Huckleberry — Off the Shelf

by in Books, September 5th, 2014

Huckleberry CookbookHuckleberry by Zoe Nathan is an all-around stunning book. From the immaculate food photography to the craving-inducing recipes to the yellow polka-dot pattern adorning the pages, Huckleberry is everything you could hope for in a bakery cookbook — and then some. Nathan’s witty stories bring you right into the heart of her kitchen, and it’s easy to feel like she’s unlocked her bakery doors for you and invited you in for a tour.

The chapters roll out based on what time in the morning Nathan and her team start which baked goods, from muffins at 3:30am to biscuits and scones, rustic cakes and tea cakes, breads and other things that rise, flaky dough and its many uses, things baked in a dish, fried stuff, pancakes, cereals, sandwiches, hearty plates each topped with an egg to 10am coffee and other beverages. The substance of each chapter is a marvel, and the book features more than a hundred recipes that you can easily make at home. Nathan gives detailed notes on ways you can change things up, and the balance between sweet and savory dishes ensures that the book has something that will speak to any craving. With food photographer Matt Armendariz’s stunning food images, there’s no way to escape craving the Chocolate Chunk Muffins, the Vanilla French Toast with Brown Sugar-Cranberry Sauce, or My Dad’s Pancakes. The recipe for Black and Blue Oat Bars is included below, in case you just can’t wait to try one of the recipes.

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Space Whiskey Finally Will Return to Earth After Three Years

by , September 5th, 2014

In 2011, a Scottish distillery teamed up with a Texas space research company to see how well whiskey would age in the cold, unfeeling nothingness of space. They sent a vial of unmatured malt and charred oak pieces into orbit. There it sat, spinning along with the cosmos, for three long years. Now it is ready to return home and, more importantly, be imbibed.

It’s actually an interesting experiment. On September 12, the vial will return home and be compared with a control vial, which was relegated to the boring confines of planet Earth. Which one became a better whiskey? Which one gets you to send drunk texts quicker, in the middle of the night, to ex-spouses? The world is about to find out.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen Goes Back to School and Iron Chef America Goes Back to the ’60s

by in Shows, September 5th, 2014

Iron Chef AmericaThis weekend on Food Network, it’s a retro rewind on Iron Chef America as the show goes back to the ’60s on Saturday night. In the morning, there’s a back-to-school episode of The Kitchen with guest Joey Fatone. Also on Saturday morning, watch new episodes from Ree and Trisha: Ree’s making a tailgate lunch, and Trisha’s cooking some updated classic recipes.

On Sunday, tune in for a new episode of Bobby’s Barbecue Addiction as Bobby cooks a Mediterranean feast. And later in the evening, there’s a barbecue-themed episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off with guest judge G. Garvin. Then, on The Great Food Truck Race, the teams head to Oklahoma City, where Tyler tests their time management skills. And on a new Cutthroat Kitchen one chef must use freezer-burned ingredients in a chili.

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It’s OK to Play with Your Food

by in Family, Recipes, September 4th, 2014

Spaghetti NestsWhen whimsical dishes like these are on the menu, playing with your food is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. The fun factor will get even the pickiest eaters excited to make these recipes — and eat them! Fortunately for the rest of the family, these meals and snacks are also mighty tasty.

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Load Up the Kids’ Lunchboxes for Back-to-School

by in Family, September 4th, 2014

Fruit Leather Roll-UpsEspecially if you have picky eaters on board, it can be hard to pin down kid-friendly recipes that translate from the kitchen to the lunchbox. Luckily, Food Network’s guide to Kid-Approved Lunches and Locker-Friendly Foods makes cafeteria glee an everyday affair. These recipes for stackable sandwiches, DIY meals and wholesome desserts are champs in a lunchbox, and they are just the fuel your kids need to get back in the swing of things.

With a recipe like Ellie Krieger’s Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad for Food Network Magazine on hand, it’s a cinch for your kids to “eat the rainbow.” In between bites of whole-wheat bow tie pasta comes corn, edamame, red bell pepper and carrots.

Tyler Florence’s lunchtime comes with a dose of ingenuity: He packs a sandwich, among other things, inside an empty tennis ball canister. Tyler Florence’s Fresh Mozzarella BLT with Pesto on a baguette for FN Magazine easily one-ups the lunch pail.

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Caption It: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off Gets a Taste of the South

by in Shows, September 4th, 2014
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G. Garvin, guest judge on Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-OffOn the upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, G. Garvin, host of Cooking Channel’s Road Trip with G. Garvin, stops by to judge the kids’ culinary creations in the main challenge, which has the young chefs cooking the Southern dish of their choice. As a Southern boy himself, G. has an idea of what he’s looking for in the quintessential dish of the South, and the kids know they can’t get away with just anything when it comes to G.’s discerning palate. But it’s not necessarily the food that ends up blowing away Mr. Garvin.

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This Giant Burger is Topped With Fried Ravioli and Alfredo Sauce

by , September 4th, 2014

The culinary world has undertaken a noble — and never-ending — quest to combine each and every food in existence. The resulting creations are called Franken-foods, although instead of pitchforks the villagers get out their dinner forks (da dum dum.) In any event, here is the newest entrant: Rustic Ravioli Burger. 

This massive burger creation, invented by California eatery Slater’s 50/50, starts with a 1/2 pound patty sourced from both beef and sausage. That is topped with a hefty fried ravioli, Alfredo sauce, roasted tomato and, for some reason, broccoli. The four food groups.

If this burger sounds up your alley, you only have the month of September to get your Franken-food loving Franken-butt to Franken-fornia.

8 Creative School Lunch Ideas, No Edible Markers Needed

by in Family, September 4th, 2014

8 Creative School Lunch Ideas, No Edible Markers NeededI don’t know about you, but I think making a brilliant school lunch doesn’t have to be so hard. (Just open any parenting magazine and you’ll find glossy photos showcasing hula dancer sandwiches with cucumber skirts, rice pandas complete with sly little smiles and more.) These simple-but-special ideas will punch up your crew’s lunchboxes with nary a hand-carved cow sandwich in sight.

1. Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad by Food Network Magazine: Did you know bow tie pasta is called farfalle in Italian and means “butterfly”? Ellie Krieger opts for this colorful cold pasta dish (pictured above) full of fresh carrots, corn, edamame, red peppers and, of course, a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

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