Guy’s Cheesy Roasted Acorn Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 19th, 2015

Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Peppers and Goat CheeseNo matter what in-season veggie you happen to have on hand, chances are that after just a quick roast in the oven, it will have turned oh-so-sweet — and seasonal squash is no exception. Butternut, acorn, spaghetti and delicata squashes are all overflowing at farmers market stands and in supermarket aisles alike this time of year, and while you can indeed simply roast them and enjoy them as is, in all their tender glory, dressing them up a bit with bold, fresh flavors will transform them even more.

In his recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Peppers and Goat Cheese, Guy Fieri precooks the squash for a few minutes in the oven before filling it with a hearty, savory stuffing that’s easy to make yet endlessly impressive. He opts for a mixture of cremini mushrooms, fresh cabbage and colorful bell peppers for heft and texture, plus a few cloves of garlic for over-the-top taste. Follow Guy’s lead and top the filling mixture with goat cheese and roasted acorn seeds before baking; the tangy crumbles of cheese deliver the richness you crave, while the acorn seeds promise a welcome salty, crunchy bite.

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The Best Bloody Mary Brunch with the Cast of Chopped

by in Events, October 19th, 2015

Chopped castThe history of where Bloody Marys come from and how they got the name isn’t known for sure — there’s just too much conjecture, and there are too many stories that can’t be corroborated. But one thing is for sure: It’s a popular hangover drink that people enjoy the world over. And when you’ve spent your Saturday night at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, what more could you ask for on Sunday than the Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped.

This year gin and vodka producers came together on Pier 60 in New York City to compete and see who could produce the best Bloody Mary. The judges and host from Chopped were on hand to lend their expertise to the competition, tasting all of the creations before picking winners in the three categories of best overall, most creative and best dressed. But first they revealed what they look for — and what they’re tired of seeing — in a Bloody Mary.

The judges’ recipe for success and the best brunch bites

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of Robert Irvine’s New Book, Fit Fuel

by in Books, Contests, Food Network Chef, October 19th, 2015

Fit Fuel: A Chef's Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit, and Living Your Best LifeAs committed as Robert Irvine is to executing top-notch dishes in the kitchen and giving struggling restaurateurs a second chance at success on Restaurant: Impossible Ambush (premiering Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9|8c), he’s also a fierce fitness guru, dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same. In his brand-new book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit, and Living Your Best Life, Robert breaks down the ins and outs of what it takes to “fuel your life”: just a handful of “principles,” including “Eat real food” and “Believe you can change.”

Part cookbook, part pep talk and part handy exercise manual, Robert’s brand-new publication doesn’t just talk the talk of what it takes to get in shape, but it also walks the walk as Robert personally demonstrates how to complete some of the best moves, and explains the whys and hows behind them. And with his recipes for every meal of the day — even dessert — Robert proves that the journey to fitness success doesn’t have to mean boring, bland meals. Think satisfying fare like Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad, Roast Chicken, Vegetables & Parsnip Puree and A Better Carrot Cake.

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One Chef’s Bumpy Ride to the Winner’s Circle — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 18th, 2015

The road to Cutthroat Kitchen glory is hardly ever a straightforward one, since the name of the game, of course, is eviliciousness. But some competitors, whether because of their rivals’ determination, their own bidding strategy or perhaps just sheer bad (good?) luck, end up saddled with a particularly diabolical lot of challenges each and every round. Chef Michael was one such contestant; on tonight’s brand-new episode, he endured several especially trying sabotages that challenged not only his mental prowess in the face of culinary disruptions but also his physical competency.

In Round 1, Chef Michael no sooner started the fish sandwich battle than he found himself seated in a three-person rowboat — and a tipsy one at that. With every movement, the boat rocked from side to side, throwing his prep work off balance. “I like that,” Susan Feniger, the guest judge of the day, told host Alton Brown with a smile during the After-Show. Unfortunately for Chef Michael, the challenges only worsened as the day went on, as Round 2’s chili test again saddled him with an inferior situation: this time seated atop a bucking horse ride. It “really didn’t have anything to do with food,” Alton told Susan. “It was just painful and horrible to watch.” But not matter the bumpy ride, Chef Michael kept his cowboy hat held high and proclaimed from the horse, “Yee-haw!”

