All Posts In View All Posts

10 Sweet Questions for Dessert First’s Anne Thornton

by in View All Posts, October 22nd, 2010
Anne Thornton's personal faves? Ice cream and anything salty-sweet.

Pastry chef Anne Thornton’s ridiculously delicious Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie (and fun, bubbly personality) caught the attention of many a guest — including a few top Food Network execs — at last year’s SWEET event at the NYC Wine & Food Festival. Now, one year later, Anne has joined the FN family with her very own show for the sweets-obsessed: Dessert First.

It’s a dream come true for Anne, who left a corporate career to pursue her passion for food. “I always thought, I’m going to go to culinary school when I retire,” she says. “Then I realized, you don’t have to wait until you retire to do what you like!”

Dessert First premieres this Sunday at noon. Before you tune in to watch Anne make festive Halloween treats (Couture Caramel Apples rolled in fun toppings like popcorn and peanut butter cups; spooky Red Velvet “Brains” Cupcakes), get to know our new pastry gal with 10 questions from the Dish.

Read more

Dishing with Sandra, FN’s Queen of Halloween

by in View All Posts, October 22nd, 2010

To get in the Halloween spirit, the Dish took a few minutes to chat with Sandra Lee while she baked up mini pumpkin bundt cakes in Food Network Kitchens. Sandra’s Semi-Homemade Cooking Halloween special airs this Sunday at 11:30am/10:30c, and believe us, you don’t want to miss it. The theme is Renaissance Faire, the costumes are amazing, and there are some surprises, including … Sandra as Cher?

Semi-Homemade is now in its 14th season on Food Network — “I think Friends was only on for 10 seasons!” she says — and to celebrate, Sandra worked with Food Network to publish Semi-Homemade: The Complete Cookbook, stocked with 1,000 recipes.

Read on for Sandra’s dish on the new book, Halloween tips and buy bid-worthy tablescapes.

Read more

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, October 21st, 2010
Garlic Bread: Everyone’s Eating It

Trend Alert! Garlic Bread? The Wall Street Journal was surprised to find two trendy NYC restaurants serving spruced-up garlic bread. Will we start to see the garlicky favorite making menu appearances all over the place? Will garlic bread be the new bacon? [Wall Street Journal]

No Cash for Cookies: Shoppers who pay for groceries with cash are less likely to splurge on cookies, cakes, candy and other guilty pleasures than those swiping credit cards, the Journal of Consumer Research reports. This news is either an excellent dieting tip or takes all the fun out of “rewards cards.” [New York Times]

Loud Noise Drowns Out Flavor: Researchers studying students as they chomped on snack foods and listened to various volumes of white noise through headphones have found that volume levels affect flavors registered. “Turns out the students listening to blaring static rated the chips as less salty and the cookies as less sweet—even though they were tasting the same foods as the other groups,” the Scientific American reports. We’re hoping this helps explain the cardboard-y taste of airplane food. [via newyork.grubstreet.com]

A Celery Situation: A Florida produce company is introducing red celery to select supermarkets on December 1, the AP reports. It took 20 years for Duda Farm Fresh Foods to breed these colorful stalks, and the company’s president assures that the veggie will retain the same flavor and crunch of its green counterpart. [news.yahoo.com]

Letter Grades Come to Food Trucks: Los Angeles food trucks will soon have to post inspection results on their rigs for would-be customers to view. We trust whatever grease and oil they’re working with, right? [The Nation’s Restaurant News] [The Great Food Truck Race]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Trend Alert! Garlic Bread? The Wall Street Journal was surprised to find two trendy NYC restaurants serving spruced-up garlic bread. Will we start to see the garlicky favorite making menu appearances all over the place? Will garlic bread be the new bacon?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304410504575560434186204608.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/delegate.do?fnSearchString=garlic+bread&fnSearchType=site

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2010/10/05/side-dish-more-food-on-the-web-6/

Fall Fest: Baking Up Pear Desserts

by in View All Posts, October 20th, 2010
Pear Cake Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake from Food Network Magazine is baked in a slow cooker

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Pears are at their peak, sweet, juicy and great for baking into tempting fall desserts. Whether you’re having a casual get-together, thinking ahead to Thanksgiving or craving an everyday indulgence, bake up one of these sweet pear treats for a taste of the season.

Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake
Rarely is such a beautiful dessert so amazingly simple: Just layer the fruit and batter in your slow cooker and then let it cook gently for about three hours.

