Chefs’ Picks: Comfort Food

by in Restaurants, February 27th, 2016

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Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

For many of us, comfort food means home-cooked flavors of nostalgia. But comfort-centric cooking has become a huge trend in restaurant cooking, too, and chefs can be counted on for hearty, sometimes greasy and always gratifying comfort dishes. Here are some of their favorites to whip up or order, some that are reminiscent of their own childhood favorites and others that are twists on the classics. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Oysters

by in Events, February 27th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalSalmon, shrimp, tilapia, clams — they’re all good seafood options, of course. But for many, the pearl of the edible underwater world is the oyster. For seafood novices and connoisseurs alike, however, oysters can be a bit of a mystery. To get to the meat of the oyster you must unlock the hard shell (easier said than done), which not only holds the tender, cool bivalves inside but also the saltwater-like juices, aka the liquor of the oyster.

Friday night, FN Dish was on hand at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash at Lure Fishbar right in South Beach. This sold-out soiree put one particular oyster in the spotlight: Island Creek Oysters, which hail from just up the Eastern seaboard in Duxbury, Mass. On their own these briny beauties boasted a clean, crisp, slightly salty taste, and they were being shucked on-site as quickly as festivalgoers could throw them back. Area chefs were on hand as well to dress them up, and what resulted were half-shells filled with flavors like smoky chorizo, rich lemon butter and bright saffron.

We caught up with a host of the event and the executive chef of Lure Fishbar, Josh Capon, for an oyster primer. Read on below for an introduction to these slurpworthy treats.

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A Tale of Two Southern Chickens

by in Recipes, Shows, February 27th, 2016

Fried ChickenSouthern comfort was the name of the culinary game on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen as the cast introduced a roster of down-home savory and sweet favorites. Native West Virginian Katie Lee shared the ultimate how-to for making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, while Sunny Anderson shared her take on another Southern classic: chicken and dumplings. Learn their tips below and find out how both co-hosts guarantee hearty, satisfying chicken dinners.

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Burger Bash 2016 Winners: Morimoto and Jersey Dawg (and Rachael Ray)

by in Events, News, February 26th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWith a sandy seaside backdrop, dozens of roaring grills, and tables outfitted with ketchup and mustard, the scene was set for a Burger Bash tonight at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is celebrating its 15th birthday in Miami all weekend long with the likes of Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Alex Guarnaschelli. As burger lovers packed the expansive tents and got their hands on the between-the-bun creations before them, FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, smoky smells and, of course, all the beefy, meaty tastes that only this fan-favorite Bash could provide.

Rachael Ray was once again on hand to host the sold-out tasting, and this year proved especially significant, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Burger Bash. In celebration of this landmark milestone, the Festival team wowed Rachael on stage with not only her own Bash award but also an oversize burger cake made by none other than cake-baker extraordinaire Buddy Valastro. FN Dish was on hand tonight and we caught up with Rachael to dish about the longtime success of the event. “I think that the Burger Bash is a fun idea because we challenge the world’s greatest chefs to put their talents on a, well, on a hug — on a bun,” she told us. “And it makes food more accessible and presents the chefs in a whole different light.”

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College Students Learn Complex Science with Chocolate

by in News, February 26th, 2016

College Students Learn Complex Science with ChocolateChocolate can make anything better — including, it turns out, complex matters of science. That’s apparently the thinking behind a materials science and engineering course on offer at Johns Hopkins University in which undergraduate students learn the concepts of thermodynamics by experimenting with chocolate.

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8 Fun Recipes for the Stir-Crazy, Dog Days of Winter

by in Recipes, View All Posts, February 26th, 2016

Watercress SaladIt’s that time of year when winter just isn’t a novelty anymore. The buzz of the holidays is long gone, first-snow excitement has given way to the agony of filthy and slushy puddles, and, frankly, we’re just cold. You could tough out the coming weeks with a blanket and a slow cooker (a totally valid choice), or you could combat the lingering chill with some fun in the kitchen. These recipes are a great antidote for even the grayest day.

Watercress, Avocado and Orange Salad (above)

True, we’re still a few months away from enjoying warm days spent sipping lemonade on the porch. But citrus actually shines brightest in winter, and a tangy salad can make a dull day feel downright tropical.

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7 New Takes on Taco Night

by in Recipes, February 26th, 2016

Mexican Pot Roast TacosTacos are a crowd-pleaser every time. They’re quick, delicious and easy to customize so everyone gets what they want. But why limit tacos to just meat, cheese and tortillas? These dishes stretch the boundaries of the taco kingdom, with south-of-the-border deliciousness in the form of casserole, meatballs and more.

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos (pictured above)
These might look like regular tacos, but the taste of slowly simmered pot roast will have everyone begging for your recipe. You can cook the meat until tender in a large Dutch oven, or even try using the slow cooker so dinner’s on the table by the time you get home from work. For best results, serve with Tyler Florence’s simple salsa and guac.

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Giada De Laurentiis Ushers In the 15th South Beach Wine & Food Festival with Italian Bites on the Beach

by in Events, February 26th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThink beyond burgers, chicken tenders and frozen cocktails because when Giada throws a beach party, the name of the game is Italian fare. She kicked off the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last night with Italian Bites on the Beach, a seaside soiree worthy of the festival’s landmark 15th anniversary. Featuring everything from pasta and pizza to sweet tiramisu-inspired treats and flowing red wine, this sold-out event brought together chefs from across the country for an evening of walk-around tastings and dancing in the sand to a live band.

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What to Watch: Ultimate Comfort Food on The Kitchen and William Shatner on Cutthroat Kitchen

by in Shows, February 26th, 2016

Alton Brown and William Shatner
Spring might be right around the corner, but there’s still time to enjoy your favorite comfort food indulgences before winter ends. Start off Saturday morning with Ree Drummond as she celebrates all four seasons by cooking one dish from each, including a wintry Red Wine Pot Roast and a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad for spring. Then, Trisha Yearwood is showing her friend Glenda all the ways you can cook with a cast-iron skillet, including Country Ham Carbonara and strawberry skillet cake. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are revealing their favorite Southern comforts, like Katie Lee’s Fried Chicken and Sunny Anderson’s Easy Baked Sweet Corn. After that, while her family is away, Valerie Bertinelli is cooking up the foods she loves the most, including Pasta alle Vongole and Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello.

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Gingerbread Bran Muffins — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, February 25th, 2016

Gingerbread Bran MuffinsBran muffin = healthy, right? But what makes a muffin a bran muffin? The bran, of course. But what exactly is bran — and why is it so good for you? Read more