The 7 Best Bites We Took at Feast Portland

by in Events, September 19th, 2016

Chicken Biscuit at FeastThis year marks the fifth anniversary of Feast Portland in Oregon, the annual celebration of America’s vibrant food culture, with a special emphasis on Portland and the Pacific Northwest’s culinary footprint. If you’ve ever been to a food festival, you know that saving room in your stomach for bite after bite is tricky business. But there are some morsels that we couldn’t help but go back for more of. As the weekend wraps up, these are the best bites we ate at Feast this year.

One of our favorite meals of the entire week is brunch, and Sunday’s Brunch Village event lineup was jam-packed with early morning favorites. The Fried Chicken Biscuit with Pimento Cheese (pictured above) from John Gorham’s team at Toro Bravo was one worth braving a snaking line. The chicken was juicy, spiced and perfectly crispy, the biscuit was uber-buttery, and the pimento cheese slathered on top provided a creamy bite.

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6 Apple and Cheddar Pairings That Really Hit the Spot

by in Recipes, September 18th, 2016

We love newfangled food trends just as much as the next Instagram addict, but something about this cool fall weather has us craving simple, comforting classics. Very few flavor combinations bring us back to the basics like that of sweet-tart apples and creamy cheddar cheese, a time-honored pairing that’s so simple in theory yet gastronomically complex. Apple pie laced with sharp cheddar, smooth apple-and-cheddar bisque — there are dozens of forms that this sweet-and-savory flavor union can take. So, as we work up to another season of comfort food, here are a few of our favorite iterations of the quintessential fall combo.

Curried Squash Soup with Apple-and-Cheddar Melts
Rachael Ray builds her gooey cheese melts by layering sharp cheddar and Gala apple slices between thick slabs of white bread. But first she spreads a generous dollop of sweet mango chutney across each bread slice. When you dip your sandwich into the spiced squash soup, the chutney will blend nicely with the sweet and aromatic curry in every bite.

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Giada’s Chicken Saltimbocca — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 18th, 2016

Chicken SaltimboccaThere’s no question that chicken is a go-to pick for weeknight dinners and dressed-up meals alike. But sometimes the beloved grilled chicken breast just doesn’t cut it, and when that happens, it’s time to inject bold flavors, as Giada De Laurentiis does in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Quick to prepare and healthy to boot, these chicken roll-ups feature a savory filling of prosciutto and spinach, plus a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese for a welcome bite. Round out the chicken with a lemony sauce for an impressive finish.

For more dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.

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Ever Heard of a ‘Coffee Cabinet’?

by in News, September 18th, 2016

Ever Heard of a 'Coffee Cabinet'?Pop vocabulary quiz! A “coffee cabinet” is: A) a piece of furniture in which you store your coffee, your trusty coffeemaker and all the other coffee-related paraphernalia you never use but are certain you will someday; or B) a milkshake-like beverage people drink in Rhode Island.

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8 Delicious Oktoberfest Dishes to Sop Up All That Beer

by in Recipes, September 17th, 2016

If you’re in Munich today, we bet you’ve got a pretzel in one hand and a beer stein in another (don’t spill!). It’s the first day of Oktoberfest, the annual German festival that started over 200 years ago as a royal wedding celebration. Can’t make it to Bavaria this year? You can host an Oktoberfest-themed shindig at home with these recipes. Some buck tradition, but that’s all right: They all go great with a cold beer.

Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut (above)

Sausage is a necessary Oktoberfest element, and Michael Symon’s brats are super-savory after a slow simmer with garlic and onions.

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3 No-Recipe Salad Dressing Recipes to Keep in Your Arsenal

by in Recipes, Shows, September 17th, 2016

Sunny's Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy The secret is out: To cook a successful dish at home, you need not have a long, intricate recipe on hand or even any recipe at all. Sometimes, a simple how-to for the process or a general method for creating it will suffice. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast hosted a Recipe-Free Show, complete with savory and sweet eats and drinks, from saucy meatballs to a buttery fruit crisp, that are easy enough to put together without a recipe. Check out the cast’s easy ideas for making a trio of go-to salad dressings, each quick to prepare and ideal for no-recipe cooking.

Sunny’s Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy “Equal-Parts” Harissa Salad Dressing
The name of the game here is 1/4 cup — keep that measurement in your mind. Just as the title suggests, this rich dressing boasts equal parts (1/4 cup) of mayonnaise, tangy buttermilk, spicy harissa and two kinds of fresh greens: cilantro and scallions. Once that mixture is whisked, it’s ready to be tossed with Sunny’s kale salad, which is studded with juicy chicken and grapes.

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Chefs’ Picks: Breakfast Sandwich Secrets

by in Restaurants, September 17th, 2016

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

Of all the meals we consume on a daily basis, breakfast is arguably the one that changes the most from the weekend to the workweek. While mornings off can be spent lingering over pancakes and mimosas, many of us lean toward convenience and speed on a workday, meaning that breakfast translates to a simple bite that can be scarfed down quickly in the car or on a train. But eating on the go doesn’t have to be a sad affair. We asked several chefs to divulge their top secrets for homemade breakfast sandwiches.

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5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Skirt Steak

by in Recipes, Shows, September 16th, 2016

skirt steakBy Angela Carlos

This week on Chopped Teen Tournament, four young chefs battled for the final spot in the Chopped Teen finale and a chance to win the $25,000 prize. The Chopped Champion hopefuls put their cooking skills to the test, turning pairings, such as Linzer torte cookies and rabbit in a can, into something worthy of the critical judges’ plates and palates.

In the entree round the three remaining competitors opened their baskets to find bison skirt steak — not so unusual, considering the canned rabbit the contestants worked with in the appetizer round. However, this skirt steak proved to be the undoing for some and the salvation for others when it came time to judge their technique.

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Two Theories About How Thousand Island Dressing Came to Be

by in News, September 16th, 2016

Two Theories About How Thousand Islands Dressing Came to BeIt was the best of dressings, it was the worst of dressings; it has an origin story that is, frankly, in some dispute. The story of how Thousand Island dressing — that creamy-sweet salad-and-sandwich-topping mix of mayonnaise, ketchup and a handful of other ingredients (though recipes vary) — came to exist is a tale of two theories.

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10 Recipes to Make When You Can’t Drink Any More Apple Cider

by in Recipes, September 16th, 2016

Apple Cider DoughnutsIt happens to the best of us: You finally follow through with plans to go apple picking and get so caught up in the perfect fall moment that you come home with an overabundance of fresh apple cider. This year, don’t panic. Instead of throwing away the perishable gallons taking up prime real estate in your fridge, use them to make a range of recipes, including dessert, weeknight dinner and, of course, doughnuts!

Apple Cider Doughnuts (pictured above)
Fall wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of apple cider doughnuts. This recipe from Food Network Magazine makes a dozen, glazed and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

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