentiful now, they may not remain so later in the holiday season.

Read more

5 Fresh and Easy School Lunches

by in View All Posts, September 20th, 2015

school lunchSandwiches rule as the ultimate lunchtime staple, but they can get a little boring day after day. To mix up the family’s brown bag routine, take inspiration from other American families. Different cultures lunch in a variety of ways and some of their best-loved midday meals will please all palates.

Read more

From the Competition to Your Kitchen: Olive Oil-Poached Shrimp

by , June 10th, 2015
  • Comments Off
Olive Oil Poached ShrimpAnd they’re off! This week we met the 12 contestants from the 11th season of Food Network Star, and the competition is sure to be fierce. Along with presenting their food, the contestants also had to present 30-second promo videos to hook the judge...

Read more

“Mama Raised Us All to Be Champions:” Of Likeables, Shrimp and Long-Lost Italian Cousins — Jeff’s Star Report

by , June 8th, 2015
  • Comments Off
Food Network StarAhhh, early June is upon us. The flowers are in full bloom, the pollen count is off the charts, my tank-top tan is ripe and another cast of hopeful foodies — with often questionable culinary points of view — are presented before us in the grand p...

Read more

Made-Over Game-Day Recipes to Lighten Up Your Party

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 24th, 2015

Our Food Network Kitchen gave heavy game-day fare (think Buffalo chicken dip and potato skins) a healthy makeover with lighter takes on classic recipes. So now you can snack through halftime without feeling like you’ve eaten your weight in guacamole.

Read more

Don’t Hog the Oven: Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

by in Holidays, View All Posts, November 26th, 2014

Slow-Cooker Sausage Stuffing

With the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, golden rolls and pies galore sitting in your oven  not to mention that perfectly cooked turkey of yours  any way to free up space in this overworked kitchen appliance is welcome on Thanksgiving Day. Luckily your slow cooker is ready and able to help pick up the slack, with these easy recipes for Thanksgiving classics that are low on prep time and high on hands-off cooking. With new techniques for everything from stuffing to potatoes, you’ll be amazed how easy Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides come together.

You don’t need to use the oven or stovetop to get a hearty stuffing on your holiday table. Instead, add cut-up, stale French bread, veggies and sweet Italian sausage to the slow cooker, and let the machine take it from there. Cooked in the juices given off from the sausage and veggies, Slow-Cooker Sausage Stuffing (pictured above) needs only a touch of chicken broth to reach soft, savory perfection.

Read more

Restaurant Hosts Colonial Feast for Thanksgiving and Other Historical Meals

by , November 12th, 2014

Some might say we are always grappling with history whenever we eat. After all, even cheeseburgers and pizza have long and rich narratives that stretch back through many decades and many cultures. However, it’s one thing to appreciate turn of the century New York City; it’s a whole other thing to get down and dirty with what people were snacking on in the 1600s. That’s what one NYC restauranteur is getting into, however.

West Village eatery Chapter One has recently begun hosting monthly historical dinners, in which customers can feast on authentic takes on food from olden days. This is going to come to a head on Thanksgiving, when the restaurant will present a colonial style meal like they had on the actual first Thanksgiving way back in 1621. The menu will include slabs of venison, root vegetables, dark rye, succotash and hasty pudding for dessert. The chef also gives a history lesson mid-bite just in case you like learning as you masticate.

Read more

Sifted: Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, Winter Squash Empanadas + More

by , November 11th, 2014

Brown Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar CrustHot Links We’re Loving:

  • Your classic empanada may come with a spicy meat stuffing, but Food For My Family‘s Winter Squash Empanadas are a different story and loaded with fall flavor. Caramelized shallots, goat cheese and fresh sage ooze from the flaky folds.
  • When we’re in need of some serious comfort food, sometimes a spoon is the only utensil that’ll make the cut. A spoonful of the aptly named Best Cheeseburger Soup by Foodie Crush involves everything you love between the bun, from tender ground beef to gooey cheddar cheese to a hit of hot sauce.
  • When is it too soon to start hoarding all the eggnog? According to Country Cleaver, not soon enough. Instead of glugging it from the carton, creamy and spiced Eggnog No-Bake Cheesecake comes together from scratch.

Read more

Super Food Nerds: Make Hard Apple Cider from Scratch (Sort Of)

by , November 11th, 2014

I’ve been pretty into hard cider for a while, so for this latest installment of Super Food Nerds I wanted to meet some people who make it and could shed some light on the fermentation process. Through the magic of the Internet I found Hayley Jensen, the beer sommelier at Manhattan’s Taproom 307 who, along with her husband, Stephen Durley, (the taproom’s chef), is an avid, multiple-award-winning homebrewer and has been making cider at home for a few years.

Jensen suggested we meet at her home instead of the restaurant, which we understood upon arrival: It’s a beautiful, light-filled New York City apartment outfitted with a beer room. The small spare bedroom is tricked out with racks and racks of professional-grade brewing equipment and hundreds of gallons of various brews, including Candy Crush, a caramel-apple-inspired “city cider” made from store-bought apple cider.

The couple started making city cider after a trip to Jensen’s sister’s farmhouse, where they’d made cider entirely from scratch. Durley explains: “It was a big process. It took basically a full day to juice all the apples, wash them and take them to the press. Then you have to grind them, press them, get the juice and bring it home. We really liked it, but I was like, ‘Wait: Can’t we just buy some apple juice and have some fun?”

Read more

Dinner Rush! Jumbo Stuffed Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

by , November 11th, 2014

Meatballs are one of those dishes that seem to make everyone smile (sorry, vegetarians). They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat — what more could you ask for? A bigger meatball, you say? A jumbo meatball?! Good call.

Indulge in lots more of an already good thing by supersizing your run-of-the-mill meatballs and stuffing them with a bright pop of spinach and cheese. Sure, they’re going to take a bit more time to prepare than their peers in miniature, but when you’re cleaning that spicy tomato sauce up off the plate with the last bite, something tells me it’ll all be worth it. (Heads-up: You’re going to need a knife and fork to get through these mega balls.)

And after all this talk of big balls, here’s a fun idea: Shrink these back to down to one-bite size (keeping the stuffing, of course) for a new addition to your standard holiday entertaining spread.

Read more