If one pumpkin on your porch is enough to have you smiling all season long, just imagine how happy thousands of pumpkins will make you. We bet that’s exactly what the masterminds behind these impressive pumpkin patches were thinking. But it’s more than just volume that lures visitors — it’s the insanely creative displays (like the village scene at the Dallas Arboretum) and the promise of fall fun (hayrides, doughnuts and corn mazes). Eager for a pumpkin-packed day out? Here are five spots around the country that do it right.
When it comes to ingenious culinary designs, few foods are as impressive as the bell pepper. When cooked, its thin yet sturdy skin becomes sweet and tender without breaking down, and its hollow center provides built-in stuffing possibilities. While most traditional fillings tend to involve rice, any hearty grain-and-vegetable combo works well as a stuffing, and since peppers are known to walk the flavor line among several different cuisines — think Greek, Italian and Cajun — there’s no limit to ingredient pairings. Check out these best-ever stuffed pepper ideas below to get Rachael Ray’s spin on a classic, Ellie Krieger’s light, Mediterranean take, as well Food Network Kitchen’s top-rated versions.
Sweet and Sour Couscous Stuffed Peppers
These sweet bell peppers loaded with nutty whole-wheat couscous, browned beef and plump golden raisins are the foundation of a well-rounded dinner. The bold colors of the antioxidant-packed bell peppers aren’t just for decoration — the more bright colors you can pile onto your plate, the healthier your meal will be.
Macaroni and cheese is great and all (actually, it’s really great — a timeless classic if ever there was one), but sometimes you want something a bit more unexpected, something that delivers the ooey-gooey comfort you know and love but is also refined. And for that there’s Giada De Laurentiis’ next-level take on a baked pasta, which she deems “a really sophisticated and elegant mac and cheese.”
Just as quick to make as a classic homemade mac and cheese, Giada’s Creamy Baked Fettuccine with Asiago and Thyme replaces the usual stovetop cheddar sauce with a mixture of two cheeses and cool creme fraiche that can simply be combined in a single bowl. Similar to sour cream, creme fraiche boasts a subtle tang, which, along with the fragrant fresh thyme, balances the richness of the Asiago and the nutty Parmesan. When the pasta is ready — Giada skips the old-school elbow noodles and opts for thick, hearty fettuccine — she tosses it with the cheese blend to create a decadent mixture that’s ready for baking. Just top it with a blanket of Asiago and let the casserole turn golden in the oven.
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Whether you’re gearing up for a spin class or a bike race, a jog around the block or a marathon, getting the right nutrients can make all the difference when it comes to actually going the distance. Your pre-workout fuel doesn’t have to be flavorless, though, as the following chefs prove. Read on to find out which of their power-packed dishes are perfect to devour before any sweat session.
By Colleen Park
Cauliflower has been unveiling its talents lately as a culinary chameleon, making its way onto plates as cauliflower rice, mock mashed potatoes and even gluten-free pizza crust. But we think cauliflower can be pretty great even without these dramatic transformations. Though most recipes call for cauliflower to be broken into florets during the cooking process, there’s something striking about this cruciferous vegetable when it’s prepared closer to its natural state, sliced into steaks or even cooked whole. Here are some of our favorite ways to make cauliflower the star of a dish.
Cauliflower steaks on the whole don’t need more than a basic salt and pepper seasoning before they go into the oven to roast. Valerie Bertinelli keeps things simple here with a buttery mixture of toasted pine nuts and golden raisins to add a layer of flavor and texture to the simply roasted vegetable.
Trisha Yearwood has done the seemingly impossible. In her easy recipe for baked-not-fried chicken, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, she’s turned lean chicken breasts into the crispy, crunchy, golden chicken pieces you’d expect after giving them a dip in the deep fryer — but without that oil bath. She dredges the chicken in tangy buttermilk, then coats it in a blanket of cheesy breadcrumbs before baking, to deliver the texture and flavor you know and love, in a lighter way.
For more chicken dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.
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It’s officially sweater-and-boot weather — and that means coat, scarf and glove season is mere weeks away. Every year at this time, we start craving the culinary equivalent of those cozy clothes: hearty dishes that fill us up and warm us from the inside out on even the coldest of days. These recipes are guaranteed to sate those cold-weather cravings, and they’re almost as much fun to make on a cool fall night as they are to tuck into when the cooking is done.
“Put this dish in front of anyone and they’ll automatically think of fall,” says Anne Burrell of her Orecchiette with Pancetta, Pumpkin and Broccoli Rabe (pictured above). And since it’s packed with autumnal ingredients like fresh diced pumpkin, broccoli rabe and toasted pumpkin seeds, we understand why.
It may feel like life just gets more expensive all the time, but guess what? The amount of money you’re shelling out for groceries these days may actually be going down. Yes, down.
Ever the enthusiastic cook and co-host, Jeff Mauro isn’t shy about showing his excitement on The Kitchen, no matter if he’s prepping a recipe on set, learning the latest craft project or welcoming a new guest to the party. And when it comes to football season, he’s every bit as game for the occasion as he is any other, as he proved during today’s all-new Tailgating 2.0 episode.
Take a peek at the photo above. With his head thrown back and a fist raised in the air, Jeff exuded football fervor as he shouted, “Touchdown!” He had just tasted Katie Lee’s warming Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili and was quick to get fans just as hyped as he was for everything else set to go down this week.
Few cities are as synonymous with their sandwiches as Philadelphia. After all, one of its most-famous dishes features a shoutout to the city right in its name: the Philly cheesesteak.
The first version of the sandwich was invented by enterprising hot-dog vendor Pat Olivieri in 1930. He heaped grilled meat and onions onto an Italian roll, creating a Philadelphia classic that’s still sold at Pat’s King of Steaks, the shop that he opened on Passyunk Avenue decades ago. The sandwich has evolved through the years, with the addition of provolone cheese and later Cheez Whiz earning it the cheesesteak moniker — and cementing its status as a Philadelphia icon.