Beyond the Turkey: All About Wine on Thanksgiving, According to Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Drinks, Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 7th, 2016

Alex GuarnaschelliWith so much focus on executing the all-important turkey, mashed potatoes and casseroles, it’s often easy to overlook what comes next on Thanksgiving, after the prep work is done: the actual eating of the turkey, potatoes and casseroles, of course. With eating comes drinking, especially around the holidays, and just as you invested time in planning an epic feast, so too can you find an extra-special wine to round out the meal. Recently we caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at an event in New York City in which she partnered with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines to showcase her secrets for transforming turkey-day leftovers with Woodbridge wines. The Iron Chef and Chopped judge was quick to point out that there are no hard-and-fast rules for both drinking and cooking with wine.

“You write a rule book and then we just break it,” she said of pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner. “Turkey’s one of those things. In a way, I would almost say you could do a platter of the white meat and a little bit of stuffing and some green bean casserole, and have a nice, crisp Chardonnay. Then you could go in the other direction: Take some of the dark meat, some cranberry sauce, some stuffing and have a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon,” she explained, adding that there are possibilities for personal preference. “Depending on how you lay out your plate, you could really drink either.”

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One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread Pizzas

by in Family, Recipes, November 7th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread PizzaHave you ever thought about taking a huge ol’ loaf of French bread, slicing it up into eight mini halves, and turning them into the most-delish batch of kid-friendly pizzas and adult-friendly pizzas ever? (That was the longest sentence ever.)

Well, here you go! It’s ridiculously simple, especially the kid version. We’ve got your favorite jarred pizza sauce, mini pepperoni and shredded mozzarella. That’s all. It’s like kid-utopia food.

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Lorraine Pascale on Winning Worst Bakers in America with Recruit Carla Johnson

by in Shows, November 7th, 2016

Carla and LorraineAll season long on Worst Bakers in America, we’ve seen the friendly rivalry develop between longtime friends Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Each mentor came into the finale thinking he or she could win the bragging rights. But in reality there would be but one winner, and it was Lorraine and her Red Team recruit Carla. Gamblers may not have put their money on this pair to win, but that just goes to show that the underdog sometimes gets her way, as Lorraine points out herself.

FN Dish caught up with the winning mentor after the finale to chat about what it took for her to win with Carla, and find out what she has to say to sore loser Duff.

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Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Bakers in America

by in Shows, November 6th, 2016

Lorraine and CarlaSix weeks ago, 12 wannabe bakers signed up to be whipped into shape on Worst Bakers in America. After difficult pie-making, cake-baking, doughnut-frying and wedding-topper-decorating challenges, among others, two bakers proved to their mentors that they could fight to the finish. On the Blue Team, Samantha rose to the top with her attention to detail; on the Red Team, Carla bolted forward with her fantastic flavors. All that separated the two from winning $25,000 was one last baking challenge for a panel of sweets experts. FN Dish has the interview with the winning baker.

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Chefs’ Picks: Thanksgiving Sides

by in Restaurants, November 6th, 2016

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Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

The turkey may take center stage on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s the sides that ultimately steal the show. Today, chefs and home cooks are stepping away from ho-hum dishes such as bland mashed potatoes and soggy green beans. Taking their place are inspired sides that sing with spice and unexpected flavors, making for a truly festive meal. Read more

The Best Ways to Stress-Eat Through Election Night

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2016

Every other day of the year, we aim for moderation and mindfulness in our diets. But all bets are off on November 8 — when what many consider to be the most-contentious presidential election in our nation’s history takes place — and we inevitably stress-eat while the results torturously crawl in and the fate of our country is decided. No matter which candidate you plan to check on your ballot, our collective election-night anxiety will be off the charts this Tuesday. So here’s our stress-eating strategy to help you make it through this beautiful (yet totally insane!) thing called the American democratic process, and Election Night 2016.

Soothe frayed nerves by starting your night off with a patriotic Firecracker Shot (pictured above), made with layers of booze-infused red and blue gelatin and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, November 6th, 2016

Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa VerdeThis just in: Tacos can be healthy — while still tasting good. Yes, really. You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to save a few calories, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is proof of that. These top-rated shrimp tacos get their craveable bold flavor from a blanket of chipotle powder atop the seafood, which turns tender after just a few minutes on the grill. Skip the usually heavy toppings like cheese and sour cream, and opt for fresh picks instead. This avocado-tomatillo salsa, laced with fresh jalapeno, is just the burst of bright, cool taste and creamy texture to balance the tortilla-wrapped shrimp.

For more lightened-up recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

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Duff Goldman Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Community, November 6th, 2016

Duff GoldmanIt’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. And it’s certainly not too early for cake master Duff Goldman. The man behind Charm City Cakes and one of the judges of Holiday Baking Championship is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel to get you revved up for the baking extravaganza that is the holiday season.

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Hometown Hungers: New Orleans Po’ Boy

by in Restaurants, November 5th, 2016

Shrimp Po' Boy

In a city known for oversized appetites of every variety, it’s no wonder the hefty po’ boy is the sandwich that New Orleans claims as its own. Read more

Stuffed Apples Two Ways: Savory and Sweet

by in Recipes, Shows, November 5th, 2016

Stuffed Apples Two Ways: Savory and SweetAfter a trip or two to the orchard — or even just your grocery store’s produce aisle — you likely have on hand an abundance of apples. You’ve baked them into pies, roasted them with meat, used them in cocktails and have eaten them straight up at lunchtime. Now what? Now it’s time to stuff them. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson introduced two new takes on stuffed apples, one savory and one sweet. For both of these recipes, and most stuffed apple recipes, the key is a well-cooked apple, one that’s tender, which will go a long way in making the finished dish more easily eatable with the filling. Check out Jeff’s and Sunny’s ideas below, each of them an easy-to-do technique that delivers warming seasonal flavors.

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