I made my first solo pot of soup in November, on a Sunday afternoon, when I was a senior in college. I had found a giant orange Dutch oven at a local thrift store for the bargain price of $10 and it called for nothing more than a colossal batch of soup. I made beef barley, calling my mom for instructions at least four times during the cooking process. My roommates and I ate it for days, curled up under blankets in our rickety rental house.
I have made hundreds of pots of soup since that first batch but it has yet to become tiresome (here’s hoping it never does!). During late summer, I make a vegetable soup from eggplant, zucchini, onions and tomatoes, simmered with a Parmesan cheese rind and then lightly pureed. In fall, I am all about squash, leeks and root vegetables. Winter calls for hearty bean soups made from scratch. By springtime, I am grateful for asparagus and the light, creamy soup that it makes.
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The battles are heating up on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and it is only the second week of this all-star competition. Sunday night’s challenge brings the nine remaining rival chefs to the ballpark to transform classic baseball stadium eats into cuisine worthy of the ultimate stadium — Kitchen Stadium.
In this sneak peek shot, Chef Anne Burrell takes a quick breather during the challenge. Will her hard work pay off with a home run dish to present to the judges, or will she strike out against her opponents?
Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to watch Anne in action, we’re challenging you, Next Iron Chef fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.
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There’s nothing wrong with showing a bit of skin. Especially if it’s steamy.
Because while they may appear a rather mundane ingredient, wonton skins are an inexpensive and easy way to jazz up your cooking. And with the demands of holiday cooking barreling down upon us, anything that produces snazzy and simple company-worthy treats is worth taking notice of.
So let’s start with the basics. Wonton skins (also called wonton wrappers) are thin sheets of dough made from flour, egg and water. That’s basically the same formula as Asian egg noodles, and not all that far off from Italian pasta. Except wonton skins are cut into round and square sheets.
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When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, pies take the cake. But making the perfect pie crust can be daunting, right? Should you use butter, lard or oil — or all three? At what temperature should you keep these ingredients? How should you handle the dough? No need to stress, because we have an easy guide on How to Make Pie Crust and also traditional pie recipes that turn out sweet and flavorful desserts every time.
Fat Talk: Dough built with butter will yield the most flavorful crust, but it’s important to work with very cold butter so as to avoid a gummy finished product. Using shortening is the ultimate way to ensure a flaky consistency, but it is not as naturally tasty as butter, so most recipes that feature lard or shortening will often call for butter as well.
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If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving and have been asked to bring a dish, keep food safety in mind. Here are some options:
- Dinner rolls: Freshly made bread, dinner rolls or a lightened version of cornbread are delicious and easy items to bring.
- Cookies: Fun to make and easy to carry, bake up some cookies. Keep cookie size small for portion-friendly dessert.
For more portable Thanksgiving ideas, check out these travel tips on Healthy Eats.
With so many Thanksgiving recipes to choose from, it can be deliciously difficult to pick out the ultimate, tried-and-true ones for this most important of food holidays. We’ve compiled a menu of our five best-ever Thanksgiving recipes, featuring traditional supper staples such as roast turkey and sweet potatoes, so set the table and serve up this classic holiday feast.
5. Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs — Light yet satisfying, these two-bite appetizers won’t fill up your guests before the turkey is carved.
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake — With an easy graham-cracker crust and pumpkin-cream cheese filling laced with ground nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, Paula’s down-home cheesecake is a favorite finish to any Thanksgiving dinner.
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Coming up with 50 of anything for Food Network Magazine’s monthly 50-recipe booklet can be daunting — in the past, the booklet has featured 50 salads, 50 pizzas and 50 cookies — but this month, Food Network Kitchens tackled a single ingredient: bacon.
To dream up dishes such as Bacon Guacamole (No. 1), Bacon-Beer Mussels (No. 22) and Bacon Muffins (No. 32), testers went through hundreds of ideas. “We don’t put things in for shock value,” tester Leah Brickley says. “The recipes always taste good and have appeal.”
The chefs developed their own version of the trendy Bacon Explosion (see the original here), but in the end, decided it was a little too over-the-top to make the cut.
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Jason Cameron and Tony Siragusa of the DIY Network show Man Caves believe that every guy deserves a space of his own. Together, they have given men across the country luxury rooms to match each one’s personality and passion. Recently, Jason and Tony stopped by Iron Chef Michael Symon’s suburban Ohio neighborhood to build him an in-house fitness center, complete with state-of-the-art exercise machines, a walk-in steam room and a juice bar. Not just a master of the kitchen, Michael rolls up his sleeves to lend a hand with the power tools and construction of his basement cave.
Tune in to Man Caves on DIY Network on Sunday’s at 8pm/7c and don’t miss Michael in the new season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs on Sunday’s at 9pm/8c on Food Network.
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When glazing your vegetables, add a touch of butter and sugar with a pinch of salt. The sugar and butter add shine to the glaze. Aromatics like herbs, ginger or citrus zest will add some zing.
Follow this guide to learn how to make your veggie side dish extraordinary, then watch our how-to video.
Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
Co-owners of one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the South and hosts of the hit TV show Down Home with the Neelys, Pat and Gina Neely are excited to introduce their new cookbook, The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook, to fans just in time for the holidays.
In their second cookbook, the Neelys provide 146 recipes for every occasion, including welcome home dinners, graduation day, tailgate parties, romantic nights in and all the big holidays including Thanksgiving. Broken down by the month, this dynamic duo will have you salivating over their famous barbecue, hearty Southern mains, comforting sides and crowd-pleasing desserts.
You can order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Pat and Gina’s Thanksgiving recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of their cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
Find out how to enter here »