It’s hard to not love an ingredient that loves fat.
And that’s exactly what sage does — it partners up perfectly with foods rich in oils and fats. So why not give it a try? It’s nearly the holidays and time to indulge.
Actually, that’s part of sage’s problem — and why it has a relatively low profile in American cooking compared to other savory herbs, such as basil and oregano.
While we think of all manner of uses for other herbs in all seasons, we tend to pigeonhole sage as a Thanksgiving herb suited mostly for stuffing and turkey.
But the richly peppery-rosemary flavor of fresh sage can more than earn its keep year round. You just need to know how to use it.
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Warm, hearty and filled with good-for-you veggies and protein, beef stew is classic comfort food that is perfect for those chilly autumn nights. Our top five beef stew recipes below feature traditional and creative takes on this fall favorite that the whole family will enjoy, so grab a spoon and dig in.
5. Emeril’s Beef Stew — With beef, new potatoes, pearl onions and green peas, Emeril’s tried-and-true stew is a complete meal in a bowl.
4. Red Wine Beef Stew With Potatoes and Green Beans — When cooking with red wine, choose one that you would like to drink, as its flavor will concentrate when boiling.
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When it comes to the ultimate Halloween costumes, Sandra Lee’s are an especially tough act to follow. Donning more than just a mask and face paint, Sandra practically becomes the characters of her costumes, with transforming hairpieces, real-world props and, of course, signature cocktails and Semi-Homemade snacks to match. Cast your fan vote for Sandra’s best-ever Halloween costume, and tell us in the comments what you hope she’ll wear this year.
To see Sandra’s all-new Halloween costumes and get spooky sweet treats recipes, check out Sandra’s Halloween Wonderland, premiering Sunday, October 23, at 9am/8c.
Green, leafy vegetables are abundant at local farmers’ markets this month, but none are more in season than Popeye’s favorite snack, spinach. Make a power-packed meal rich in iron and vitamins A and C with these crisp, dark-green leaves. The perfect fill-in for any dish, stuff tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms and more to utilize this veggie’s slightly bitter taste without overwhelming the other ingredients.
Make Bobby’s Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed With Sausage, Spinach and Smoked Mozzarella as an appetizer, or even a meal. Plump sausage and spinach are a dynamic combo when you toss in plum tomatoes, onion, basil and parsley. Brush the mushroom caps with oil, salt and pepper to bring out the earthy flavor.
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Every month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Put a new spin on common supermarket ingredients like hummus and root beer in recipes the whole family will love.
This month, don’t just drink your apple juice — turn it into a glaze, caramel and more. Jacob Schiffman, Claudia Sidoti and Danielle Larosa show just how versatile the fruity drink really is. The sweet, crisp flavor pairs perfectly with honey-coated drumsticks, reduces down to a light caramel that literally pops and even brightens an American classic.
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What’s October without pumpkins, right? As fun as it is to pick these bright orange mounds straight from the patch and carve them into jack-o’-lanterns, it is even more exciting to cook with them. Their texture is similar to that of a butternut squash and, when roasted, they are incredibly soft and sweet. Check out our fresh pumpkin-packed menu below for creative and traditional ways to approach this classic fall feature.
Food Network Magazine puts a spin on traditional toasted Pumpkin Seeds (pictured above). Add chipotle chili powder and cumin for barbecue-flavored flair, cinnamon and sugar for a sweet variety and various ethnic spices for Indian, Spanish and Italian flavors. These healthy seeds are perfect sprinkled atop salads or eaten as a quick midday snack.
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This simple but hearty fall dinner features sweet Italian turkey sausage and crispy cauliflower. Toss with spaghetti and drizzle with olive oil for dinner in a flash.
Get the recipe: Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti
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The ultimate family-friendly meal, pizza is inexpensive, incredibly versatile and can feed a crowd. Though homemade pizza dough comes together in a flash, store-bought dough works well, too. Top your pie with sweet caramelized onions, creamy ricotta cheese, bright corn and fresh basil for a satisfying dinner that will be ready in just 15 short minutes.
For a simple side, serve Rachael’s in-season Root Veggie Salad With Horseradish Dressing, featuring crunchy carrots and radishes.
Get the recipe: #31. Onion-Ricotta Pizza from Food Network Magazine’s 50 Easy Pizzas
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.
Microwaveable snack pockets are one of those foods people love to hate on. They’re often thought of as a last-resort after school snack or a guilt-laden solution to the midnight munchies. The comedian Jim Gaffigan even has a pretty hilarious skit about them (watch it here). But the truth is a lot of people secretly love them. It’s not hard to understand why. I mean, they’re hearty, easy to eat and convenient.
Here in the Food Network Kitchens, we wanted to capitalize on all the great things about snack pockets and fix all the bad things — like the processed, overly salty, not-so-good for you fillings and often soggy crust.
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The third and final installment of Alton Brown’s Good Eats cookbook series hit store shelves last week and the new volume is overflowing with colorful anecdotes, behind-the-scenes shots and a whopping 225 recipes from 85 Good Eats episodes.
We caught up with Alton at the New York City Wine and Food Festival last weekend and discussed his plan for future electronic cookbooks. Of the potential switch from paper to screen, Alton said, “I don’t know how it’s going to change things. I hope to make the cookbook a more kitchen-friendly device, to make it something where you can choose which knowledge you get, which information you get, when you get it and what order you get it in, so that people can adapt the information to the way they cook, instead of changing the way they cook to the way I cook.” He said that ideally, his series of e-book ventures would be available on the Kindle and Apple iPad, as the latter offers bright video and graphic possibilities.
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