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Dinner Rush! Quick Cauliflower Curry

by , September 9th, 2014

In the fast-paced, cutthroat world of trendsetting foods, one industry veteran has managed to stay the course through it all. While sprouts, kale and juices may come and go with the seasons, the mighty cauliflower has managed to keep its head high and its florets robust through the storm. 

It’s understandable how cauliflower’s neutrality can easily dump it into the “boring” category. It’s white (yawn). The flavor is no beet or sun-ripened tomato, but it’s solid. It’s got that whole crazy “I look like a brain” thing going on. But isn’t it our weaknesses that can serve to be our greatest strengths?

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52 Weeks Fresh: End-of-Summer Lovin’

by , September 5th, 2014

Pizza SaucePlants worked hard all summer to deliver varied flavors, shapes and colors. Now it’s time to cook your bounty.

A garden row of seedlings at the season’s start should now be a greenmarket. If you’ve been following along this summer, you’ll have everything you need for pizza sauce (tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, onions) and salads (lettuce, arugula, red onions, edible flowers and beets).

This is the time to use your fresh tomatoes in lieu of canned tomatoes in any marinara or basic tomato sauce. Try Giada De Laurentiis’ version with carrots, celery and a bay leaf, or make Chuck Hughes’ classic pizza sauce. To make the substitution, use 10 to 12 blanched tomatoes in place of a 32-ounce can.

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25 Ways to Use Blueberries

by , September 5th, 2014

Blueberries are at the height of their season on the East Coast, which means whether you’re picking them from your backyard or the local farmer’s market, it’s time to stock up.

Small but mighty, blueberries are packed with antioxidants, and vitamins C and K. Utilize these sweet treats year-round by freezing them or by canning homemade blueberry jam (pictured above). For more information on your favorite summertime berry check out this Cooking Channel video on blueberries or just get straight to cooking with these 25 ways.

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Space Whiskey Finally Will Return to Earth After Three Years

by , September 5th, 2014

In 2011, a Scottish distillery teamed up with a Texas space research company to see how well whiskey would age in the cold, unfeeling nothingness of space. They sent a vial of unmatured malt and charred oak pieces into orbit. There it sat, spinning along with the cosmos, for three long years. Now it is ready to return home and, more importantly, be imbibed.

It’s actually an interesting experiment. On September 12, the vial will return home and be compared with a control vial, which was relegated to the boring confines of planet Earth. Which one became a better whiskey? Which one gets you to send drunk texts quicker, in the middle of the night, to ex-spouses? The world is about to find out.

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This Giant Burger is Topped With Fried Ravioli and Alfredo Sauce

by , September 4th, 2014

The culinary world has undertaken a noble — and never-ending — quest to combine each and every food in existence. The resulting creations are called Franken-foods, although instead of pitchforks the villagers get out their dinner forks (da dum dum.) In any event, here is the newest entrant: Rustic Ravioli Burger. 

This massive burger creation, invented by California eatery Slater’s 50/50, starts with a 1/2 pound patty sourced from both beef and sausage. That is topped with a hefty fried ravioli, Alfredo sauce, roasted tomato and, for some reason, broccoli. The four food groups.

If this burger sounds up your alley, you only have the month of September to get your Franken-food loving Franken-butt to Franken-fornia.

Hump Day Snack: Homemade Toaster Pastries

by , September 3rd, 2014

Toaster PastriesWhile you’re stocking up on new pencils, notebooks and back-to-school shoes, don’t forget cool new things for your kid’s (or your own) lunchbox. In lieu of store-bought finds, try this recipe for homemade Pop-Tarts. Toaster pastries are ideal for racing-out-the-door breakfasts, but taking the time in advance to make your own pastry dough is worth the extra effort. As the autumn nears, use the season’s first batch of apples to make a delectable pie filling, then make a cinnamon glaze to top the squares. Serve them at room temperature or gently warm them in the toaster or microwave, and we can bet you won’t miss the packaged equivalent. Happy snacking!

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Manhattan’s First Denny’s Features a $300 Grand Slam

by , September 3rd, 2014

The residents of New York City have been waiting with bated breath to get their very own Denny’s and now their long, solemn wait is over. The Financial District now houses a franchise of the mostly-edible diner chain, with a few fancy, NYC twists.

The decor of this Manhattan Denny’s takes a cue from its neighbors, eschewing the traditional color scheme for that workers-stopped-in-the-middle-of-building-it steampunk look that is de rigueur these days. There is also a fully-stocked bar and pricier menu options. Speaking of pricier menu options. you can also get yourself a $300 iteration of their famous Grand Slam breakfast, which comes with two entrees, a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon and, of course, a high five from the bartender (really.)

So, if you ever find yourself in the Big Apple and want to avoid the city’s thousands of unique food options, hit up this Denny’s!

Beat the Afterschool Slump with Kid-Friendly Snacks

by in View All Posts, September 2nd, 2014

Sweet and Saltines

The end of summer is a big deal for kids. If your young ones have already gone back to school, they’re transitioning from camp and family vacations to rowdy rides on the school bus, binders filled with homework and snacks before soccer practice. If they haven’t gone back yet, those days are coming up fast. This school year, ease their back-to-school shift with easy kid-friendly snacks. These recipes for kid-friendly midday refueling will satisfy and re-energize your kids while still leaving room for dinner. Here are some wholesome, homemade Food Network favorites:

Salty square crackers are suited to so much more than out-of-the-box snacking. Take it from Trisha, who drizzles saltines with butter, brown sugar and chocolate for Sweet and Saltines (pictured above), reaching that perfect cross between salty and sweet. Hey, it’s a whole lot better than passing kids a candy bar.

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There’s Still Time to Make Ice Cream by Kicking a Ball Around

by , September 2nd, 2014

Summer is about to give us its final, humid embrace. Just because we are approaching fall doesn’t mean we will stop eating ice cream, however. Ice cream is to be screamed for throughout the year in equal measure. Case in point? Here’s an ice cream maker that doubles as a kickball.

The appropriately named Kickball Ice Cream Maker is exactly what it purports to be. You make ice cream by filling the ball up with ingredients and then kicking it around for a while. A pint of ice cream takes twenty minutes of playtime to finish, upon which you’ll have an easy, creamy way to replace all of those calories you unfortunately burned while exercising. It’s a win/win.

If you are the type of person who loves ice cream, but hates pushing buttons, you can get one of these for your volleyball court/dessert shack by ponying up $35.