Restaurant Revisited: An Abundance of Emotions at Abudanza Ristorante

by in Shows, October 13th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleRobert Irvine‘s mission at Abudanza Ristorante in Wilbraham, Mass., moved him as few others have as he learned the story of owners Lou and June’s family, including their terminally ill son, LJ. After two days of work to overhaul their business and improve the managerial skills of the staff, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible crew presented the Maravilha family with a gift of money that would help them avoid foreclosure on their home. Read on below to hear from June and find out how the restaurant and LJ are doing today.

“Lou says business is up about 50 percent,” June notes, adding that “everyone loves the decor” and that she’s especially fond of the photos on the wall. “LJ loves to see himself up there,” she says.

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Classics with a Twist: 8 New Slow-Cooker Soups

by in Recipes, October 13th, 2014

8 New Slow Cooker Soup RecipesIn our house fall means two things: crisp weather and busy schedules. That’s what makes these hearty slow-cooker soups so perfect for this time of year, but that’s not all. Each of these classic soups has a tasty new twist, adding more flavor and richness, which usually means empty bowls (and happy kids) around here.

Turkey Chili: With a hint of chocolate, this mole-inspired chili is a fresh take on a cold-weather classic.

Potato Soup with All the Fixins (pictured above): Start with the humblest of ingredients — potatoes, onions and chicken stock — wait seven hours, then pile on all your favorite baked potato toppings, like bacon, cheddar cheese, chives and more.

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Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 13th, 2014

Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate VinaigretteNow that it’s autumn, playful outdoor activities abound, such as apple picking. Though it’s fun, it can be difficult to figure out what to do with the surplus of apples you collect. But there’s a Meatless Monday solution to your predicament: put them to use in a fun, fresh dinner. After all, apples are for much more than just dessert! Bobby Flay’s Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette from Food Network Magazine is a crisp and sweet treat for your Monday. In addition to the apples, ingredients like spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese give the salad a savory balance, so there’s a flavor for everyone.

This dish requires you to whip up the dressing as well as the salad. For the dressing, you’ll take the pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt and pepper, and whisk them together. Then, slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

Then, for the salad, mix the apples, spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese together. Toss in the vinaigrette and add salt and pepper to season.

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Here is a $1,700 Burger That Comes Covered in Gold

by , October 13th, 2014

Sometimes you just want to eat a whole bunch of precious metals. Unfortunately, most restaurant menus are suspiciously devoid of menu items containing diamonds, gold or even platinum. They just want to hog all the treasure for themselves! One London eatery, however, is sharing in the wealth by introducing a burger that is literally covered in sweet, sweet gold.

Honky Tonk, an American-themed diner in London, just rolled out their Glamburger. Just how glam is it? Well, in addition to the buns being dipped in gold leaf, the whole thing is also topped with a gold-covered duck egg. Don’t worry. This gold is fully edible (so they say.) The patty itself is comprised of glamorous Kobe Wagyu beef and venison. Two animals meeting on the afterlife dinner plate isn’t quite enough, however. There’s also Iranian saffron-poached lobster and candied bacon in the mix. That’s four! It’s like a tasty zoo.

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These Food-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas Will Whet Your Creative Appetite

by in Holidays, News, October 13th, 2014

Food-Inspired Halloween CostumesYou love food, and you love Halloween. How can you satisfy both of your passions at once? No, not with fists full of bite-size candy bars you will sneak from that big bowl you’ve set by the door for trick-or-treaters. Or at least, that’s not the only way. You can also let your food-nerd flag fly proudly by dressing up — or dressing your kid up — in a food-themed Halloween costume (pictured above).

While you can certainly buy food-related costumes (cute ones, funny ones), any cook worth his or her salt knows that homemade is best. And if you’re hungry for ideas (no, really, stop with the chocolate bars), the Internet is filled with ideas — floating around like apples in a bowl, ripe for bobbing.

These egg and bacon costumes will let your kids show off their sunny-side-up attitudes, not to mention their love of cured meats. Food Network Magazine offers step-by-step instructions on these and other appetite-stirring creations.

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What’s Coffee Cake Without Coffee? — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 12th, 2014

From funny food puns to inventive plays on a key ingredient, Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown will stop at nothing when it comes to dishing out appropriately themed sabotages to align with each round’s dish. On tonight’s all-new episode, he stayed true to his ways by forcing one chef to put a literal spin on coffee cake — something that’s traditionally made without coffee — by holding a tray of cups of coffee while cooking in Round 3. “Coffee and oysters will kill me,” judge Simon Majumdar said on the After-Show after learning that the drink played a part in the challenge. Sure enough, though, Alton knew this, and he noted that the terms of the sabotage included starting over should the contestant spill coffee into any element of the dish.

While this sabotage may seem daunting, it turns out that the competitor saddled with the test, Chef Alberico, took it in stride and was able to overcome it for ultimate glory. “The fact that he … was able to create a cake of any sort I think is really remarkable,” the judge explained looking back on the contest.

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100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of All Time!) — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 12th, 2014

100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of all time!)When it comes to food how-tos and good-to-know tricks of the culinary trade, your favorite Food Network stars and professional chefs are the ultimate resources, as they’ve collected years of on-the-job experience that will help you tackle the kitchen. Those industry secrets, like how to properly cook pasta, approach a recipe and ensure kitchen safety, are just what fans got when they clicked on this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: 100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of All Time!), Food Network Magazine’s collection of good-to-know snippets from leading culinary all-stars.

For more how-tos, visit Food Network’s Let’s Learn board on Pinterest.

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