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Dinner Rush! Creamy Rigatoni with Squash, Sage and Pine Nuts

by , October 21st, 2014

Move over, pumpkin spice latte — you’re not the only squash-themed edible that deserves the seasonal spotlight. Let’s clear a path for good ol’ reliable butternut. Is it the sexiest squash at the market? Hardly. But what it lacks in front-porch decor appeal it more than makes up for with a cute name and remarkable versatility.

This time of year, butternut squash really is everywhere. You can pick one up whole or already cubed up in the produce section. They’re also hiding out in a lesser-known location: the freezer case. Frozen squash will save a ton of prep time, whether you buy it cubed or pureed. While the recipe below makes fantastic use of the whole squash, buy yourself a little extra and toss it in with soups, stews or your breakfast hash. You’ll be doing your dinner plate a vitamin-boosting favor and helping out an underdog.

Now, step out into that spotlight, butternut squash. You deserve it.

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10 Worst Restaurant Fails

by , October 21st, 2014

There’s a certain excitement in the air when a new restaurant opens up in the neighborhood. Finally, a reason to leave the house. However, not all eateries are worthy of you escaping from your bubble of Netflix and Facebook “Likes.” Some of them are downright failures in every conceivable way possible. Here are the worst of the worst of these sad experiments in eating displeasure, the biggest successes in failure-dom, if you will.

Photos: 10 Worst Restaurants in the World

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Sifted: Spicy Cornbread Biscuits, Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Cake + More

by , October 21st, 2014

Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits
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  • When you’re faced with a bowl of steamy chili, it would be an injustice to choose between cornbread and biscuits. Dinner Was Delicious makes it easy with Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits, which are somehow both crumbly and flaky, not to mention loaded with sharp cheddar and jalapeno.
  • Want to put a new spin on pumpkin pie? Layer pumpkin and vanilla ice creams (with a jolt of pumpkin butter) into Shutterbean‘s easy Ice Cream Cake. Pound gingersnap cookies into crumbs for a speedy buffer layer.
  • We hate to say it, but the days of juicy, fresh tomato salsas are now over (unless you live in the tropics). Face the tomto-free music with these Fish Tacos by Turntable Kitchen. The recipe ingeniously creates a pomegranate salsa, ysubg the seeds out of in-season pomegranate for a juicy sweet-and-sour salsa condiment.
  • Roast real sweet potatoes and whip up a tangy cream cheese glaze for Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls by Brooklyn Homemaker. Yeasty, plush and gooey, you won’t be able to resist pulling these rolls apart from the pan.
  • Think of Alsatian Flammkuchen as a bacon-, apple- and taleggio-topped take on pizza, though the dough is made with milk rather than water and results in a lighter, crunchier crust. Take a slice of Eat in My Kitchen‘s recipe with good, dry wine.

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This Cake Combines Every Dessert Into One Decadent Treat

by , October 21st, 2014

One of the great struggles of existence is trying to decide what dessert to shove down your gaping maw. Apple pie sure is good, but so is chocolate cake and, oh, what about pumpkin pie? Life is hard! However, does it have to be? One bakery decided to just put every dessert in one big cake.

Three Brothers Bakery in Texas have just unveiled their take on the Turducken, the Pumpecapple Piecake. This beastly baked good contains layers of apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake and pecan pie. Additionally, there is caramel sauce and icing between every layer. Somehow the whole thing manages to stay aloft, which is a marvel unto itself.

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Traditional Fried Chicken Flies the Coop in Favor of the Sweet and Spicy

by , October 20th, 2014

There are few foods revered for their simplicity and nostalgia-inducing power like crispy, juicy fried chicken. But on Thursday night, 17 prominent New York City-based chefs and restaurants proved that sometimes it pays to shake up an old classic when they served their unique takes on chicken to guests at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.

Held on the opening night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the fourth annual Chicken Coupe (presented by Cooking Channel) was hosted and judged by fried chicken enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg had approached festival founder Lee Brian Schrager several years ago about dedicating an entire event to the universally loved dish, and this year, she wrote the foreword to Schrager’s book, Fried & True — so you might say they know a thing or two about anointing a winning bird.

