Michael Gives Thanks Twice, Alton Reflects and Iron Chef Holiday Treats

by in Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2011

michael symon
Michael Symon knows a thing or two about Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, he’s already prepared two this year. The chef told Food and Wine Magazine that by the end of July the had prepared one traditional Midwestern meal with all the Thanksgiving trimmings in his Manhattan apartment and a second on the set of Iron Chef America’s Thanksgiving Battle. Many of Chef Symon’s dishes are Greek-inspired, adding flavorful twists to some of the old standards.

Find out what Alton, Marc and Cat are up to »

POLL: Stovetop or Baked Macaroni and Cheese?

by in Polls, October 13th, 2011

baked maraconi and cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food — especially in the fall when the weather starts to turn cool. How you make that macaroni and cheese, however, is the real question. Whether you whip some up from a box and cook it on the stove, or make a baked recipe from scratch, a plate of this gooey, cheesy goodness is sure to make you melt.

Get inspired: Collection for Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Sage — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, October 13th, 2011

fried sage parmesan penne pasta
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.

Fried Sage and Parmesan Penne »

Best 5 Beef Stew Recipes

by in Recipes, October 13th, 2011

old time beef stew recipe

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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Aunt Sandy’s Best Halloween Costumes

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 12th, 2011

sandra lee halloween costume
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.

Stuffed Spinach Recipes — Fall Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, October 12th, 2011

ham and spinach spuds
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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Three Ways to Use: Apple Juice

by in Food Network Magazine, October 11th, 2011

apple honey drumstick recipe
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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Pumpkins: Not Just for Carving Anymore

by in In Season, Recipes, October 11th, 2011

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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Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, October 11th, 2011

sausage-cauliflower spaghetti
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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Pizza Night — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 10th, 2011

onion ricotta pizza
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.