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317 days to go….

by in View All Posts, February 17th, 2009

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‘Tis the season to put away your Christmas decorations. However, a select group of Food network employees are either gearing up for the 2009 holiday season, or they just can’t seem to part with the Christmas spirit of ’08. Honestly, I think it’s charming that (inadvertently or not) these guys have chosen to keep the festivities going year-round here at the Food Network offices. Come to think of it….why does society tell us that we’re allowed to eat Christmas cookies only around the holidays?… Eureka!
Get to the cookies here.

Squirrel Chips Redux

by in View All Posts, February 16th, 2009

You're Looking Quite Deipnetic These Days

by in View All Posts, February 16th, 2009

Let it not be said I am one to back down from a dare:


From: Alford, Katherine
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 12:01 PM
To: Bhattacharya, Rupa
Subject: FW: today’s wwftd is… deipnetic

I dare you to get that in the blog!

—– Original Message —–

From: wwftd master

To: wwftd minions

Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2009 10:33 PM

Subject: today’s wwftd is… deipnetic

the worthless word for the day is: deipnetic

[fr. Gk deipnon, the principal meal + -etic]
obs. rare : pertaining to dinner; fond of eating

from time to time folks come to wwftd searching out really
obscure words – imagine my surprise! this week I’ll reveal
five more of these. (I have no way of knowing exactly who
does these searches, so I’ll just have to say thanx all.)

“Of peculiar interest in connection with the present study
is the mimic letter which occurred in the “deipnetic” or
banquet literature of Chaerophon…”
- Reinhard Becker, A War of Fools (1981)

“She was an opsophagist, coenaculous and cuppendous -
pabulous commesations were an ephialtes for the deipnetic.”
- Kate Burridge, Blooming English (2004)

-tsuwm
http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd

Dream Kitchen — Final Days to Enter!

by in View All Posts, February 16th, 2009

Dream Kitchen 2009
With the final week of HGTV’s Dream Home Giveaway here, we must confess that we’ve been DROOLING over this kitchen.
Are you kidding us with this space? AMAZING!

Learn how to enter here.

Sunny’s Last “Ultimate Recipe” Party

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, February 16th, 2009

Sunny Anderson gets the behind-the-scenes dish from the “Hometown Favorites” episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Do any of you FN Dishers have the ultimate recipe? Food network is now taking submissions for the next season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown, so be sure to ENTER YOUR RECIPE HERE!

My Schmaltzy Valentine

by in View All Posts, February 13th, 2009

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This past Sunday, a group of us were invited to participate in the annual Valentine’s Tea event at the James Beard House.

Among the visiting chefs were Amanda Freitag from The Harrison, as well as pastry chefs Jennifer Giblin of Blue Smoke, Ellen Mirsky of Public, and Melissa Murphy from Sweet Melissa Patisserie.

Katherine, Miriam, our newest team member Leah Brickley, and I prepared an array of tea sandwiches to accompany a tea tasting held by Linda Villano of SerendipitiTea.

Our menu:

  • Cucumber, crab and cress on brioche
  • Hanger steak with shiitake mushrooms and endive jam on sourdough
  • Tea-smoked trout with beets and horseradish on multigrain
  • Grown-up ham and cheese with quince and arugula

Sounds fancy, huh? Well, that was until the Lower East Side egg salad on pumpernickel made its way to the menu. What makes it Lower East Side egg salad? That’d be schmaltz, the key ingredient.

As a virgin schmaltz egg salader but a huge fan of egg salad in general, I was needless to say very curious. The egg salad was not only smooth and luscious, but it took on a chicken flavor that was comforting and familiar. No mayonnaise needed here at all. It is also incredibly rich, making it, in my opinion, perfect for tea-size (that is, smaller) sandwiches.

This Valentine’s Day, I fell in love with something not quite as sexy as chocolate-dipped strawberries but with a lot more heart and soul.

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer

Sunny Coming Up, Part II

by in View All Posts, February 13th, 2009

Now that we’ve uncovered in my Part I interview with Sunny Anderson how she made her way from DJing to plating, we are going dig into some of her scrumptious cooking secrets!

Secretary Confidential: How is it being the “new kid on the block”?

Sunny Anderson: It’s cool, I’m used to it. I moved almost every year growing up and in my adult life, I’ve kept the same pattern. So, being new is old to me. I just hope I’m around long enough for someone else to be the “NKOTB.”

Get more of the Sunny story you never heard, here.

The Milk Foam and the Air Masses as a Hood to Give the Cocktail

by in View All Posts, February 12th, 2009