Everywhere at the Kentucky Fair, a dry-cured country ham is auctioned off for an exorbitant price. This year’s 16-pound bevy of pig parts went for an astounding 2 million bucks. The pig in question wasn’t raised on a steady diet of diamonds; it was just your average ultra-delicious cured hog. So why did it go for so much? It was an auction to raise money for charity, although this year’s entrant beat the record by a full 1.5 million smackeroos.
We often think those small bad habits in the kitchen are no big deal. But it’s the little things that can lead to food-borne illness. In honor of Food Safety Month (September!), here are five less-than-squeaky-clean practices worth quittin...
It’s a rite of passage to go to one of America’s great steakhouses. Dark knotty, wide wood; warm, well-polished brass; and banquettes upholstered in worn, creased leather set the stage. When partnered with excellent food and excellent service, it’s an all-American experience. Our attraction to the scent of meat cooking on fire is basic; the wafting smoke seems to awaken some sort of primordial urge buried deep in the recesses of our carnivorous brains. There’s not much heartier and more satisfying in terms of comfort food than a meaty, perfectly charred steak topped with mushrooms and served with a baked potato and creamed spinach. This is how the West was won — or at least west Wall Street.
Life occasionally calls for a thick, juicy steak. Those special times might be celebrating something such as a big promotion, a graduation or an anniversary. The celebrations often come with a big price tag, too. Down-home comfort steakhouse-style is a real cause for celebration, because you can do it in the comfort of your own home. No rude waiters, no dings in the car due to the careless teenager in valet and no eye-popping bill that costs as much as a house payment.
There are so many wonderful things to say about Charles Phan’s new cookbook, The Slanted Door, it’s almost impossible to pick a place to start. The Slanted Door tells the tale of the San Francisco restaurant of the same name through its storied 20-year history. It follows Phan and his beloved eating establishment as he built it, brick by brick and dish by dish, taking The Slanted Door through three locations in the City by the Bay. The pages are ripe with bright stories, honesty about the struggles that come with starting and maintaining a restaurant, and a rich appreciation for elegant food, wine, tea and cocktails.
The book is broken down into acts of the restaurant’s history, highlighting dishes as they became popular at each of the establishment’s locations. Act One is from Valencia Street in the Mission. Act Two features dishes from the Brannan Street location. Act Three features dishes from The Slanted Door’s final and permanent home, The Ferry Building. Within each location-based act, you’ll find select recipes from the restaurant’s menu, including starters, cocktails, the raw bar, salads, soups, mains and desserts. It also includes essays about how the tea, wine and cocktail programs were all developed to give customers the best possible dining experience.
If life is a difficult trudge through snow, then mornings are a three mile jog through a blizzard in bare feet. In other words, they stink. Thankfully, a group of South Korean tech-wizards have invented a gadget that makes mornings just the teensiest bit more palatable.
It’s called the Baking Pot and, believe it or not, it doesn’t really bake at all. It does brew coffee, however. It also toasts your bread. That’s right. You can now have your coffee and toast prepared via one smartly designed machine. You can use that extra counter space for the juicer you swear you’ll use one day you promise.
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There’s been steady, nail-biting buildup leading to the finale of The Great Food Truck Race, and it gets only more intense as the competition comes to a satisfyingly thrilling end. In the last episode of the season, the contestants’ trials have culminated to an exhilarating Floridian marathon spanning Tampa, Naples, the Everglades and Key West. As if the racing between cities isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush, the contestants also have to travel by airboat for fresh alligator — yikes! Another highlight in this weekend’s fun-packed programming is Saturday’s installment of The Kitchen. The chefs dial up their autumn spirit in an Oktoberfest-themed episode, where the chefs add their own flavorful flair to traditional fare.
If you’re looking for something a bit more low key, tune in to The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home and Farmhouse Rules to watch the ladies serve up dishes like Kale Citrus Salad, Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches, Crispy Fig and Gorgonzola Ravioli, and Lemon-Lime Pound Cake. Other must-watch shows this weekend are Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games and Food Truck Face Off, where contestants are forced to test their patience and their resilience.
The Pioneer Woman: Sister Time
Ree Drummond has invited her sister, Betsy, over to indulge in tasty, refreshing dishes such as a Frittata, Kale Citrus Salad, Mystery Rolls and Lemon-Lime Pound Cake.
If, in the next month or so, you’re in Los Angeles and feeling hungry, and you happen to have a few hundred bucks burning a hole in your designer blue jeans, you may want kick your appetite Beverly Hills-style: Snack on gold.
From now until the end of October, Oliverio at Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, is offering deep-pocketed diners a $360 Golden Surf and Turf, so named not only because it prominently features golden-hued saffron risotto, but also because it includes, yep, pure gold.
You ought to get some kind of precious metal for that kind of coin, after all.
When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there’s no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network’s top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.
5. Simple, Perfect Chili — “It’s a total cinch to make,” The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It’s made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.
4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.
Now that we’re in the thick of September, it’s all about apples. Before our apple appreciation is reduced to desk snacks and dates with a jar of peanut butter, Food Network’s best apple crisps and crumbles start this seasonal celebration with a bang. Smother cinnamon-sugar baked apples in oat-packed streusel or a buttery biscuit topping for the ultimate salute to fall. (Serving your dish with a scoop of ice cream doesn’t hurt either.)
- Granny Smith apples are on the tart side and pears all delightfully sweet, so combining them for Apple and Pear Crisp (pictured above) strikes the perfect balance. For a brighter take on crisp, Ina Garten sprinkles in lemon and orange zests.