So, you’re hosting a dinner party and one (or more) of your guests has a food allergy. What do you do? How do you manage this? Some people do not accommodate special dietary needs at their dinner parties. And while I understand the frustration with the myriad of food needs out there, the question I would ask before I make that decision is: Do I want all my guests to feel welcome? If the answer to that question is yes, then here are a few dos and don’ts to help you navigate this social minefield:
• Share your menu plan (including a full ingredient list) with your food-allergic guests. If you are using prepared food, like sauces or spice mixtures, save all the ingredient lists for those as well. Ask them to bring up any concerns they might have.
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Ree Drummond, city girl turned rancher’s wife turned food blogger turned Food Network host, has another cookbook to add to her long list of accomplishments. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier is a collection of recipes in constant rotation at Ree’s Oklahoma ranch.
Cowgirl Quiche, Sloppy Joes, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Fancy Mac and Cheese are just a few of Ree’s step-by-step recipes perfect for any occasion. Planning something special? Ree has recipes for that, too: Osso Buco, Honey-Plum-Soy Chicken or even Rib-Eye Steak With Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce. Don’t forget sinfully easy desserts like Strawberry Shortcake Cake and Apple Brown Betty.
You can order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one that Ree has autographed. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Ree Drummond’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five signed copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
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It’s interesting to hear what people collect during their travels. From postcards to original artwork, the choice of what to carry home reveals an intimate peek into the traveler’s life. As a food professional, it’s not surprising I hanker for edible souvenirs. Unfortunately, they don’t last any longer than the time it takes to eat a sausage sandwich on the cobbled streets of a German village, or lick the buttery crumbs off my fingers from an unbelievably good French croissant. A bottle of Italian olive oil might make it out of the country, but its lifespan is only as long as the number of home-cooked dinners it lasts for. Although the foods may be long gone, the memory lives on.
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As late winter looks toward spring, this month’s food festivals head outdoors, to the woods and to the shore for sugar highs, creamy mirth and moveable feasts.
Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, Fla., March 1–11: The state fair has nothing on the Sunshine State’s Strawberry Festival. The sweet bonanza of fruit-related diversion and traditional food-fair merriment, including a royal court, draws hordes of hungry and smiling Floridians, not to mention snowbirds. All are eager for the simple pleasure of strawberries and cream, after which they can try their hand at carnie games on the midway or test their stomachs on a thrill ride. The Neighborhood Village displays homemade, local food and crafts. Competitions aren’t relegated to only the edible variety. Baking and preserving contests share schedule space with needlepoint and scrapbooking. Of course, there’s also pig racing, ideally paired with strawberry-topped funnel cake.
Cincinnati Wine Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 8–10: Cincinnati is an underappreciated world-class city with a magnificent skyline (it’s important!), so it’s no surprise that the riverside urban center hosts a jam-packed oenophile fiesta, complete with dinners, sampling and an auction. The weekend affair is uncorked with a series of elegant wine dinners, followed the next day by hours of access to the tasting room. Ticket prices for seven sips begin at $40. Chin-chin, Cincy.
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I open my Oreo cookie, carefully, then eat the cream out of the center before crunching into each cookie half. Today is another great excuse to tear into a package of Oreos and get all the creamy centers I can: The cookie is turning 100 years old. That’s right — this black-and-white favorite has been around since 1912.
Back when it was called the Oreo Biscuit, production of the Oreo by the National Biscuit Company (NBC) was right here in the current home of Food Network, Chelsea Market. Susan Watson, a Manager in Kraft Foods archive, explained that even though there were hundreds of National Biscuit Company cookie products, Oreo became one of their most popular items. Ads dating back to the 1920s show the cookies being pulled apart to reveal their creamy white center. Today, there are more than 21 bakeries around the world cranking out the cookies.
How are you celebrating Oreo’s 100th?
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Every week I find myself flooded with overripe bananas since everyone in the house prefers to eat firm, barely ripe ones. The first sign of a brown spot, and they’re left to languish on the counter, eventually becoming so ripe the only purpose they serve is as incentive to bake some banana bread. I know, this doesn’t seem like a problem. Banana bread has a lot going for it. It’s easy to make because it’s a quick bread — it uses baking powder to rise, not yeast. It’s also the ultimate “waste not, want not” use of ingredients past their prime. But best of all, it can be a breakfast on the go, a tasty snack for school lunch and even play a pinch hitter come dessert time.
The real problem with having too many overripe bananas is I feel guilty making my favorite banana bread recipe twice a week. The recipe is great, but with one stick of butter in it, I decided my weekly banana bread infatuation needed some lightening up. The Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Banana Bread has been relegated to a once a month treat. What I needed was an “everyday” banana bread recipe, one I could feel better about making, and eating on a regular basis.
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