by Lauren Piro in How-to, October 20th, 2016
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 19th, 2016
When you’re scooping out a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween, fight the urge to toss the seeds in the trash. We know — they come out covered in orange goop. But you’d be surprised how quickly they turn into a crunchy, roasty snack, with just a little extra effort. We’ve outlined how to save and roast pumpkin seeds here, but here’s the short version: Clean them in a colander to remove the pulp, spread them on parchment to air-dry, and then toss them in your favorite flavorings and roast at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes. That’s it!
They’re delicious simply sprinkled with salt (that’s what we did above), but they’re also the perfect blank canvas for many spice and seasoning combos. Try tossing your seeds in these mixes.
by Jessica Merchant in Recipes, October 19th, 2016
This week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits were tested on teamwork, communication skills and complex cooking techniques. We saw the return of Remote Control Chef, which had each team directing their mentor in cooking a recipe. The teams came together and worked well under the pressure. The Main Dish challenge, however, would prove to be an exercise in frustration for some, especially when it came to using a vast array of unfamiliar spices. The Red Team’s Matt and the Blue Team’s John ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, where both had to create their own kebabs in order to save themselves. But an accident almost derailed one of the recruits. Find out who got sent home and who saved himself to cook another week.
Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.
by Elizabeth Brownfield in Product Reviews, October 19th, 2016
There might just be one way to make pumpkin bread more delicious than it already is. It’s not caramel. It’s not icing. It’s not chocolate (but close).
It’s booze! Spiced rum that warms your insides on a chilly day, to be exact. I’m super into it.
First, let’s discuss how the mere fact alone that we call this “bread” over “cake” means that it is absolutely acceptable to eat for breakfast. And snack. Even though we all know the truth: that it’s essentially cake. It’s delicious, soft and fluffy pumpkin cake, masquerading as your morning meal.
by Amy Sherman in Restaurants, October 19th, 2016
Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.
Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 18th, 2016
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
The corn dog, which has been around since the 1920s, has long been thought of as an inexpensive festival food … until now. Today’s chefs are giving this carnival snack a gourmet spin at restaurants around the country. They’re taking the everyday and turning it into something extraordinary by using luxurious ingredients including lobster, shrimp and even huitlacoche. Food on a stick never had it so good.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 18th, 2016
For the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay is entering the arena, initially as a judge and then as a competitor. In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 chefs will try their luck in three preliminary rounds. Three champions will make it into a final round, and at the end of it the single best competitor will get the chance to battle Bobby in a wild-card round, which will determine if it’s even possible to beat the master of competition himself, Bobby Flay.
FN Dish caught up with the indomitable Bobby on the set of Chopped to chat about how he’s judging the competition, what he expects from the final round, his advice for the chefs and what it takes to beat him. Read on to learn Bobby’s best traits in competition.
by T.K. Brady in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, October 18th, 2016
Noting that online dish-delivery orders are sharply on the rise (they more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, while telephone orders consistently declined, according to Quartz), Eater asked the online and mobile food-ordering companies GrubHub and DoorDash which foods were most popular in regions around the country and broke it down state by state. (Pizza, presumably quite popular, may not have been thoroughly represented, since a lot of pizza purveyors have their own ordering systems.)
Here are seven interesting takeout takeaways:
1. Chicken is the most-ordered food in 12 U.S. states (including Michigan, Rhode Island, and a whole swath of Southern states like North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida), earning it top takeout honors, according to Eater’s number crunchers.
by Mallory Viscardi in Books, In Season, October 18th, 2016
Go beyond store-bought candy this Halloween with something homemade. These sweet treats are festive, a little frightening, and perfect for a Halloween party at home or your kiddo’s school. Make them more personal by packing one in your child’s lunchbox as a spooky surprise or making them as an after-school treat on the day of Halloween. It’s a delicious way to get everyone into the Halloween spirit!
Bat Cupcakes (pictured above)
These cute cupcakes are double the sweet treat. Snack on the bat-shaped sugar cookie, then dig into the vanilla cupcake.
by Eric Kim in Events, October 17th, 2016
The chill is starting to tease its way into the air again, and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, so we’re calling it: It’s officially time to start talking about autumn produce. There are few ingredients we love more than the tiny (but still so mighty) Brussels sprout.
When looking for new ways to enjoy these small cabbages, we turned to Cara Mangini’s new book, The Vegetable Butcher. While there have been volumes written about how to properly prepare and handle meat, the details that go into the proper preparation of vegetables have been under-represented in print … until now. We love this book because it’s incredibly well-researched and articulate but easy to follow, thanks to great writing and step-by-step photos. It’s chock-full of amazing recipes and contains more information than you ever knew you could learn about vegetables. Cara Mangini sat down with us and gave us the low-down on the secret to unlocking the perfect Brussels sprout dish. Hear from her below, then read on to learn how to make the beauties pictured above.
Closing out the New York City Wine & Food Festival weekend was Lucky Chopsticks, a pan-Asian setup reminiscent of the bustling night markets of Japan, China, Vietnam, Laos, India and more. Hosted by Andrew Zimmern (who himself worked a booth), the event was a delicious reminder of what happens when an eclectic range of cultures come together to celebrate good food.