Food Network’s senior culinary editor, Liz Tarpy, picks her favorite recipe for October.
I went to my local garden center this weekend to buy lily of the valley bulbs. Instead, I walked out with a half dozen apple cider doughnuts. I couldn’t resist the colorful display of pumpkins and gourds, bunches of dried corn, gallons of cider and bags of these cakey doughnuts (or “fat pills,” as a former boss once called them). Normally, doughnuts don’t appeal to me. But with the colors and smells of fall all around, buying the doughnuts (and supporting the local farm to boot) just seemed like the right thing to do.
It’s OK to have treats now and again, I reasoned, as long as they are balanced with more healthy choices. I can have my cake, and my vegetables, too.
Is your child a Food Network fanatic? Is he or she eager to go grocery shopping with you, help you cook in the kitchen and try new foods? Celebrate his or her love of culinary creations by making them a Halloween costume of their favorite food.
Alton Brown’s creative Good Eats costume designer Amanda Kibler fashioned five foodie Halloween costumes that are almost good enough to eat for Food Network Magazine. Using simple, inexpensive and easy-to-find materials, Amanda made Good Eats, Great Costumes for kids.
The ultimate breakfast combo, bacon and eggs (pictured above) are ideal costume choices for sibling twins or best friends. When these trick-or-treaters go door to door, they’re sure to earn a few extra pieces of candy from the neighbors.
This Halloween, I’m taking a break from the usual pumpkin-related suspects and immersing myself in apples. I love to mix different apples when cooking. I always look for crisp texture, not too sweet and slightly floral. For reliable texture that stands the cooking test I go for Granny Smith and Rome. For snacking and raw in salads I prefer Macouin, Braeburn and Royal Gala. For pickling? Fuji. Another effective approach is to totally ignore what everyone tells you to buy and get the apples that look the best to you.
This week, I’m sharing my warm and comforting Mulled Apple Cider recipe.
Mixed nuts come in all shapes and sizes, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. Packed full of protein, this blend of cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and peanuts are a great snack or, like in these three recipes, can add a little extra oomph to otherwise ordinary dishes.
This month, Jonathan Milder, Vince Camillo and Andrea Albin transform this nutty snack into pasta, toasts and toffee.
The ultimate family-friendly feast, macaroni and cheese is a timeless dish that can feed a crowd. Ina Garten’s dressed-up version of this classic favorite features smooth and creamy Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheeses and fresh tomato slices. Best of all, this easy weeknight pick bakes for just 30 minutes.
Recently, Food Network asked Facebook fans: “Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Which is your favorite, and which could you go without?” Growing up, you’re always told three meals a day are a necessity, but many of you (more than 1,300 to be exact) think that’s not the case. Lots of people would throwaway lunch, while breakfast was definitely the most hotly contested issue.
Many said no to breakfast, but even more of you said you’d devour breakfast any time of day.
Our solution? Breakfast for dinner. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you have a hearty meal at dinnertime that’s made of your favorite morning dishes.
This season, eight Major League Baseball stadiums in cities across the country rolled out sandwich carts featuring Food Network signature sandwich creations. As if the rivalry between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals could not get any more intense this weekend, both Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Busch Stadium in St. Louis will be offering their city-specific steak sandwiches, custom made with local flavors like St. Louis-style barbecue sauce during the World Series.
On weeknights, getting dinner on the table is more a matter of survival than it is an act of creativity. Monday through Friday, I rely on the same 10 or so meals to keep us fed. These are the things I know by heart and can make without consulting books or a website for measurements or cook times.
When the weekend rolls around, I’m ready to stretch my culinary legs a little bit and try something beyond my standard turkey burgers and roasted broccoli, delicious though they may be. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not cooking up 10-course gourmet meals, but I do try to pick at least one recipe per weekend that requires a bit more time and energy. Around these parts, we call that dish The Weekender.
This last Sunday, we had plans to gather with friends for dinner. My promised main dish needed to be portable, made with poultry and outrageously delicious. The recipe that fit the bill? Ina Garten’s glorious Chicken Pot Pie.
Mark your calendars: The first annual Food Day is almost here. From this year forward, every October 24 you’ll find schools, communities, health professionals and local officials pushing for sustainable food that’s healthy, affordable and produced in a humane way.
How you celebrate the big day is entirely up to you. Plan an event, work with your local city council or even just spread the word. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that’s fought for big strides in food since 1971. The day is backed by an extensive advisory board of politicians, leaders and advocates, plus honorary co-chairs Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Rosa DeLauro.