Hometown Hungers: New Orleans Beignets

by in Restaurants, October 22nd, 2016

Cafe Beignet

When the sun rises in New Orleans, so do the beignets. Traditionally served for breakfast in the Crescent City, these signature pastries are much like NOLA itself: a touch indulgent, yet totally irresistible.

Beignet is French for “fritter,” but here in the United States these airy pillows of fried dough are known as the official doughnut of Louisiana. The pastry arrived from France by way of Canada back in the 18th century. That’s when French colonists were forced to leave Canada’s eastern coast (then known as Acadia) in the years following Britain’s conquest of the region. They brought with them the recipe for this simple pastry that has since become synonymous with Louisiana — and New Orleans in particular.

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3 Breakfast Smoothies That Will Transform Your Morning Routine

by in Recipes, Shows, October 22nd, 2016

Three Breakfast Smoothies That Will Transform Your Morning RoutineThe morning rush is rough for nearly everyone; we all know it’s almost impossible to cook up an elaborate breakfast when you have only five minutes to yourself. But that doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast altogether. Instead, use that little amount of time to prep a flavorful, satisfying smoothie — and that’s where this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen comes in. Today the co-hosts showed off a trio of cool, creamy blends, but instead of featuring the usual berry or banana base, they made the mixtures more decadent, opting for flavors inspired by autumnal desserts (think pie for breakfast). Sold yet? Keep on reading for more details and all the recipes.

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7 Mac and Cheese Dishes to Satisfy Your Comfort Food Cravings

by in Recipes, October 22nd, 2016

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
When you’re aiming for mac and cheese greatness, you’ve got your pick of melting cheeses. You can go all in on sharp white cheddar, enjoy some European flair with Roquefort and Gruyère or spice things up with pepper Jack — it’s all part of the fun of making this comfort food favorite. While we can’t tell you what your dream team of cheeses might end up being, we do know that you might have to taste test a few bowls to figure it out. To get you started on that delicious journey, here are some of our favorite recipes.

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Sunny Anderson’s recipe calls for a three-cheese blend of cheddar, Colby and pepper Jack, with the last cheese being essential (along with a bit of cayenne pepper) for the heat in the dish. On top of the cheese, this recipe amps up the crunch factor with a topping of homemade croutons.

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Ina Garten Visits the Nation’s Capital and the White House in a Special Barefoot in Washington

by in Shows, October 21st, 2016

Ina GartenIna Garten is heading back to where her career began, Washington, D.C., for an unforgettable trip that ends in a once-in-a-lifetime visit with First Lady Michelle Obama in the one-hour special Barefoot in Washington, airing Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1|12c.

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9 Times Apples and Cinnamon Made the Best Flavor Combination Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, October 21st, 2016

Apple DumplingsI’m a chocolate person — usually. When it comes to baked goods, I usually don’t see the point in indulging unless there’s chocolate involved … except when it comes to apples in the fall. Is there anything more satisfying than a tart-but-sweet dish whose description includes the phrase “apple-cinnamon”? If you’re a fan of this combo like I am, do yourself a favor and make one of these recipes this week — and another after that. As for me, I’ll be working my way through this list to the end. #Commitment

Apple Dumplings (pictured above)
What if you could hold an apple pie in your hand? That’s what Trisha Yearwood is offering in these delicious treats.

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What to Watch: It’s Guys’ Night at Ayesha Curry’s House and Flavortown Gets Fried on Triple G

by in Shows, October 21st, 2016

Ayesha's Homemade
Stay out of the cold this weekend, and get some new fall recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is dishing out her best tips for freezer-friendly meals and making a fall favorite, her Butternut Squash Soup. Then, The Kitchen co-hosts are joined by Food Network Star Tregaye Fraser, and they’re whisking up some brunch classics infused with fall flavors. After that, Ayesha Curry’s husband, Stephen, is having friends over, and Ayesha’s cutting the calories of guys’ night classics. Then, Valerie Bertinelli is headed to Arizona, so she’s preparing some make-ahead meals for her husband, Tom.

On Sunday, Guy Fieri’s in the kitchen with his mom, Penny, and they’re crisping up a juicy, buttery chicken. Then, head over to East Hampton, where Ina Garten is making dinner in honor of her friend Deborah. After that, Scott Conant joins Bobby Flay in the kitchen to make their modern take on a classic New York brunch.

On Sunday evening, everything is getting fried in Flavortown Market on a fry-centric episode of Triple G. Then, the final three teams on Halloween Wars are building displays to show a crypt after dark, and on Worst Bakers in America, a pie-eating contest inspires the bakers to create plates that Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale will judge in a blind taste test.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 1 Champion

by in Shows, October 20th, 2016

Jay and Demetrio start the dessert roundIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 1, chefs Jay Abrams, Mackenzie Hilton, Bradley Stellings and Demetrio Zavala cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the first spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 1 Champion

How to Tell If Your Wine Is Bad

by in Drinks, News, October 20th, 2016

How to Tell if Your Wine Is BadYou’re out to dinner with friends and decide to order a bottle of wine, but there’s something about the wine that seems … sort of … off to you. Still, you’re no wine expert, so how can you really know? Should you just swallow your doubts and drink the wine anyway? Or should you risk seeming high-maintenance and send it back?

It can be difficult to tell whether a wine is actually bad or just not your cup of tea — to mix a beverage metaphor. Happily, the web is filled with advice from oenophiles (including this recent article on FoxNews.com) on how to handle the situation. It all basically comes down to three things:

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6 Next-Level Ways to Do Up a Batch of Chili

by in Recipes, October 20th, 2016

Game-Day ChiliWith a good chili recipe on your side, you can be the MVP at everything from a tailgating party in a parking lot to a weeknight dinner at home. Warm, comforting and so easy to make, chili as a category is infinitely adaptable — and we’ve got so many different ways you can score big when you cook it. And don’t even get us started on all the things you can do with leftover chili.

Make It Classic, but Better

Save a beer for Geoffrey Zakarian’s no-bean, all-meat Game-Day Chili. It adds another layer of complexity to this loaded blend featuring fire-roasted tomatoes, three pounds of ground meat and a whole lot of fragrant spices.

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Roasting (and Flavoring) Pumpkin Seeds Is Even Easier Than You Think

by in How-to, October 20th, 2016

When you’re scooping out a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween, fight the urge to toss the seeds in the trash. We know — they come out covered in orange goop. But you’d be surprised how quickly they turn into a crunchy, roasty snack, with just a little extra effort. We’ve outlined how to save and roast pumpkin seeds here, but here’s the short version: Clean them in a colander to remove the pulp, spread them on parchment to air-dry, and then toss them in your favorite flavorings and roast at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes. That’s it!

They’re delicious simply sprinkled with salt (that’s what we did above), but they’re also the perfect blank canvas for many spice and seasoning combos. Try tossing your seeds in these mixes.

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