Creole Crawfish Etouffee — Down-Home Comfort

by in View All Posts, March 14th, 2014

“First, you make a roux” is the start of many Creole and Cajun recipes. Roux is a cooked mixture of fat (butter) and starch (flour) used to thicken many sauces in classic French cooking. A Creole roux is not the classic French butter-flour mixture, but usually a combination of oil, such as peanut, and flour. Unlike a French roux, which can be white to pale golden, Cajun roux are typically the color of peanut butter, at the very least, and progress to a deep, dark brown. This process can take 45 minutes or so of constant stirring. It is dangerous stuff. If any splatters on you, it will be perfectly clear why this fiery, sticky combination of oil and flour is often referred to as “Cajun napalm!” Read more

Lady Gaga’s Coffee-Filter Couture, New Yorkers Hug Chicago Pizza and Who’s in “Who’s Who …”

by in News, March 14th, 2014

Deep-Dish PizzaGaga Unfiltered: Introducing Lady Gaga on Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel noted that the “best thing” about having her on his show while it was shooting in Austin for South by Southwest was that she “could barbecue her own dress.” But Gaga showed up wearing a frock made of, no, not meat, but coffee filters. “Upcycling,” she explained, adding that she’d chosen the modest outfit, a fluffy white Gareth Pugh creation with jacket and hat to match (natch), because she’d gotten “really fat” from overindulging in BBQ while in Texas. After naming her favorite local BBQ joints (Stubb’s, Salt Lick), Gaga added, “If I see any meat on the street I just will eat it because I like it.” [Jimmy Kimmel Live!]

And the James Beard Awards Go To … The James Beard Foundation has announced the 2014 inductees into its prestigious Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. The six inductees, culinary pros who were determined to make “a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry,” are The Art of Eating editor and publisher Edward Behr, New Orleans Chef John Besh, New York Chef David Chang, food writer Barry Estabrook, Chicago Chef Paul Kahan and Los Angeles Pastry Chef Sherry Yard. The awards will be given out in a ceremony in New York on May 5. Congrats to all. [Eater]

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Potluck Meatballs — The Weekender

by in Entertaining, Recipes, March 14th, 2014

Potluck MeatballsMeatballs were not a regular menu item in my childhood home. My mom thought they were overly fussy and opted to make meatloaf or meaty tomato sauce when confronted with a pound of ground beef.

Because meatballs were a rarity for me, of course I longed for them. When I was older and cooking for myself, I added a pair of meatball recipes to my dinnertime rotation.

The first recipe I made was with ground lamb, feta cheese, minced red onion and a splash of red wine vinegar. We eat those meatballs with big green salads topped with roasted peppers and onions.

The second recipe is one my friend Joy invented. It uses ground chicken, ricotta cheese and minced onions, and the resulting meatballs are gloriously tender. I like to eat them over a bed of sauteed kale and topped with buttery marinara sauce.

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5 Ways to Up Your Greens Game

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Greens that taste amazing? You better be-leaf it! These healthy, delicious sides will upgrade any main dish, assuming they don’t steal the show first. Consider these takes on spinach, collards and kale the healthiest way to celebrate St. Patri...

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What to Watch: Triple D in Key West, Classic Comebacks on The Kitchen and RvG Veterans on Chopped

by in Shows, March 14th, 2014

Guy Fieri in Key WestStart the weekend right with a trip down to Key West in a new Friday-night episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Guy takes in the best of the island, from seafood shacks to taco carts. Then, once you’re well-rested and ready to eat again on Saturday morning, watch all new episodes of The Pioneer Woman and Heartland Table: Ree makes a special meal for her son, and Amy gets the neighborhood together for a horseradish harvest. Later on, The Kitchen co-hosts bring back the classic iceberg wedge salad.

On Sunday morning tune in to Southern at Heart, where Damaris and her friend create the perfect snacks to accompany movie watching. Afterward, Giada cooks up some dishes inspired by L.A. hot spots. And on Sandwich King, Jeff makes pork sandwiches and a sweet version of pigs in a blanket. In the afternoon, watch a new Buy This Restaurant, where Keith helps a couple achieve their dream of restaurant ownership. In the evening watch all-new episodes of Food Court Wars, Cutthroat Kitchen and the Chopped Tournament of Stars, in which four former Rachael vs. Guy competitors make their triumphant return, this time in the Chopped kitchen.

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Try a New Pie for Pi Day

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2014

Our favorite geeky holiday, Pi Day, is upon us. What better way to celebrate 3.14 than to try a new pie recipe? This Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pie mash-up from Food Network Kitchen features one of our favorite classic American cookies nestled within a buttery pie crust. Crunchy and chewy at the same time, this hybrid pie is wonderful served slightly warm a la mode, or with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream. Treat yourself to a slice or 3.14 — it’s Pi Day!

Check out 50 more pie recipes to try.

This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Uncategorized, March 13th, 2014

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In this week’s news: time-warping with sprouted grains and hemp brownies; tracking down the four-leaf clover of kale; and betting the farm on farm-to-table real estate.

Sprouted Grains Hit the Big Time
Boomers might cop an eye roll when they h...

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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, March 13th, 2014
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Chopped basketChopped fans, here’s your chance to be a part of the competition. You’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting chef-competitors for an upcoming episode. Food Network is giving you the opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets. It’s a special viewers’-choice episode that will take the competitors by surprise.

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10 Potato Picks — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, March 13th, 2014

roasted potatoesWould a burger be complete without crispy, salty fries dunked in ketchup? Would your mother’s meatloaf hit the same spot without buttery mashed potatoes? How about your Sunday brunch? Where would it be without a heaping plate of hash browns? Solid potato recipes are the most dog-eared pages of your cookbooks and recipe collections for a reason. The versatility of a simple spud is astounding, and every rendering still manages to pin down a familiar homemade flavor. In the name of everything comforting and good, this week is all about our favorite tried-and-true potato recipes.

1. French-Fried — What better place to start than America’s favorite? Ree’s Perfect French Fries are blissfully golden and crispy.

2. Oven-Fried — Not down for the deep-fry oil dunk? Stick wedges in the oven for addictive Oven-Fried Potatoes.

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