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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. []

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.” []

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. []

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

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  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

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

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.

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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: 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? [ via]

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]

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.

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NYWFF: Prohibition Cocktails

by in View All Posts, October 12th, 2010
Prohibition Cocktails
Pouring drinks at Prohibition Cocktails, a New York Wine and Food Festival Event, Photograph by Tom Censani

At this New York Wine and Food Festival event, Southern wine and spirits expert Allen Katz poured a few classic cocktails and shared recipes, so you can try these old gems at home.

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NYC Wine & Food Festival: Alton After Dark

by in View All Posts, October 8th, 2010
The crowd at Chelsea Market After Dark is psyched to party with Alton

A star-studded, food-filled weekend of festivities officially kicked off last night with numerous events around New York City. Along with hundreds of fans, we noshed, sipped and chatted with Alton Brown after hours at Chelsea Market—which happens to be Food Network’s headquarters.

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Michelin Stars

by in View All Posts, October 7th, 2010
Michelin Guide 2011
The Michelin Guide, 2011

Highly coveted Michelin Stars for 2011 were recently awarded to a group of amazing New York City restaurants, including the highest three-star rating for Daniel, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, and Jean-Georges. Originally started in France in 1900, the Michelin Guide sets the worldwide restaurant standards. The 2011 Michelin Guides covers U.S. restaurants in New York, San Francisco and, for the first time, Chicago.

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Cooks Care: Aria Kagan’s Marathon Run

by in View All Posts, October 6th, 2010

Next Food Network Star finalist Aria Kagan and her dad

Two years ago I lost my father—my best friend and someone who represented all that is good in the world—to cancer. Since then I’ve set out to celebrate his life however I can. When I came upon Fred’s Team and the New York City Marathon, I knew it was a perfect fit! Fred’s Team and its dedicated runners raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. With the money that is raised, MSKCC continues to work on finding better treatments, research and hope for a world without cancer.

I had never run a marathon before, but I felt it was an amazing challenge with a fabulous purpose. Training for a marathon takes a lot of dedication. I figured if my father could endure three years of chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries, I could totally run 26.2 miles. And so I did.

This year, I will be running in the 2010 NYC Marathon again with Fred’s Team (check out my Fred’s Team Page). I decided this year instead of just asking people to donate money, I wanted to do something to bring everyone together and celebrate the beauty of life.

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