The beauty of brunch is that there’s no need to decide in which direction you want to take the meal — sweet, savory, breakfast or lunch — instead, just enjoy all of the above (and perhaps a cocktail as well). That was the scene this morning on Day 4 of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival; after a weekend of late-night soirees and beachside bashes, festivalgoers woke up to the promise of an epic feast at Trisha‘s Southern Kitchen Brunch, featuring a down-home menu of Southern classics from chefs across the country.
Food Network’s baker extraordinaire Duff Goldman is known for crafting over-the-top desserts at his own bakery, Charm City Cakes, and judging them on various baking championships. So it’s no surprise that when he hosts Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, the sugar showing is going to be downright epic. During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night, just as partygoers felt their meat sweats fade and started to crave another bite to eat, Duff and some of the most-famed pastry chefs and bakeries from across the country took over the elegantly adorned The Villa Casa Casuarina for an epic late-night soiree that was enough to make any sweets lover smile.
Not one to present any ordinary dessert, of course, Duff showed up with a cotton-candy display featuring his Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops (pictured above). These layered beauties boasted the showstopping presentation you’d expect from Duff — and, perhaps more importantly, all the expert tangy, creamy flavors and crispy texture, thanks to the crumble atop each pop.
A filling, family-friendly weeknight dinner that’s not only quick to make but also healthy: Sound too good to be true? Not anymore, thanks to this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ready to eat in less than 40 minutes, this easy pasta brings together sweet roasted peppers and tangy feta cheese to create a rich, creamy sauce with — wait for it — no cream in sight, making it a surprisingly light supper. By using whole-wheat noodles in place of the traditional variety, you can boost the nutritional value of the meal even more while satisfying your carb craving.
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After digging into a combined mountain of meat at Friday night’s Burger Bash, we thought Saturday night seemed like as good a time as any to showcase — wait for it — more meat. Food Network’s own resident super carnivore, Michael Symon, hosted the sold-out Meatopia, which featured all manner of beef, pork and chicken cooked over an open flame. This meat lovers’ paradise is new to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival — just two years old — but that didn’t stop fans from packing the seaside tents and waiting in line for their taste of the succulent, slow-roasted ribs, strips and tips the chefs were dishing out. “Just the smell of this place makes you happy,” Michael, a longtime lover of meat in its many forms, proclaimed from the stage as he welcomed partygoers to the event. And indeed the smoky scent was something to behold — even blocks away fans could get a whiff of what awaited them.
Whether it’s a simple plate of spaghetti, a luscious lasagna hot out of the oven or a sumptuous seafood specialty, we all have our favorite Italian dishes. Recently Top 5 Restaurants revealed the best restaurants serving the best Italian dishes. One of the restaurants goes as far as to employ real Italian nonni in the kitchen — is there anything more authentic than that? You’ll definitely want to keep this list handy the next time you’re craving a taste of Italy. See which five classic and comforting dishes made the list.
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For many of us, comfort food means home-cooked flavors of nostalgia. But comfort-centric cooking has become a huge trend in restaurant cooking, too, and chefs can be counted on for hearty, sometimes greasy and always gratifying comfort dishes. Here are some of their favorites to whip up or order, some that are reminiscent of their own childhood favorites and others that are twists on the classics. Read more
Salmon, shrimp, tilapia, clams — they’re all good seafood options, of course. But for many, the pearl of the edible underwater world is the oyster. For seafood novices and connoisseurs alike, however, oysters can be a bit of a mystery. To get to the meat of the oyster you must unlock the hard shell (easier said than done), which not only holds the tender, cool bivalves inside but also the saltwater-like juices, aka the liquor of the oyster.
Friday night, FN Dish was on hand at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash at Lure Fishbar right in South Beach. This sold-out soiree put one particular oyster in the spotlight: Island Creek Oysters, which hail from just up the Eastern seaboard in Duxbury, Mass. On their own these briny beauties boasted a clean, crisp, slightly salty taste, and they were being shucked on-site as quickly as festivalgoers could throw them back. Area chefs were on hand as well to dress them up, and what resulted were half-shells filled with flavors like smoky chorizo, rich lemon butter and bright saffron.
We caught up with a host of the event and the executive chef of Lure Fishbar, Josh Capon, for an oyster primer. Read on below for an introduction to these slurpworthy treats.
Southern comfort was the name of the culinary game on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen as the cast introduced a roster of down-home savory and sweet favorites. Native West Virginian Katie Lee shared the ultimate how-to for making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, while Sunny Anderson shared her take on another Southern classic: chicken and dumplings. Learn their tips below and find out how both co-hosts guarantee hearty, satisfying chicken dinners.
With a sandy seaside backdrop, dozens of roaring grills, and tables outfitted with ketchup and mustard, the scene was set for a Burger Bash tonight at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is celebrating its 15th birthday in Miami all weekend long with the likes of Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Alex Guarnaschelli. As burger lovers packed the expansive tents and got their hands on the between-the-bun creations before them, FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, smoky smells and, of course, all the beefy, meaty tastes that only this fan-favorite Bash could provide.
Rachael Ray was once again on hand to host the sold-out tasting, and this year proved especially significant, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Burger Bash. In celebration of this landmark milestone, the Festival team wowed Rachael on stage with not only her own Bash award but also an oversize burger cake made by none other than cake-baker extraordinaire Buddy Valastro. FN Dish was on hand tonight and we caught up with Rachael to dish about the longtime success of the event. “I think that the Burger Bash is a fun idea because we challenge the world’s greatest chefs to put their talents on a, well, on a hug — on a bun,” she told us. “And it makes food more accessible and presents the chefs in a whole different light.”
Chocolate can make anything better — including, it turns out, complex matters of science. That’s apparently the thinking behind a materials science and engineering course on offer at Johns Hopkins University in which undergraduate students learn the concepts of thermodynamics by experimenting with chocolate.