What’s Hot in Desserts: Ice Cream

by in Events, News, October 18th, 2012

ice cream sweet event nycwffWhen you think of desserts, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and brownies usually come to mind first. But at Sandra Lee’s recent Sweet! event at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the real star of the show was ice cream. Whether it was sandwiched between bites of doughnut, paired with a cupcake or eaten on its own, no two dishes were alike.

Diana Hardeman of MilkMade Ice Cream offered up scrumptious cranberry chocolate chip ice cream. Handcrafted with big hunks of both cranberry and chocolate, this homage to fall wasn’t your average pint.

Taking a more classic approach with an unexpected twist, Le Bernadin’s Chocolate Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream Sandwiches contained just the right kick of spice to bring out the subtle flavor of the chocolate sandwich base.

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Sweet Genius Surprises to Come in Season 3

by in Shows, October 18th, 2012

ron ben-israel sweet geniusBy Ron Ben-Israel, contributions by Kate Kenny and Nikki Junda

In this new season of Sweet Genius, the chefs I invited into my kitchen really raised the bar with unusual techniques and inspired flavor combinations. Candied vegetables? Champagne candies? Pizza dough Rocher? Why not.

The path to genius is never ordinary.

And speaking of unusual techniques, smoking ingredients isn’t just for barbecue anymore. Some of the chefs in my kitchen found imaginative applications for my smoke machine in their desserts. My palate will never be the same.

The competition is fierce and so are my inspirations. Find out what wild new wonders I have in store for the chefs this season. It will be anything but tame.

Being a pastry chef is hard work, but when I’m in the kitchen I like to have fun too. Tune in this season to find out what inspired me to wear a tutu and red nose.

New Season Premieres Thursday, October 18 at 10pm/9c.

Enter for a Chance to Win a Soup Tureen

by in Contests, October 18th, 2012

soup tureen giveaway
As the temperature starts dropping and the fall season comes into full swing, nothing warms the soul quite like a piping-hot bowl of soup. This large tureen is a beautiful way to present your soups, sauces and plenty of other dishes. Its porcelain design with lions’ heads creates a dramatic presentation that is sure to wow your guests at the dinner table (especially at Thanksgiving).

You can buy your own tureen or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us your favorite Food Network soup recipe in the comments (must include the recipe URL to be qualified). We’re giving away a White Porcelain Lion’s Head Tureen to two lucky, randomly selected commenters.

Looking for new soup recipes? Check out the Food Network Favorites: Super Soups app, now available to download in the App Store. Super Soups offers more than 40 family-friendly recipes, how-to video clips and a whole chapter dedicated to soups and stews, Iron Chef-style.

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Next Iron Chef Rivals Unite at New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, Shows, October 18th, 2012

The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
With just two weeks to go until the premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, eight of this season’s rival chefs, Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, Elizabeth Falkner, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jehangir Mehta, Spike Mendelsohn and Marcel Vigneron, joined Alton Brown and reigning Iron Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Marc Forgione, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jose Garces for a night of competition-free cooking at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Though the competition will certainly be fierce once the battle kicks off Sunday, November 4, last weekend’s Next Iron Chef event was all in good fun, the Iron Chef hopefuls coming together to chat with fans, watch sneak-peek clips of the first episode and dish out late-night party bites worthy of Kitchen Stadium.

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Restaurant Revisited: Oleander Bar & Grill

by in Shows, October 17th, 2012

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible
For Kelli Truman and Abby Grabow, owners of Oleander Bar & Grill in Olean, N.Y., Robert Irvine’s visit to their restaurant was a much-needed effort to save the business they opened just six months earlier. This mother-daughter duo needed Robert’s help to transform the dark dining room into a comfortable space, rethink their tired menu and improve their strained relationship if Oleander were to have any chance at lasting success. We checked in with Abby a few months after Oleander’s Restaurant: Impossible overhaul to see how the business has been doing since Robert left.

In the first two weeks after the renovation, Oleander saw sales increase nearly 50 percent.

The restaurant’s updated decor has been well received by diners who “love the fresh, clean, modern look of the design,” Abby says. She also notes that “the serious burger, shrimp tempura and crab bisque are the best-selling items that Robert added” to Oleander’s revamped menu.

Though Jaye no longer works at the restaurant, Abby says that “the staff that remains is very loyal and everyone has been working together to rebuild business.”

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September’s “Name This Dish” Contest Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, October 17th, 2012

Name this dish dessert spread

Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include tricolor potatoes (winning name: “United Tates of America”), a hot dog sandwich (“Triple Dog Dare”) and even bite-sized cakes (“Swirly Temples”). In the September 2012 issue, we asked you to dream up names for this dessert spread (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Tiers of Schmears
Jennifer Joos
Opelika, Ala.

Traveling Trifle
Alice Kolman
Hampstead, Md.

More favorites and the winner announced

Top 12 Lettuce Wraps — Fall Fest

by in In Season, October 17th, 2012

grilled pork lettuce wraps
fall festNow that we’re really pushing into fall, lettuce probably isn’t necessarily the most on-your-radar type of seasonal produce. Fall is the time for cozying up to butternut squash soup and just-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread, is it not? Well, believe it or not, it turns out this is the time to get your lettuce fix since the leafy green is in season.

According to HGTV Gardens, lettuce is one of the best-dressed vegetables at the market. Varieties come in a cornucopia of shades: green, red, purple, yellow, as well as variegated and mottled combinations.

Just because lettuce is on the must-eat list doesn’t mean we’re talking ice-cold salads. Nope, this week we’re all about one thing: lettuce wraps. In this rendering, lettuce is foundational. It packs the same hand-held functionality as a taco, and works as a stellar party appetizer or light lunch.

There are many ways to make your lettuce wraps, whether you’re going the veggie or the meaty route. Here’s just a taste.

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