Keep Cooked Rice on Hand

by in Food Network Magazine, October 16th, 2012

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Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Leftover rice comes in handy when you’re throwing together a quick dish, like Food Network Magazine‘s Corn Fried Rice, or when you need to bulk up a stir-fry or soup. Cook a big batch, cool it, then freeze it in a microwave-safe storage container for up to 1 month. To thaw, sprinkle the rice with water and microwave, covered, until heated through.

Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 15th, 2012

Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, right? This fall, Food Network Magazine is thinking beyond pumpkin bread and pumpkin seeds with a family-friendly recipe for Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce. It’s a go-to weeknight meal that’s as decadent and satisfying as it is quick to prepare. In just 20 minutes, you can combine Alfredo mainstays like cream and nutty Parmesan cheese with the seasonal flavors of nutmeg and pumpkin to create a rich, hearty sauce that pairs perfectly with bite-sized cheese tortellini. When you’re shopping for the ingredients to the make this recipe, be sure to pick up pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling – the two cans can be scary-similar to one another, and the pie filling will be too sweet in this savory dish.

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WATCH: FN Stars Share Their Best Bites of 2012 (So Far) in 90 Seconds

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 15th, 2012

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In just 90 seconds, FN Dish uncovered the best bites of 2012 (so far) from Food Network stars and Cooking Channel champs at the recent New York City Wine & Food Festival. Get a taste of their dining and at-home experiences: Click play on the video above for exclusive interviews with Bobby Flay, Jeff Mauro, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon, Robert Irvine, Alton Brown, Bobby and Jamie Deen, Marc Forgione, Marcel Vigneron, Ted Allen and the Neelys.

What’s the best bite you’ve had in 2012, whether it’s something you’ve made or had out? Tell us in the comments below.

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Battle Peanut — Road to Redemption Web Series Recap

by in Shows, October 14th, 2012

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This season of The Next Iron Chef is all about redemption.

Nine of the coveted places in the competition had been filled. The Chairman, however, had decided to leave one spot open, to be filled by the winner of a series of sudden-death cook-offs. It was a deliciously fiendish idea.

I was pleased when I received a call asking me to help judge this Web series. I was even more pleased when I heard that my co-judges would be Iron Chef Jose Garces and Alton Brown. I was also genuinely thrilled that the first two challengers were the immensely talented Madison Cowan and Lee Anne Wong, who had impressed the Chairman with victories in Kitchen Stadium previously.

When Alton announced that the mystery ingredient was peanuts, both chefs went straight to their happy places: in Chef Wong’s case, to her skills with Asian cuisine and in Chef Cowan’s case, exuberant Caribbean cookery.

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Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 14th, 2012

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It’s never too soon to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Giada takes the typical Thanksgiving side, mashed potatoes, and makes them her own in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs. Giada mixes her mashed potatoes with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for an Italian twist on the classic side dish.

For more Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Seasonal Ingredient Apothecary

by in Uncategorized, October 14th, 2012

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Eating seasonally is a delicious option for many reasons. Not only are you getting produce at the peak of its flavor, you are also getting it at the peak of its nutrition. While it can be sad to see the summer tomatoes, berries and corn disappear fr...

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What to Watch: Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes

by in Shows, October 13th, 2012

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Have you ever tried a dish at a restaurant and wished that you replicate the same tastes at home? Sandra Lee’s new series, Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes, explores the secrets behind those mouthwatering meals. In her new show, Sandra learns how to make signature dishes from famous establishments across the country and then takes the knowledge back to her own kitchen. Sandra puts her classic touch on every dish and shows viewers how they can make the meals simply and efficiently for themselves. Watch and learn as Sandra travels the country visiting restaurants, bakeries and bars.

Tune in every Sunday at 10am ET/PT starting October 14 to find out how you can enjoy restaurant-quality meals without leaving your home.

Meatballs or Burgers? FN Stars Make a Meaty Decision at New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 13th, 2012

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The fifth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival officially kicked off Thursday night with Meatball Madness, followed up by a second hearty course at Burger Bash on Friday. That’s a lot of beef (and sometimes pork, turkey and veal, too). So we couldn’t help but ask some of our favorite food personalities to weigh in on what’s more satisfying: meatballs or burgers? Click play on the video above as FN Dish gets the answer straight from Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Anne Burrell, Jeff Mauro, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sánchez, Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Santos and the Neelys.

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Donatella Wins People’s Choice at Meatball Madness 2012

by in Events, October 12th, 2012

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Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia took home the People’s Choice award at last night’s Meatball Madness, hosted by her fellow maven of Italian cooking, Giada De Laurentiis. Donatella served up classic tomato-braised veal meatballs, a recipe she attributed to her mom, who proudly helped serve them up to hungry crowds all night.

Psyched to finally beat out last year’s winners from the Meatball Shop, whose booth was as popular as ever, Donatella thanked the guys from Pat LaFrieda Meats — stars of Meat Men and sponsors of the event — who were in part responsible for the tastiness of her meatballs. She said she’s purchased her meat from them ever since she got into the restaurant business.

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Prosciutto-Roasted Bass With Autumn Vegetables — The Weekender

by in Recipes, October 12th, 2012

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During the summer I try and minimize how much I use my oven. The air conditioning in my apartment is adequate for dealing with Philadelphia’s steamy weather, but it begins to falter when I add all that radiant oven heat to the mix. So when cooler temperatures roll around, I’m more than ready to reconnect with the world of baking, broiling and roasting.

This last weekend, I was making a little dish to take with me to a birthday potluck. It was simple enough, just a bowl of lemony white bean spread and some crunchy baguette rounds. I’d cut the bread thin, so it would become akin to little crackers as it toasted and be a good partner for the smooth dip (this is a great way to give new life to day- or two-day-old bread).

As I stood by my oven and watched the bread to prevent it from burning, I saw a spark and then a small flame shoot out of the element (it’s electric). I quickly switched off the broiler, pulled my sheet of toasts off the rack and attempted to blow out the flame (for future reference, this is not a particularly good way to extinguish a kitchen fire). Thankfully, the flame died back almost immediately and I was able to investigate the damage. A chunk of the element was burnt away.

Before you pre-heat you oven, read these tips