So here it is, the end of the line for me on The Next Iron Chef, but I am walking away with my head held high. I looked at this competition in the way that I have learned to look at all things that life has presented to me: This is no dress rehearsal, so grab life and live it to the fullest for all its ups and downs. That is how I was on the show.
Last Sunday’s Grand Tasting at the New York Wine and Food Festival promised to be the ultimate New York City culinary showcase, and that it was. The event featured samples from two hundred of the city’s best restaurants and wine and spirit purveyors offering samples on a pier overlooking the Hudson river. Attendees ate their fill of fabulous food and mingled with their favorite Food Network stars who were all in town for the festival.
Paula and Michael Deen came all the way from Georgia to take in the festival, greet fans and sign copies of Paula’s cookbooks.
Guy’s Big Bite is back with all new episodes starting this Sunday, and that’s season 6 Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeria hanging out with him on set. You’ll see her “stopping by” on Sunday’s episode—and no, this was not staged!
Guy‘s show was filmed in Los Angeles this year so he could be closer to his California home, and one morning L.A. native Aarti decided to stop by to say hello to him and the production team. They’d met during NFNS season 6 and got along instantly. Before she knew it, Guy had asked Aarti to cook with him on camera.
Sunday’s show is all about one of Guy’s favorite activities: Tailgating. We know Guy is a major Raiders fan…does Aarti also have football loyalties? Don’t miss Guy’s Big Bite this Sunday at 11am/10c to catch the two Star winners making game day grub.
We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.
Nothing says “fall festival” like pumpkin and squash dishes, both savory and sweet. Try this Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from the Food Network Magazine for a hearty fall comfort food served with dramatic presentation. Or, browse our collection of perfect pumpkin recipes.
7 Ways to Savor the Last Bite: Salon.com reports that we toss up to a quarter of our food, and while the dumpster divers seek to save said discarded goodies, there are measures you can take before food hits the trash. Did you know you could freeze milk? Hello, homemade ice cream! Will frittatas be your new best friend? Thanks, leftovers we didn’t quite know what to do with! How do you make the most of your food? [salon.com via eater.com]
Incredible Edible Art: Artist Carl Warner dreams up florid landscapes that have garnered comparisons to 16th century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. His tools, however, aren’t oil and canvas – they’re foods. Cereals and nuts and cinnamon sticks make a dreamy fall evening while raw meats are peaks of a Wild West scene. Catch a sneak-peak of his exhibition, which hits London this week. [The Guardian via eatocracy.cnn.com]
Dollar Menu: Speaking of incredible pictures, Jonathan Blaustein set out to capture what foods he could buy for a single dollar after observing astounding price discrepancies amongst cheeseburgers. His photo project, “The Value of a Dollar,” depicts snaps of foods worth 100 pennies (in the state of New Mexico) – everything from a single grapefruit, a whole loaf of white bread, one pinch of saffron, 10 organic blueberries, and, presumably the stuff he “left outside for the birds, dogs and coyotes,” potted meat. [New York Times]
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Saturday’s NYWFF event SWEET, with FN hosts Duff and Sandra, was a dessert-lover’s paradise! New York’s finest pastry masters, from four-star restaurants and obscure-but-amazing bakeries alike, manned 50+ booths in one space, showing off their most tantalizing sweet bites and vying for votes from a mass of mingling tasters.
Hey y’all, Paula was at the festival too! Ms. Deen brought some Southern hospitality to NYC with a Sunday Gospel Brunch at the iconic Plaza Hotel. Naturally, Paula made sure that the spread at this classy affair was still totally over-the-top.
Guests were treated to a buffet stocked with dozens of sweet and savory dishes, but the crowd favorite seemed to be Paula’s classic mac-and-cheese. We’re not sure which recipe she used, as she has several, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them: Try Paula’s Creamy Macaroni and Cheese or The Lady’s Cheesy Mac.