October Food Festivals

by in Events, September 30th, 2011

pumpkin festival
This month, eyes begin to turn upward to see changing foliage and appetites begin to yearn for warmer and heartier fare. October’s food festivals certainly offer that, along with forays into the lighter dishes of previous seasons.

Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire, Fairfield, Ohio, Oct. 1-2: It’s not just you, it is (or will be) hot at Jungle Jim’s, a 1.5-acre zoologically themed international supermarket, during the Weekend of Fire, a fiery foods expo and celebration. Seventy-five vendors will be handing out samples of capsaicin-choked comestibles, including hot sauces, rubs and, yes, ice cream. New at the fifth-annual event will be BBQ Alley, for all your smoked-meat and fried-food needs. Eating contests will reign supreme, though, with bouts centered on mercury-bursting lollipops and horseradish in the Arena of Fire competition zone. Then, there’s the main event, the Defcon DeathMatch Wing Eating Contest. Is there any hotter way to kick off October?

More October food festivals around the country »

POLL: Butter or Sour Cream?

by in Polls, September 30th, 2011

baked potato
People are passionate about their baked potatoes, some like it with butter — others sour cream. For many, there’s no middle ground. You absolutely love one and vehemently loathe the other. Which side of the spectrum do you fall on?

Get inspired: 50 Stuffed Potatoes From Food Network Magazine


Breakfast for Dinner

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2011

Skip the boring bowls of pasta, grilled chicken and delivery pizza. For dinner tonight, serve up a switcheroo in the form of eggs, bacon, hash, French toast and sweet maple syrup. Our quick and easy menu below is full of classic and creative takes on what is the most important meal of the day, no matter what time of the day you eat it.

Simple yet hearty, Food Network Magazine’s Corned Beef Hash (pictured above) is a meal in and of itself. Sautee corned beef, fresh veggies and potatoes until brown and crisp, and top with cheese and a silky fried egg for dinner in less than 45 minutes.

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Fruit Leather Roll-Ups — Food Network Kitchens

by in Behind the Scenes, September 29th, 2011

fruit leather roll-ups
For recent story on old-school fruit leather roll-ups in Food Network Magazine’s September issue, chefs in Food Network Kitchens tried all sorts of combos, but apple-ginger, spicy mango and raspberry-vanilla were clear favorites. Don’t ask for pineapple, “No matter how many times recipe developers tried it, it just wouldn’t set.”

Get the recipes and check out behind-the-scenes photos »

Star Anise — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, September 29th, 2011

cinnamon star anise sugar syrup
Pretty to look at, but what do you do with it?

That about sums up how most of us feel about star anise. And that’s why it’s mostly been relegated to the backwaters of spice cabinets in the U.S.

What most people don’t realize is that star anise actually is a deliciously potent spice that can do amazing things for your cooking, especially for meat.

But first, the basics. Star anise is the fruit — yes, fruit — of an evergreen tree native to southern China (where most of it still is produced).

When dried, that fruit resembles a 1-inch, rust-colored star, usually with six to eight points. Each point contains a small, shiny seed.

Get the recipe for Cinnamon-Star Anise Sugar »

Apricot Glazed Lamb Chops With Pistachio and Sumac — Editor’s Pick

by in Recipes, September 29th, 2011

apricot glazed lamb chops
Food Network’s Senior Culinary Editor, Liz Tarpy, picks her favorite recipe for September.

I’ve never warmed to hot fruit with meat and even though there’s no one meal that ruined it for me. No scarring memory of family holidays made even stickier with glazed ham and pineapple (though my stepmom once made poached fish with prunes, but that’s another story). It’s just a knee-jerk reaction I have to any recipe involving sweet meat.

Intellectually and culinarily, I know that sweet and salty play off each other, so meaty and fruity flavors can also work well together. There are many examples in other cuisines that proudly blend the two: Thai curries with pineapple, Cuban picadillo with ground meat and raisins, German roast pork and apples. And let’s not forget the all-American roast turkey and cranberry sauce.

Get Liz’s September favorite »

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

by in Holidays, September 28th, 2011

pasta with farro
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a time to celebrate renewal and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with food?

Rosh Hashanah Menu:
Food Network Magazine’s Pasta With Farro (pictured above)
Noodle Kugel
Michael Symon’s Brisket
Spiced Apple Cake

Apples and Honey: 5 New Ways »

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of Anne Burrell’s Cook Like a Rock Star Cookbook

by in Contests, September 28th, 2011

cook like a rock star cookbook
Anne Burrell has shared her tips and style of cooking on Food Network’s Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America. Now she’s sharing her techniques in her new cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star, which gives readers the confidence and ability to get great meals on the table without breaking a sweat.

In her debut cookbook, Anne presents 125 rustic yet elegant recipes, all based on accessible ingredients, along with encouraging notes and handy professional tricks, as seen in Anne’s show. Delicious first courses include Pumpkin Soup With Allspice Whipped Cream and Garlic Steamed Mussels. If you’re craving pasta, Anne’s Sweet and Spicy Sausage Ragù or Killer Mac and Cheese With Bacon will blow you away.

You can pre-order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one for free. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Anne’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.

Find out how to enter here »

Join Us at the New York City Wine and Food Festival

by in Events, September 28th, 2011

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While the countdown to the first events of the New York City Wine and Food Festival shrinks by the day, our excitement only continues to mount. We’ll be at the festival all weekend long chowing down with Food Network stars Giada De Laurentiis, Sandra Lee, Duff Goldman, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Masaharu Morimoto.

Want to join us? You can find our editors covering the following events throughout the four-day festival. If you can’t make it to the festival this year, tune into FN Dish for our coverage all weekend long.

Find out which events we’ll be attending »

Hodge Podge Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 28th, 2011

hodge podge truck
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, but it was the Truck Stop that changed this competition for good for team Hodge Podge.

Find out what Chris had to say about the competition »