by Mallory Viscardi in Books, Holidays, February 4th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, February 4th, 2015
It’s February, which means it’s chocolate’s turn to take center stage. ‘Tis the season to try your hand at being an amateur chocolatier, whether you’re satisfying your craving with melt-in-your-mouth truffles or layering chocolate inside of chocolate with more chocolate with Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes. Add a luxuriously sweet finale to your Valentine’s Day dinner menu with the help of the new cookbook Chocopologie, written by master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. Check out his expert chocolate-handling tips and get his recipe for droolworthy Double Chocolate Cupcakes below.
1. Ganache is made by pouring hot cream over chopped chocolate. Knipschildt sometimes adds a little honey for a pop of sweetness and to contribute to a smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Butter is also frequently stirred into the warm ganache to boost its lushness.
2. Modern technology has made melting chocolate a lot easier and foolproof. When you use the microwave, there’s less chance of the chocolate scorching or stiffening (also called “seizing”).
by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 4th, 2015
You know what stinks? Sitting next to someone on a plane who cracks open a container of super-smelly food. Memo to pungent-meal-loving travelers: The people seated near you, especially the unfortunate passenger(s) sharing your armrest(s) and immediate airspace, do not want to spend the duration of the flight smelling your food.
Forty-eight percent of airplane passengers surveyed by the airport shuttle service GO Airport Express said they considered it rude to bring food with strong odors onto planes, Mashable reports. Interestingly, more women (52 percent) than men (43 percent) disapproved of the behavior. Meanwhile, 12 percent of those surveyed thought the practice should be banned by airlines altogether.
by Heather Ramsdell in How-to, February 3rd, 2015
Captain’s log. Star date 2-4-15. This is the voyage of eight amazing bakers who are baking things at 11, 12 and 13 that I could barely do when I graduated culinary school! These kids are incredible, and I want to share with you what you saw on Kids Baking Championship from my own perspective as not only a mentor and judge, but as a professional pastry chef.
Here’s the thing about these kinds of competitions: You prepare. You practice. You get your game face on. But when that clock starts, and you have only two hours to bake up some magic, it’s very easy to freeze up and forget everything you know. Believe me. Do any of you remember my vacant blank stare on Food Network Challenge? These kids, though, get right into it. They run, but they were unfazed and ready — well, almost unfazed.
by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, February 3rd, 2015
My friend just finished renovating his apartment. He’s all moved in, but his stuff isn’t yet; it’s still in storage.
Next time, I thought, using an unfortunate technique known as hindsight, wouldn’t it be good to pack a separate emergency mess kit, just for use until everything is unpacked? A few essential cooking tools might help break up the days and nights of consecutive delivery pizza, Chinese takeout meals and bologna sandwiches. I kept the list spare enough that you’d retain the desire to unpack, yet diverse enough to cover the bases for cooking. Choose smallish items. Pack them into a plastic box that can also serve as a dishpan and you’re set for the next time you renovate, or move, or spend time in a vacation house furnished only with a butter knife and a salt shaker.
Here are the 25 things. Just add food.
by Guest Blogger in Restaurants, February 3rd, 2015
On last night’s episode of Kids Baking Championship, the eight young bakers had to adapt two of their signature dishes for a bake sale. Then midway through the challenge, judges Duff and Valerie sprung a twist on the unsuspecting kids: They would have to make a third treat, featuring PB&J flavors. At least two kids professed to hate peanut butter and jelly, but no matter, because they had to use the two ingredients in their third treat.
When it comes to bake sale treats, the best kinds are always ones that are easy to transport, hand-held and, well, it helps if it’s a rendition of a classic that everyone’s sure to like, such as cupcakes, cookies and brownies. Cook along with the challenges in the show, and check out these bake-sale recipes and see if you could put a twist on any one of them.
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by Amy Reiter in News, February 3rd, 2015
By Amy Sherman
Meatballs are culinary ambassadors, offering diners a taste of Italy, Sweden, Japan and beyond. Whether bite-sized or massive, appetizer or entree, served with sauce or spaghetti, paired with mashed potatoes, or even served on top of a pizza, meatballs are savory and satisfying — and loved by kids and adults alike. Check out the full gallery for a sampler of 17 delectable meatball dishes across the country.
In Denver’s River North district is an eclectic, contemporary American bar and grill with a menu of mostly shared plates that range from a foie gras “PB&J” to wood-fired mussels and oak grilled octopus with gnocchi. Diners rave about the tomato-braised meatballs served over Anson Mills stone-ground grits with Burrata and basil (pictured above), which are on the lunch, midday and dinner menus.
by Maria Russo in Shows, February 2nd, 2015
So many friends to text, so many emoji to choose from — so few tacos?
Taco Bell has found its cause: The fast-food chain is petitioning Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit that oversees computer text coding standards, including for those charming “picture characters” known as emoji, to include a taco in its next batch of emoji characters, scheduled for release in mid-2015.
“THE TACO EMOJI NEEDS TO HAPPEN,” Taco Bell pleads in its Change.org petition, which, as of Friday afternoon, had more than 27,000 signatures.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 2nd, 2015
While the never-ending onslaught of sabotages may be unnerving and downright frustrating for Cutthroat Kitchen competitors in the midst of battle, for fans at home who are watching the eviliciousness unfold, it’s nothing short of sidesplitting funny. It turns out, though, that there’s more hilarity to Cutthroat Kitchen than just the diabolical challenges. In the more than six seasons of the series, each episode has been given a telling — and amusing — title to signify either the dishes or the sabotages rivals would meet in the contest. FN Dish recently combed through the dozens of punny titles and rounded up the 15 best, and now it’s time for you, fans, to choose your ultimate favorite.
Browse this photo gallery to see each title and relive its corresponding episode, then vote for your pick of the top title ever in the poll below.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, February 2nd, 2015
Remember those sushi socks we told you about a few months back? Now the same online retailer, Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop, is selling another — perhaps somewhat stranger, though no less intriguing — must-have item for sushi lovers. Enter Sushi Suitcase Covers.
“Most airlines and other transportation services make a point of taking really good care of your bags, but sometimes they do get left outside in the rain, or those conveyor belts at the airport can sometimes leave your bag a little bit dusty or scuffed,” the site explains. “If you love your luggage, you might want to invest in some kind of cover to help keep it nice and dry as well as helping to avoid damage from dirt and scratches.” What better way to protect your baggage than by disguising it as an oversize piece of sushi?
There’s no denying the allure of takeout dinners — they’re easy, fast and able to cure your salty cravings in a flash. But when you find the correct recipe, so, too, are takeout-inspired meals you make at home. Plus, the DIY versions are likely better for you than their restaurant counterparts, and you can customize them with your favorite ingredients.
Our Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Farro Fried “Rice” (pictured above) is a next-level take on traditional Asian-style fried rice. Simple enough to make on a weeknight, this lightened-up dish is brimming with vegetables, like carrots, peas and bean sprouts, and it swaps out basic rice in favor of farro. If you’ve never before worked with farro, our Food Network Kitchen describes it as “an Italian variety of wheat with grains that turn tender and toothsome with cooking.” Similar in shape and texture to brown rice, farro is prepared in much the same way: by cooking in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. While quick-scrambled eggs add heft to this go-to dinner, a sweet and tangy sauce of ginger and garlic adds over-the-top flavor. Before serving, finish the farro with chopped scallion greens for extra freshness.