When you write about wine, you sometimes get to taste the really expensive stuff. I’m not talking filet mignon or even white-truffle expensive. I’m talking splurging like Diddy-in-a-diamond-hoodie-on-a-yacht expensive.
When a collector shares one of these bottles with me, friends later ask, “Does it taste like [insert obscenely expensive price]?”
The honest answer: It doesn’t, at least not to the untrained palate, and probably not even to most trained palates.
The lesson here is that while the price is often reflective of a wine’s quality, it is so only up to a point. And even when a wine is of high quality — from the best grapes handled by the most talented hands — it doesn’t mean that you are going to automatically taste its full price. In fact, some of the most-prized bottles can evoke qualities — think soy sauce or pencil lead or even a barnyard in August — that are off-putting to the uninitiated.
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We know you’re working hard to plan the best Super Bowl bash imaginable, so it’s only natural that you should want to brag. Get in on the football fun by uploading your best appetizers, snacks and finger foods to our Food Network Fans’ Brag Book: Party Shots. If it’s finger-licking good then we want to see it. Winners get the ultimate bragging rights: We’ll feature our favorites in their very own post on FN Dish.
Ringing in the new year is a color that is both fresh and luscious. On HGTV’s Color of the Month blog, January’s hue has stirred up mixed reactions in the design world, but for food enthusiasts it’s a vital hue from our food rainbow. We see it in immunity-boosting foods like citrus and salmon. The hero this month is a shade called Pink Champagne and it’s here to rescue us from nagging colds in the form of grapefruit.
For me, this happy color is an escape from winter. Growing up, my aunt used to send baskets of oranges and grapefruits from Florida every winter. Savoring a slice of grapefruit this time of year always brings back warm memories for me. In lieu of this year’s shipment, I have been stocking up on bags of Florida pink grapefruits from the store and eating one every day. Why carve out half a grapefruit when you can enjoy the whole thing?
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Did you know that the fifth most-common finger cut can happen while you split a bagel? It’s got a name too: BRI, or bagel-related injury. Sometimes avoiding these kitchen problems is easier said than done, so here are a few tips to help you navigate your kitchen more safely.
1. Safely Split a Bagel
Lay it flat on a work surface while pressing down with one hand to keep it steady with your fingers splayed upward and out of harm’s reach. Hold a sharp serrated bread knife in your other hand and slice the bagel horizontally, keeping the knife parallel to the work surface.
2. Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Always keep dishrags handy while you’re cooking in the kitchen and toss one over a spill you might not have time for at the moment as a visual reminder — and clean it up as soon as you have time.
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It’s not too early to start thinking about dinner this weekend. Ditch those jarred tomato sauces, grab the family and cook up an authentic Italian-style feast in your own kitchen. We’ve compiled an entire menu of trattoria classics, such as pasta with meat sauce, hunter-style chicken, traditional tiramisu and more, so that you can bring the tried-and-true tastes of Italy into your home. Check out our favorite Italian recipes below, then let us know how you prepare your best Italian dishes.
If your Sunday dinners are anything like those at my house, they inevitably involve pasta with meat sauce, and maybe some ravioli or gnocchi, too. Food Network Magazine’s heavenly Sunday Meat Sauce With Orecchiette (pictured above) is full of robust flavors and hearty ingredients, including almost a dozen garlic cloves, authentic San Marzano tomatoes, tender beef and moist meatballs. Instead of resorting to spaghetti or rigatoni, give orecchiette noodles a try — the sauce perfectly coats and seeps into the underbelly of this tiny turtle shell-shaped pasta.
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With abundant flavor, color and texture, this vibrant dish is the ultimate vegetarian plate. Crisp snow peas, tender squash and hearty brown rice combine with chickpeas cooked in a simple sesame oil-scallion mixture to create a fill-you-up lunch or dinner that is bursting with fresh tastes.
To add a serving of healthful greens to your meal, prepare a quick Spinach and Kale Salad, best served hot with red bell peppers and tangy balsamic vinegar.
Get the recipe: Steamed Vegetables With Roasted Chickpeas from Food Network Magazine
Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.
Every Sunday, two of Food Network’s most popular personalities, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, go head-to-head in Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Divided into Team Rachael and Team Guy, the celebrity contestants face intense weekly challenges that have them racing against the clock to prepare elaborate meals for up to 150 guests. The winning and losing teams are chosen by guest diners and after six episodes, the last celebrity standing will win a cash donation to his or her favorite charity.
Every week, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Celebrity Cook-Off exile to get the boot.
SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home »
Come January, I’m ready to hunker down. Finally clear of the holiday frenzy, I crave slow evenings, mulled cider and the occasional quiet dinner party with a few friends.
Late-winter entertaining is a whole different beast from the string of holiday parties that stretch out across November and December. Now’s the time for slow-cooked, rich braises and stews that need nothing more than a glass of red wine to feel complete.
Last year, I spent most of this first month making oven-roasted beef stew. The year before, I revisited a braised turkey leg dish that I grew up eating out of my grandmother’s oval aluminum pot. This year, I can’t get the idea of pork posole out of my mind.
In the past, I’ve made green posole with a tomatillo puree, which is wonderfully mild and flavorful. Wanting to try something new, I determined that January 2012 is going to be focused on getting Rachael Ray’s recipe for Red Pork Posole just right.
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New Year’s healthy eating resolutions are all the rage right now, and countless conversations suggest how we should eat to start 2012 on a wholesome note. Included in many good-for-you lists is one tiny food that packs a huge healthful punch: quinoa, pronounced (KEEN-wah), which is loaded with protein, fiber and magnesium.
Though it is smaller than rice, barley, farro and bulgur, quinoa looks like a grain, thanks to its neutral coloring and hard exterior. However, it is actually a seed that originates from the cousin of the spinach plant. When cooked, these seeds expand rapidly and significantly, become tender but chewy and expel spirals that boast the slightest crunch. When using quinoa, it’s important to rinse it thoroughly before boiling, as it’s often coated with saponins that are bitter and need to be removed.
After cooking in liquid — water or chicken broth are most common — quinoa becomes light, fluffy, nutty and the ideal canvas to showcase intense flavors, rich textures and your favorite veggies, meats and sauces. Give this super seed a try, using Food Network’s five best quinoa recipes and let us know what you think of it.
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With the competition nearly halfway over, the Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off contestants are feeling more pressure than ever to deliver their best culinary creations to team leaders Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. In this Sunday’s episode, the five remaining finalists leave the kitchen behind and hit the streets to cook at one of New York City’s most popular mainstays: the lunch cart.
In this sneak-peek shot, the ladies of Team Rachael take a quick break from prep work to laugh it out behind the scenes. Are Summer and Rachael just swapping cooking jokes or are they chitchatting about the fellas on Team Guy?
Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to see who makes it to the final four, we’re challenging you, Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this LOL-worthy moment in the comments below.