Quit the Candy: Savory Ways to Celebrate Halloween — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, October 29th, 2015

Crispy Phyllo-Wrapped Hot Dog MummiesThough you (and your kids) may disagree on whether pillowcases should be stuffed with candy rather than slept on, we’re here to tell you that Halloween is — gasp! — about more than the sweet stuff. No, your dentist didn’t send us to get you to nosh on more than candy ropes and chocolate bars this year. Instead, we’re just plain excited about these ghoulishly good recipes. Feast on these substantial-yet-spooky dishes we scared up for your Halloween party, like mummified hot dogs (pictured above) and ghost-shaped pizzas, or snack on them while you’re handing candy out to the neighbors.

For a party bite that will stop guests dead in their tracks, make these to-die-for Crispy Phyllo-Wrapped Hot Dog Mummies. The phyllo gives the little dogs a bandaged look and offers a buttery flakiness to every bite.

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Let Bradley Cooper Be Your Personal Chef

by in News, October 29th, 2015

Bradley Cooper and Sienna MillerBradley Cooper and Sienna Miller really got their hands dirty for their new film, Burnt. Playing chefs in a top-tier kitchen, the stars did all of their own cooking, including shucking oysters, filleting turbot and chopping vegetables, and they picked up innumerable kitchen battle scars alongside the actual Michelin-starred chefs who trained them.

We sat down with the stars in advance of the film premiere to find out what it was like to get a crash course in four-star cuisine. We also got the scoop on how their home cooking has changed since filming, and we found out the surprising dishes they cook when they really want to impress someone.

To plan a dinner inspired by Cooper and Miller, watch our video below.

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One-on-One with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, October 29th, 2015

Worst CooksThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. But each week one recruit was sent home until only two remained to face off in the final challenge, a three-course restaurant meal presented in front of three culinary experts. The fates of the Blue Team’s Kendra and the Red Team’s Jenni were left up to those judges, and in the finale, one recruit was announced the winner of $50,000 for charity and declared no longer a worst cook in America. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up.

Read on to find out who came in second place.

One-on-One with the Winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, October 28th, 2015

Worst Cooks finaleThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but each week one recruit was eliminated from Boot Camp. After six weeks only two recruits remained: the Red Team’s Jenni and the Blue Team’s Kendra. And they had to face off in a final challenge. Only after cooking a three-course restaurant meal and presenting it in front of three culinary experts did they find out who would leave with $50,000 for charity. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who came in first place.

3 of a Kind: Boozy Ice Cream

by in Restaurants, October 28th, 2015

Boiler Room3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Ice cream season may be mostly relegated to summer, but enterprising restaurants and ice cream shops are amping up the warming qualities (and indulgence factor) with alcohol-spiked scoops. All across the country, parlors are creating adults-only ice cream flavors that are sure to keep spirits in summer mode well into the snowy season.

Boiler Room, Chicago
Summers may seem fleeting in the Windy City, but this Logan Square neighborhood restaurant ups its soft serve’s appeal in nippier temperatures by adding liquor. A warming Jameson whiskey flavor is always available. Every week, there’s another rotating alcohol-filled special in the second hopper. Spirits are rotated and could include tequila, stout or maple bourbon: Orange Whip Vodka was churning two weeks ago, and the holiday season often brings eggnog. It’s whatever these creative liquor- and dessert-loving folks think up.

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Thanksgiving with Giada: Aunt Raffy’s Hosting, Crispy Dressing at the Ready and Next-Day Turkey Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 28th, 2015

Thanksgiving with Giada De Laurentiis“I wanted to show people how to successfully put on a party beyond the recipes — the whole picture — and to take the stress out of throwing a party,” Giada De Laurentiis told FN Dish of her new series, Giada’s Holiday Handbook. Premiering Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11a|10c, Giada’s show is the ultimate one-stop guide to everything viewers, both seasonal-soiree novices and those familiar with entertaining, might need to host an unforgettable holiday get-together, from menu planning and crowd-pleasing recipes to home decor inspiration. She told us that it was indeed her fans who first inspired her to think beyond what’s on the plate and pursue the bigger goal of the series. “I think at the end of the day we have very little time in our lives, and the more help we can get, the more successful we can be at home, the better,” she said. “We all want to be successful parents and loved ones, so to make entertaining fast and easy — that was the goal.”

Thanksgiving is one of the first holidays that Giada will explore on Holiday Handbook, and just in time for the premiere, Giada’s giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at what turkey day looks like at her house. Read on below for insider details about her family’s celebrations, and find out how she repurposes the inevitable leftovers from the feast.

What does Thanksgiving look like at your house? Who hosts the holiday every year?  
Giada De Laurentiis: It’s at my Aunt Raffy’s house just about every year. It’ll be a bit smaller this year, about 12 people, because some people are traveling, but I always look forward to it. I haven’t seen my aunt since filming Giada in Italy in Positano, so it’ll be super-exciting to see her!

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The Busy Parent’s Best Friend: A Slow Cooker (Plus 8 Kid-Friendly Recipes)

by in Family, Recipes, October 28th, 2015

Slow-Cooker Pork TacosThe beauty of a slow cooker is obvious: It does all the work while you ignore the thing for hours at a time! But for those of us with small kids underfoot, there’s an even smarter strategy to take advantage of: If you assemble your ingredients ahead of time (say at night while the rascals are sleeping), you can simply dump it all together in the morning. When the kids are up again, and it’s the end of your day, or soccer practice is over (whichever comes first), one of these kid-friendly dishes will be ready for dinner when you are.

Pulled Pork 3 Ways: With just a few spices, this pork cooks in its own delicious juices all day long. Then it’s ready to become not one but as many as three dinners! Slather on a bit of BBQ sauce and serve it over rolls, scoop it up (along with lots of that juice) and place it on top of rice along with crunchy diced apples or use it for Food Network Magazine’s pork tacos (pictured above) topped with mango, queso fresco and avocado.

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Food Porn: The Good, the Bad and the All Too Pretty

by in News, October 28th, 2015

Food Porn: The Good, the Bad and the All-Too PrettyIf you can’t seem to stop yourself, despite your best efforts, from indulging in deliciously decadent foods, and you’re looking to point the finger elsewhere, science has just provided you with a new scapegoat: food porn.

Yes, friends, according to a recent research review conducted by an international group of psychologists and neuroscientists and published in the journal Brain and Cognition, those gorgeous photos of perfectly presented dishes and desserts we can’t get enough of — on Instagram, in magazines and cookbooks, and even (sorry) online — may be making us fat.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Caesar Salad with Pepperoni Pizza Croutons

by in Recipes, Shows, October 28th, 2015

Chopped lunchboxWhy should adults have all the fun? Thanks to the new show Chopped Junior, kids now also have the opportunity to get their hands on some infamous mystery baskets. And we were happy to see that the ingredients are just as tricky as those in the grownups’ baskets: items like cotton candy cookies, pepperoni pizza and candied sardines!

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Autumn in a Pan: Pumpkin Caramel Skillet Cake with Maple Glaze

by in Recipes, October 28th, 2015

Pumpkin Caramel Skillet Cake with Maple GlazeI’m going to make you a promise: This pumpkin cake will impress everyone who tries it. It will fill your kitchen with the sweet smell of homemade caramel sauce, the gentle and comforting spices of fall, and a warmth that cuts right through a bitterly cold wind. People often ask me for the recipe, and like a good Midwestern girl, I am happy to share!

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