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Going Hog Wild at Pigs N’ Pints with Robert Irvine

by in Events, October 18th, 2015

Robert IrvinePigging out took on even greater meaning during the New York City Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night at Pigs N’ Pints, where pork enthusiast Robert Irvine hosted a party packed with barbecue, bacon and plenty of booze.

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Hungry in Hawaii: Where to Eat in Honolulu

by in Restaurants, October 18th, 2015

OahuBy Catherine Toth Fox

Oahu has always offered more than just kitschy luau shows and pig roasts. The island is a virtual culinary melting pot, with everything from high-end French cuisine to food truck fare. Whether you’re craving traditional Vietnamese pho or a burger made with locally ranched beef, Oahu’s got it. And while the scene is no longer solely dominated by the Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs like Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, their farm-to-table philosophy has influenced a whole new generation of chefs, restaurateurs and food producers who are taking advantage of the island’s bounty of local ingredients.

Check out the full gallery for more Hawaiian hits.

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Knock-You-Naked Brownies — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 18th, 2015

Knock-You-Naked BrowniesWith a name that will surely stop you in your tracks — and perhaps knock you naked — this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is for the most-serious sweet tooths out there. The Pioneer Woman’s top-rated dessert features a pecan-studded chocolate cake base and topping, but it’s the filling that’s especially indulgent: layers of gooey caramel and semisweet chocolate chips. For added ease in the kitchen, follow Ree Drummond’s lead and opt for boxed cake mix to keep this recipe fuss-free.

For more decadent inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake board on Pinterest.

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The Perfect Culinary Collaboration Between Farmer and Chef at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Greenmarket Brunch

by in Events, October 18th, 2015

Amanda Freitag and Geoffrey ZakarianAnyone who heads to Union Square’s Greenmarket three or more times per week, like I do, will often see chefs geared up with carts and bins, buying some of the best produce from the farmers who’ve set up stands in the square. Without tracking down all of the restaurants that frequent the market, one’s left imagining what dishes those items might end up being turned into. But at the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Chopped‘s own Geoffrey Zakarian, farm-to-table enthusiasts can experience all of the fruits of the chefs’ labors. It’s a unique collaboration, yielding some flavorful bites.

“You have eight amazing farms and eight amazing chefs,” said Geoffrey about the eighth season of the event held in The Standard High Line Hotel’s Biergarten, a rustic, open-air terrace underneath the High Line Park. He explained that each chef had the opportunity to pick the produce from the farms to feature in his or her dish. “It really is very special,” he said of the pairings, also pointing out the smaller size of the event, which offers festivalgoers the chance to get to know the chefs and farmers, who are also on hand.

Read on to see the best bites from the event.

Saturday Afternoon During the New York City Wine & Food Festival Calls for Brunch @ Bobby’s

by in Events, October 17th, 2015

New York City Wine & Food FestivalAfter two days of late-night bashes and a seemingly endless supply of all manner of pizza and burgers at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, it was time for a little weekend reprieve, and for that, festival guests looked to Bobby Flay. The longtime lover of brunch hosted the wake-up-worthy Brunch @ Bobby’s, which featured a sweet and savory spread of bites from his just-released cookbook of the same name. “I always say that brunch is really my favorite meal of the week,” Bobby told the sold-out crowd inside the opulently adorned Capitale in downtown Manhattan. “It’s still laid-back, it’s casual; everybody’s in a good mood,” he said.

Just as Bobby looks forward to this relaxing weekend meal, many of his fans do too. It’s no secret that brunch has taken the world by storm recently, with late-morning and early-afternoon restaurant reservations and at-home gatherings alike often becoming the sole goal of the weekend. “I think the millennials are actually making it more popular than it’s ever been,” Bobby told us recently. “Let’s face it: Brunch is a party. It starts with a cocktail. And so I think that the younger generations are really making brunch more and more innovative and more popular.” At his event today, Bobby was sure to deliver on the cocktails, from rosé and beer to bubbly brut and tequila-spiked cocktails.

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Game Day with Canada Dry

by in View All Posts, October 17th, 2015

Spicy, zesty, smoky, sweet — you name the flavor and there’s a dry rub that will suit your tastes and that will have your guests oohing and aahing after every meaty bite. Check out a few of our favorites (each makes roughly 1 cup of rub):

Sweet Heat: 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon table salt.

Asian-Style:  1/2 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder, 1 tablespoon table salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper and 1 teaspoon dry mustard.

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