The 10 Most-Comforting Fall Flavors We Tasted at Katie and Marcela’s Harvest Party

by in Events, October 16th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalNow that fall has officially arrived, you could celebrate the return of colorful leaves, crisp air and comfy sweaters with a trip to the orchard or perhaps an apple pie. But on Saturday during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid hosted a Harvest Party that brought together all the best sights, smells and flavors of the season — including pumpkin pie, instead of apple, as it turns out.

Guests gathered inside the seasonally decorated Highline Stages in New York City not just to taste fall fixings like butternut squash soup, turkey sandwiches and that creamy pumpkin pie, but also to meet the hostesses. When we caught up with Katie and Marcela recently, they both said how eager they were to mingle with fans of The Kitchen at their event. “I’m excited because it’s the one time a year that we get to be in the presence of the fans — of the people that are being supportive and the people that watch the show and the people that take their time out of their way, of their schedules, spend money to buy a ticket to come and see us,” Marcela explained. “And that’s kind of huge. And I’m super grateful and I’m super excited to get the opportunity to actually be with people face to face.”

As for the food, Katie told us: “I just love fall harvest season in general. I love the food that comes along with it. It’s warm; it’s cozy.” She also noted that she was excited to have one vendor in particular in attendance, Carissa’s Breads, from East End, N.Y. “It’s my favorite bread,” she said. And we quickly realized why. Her offering made our list of the best fall bites of the Harvest Party. Read on to get all the details.

Sweet Potato Soup (pictured above): We’d heard positive rumblings from guests about how stellar this soup from Primal Cut was, and after trying it for ourselves, we realized just how right the others were. Luxuriously smooth and creamy but oh so light, this soup had subtle tang from mascarpone cheese. The toppings of crispy, salty pancetta and sweetened pecans were bonuses in the flavor and texture departments. Primal Cut also served a sweet side dish — Pumpkin Infused Caramel Cheesecake — which featured a similarly silky filling.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Turkey and Cheese Mummy Kebabs

by in Recipes, Shows, October 15th, 2016

Mummy KebabsBy Angela Carlos

A recent Halloween episode of Chopped Junior wasn’t exactly business as usual. We’ve seen some pretty outrageous mystery basket ingredients over the many seasons of Chopped and Chopped Junior, but a vile of vampire blood? That certainly was a first.

Neither the zombie scabs (jerky) nor the bloody guts (pastry dough with raspberry jam) slowed down the young contestants, who fought for the $10,000 prize and cooked their way through the spooky mystery basket ingredients.

For this week’s Chopped Junior-inspired lunchbox idea, we borrowed from the haunted, crafty theme to make turkey and cheese mummy kebabs.

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8 New Spooky (and Silly!) Desserts for Halloween Night

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 15th, 2016

Halloween is a particularly playful holiday — even costumes and decorations meant to spook us are all in good fun. And we like Halloween treats that strike a similar balance. These new desserts are inspired by the holiday ghouls and goblins, but they really just make us smile.

Stuffed Candy Corn Cake (above)

The tricks in this treat are two-fold. First, there’s the candy corn surprise in the center. And second, thanks to a clever frosting pattern, each slice actually looks like a giant piece of candy corn. Watch how to make it here.

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The 7 Best Things We Ate at Anne’s Aperitivo! Event at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 15th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalAnne Burrell hosted a high-energy happy hour at The Standard Biergarten, kicking off the second night of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Eventgoers sipped on sparkling wine cocktails and sampled tapas-style bites from local restaurants in the outdoor biergarten, the perfect setting for a warm fall evening. Here are some of our favorites from the dozens of options.

Cheese Spread — Murray’s Cheese

Several different types of cheese, a savory boar salami, some olives and baked cheese sticks drew long lines around the cheese empire’s stand throughout the entire event.