Read more

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, October 19th, 2010
Imagine This X 2,000

What a Truffle With 443,330 Calories Looks Like: The world’s largest truffle has been created, with Guinness World Record officials weighing in the giant ball of brandy and chocolate at roughly 560 pounds. The British choco-engineers responsible for the truffle plan to chop up it up into 2,000 bite-sized pieces and sell them off to benefit a local children’s hospital. [dailymail.co.uk]

A Fishy Situation: This year’s sockeye salmon returns in the Fraser River, one of the world’s richest salmon streams, are the best in nearly a century, with an estimated 34.5 million red guys headed back upstream. As a point of comparison, only one million sockeye returned last year on their annual run. [The National Post]

The Death-Defying Happy Meal: What happens when you leave a Happy Meal on your coffee table for six months? Not much. A curious Sally Davies, who purchased the burger-and-fries combo and photographed it daily, noticed zero visible decay after 180 days. McDonald’s issued an official statement regarding Burger-gate 2010, replying, “It is not possible to provide a detailed explanation regarding these claims without knowing the conditions in which these food items were kept.” [gizmodo.com]

Ronald McDonald Now Pronounces You Man and Wife: The other reason Happy Meals are so happy? Because they may be enjoyed on the happiest day of your life! That’s right, you can now get married at Hong Kong McDonald’s, and if the above story is any indication, you might not even have to take up any freezer room for a year preserving that slice of wedding cake. [gawker.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Can-Do Fondue

by in View All Posts, October 19th, 2010
Blue Cheese Fondue with Tomatoes and Roasted Cipollini Onions From CookingChanneltv.com

Company coming over?  It’s a great time to fire up a pot of molten cheese. Fondue is a classic, sophisticated dish that brings people together– talk, dip, and enjoy great company. Choose your recipe from some of our favorites and grab  friends for some cheesy fun.

For tradition, you can’t beat Tyler Florence’s Cheese Fondue. Two kinds of cheese combine with garlic, wine and kirsch to warm up your whole party. Need some interesting dippers? Besides bread, sample some bacon-wrapped chicken with spinach, blanched vegetables and apples.

The whole family will love this Tex-Mex Fondue from food.com.  And—don’t tell the kids—it’s got vegetables inside.

Feeling saucy? Buck tradition with Alton Brown’s Fondue Vudu. It packs a flavorful punch with curry powder and hard apple cider that goes great with this savory biscotti recipe from Food2.com.

Michael Chiarello’s Blue Cheese Fondue is sure to impress your guests.  This garlicky dip is complemented by cherry tomatoes and roasted cippollini onions.

And after all that cheese, skip dessert in favor of a sophisticated but simple Cherries Jubilee cocktail, courtesy of Sandra Lee.

Most importantly, don’t forget the cardinal rule of fondue. No double dipping!

Who’s the Guest Star on Guy’s Premiere?

by in View All Posts, October 15th, 2010
Two Next Food Network Star winners ham it up on Guy’s set in L.A.

Guy’s Big Bite is back with all new episodes starting this Sunday, and that’s season 6 Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeria hanging out with him on set. You’ll see her “stopping by” on Sunday’s episode—and no, this was not staged!

Guy‘s show was filmed in Los Angeles this year so he could be closer to his California home, and one morning L.A. native Aarti decided to stop by to say hello to him and the production team. They’d met during NFNS season 6 and got along instantly. Before she knew it, Guy had asked Aarti to cook with him on camera.

Sunday’s show is all about one of Guy’s favorite activities: Tailgating. We know Guy is a major Raiders fan…does Aarti also have football loyalties? Don’t miss Guy’s Big Bite this Sunday at 11am/10c to catch the two Star winners making game day grub.

Fall Fest: Best Pumpkin Recipes

by in View All Posts, October 13th, 2010
Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine
Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Nothing says “fall festival” like pumpkin and squash dishes, both savory and sweet. Try this Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine for a hearty fall comfort food served with dramatic presentation. Or, browse our collection of perfect pumpkin recipes.

Read more

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, October 12th, 2010
Extra Veggies? Make Frittata!

7 Ways to Savor the Last Bite: Salon.com reports that we toss up to a quarter of our food, and while the dumpster divers seek to save said discarded goodies, there are measures you can take before food hits the trash. Did you know you could freeze milk? Hello, homemade ice cream! Will frittatas be your new best friend? Thanks, leftovers we didn’t quite know what to do with! How do you make the most of your food? [salon.com via eater.com]

Incredible Edible Art: Artist Carl Warner dreams up florid landscapes that have garnered comparisons to 16th century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. His tools, however, aren’t oil and canvas – they’re foods. Cereals and nuts and cinnamon sticks make a dreamy fall evening while raw meats are peaks of a Wild West scene. Catch a sneak-peak of his exhibition, which hits London this week. [The Guardian via eatocracy.cnn.com]

Dollar Menu: Speaking of incredible pictures, Jonathan Blaustein set out to capture what foods he could buy for a single dollar after observing astounding price discrepancies amongst cheeseburgers. His photo project, “The Value of a Dollar,” depicts snaps of foods worth 100 pennies (in the state of New Mexico) – everything from a single grapefruit, a whole loaf of white bread, one pinch of saffron, 10 organic blueberries, and, presumably the stuff he “left outside for the birds, dogs and coyotes,” potted meat. [New York Times]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

NYWFF: Afternoon with Next Food Network Stars

by in View All Posts, October 12th, 2010
Melissa and Aarti Cooking Demo
A cooking demo with Melissa and Aarti, Photograph by Tom Censani

The New York Wine and Food Festival brought Melissa d’Arabian and Aarti Sequeira, the two newest Next Food Network Star winners, together for an afternoon of cooking demos.

Read more

...10...131415...203040...