Comfort Food Finds in Oklahoma — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 9th, 2014

Onion Burger on The Great Food Truck RaceOklahoma City was this past week’s stop for the food truck teams on The Great Food Truck Race. On Day One, many teams thought a few menu tweaks might be a good idea to appeal to the locals, whereas other teams planned to simply keep cooking their signature dishes. But in the end it didn’t matter, because Tyler Florence’s Truck Stop challenge had all the teams cooking the same dish: the local specialty of fried onion burgers. Putting the teams on an even playing field really showed who would rise to the top. And in the end, two did just that, while one remained in the middle and two fell to the bottom.

Whether you’re looking for the famous fried onion burger or for other comforting classics, Oklahoma has a wealth of eating options. Check out all that Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas in the state have to offer.

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Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice Recipes — Plus a PSL to Make at Home

by in In Season, Recipes, September 9th, 2014

Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice RecipesWe’ve barely put away our swimsuits and sunscreen, but baristas at a certain coffee chain are already steaming up their immensely popular fall-flavored drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Inspired by this beloved seasonal beverage, Food Network Kitchen created pumpkin-spiced treats like French toast, sticky buns and muffins, plus a take on the latte that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen. Sip one any time of year – we won’t judge.

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Dinner Rush! Quick Cauliflower Curry

by , September 9th, 2014

In the fast-paced, cutthroat world of trendsetting foods, one industry veteran has managed to stay the course through it all. While sprouts, kale and juices may come and go with the seasons, the mighty cauliflower has managed to keep its head high and its florets robust through the storm. 

It’s understandable how cauliflower’s neutrality can easily dump it into the “boring” category. It’s white (yawn). The flavor is no beet or sun-ripened tomato, but it’s solid. It’s got that whole crazy “I look like a brain” thing going on. But isn’t it our weaknesses that can serve to be our greatest strengths?

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Hass Anyone Seen These Stolen Avocados?

by in News, September 9th, 2014

Missing Haas AvocadosShopping for avocados at the supermarket can bring on sticker shock. But when the guacamole itch strikes, you’ve just got to scratch it, right?

Some sticky-fingered guac lovers in South Australia have apparently taken matters into their own hands, sidestepping the produce aisles and going straight to the source. Authorities say an estimated 1,500 kilograms of Hass avocados were stolen straight off about 22 trees — stripping them bare — on a property in the town of Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland region.

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New-School Cookie Jar

by in Family, Recipes, September 9th, 2014

New-School Cookie JarNow that school is back in session, we’re bringing back an old-school concept — the cookie jar — and giving it a fresh new look and taste. Have fun baking a few batches of homemade cookies over the weekend and store them in airtight containers or jars for the kids to select an after-school sweet. These bright, candy-adorned treats from Food Network chefs appeal to the child in us all. The kids won’t be the only ones trying to sneak them from the cookie jar (a high shelf helps!).

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Where to Eat Dinner in Chicago

by in Food Network Magazine, Restaurants, September 9th, 2014

Where to Eat Dinner in ChicagoIf you’re attending Food Network in Concert this September 20, your dinner plates (and wine glasses) will be in the hands of the city’s greatest chefs. Surrounded by succulent barbecue, dreamy pasta and sushi like you’ve never seen it before (to name just a few), it’s safe to say you won’t have to worry about food on the night of the festival. But what about the rest of your trip? Here, Food Network stars and headliner Phillip Phillips share their dinner recommendations to continue your culinary adventure in Chicago.

Geoffrey Zakarian: Paul Kahan’s restaurants Avec and Blackbird, and Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat. 

Anne Burrell: The Purple Pig, BellyQ, and I always have to go for a piece of BIG MEAT, so I like to go to Gibsons! 

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With Brisket, the Key Ingredient Is Patience

by in News, September 8th, 2014

Smoked BBQ BrisketBrisket, that slowly cooked, soft-to-slice, sometimes stringy staple of your grandmother’s holiday table, humble and homey as it is, has been known to capture occasional media attention. President Obama serves it every Passover at the White House Seder, after all. Now barbecued brisket, of which the POTUS is also an apparent fan, is enjoying a moment in the spotlight.

New York Times food writer Julia Moskin recently observed that New York food obsessives, currently in the throes of a love affair with barbecued meats like “brisket, beef ribs and spicy beef sausage … turned out in authentic fashion,” are zeroing in “on brisket alone,” and giving it their own city twist by serving it “in untraditional sandwiches or with more up-to-date side dishes.”

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The Lighter Side of Comfort Food

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2014

Comfort food is notoriously indulgent. Butter, cheese and potatoes make appearances in nearly every dish. Even though it’s not the healthiest cuisine in the world, we turn our heads away from the calorie count in the name of comfort and deliciousness. But even these down-home dishes can be lightened up by replacing fat-laden ingredients and opting for the oven instead of the fryer. By being more conscious about ingredients, you can enjoy these classics with a little less guilt.

Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese
If you often find yourself craving a big bowl of cheesy goodness, this recipe is going to be your new best friend. Instead of heavy cream, this version uses skim milk and low-fat sour cream, and includes part-skim mozzarella and low-fat Swiss. And for a little indulgence in the flavor department, it calls for a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.

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