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Your Whole-Week Shopping List: Here’s What You Need to Make Dinner Monday Through Friday

by in Shows, October 15th, 2016

The KitchenKids’ sports practices, your pets’ vet appointments, your work demands and all the things that will inevitable arise at the very last minute — there are countless reasons why weeknights are hectic, but that doesn’t mean dinner should get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Instead of resorting to delivery pizza or your usual takeout order when time is tight, opt for these family-friendly meals from The Kitchen. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts devoted the entire hour to showcasing recipes that are both quick to prep and easy enough to make on busy evenings. The secret lies in being prepared — having everything you need to make dinner on hand — and relying on a few no-shame shortcuts from the grocery store.

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Hometown Hungers: Baja Fish Tacos

by in Restaurants, October 15th, 2016

Rubio's Original Fish Taco

The beaches of northern Mexico have long been synonymous with surf, sand … and fish tacos.

Though no one can be certain exactly where or how this seemingly multicultural creation came about, one widely held theory is that Japanese fisherman working along the Pacific shores introduced the art of tempura to the local denizens of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, which eventually led to the birth of the beloved fish taco.

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Burger Bash 2016 Winners: David’s Cafe and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

by in Events, News, October 14th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalIf you’ve ever reveled in the smoky air of your backyard while grilling up a burger or two, you can imagine what guests of Friday night’s Burger Bash were in for when they walked into Manhattan’s Pier 92. Not one but dozens of chefs and restaurateurs came together at this rooftop party to serve up hundreds of juicy, cheesy, piled-high burgers to hordes of hungry fans, all eager to get their hands on the between-the-bun creations.

2016 marks the ninth year of this beloved New York City Wine & Food Festival event, and like in festivals past, the burger offerings put forth ranged from the classic (hello, American cheese) to the downright creative — think lamb-beef-combo patties and lobster toppings, which kept partygoers coming back for more. With so many burgers on display, it was up to both guests and judges — such famous, food-loving figures as Chopped judge Marc Murphy, Josh Capon, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka — to decide which was worthy of the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards, respectively. We caught up with judge Josh, who knows what it takes to make a winning burger — he’s won a whopping six Burger Bash competitions — and he told us that the perfect burger would have “perfect meat, perfect bun, perfect toppings and perfect execution.” Simply put, he said he’d be looking for “balance.”

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9 Recipes That Will Make Pears Your New Favorite Fall Fruit

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Souffle Pancake with Apple-Pear CompoteUnless you’re heavily invested in fruit baskets, you might not eat a lot of pears. And I get it. They’re hard as a rock at the grocery store and require at least a couple of days on a friendly counter until they’re soft enough to bite into. But that’s where the magic happens. This fall, do yourself the most-delicious favor: Buy a couple of pears. Set them on the counter. After three days, pick one of these mouthwatering recipes and let those pears shine. You won’t regret it.

For Breakfast

Souffle Pancake with Pear & Apple Compote (pictured above)
In our house we call this a Dutch baby, and it’s hands-down our family’s favorite special breakfast. What makes it so good? It could be the pillowy cloud that emerges from the oven like a delicious science project, but I think it’s thanks in no small part to the rich and sweet compote on top.

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Tacos & Tequila: “The People’s Food”

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016

Chefs and diners alike had their late-night nosh dreams come true at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Tacos & Tequila event, hosted by tatted taco-guru and epic party-thrower Aarón Sánchez. Fourteen all-star chefs, including Amanda Freitag and Laurent Tourondel, showcased all the creative culinary goodness they could fit inside a tortilla at the party, held at the Eventi hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Aarón (pictured above with Miles Landrem, the executive chef of his restaurant Johnny Sánchez, and three partygoers) called the ever-popular combo of tacos and tequila “the people’s food.”

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Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon ButtercreamMy husband proposed to me again after I made him this cake. It was a complete shock to me, as he is not a big sweets eater. We have come to a comfortable understanding in our lives: I make desserts every day, I ask him to sample them, and he nods that they are fine.

But not with this cake!

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