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Cooking with Gas: Where to Find Great Gas Station Food

by , October 17th, 2014

Ah, the open road. You know you are really and truly on a road trip when you pull into your first gas station and start gorging on gross snacks. What if, however, those snacks weren’t gross? There are only so many Corn Nuts and pieces of beef jerky a person can eat, after all. Some gas stations across this great land of ours have eschewed the gross in favor of the gourmet. On tonight’s season premiere of Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy, you’ll get to pull off the tourist-jammed highway to fuel up on some of these secret gas station restaurants.

You’ll have to tune in at 9:30pm ET to see Jim’s picks, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite fancy-pants gas stations that serve fancy-pants grub.

The Best Gas Station Food

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10 Things You Need to Know About Food Festivals (and How to Survive Them)

by , October 16th, 2014

Around the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices, everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s 7th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, beginning tonight. For four days, NYC will be taken over by food industry innovators cooking, speaking and feeding folks at nearly 100 different events across the city. Our brazen editors will branch out, attempting to cover as much ground as possible to report back to you hungry Devour and FN Dish readers on the festival’s happenings.

If you’ve never been to a food festival, it’s important to prepare yourself before diving into the gluttonous, glorious adventure that they can be. I recently had the opportunity to attend Feast Portland — a three-day food festival celebrating Oregon’s unique culinary culture — where I learned the hard way that even food editors have finite stomachs. And so, too, do you — so read on as I reveal 10 food festival truths to help you navigate the bottomless bites to come.

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‘Fried Chicken’ Cookie Pop Cake

by , October 15th, 2014

Cookie CakeBefore you think we’ve lost our minds by sticking fried chicken on a cake, give us a second. There’s a new match for fried chicken in town — well, sort of. Next time you want to fool your friends, or you’re going to a birthday party for a buttermilk-battered fiend, whip up a batch of faux wings for this incredible “Fried Chicken” Cookie Pop Cake. Blend white chocolate biscuits or any cream-filled cookie with cream cheese and mold the smooth mixture into ball and stick shapes. To create the look of a drumstick, pinch together the stick, the larger ball (for the meaty end) and a smaller ball (for the opposite end), then after they set in the freezer, ice the cookies with a cream cheese, butter and brown sugar icing. For the finishing touch, roll the wings in crushed cornflakes for the just-fried, crispy effect, and serve them on top of the cake with a spoonful of raspberry compote “ketchup” for dipping.

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This Burger on Burger on Burger Creation is Insane and Awesome

by , October 15th, 2014

Burgers. Some people like them simple. They want the patty itself to do the talking. Other people, however, treat them like a canvas, topping them with anything and everything they can think of. This burger is definitely in the latter camp. As a matter of fact, it’s just about the craziest burger in recent memory.

The Nerd Lunch Burger, created by Nick at Dude Foods, is a massive testament to excess. All told, it features three burger patties and the list of toppings is pretty much an average person’s entire grocery order. Are you sitting down? It’s topped with cream cheese, mushrooms sautéed in bacon fat, French fries and mustard. It’s also topped with green chiles, goat cheese, peanut butter and a fried egg. It’s also topped with onion rings, chili, blue cheese, swiss cheese and beetroot. Phew. Finally done. Oh wait. Never mind. There’s one last topping – An entire bacon cheeseburger, bun and all.

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Sifted: Bacon-Apple Pie, Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars + More

by , October 14th, 2014

Bacon Apple Pie
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  • We love some good lattice-work, but Bacon-Apple Pie by For the Love of the South really outdoes itself. When this bacon-striped pie enters the oven, the fat renders from the bacon, giving the crust a savory smokiness that proves that everything — even apple pie — is better with bacon.
  • Earthy green matcha powder is a proven boost for lattes, so try adding it to your baked goods. Pink Patisserie tosses a teaspoon into a classic Scandinavian dessert for Matcha Almond Spritz Cookies, AKA the best reason to consider a cookie plate healthy.

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