It’s National Vanilla Cupcake Day

by in Holidays, November 10th, 2011

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Move over chocolate, today is all about vanilla — vanilla cupcakes to be more specific. National Vanilla Cupcake Day may just be another food holiday, but we’ll take any excuse to start the day off with a vanilla cupcake smothered in frosting.

Sure, you could visit your neighborhood bakery to celebrate this sweet treat, but take the extra minute to get out the mixing bowls at home and try Giada’s five-star Vanilla Cupcake recipe.

Looking to keep the kids busy for the afternoon? Try making Food Network Kitchens Vanilla Cupcakes With Bunny Faces (pictured above).

 

Drinks for All — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

by in Holidays, November 10th, 2011

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Plan on each guest drinking three drinks, and be sure to provide both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage choices. To spike this family-friendly cocktail, substitute champagne for the sparkling water.

Get the recipe: Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate Bellinis

Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving recipes and tips.

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Ballpark Fun Facts — The Next Iron Chef

by in Shows, November 9th, 2011

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Behind the scenes on the Next Iron Chef, Food Network’s culinary production team is responsible for making sure that the rival chefs have everything they need to cook and present their dishes — from a stocked pantry to plenty of serving vessels. Executive culinary producer Jill Novatt shared some fun facts about what it took to pull off the ballpark challenge at San Diego’s Petco Park in episode two.

How many hours did it take to film the Petco Park baseball challenge?
Seventeen hours. We started setting up at the stadium at 4am and loaded up our truck and rolled out at 9pm to drive back to L.A.

What pantry ingredients were provided in addition to the food the chefs collected from ballpark stands?
Dried spices, fresh herbs, olive oil, canola oil, salt and pepper, and that was it.

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Simply Roasted Turnips — Fall Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, November 9th, 2011

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Give humble root vegetables a chance with this easy roast turnip recipe from Food Network Magazine. The root itself is high in vitamin C, but don’t forget the leafy turnip greens. Similar in flavor to mustard greens, choose smaller leaves for a less bitter taste.

For the root: Peel and cut into wedges. Toss with olive oil or melted butter, and salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast at 425 degrees F, 35 to 45 minutes. Try this: Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon each maple syrup and lemon juice, and a pinch each of cumin and red pepper flakes. Toss with the roasted turnips.

For the greens: Wash and dry 10 cups of turnip greens. Put in a saucepan with 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 40 minutes. Season with pepper.

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Load Your Freezer With Baked Goods — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

by in Holidays, November 9th, 2011

cranberry orange quickbread
Quick breads freeze well; just wrap tightly in foil or freezer-wrap and freeze for up to three months. To thaw, let stand, wrapped, at room temperature for about 1½ hours. Serve on Thanksgiving, or the next morning for breakfast.

Try making: Anne’s Cranberry Orange Quickbread (pictured above)

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Mix-and-Match Pesto — Food Network Kitchens

by in Food Network Magazine, November 8th, 2011

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Most people think of pesto as a summer recipe and it’s true that basic basil pesto is best in late summer when the basil is abundant and is at its most fragrant and flavorful. But at other times of the year, when the basil is not as sweet and a little more expensive, it can be fun to do a combination of basil and another herb, or swap out the basil altogether.

In fact, practically every ingredient in a traditional pesto is a viable option for swapping — the herb, the nuts and even the cheese. Its flexibility is what makes pesto the perfect pasta sauce for a weeknight dinner.

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Alex Makes: Apple Bars

by in Food Network Chef, November 8th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

Recently, I shared my one of my two favorite apple recipes with you: a warm and comforting Mulled-Apple Cider. Now, I’m whipping up a Thanksgiving treat that will become a fall staple.

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Make-Ahead Pumpkin Puree — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

by in Holidays, How-to, November 8th, 2011

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Try roasting a few pumpkins, then freezing the puree — that’s what Alton does. You can thaw it to make pie just before Thanksgiving, and the rest will store up to 6 months in the freezer.

Try making: Michele Albano’s Maple Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel

Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving recipes and tips.

Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, View All Posts, November 7th, 2011


An adaptable, budget-friendly meatless pick, pasta is a kid-approved meal that grownups can appreciate as well. Ellie Krieger’s light yet satisfying pasta dish is made with protein-packed cannellini beans and sweet, roasted tomatoes and is topped with creamy Parmesan cheese. Add extra roasted vegetables — onions, eggplant or in-season squash are great options — to beef up this vegetarian plate.

Finish the meal with Tyler’s cool and refreshing Pomegranate and Arugula Salad, featuring peppery arugula, juicy pomegranate seeds and toasted walnuts for added crunch.

Get the recipe: Ellie’s Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

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.

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Baseball and Peanuts on the Next Iron Chef — Critical Moments

by in Shows, November 7th, 2011

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Next Iron Chef judge Simon Majumdar joins us on the FN Dish each week to share his insider’s take on what went down Sunday night.

I have only been to a handful of ballgames during my short time living in the U.S. So, I was pretty certain, as we strolled into Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, that I would be the person present who knew the least about ballpark food.

I was wrong.

The Chairman’s Challenge for the nine remaining super chefs was one of transformation. He asked each of them to take classic ballpark dishes and re-create them in a Kitchen Stadium-worthy manner. It was no easy task, and the fact that each chef approached the challenge in very different ways showed that some of them, thankfully, knew even less about ballpark food than their British judge.

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