One Mom’s Journey From Fussy to Foodie — Simple Scratch Suppers

by in Family, September 27th, 2011

fussy eaters
I wrote a post with this very title for my own blog eight months ago. Not surprisingly, it was pretty popular. Every parent wants to know the secret weapon that’ll get his or her kids to eat a well-balanced meal. I’m not here to share some infinite wisdom, but I do have a story that I think will provide other parents some comfort.

There was once a little girl who rolled her eyes at the thought of eating meat. In fact, she went so far as to hide it in the opening under the table where the leaves were supposed to be tucked away. She also had an issue with any type of sauce on her pasta. She survived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for all of elementary school, and well into middle school.

Read Jennie’s important takeaway »

The Vendy Awards: Street Food With a Flair for the International

by in Events, September 27th, 2011

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What first began as a cook-off to showcase the best of the best being served on NYC’s sidewalks has become a haven for worldly fare. Sure, there was freshly cooked cracker-thin pizza and hordes of colorful cupcakes, but it was the more exotic and foreign foods that won ticket holders’ hearts and judges’ votes. One thing was clear at this year’s Vendy Awards: New Yorkers covet their international cuisine.

From Jamaican comfort food to Greek souvlaki, Middle Eastern falafel to Korean-inspired tacos, there were foods from all around the globe. While everything was well worthy of our praises, a few dishes in particular caught our eye, and only one came away with the coveted Vendy Cup. Check out a few of the goodies that were on the menu at this past Saturday’s Vendy Awards, plus a rundown of all the winners.

Get a rundown of all the winners [PHOTOS] »

Storing Fruits and Vegetables — Fix My Dish

by in How-to, September 27th, 2011

storing fruits and vegetables
Twice a month, we’re giving readers a chance to ask Food Network Kitchens’ advice about an issue they’re having with a dish or a food item. They can’t re-formulate a recipe for you, but they’re happy to help improve it. This week’s question will help readers keep their produce longer.

Question: How can I keep fruits and veggies fresh until I use or cook them? I bought corn on the cob on Tuesday and by Friday, it had lost its moisture and taste. How do I extend the life of my produce? — Beth Patterson-Grinavic Kiessling

Find out the answer to Beth’s question »

Oktoberfest 101

by in Holidays, September 26th, 2011

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Ladies, don your dirndls, and gentlemen, fasten your lederhosen, because Oktoberfest 2011 is officially underway. Though this beer barrel-tapping festival runs from September 17 through October 3 in Munich, Germany, you can bring the party stateside with our comprehensive guide to everything Oktoberfest, which includes clever (and useful) German phrases, a traditional Oktoberfest menu, classic German and beer-centric recipes and a list of local biergartens. So pitch a beer tent, grab a keg and experience this annual tradition like never before.

After the formal tapping of the first barrel during Oktoberfest, festival-goers proclaim, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s been tapped!” in German). Start your celebration by tapping a bottle of authentic Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier (a German wheat beer). Prost! (Cheers!) to that.

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Roasted Cauliflower Risotto – Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 26th, 2011

No need to keep an eye on this risotto. Just add rice, wine and broth to sautéed garlic and onions, and let the oven work its magic for 15 quick minutes. Mix this creamy concoction with butter, smooth fontina cheese and fresh herbs and vegetables for a rich and satisfying fill-you-up dish.

Add a light Endive and Pear Salad from Food Network Magazine to round out this go-to weeknight meal.

Note: Make sure you use vegetable broth instead of chicken.

Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Risotto

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.

And The Great Food Truck Race Winner Is…

by in Shows, September 26th, 2011

The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight new food trucks and a grand prize of $100,000. Every Sunday, we saw each truck pull out all the tricks to stay in the game. But, ultimately, one truck said goodbye each week. Sunday night, it was down to the final two: The Lime Truck and Hodge Podge. Both battled multiple Speed Bumps and a Truck Stop that changed the competition for good.

Warning: spoiler alert after the jump.

Find out who won The Great Food Truck Race »

America’s Favorite Food Truck — We Have a Winner

by in Shows, September 25th, 2011

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This season of The Great Food Truck Race has introduced America to eight delicious food trucks, including the two finalists, Hodge Podge and The Lime Truck. While the race on TV winds down, the race to vote for America’s Favorite Food Truck has ended and we have a winner: Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet Food Truck from College Station, Texas.

The contest to name America’s Favorite Food Truck started back in July with nearly 600 trucks and asked fans to nominate and vote for their favorite local truck. Over four million people voted and now, Chef Tai can claim the grand prize of $10,000 and the chance to appear on season three of The Great Food Truck Race.

We caught up with Chef Tai Lee to ask him about his passion on wheels, as well as what we can expect from him in the future. Not only is he a Texas A&M graduate, but he’s stuck to his roots and parks his truck around campus, serving the crowd he knows best.

Read our exclusive interview »

Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Food Network’s Star Book Tour

by in Behind the Scenes, September 25th, 2011

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Last month, fans of Food Network Star had the chance to get up close and personal with Susie Jimenez, Mary Beth Albright, Whitney Chen, Vic “Vegas” Moea and the Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, during the Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide Book Tour.

We were there to snap memorable moments, including an unforgettable autographed sandwich signed by the Sandwich King himself.

Browse the behind-the-scenes photos »

Best State Fair Foods of 2011

by in Community, Events, September 24th, 2011

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Every year, state fairs across the nation invent deep-fried monstrosities in an attempt to be the best (and wackiest) in the land. During the 2010 state and country fair season, Texas took it to the next level with deep-fried beer. Check out several of this year’s top fried foods from Huffington Post Food:

1. Fried Ice Cream Burger – Florida State Fair
Lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried ice cream. OK, it isn’t really French fried, but the ice cream is battered in cornflakes and submerged in a vat of simmering oil.

Breakfast lollipops and deep-fried salsa »

Recipes With Color: Indigo

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2011

blueberry almond bruschetta
FN Dish is teaming up with HGTV and the Design Happens Blog over color inspiration. Every month, HGTV’s color team brings you Color of the Month, complete with entertaining ideas, home decor recommendations and so much more. This month indigo is in the spotlight, and readers are calling it “calming,” “pretty,” “lovely” and “organic.” Here on FN Dish, we’re taking the color of the month and treating your eyes to eye-opening recipes.

The inviting, refreshing taste of blueberries calls to mind the tranquility of the color indigo. In late summer when I was a kid, we used to pile in the family van for a day of blueberry picking at a farm an hour away. We’d tie empty gallon milk jugs with the top half cut off onto our belts for hands-free picking. Belt secure, I’d go running under the bushes, grabbing double fistfuls of the indigo orbs, but I’d skip the bucket and stuff my face — then get scolded later for eating more than picking.

Get the recipe for Blueberry-Almond Bruschetta »