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Tyler’s Ultimate Tomato Salads

by in View All Posts, August 25th, 2010
Tomato Salad Tyler’s Heirloom Tomato Chow-Chow

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer 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.

Tyler Florence has a knack for creating the “ultimate” stand-by dishes. With tomatoes at their peak, I decided to tap his culinary know-how for farm-stand inspiration.

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Paula’s Perfect Peach Cobbler

by in View All Posts, August 18th, 2010
Peach Cobbler Paula Deen’s Perfect Peach Cobbler

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer 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.

With just five ingredients (granted, one is a whole stick of butter!), Georgia-native Paula Deen makes a perfect Peach Cobbler, one of the top recipes on FoodNetwork.com.

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The “Other” Summer Greens

by in View All Posts, August 11th, 2010
Swiss Chard Lasagna Irresistible Swiss Chard Lasagna from Food Network Magazine

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer 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.

I sometimes forget about summer greens until I run into a beautiful, compelling pile of chard or mustard greens at the farmers’ market. For my next impromptu purchase, I’ve tapped into the expertise of Alton, Giada and the Food Network Kitchens. I might even head out to buy greens on purpose now, with these three winning recipes (plus Alton’s cool washing method!) at my fingertips.

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Marcus Samuelsson & Michael Green Dinner

by in View All Posts, August 4th, 2010

On Saturday night of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, I was lucky to attend a truly special event.  A private wine tasting dinner with chef Marcus Samuelsson with wine selections by Michael Green at the Foundation Room in the House of Blues.

I’m not one to gush, but this dinner was one for the books. It was a very small event, with a few casino guests, executives and myself.

I arrived a bit early and snuck back into the kitchen to see what Chef Samuelsson was whipping up for us.

Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson saucing lobster rolls

Chef was very busy preparing the meal. It was a treat to watch a master in action.

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Creamed Corn-Off: Battle of the Southern Cooks

by in View All Posts, August 4th, 2010
Claire's Creamed Corn
Bacon is the secret ingredient in Claire's creamless creamed corn
Summer Fest
We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer 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.

Forget those green cans! It’s summertime, and that means creamed corn made from fresh, sweet ears. Though all four of these easy from-scratch creamed corn recipes come from Food Network chefs with Southern roots, they offer very different takes on this classic side dish. Whose is your pick for summer corn season?

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Grand Market, Buddakan & Ice Cream Trucks

by in View All Posts, August 2nd, 2010

On my second day at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, I wanted to do my best to sample a little bit of everything and get reports from my fellow festival goers.

Food expert Ted Allen hosted a morning dim sum brunch at the atmospheric Buddakan (you may remember the NYC outpost from Sex and the City), which is known for huge family style portions. Chef and food writer Jessica Hulett spent most of her brunch gabbing with Ted and felt “the ribs and pork dumplings were real standouts, as was the sparkling sake.”

Food and Wine Festival
Grand Market Chef

I stopped by the Grand Market at Bally’s, which featured over 200 vendors sampling wine, beer and food, as well as giving cooking demonstrations. It was mobbed with my favorite kind of people – food people! I sampled some delicious peanut brittle and one of the strangest things I’ve ever eaten – a corned beef Reuben spring roll.

The Market Place @ BAC
The Market Place, Photo by Tom Briglia

The Market Place @ BAC
The Market Place, Photo by Tom Briglia

On my way to Caesar’s Palace to see Guy Fieri’s live cooking demonstration, I ran into the infamous Cooking Channel ice cream truck parked on the boardwalk. Free ice cream on a beautiful summer afternoon? Yes, please.

Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck
The Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck

Guy Fieri’s Big Winner in Atlantic City

by in View All Posts, July 31st, 2010
Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Photo by Tom Briglia.
Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Photo by Tom Briglia

Good morning and hello from the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival! I’ll be sharing some of the scene here on the Dish over the next few days, provided I don’t pass out from all the deliciousness around me.

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Fist-Pumping Fried Pickles

by in View All Posts, July 30th, 2010

Fried PicklesWe try to keep it classy at the Food Network. We really do.

MTV’s Jersey Shore is one of the exceptions. The season two premiere was the talk of the office this morning, particularly Snooki and JWoww’s Southern fried pickle experience while en route to Miami.

We’re pretty much always all about the food, and fried pickles are a favorite here. If you haven’t tried deep frying pickles, we have some easy recipes you can whip up in time for next week’s episode. Trust us, even if you’re not a Shore fan, you’ll love these variations on a mid-century Southern classic.

Haven’t done enough fist pumping with your food yet? Whip up a Jersey Shore menu from Food2.com.

Paula’s Best Zucchini Bread, Plus 5 Riffs

by in View All Posts, July 28th, 2010
Zucchini Bread
Paula's Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer 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.

With zucchini season at its peak, there’s no better way to celebrate than with batches and batches of zucchini bread. And if you happen to have a humongous specimen lurking in your garden, this is the dish for you – the seeds of larger zucchini are tough and dry, but you won’t even notice when it’s grated into bread. For a classic, down-home zucchini bread recipe, we turned to Paula, of course.
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Top 10 Cherry-Picked Recipes

by in View All Posts, July 23rd, 2010
Cherry Claufoutis
Fresh, sour cherries are the star of this Cherry Clafouti from Food Network Magazine.

Fresh cherries are at their peak May through August – don’t miss them! Debating between sweet and sour? Sweet cherries, like deep-red, heart-shaped Bing cherries, are most often eaten raw, but can also be cooked. Sour cherries are smaller and tart – they have a little too much pucker-power to eat raw but they’re the cherry of choice for cooking and baking (you’ll find them in canned cherry pie filling).

Find fresh cherries at your local farmer’s market or supermarket right now. Look for a bright color – they should be bright and glossy with plump-looking surfaces. If you’re cooking up a bowl-full, check out our cherry pitting tips.

Recipe ideas are endless, but here are our top 10 Food Network recipes that will keep your summer sweet – or sour.

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