Fried Chicken Joins the Fest

by in Events, October 1st, 2011
Fried chicken from Lantern Restaurant
Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC brought Korean-style fried chicken with pickled vegetables to the party.

Burgers and meatballs have become mainstays at the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival. Now fried chicken is getting into the mix. This beloved Southern comfort food was served up by restaurants from around the country last night at Hill Country Barbecue Market, the perfect venue for such an event. Guests meandered through the expansive Texas-style barbecue joint, munching on fried birds both classic and unconventional while a live band played on the lower level.

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Rock and Bowl With Anne Burrell

by in Events, September 30th, 2011

Anne Burrell before bowling at Lucky Strike
Anne Burrell bowled with the best of them last night at her Rock & Bowl cookbook release party at Lucky Strike in New York City. Neon-colored lanes, plush seating and an expansive bar set the backdrop, while party goers snacked on plates of bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and polenta from Anne’s Cook Like a Rock Star.

Donning an edgy black dress with her signature spiked hair, Anne traded in her high heels for bowling shoes and a bright pink ball. Food Network stars Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Aarti Sequeira and Claire Robinson also joined in the fun.

Upbeat dance music pumped through the speakers while guests knocked down pins, played pool and sipped on margaritas and palomas — a mix of tequila and grapefruit juice — in the vast, luxe lounge.

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Best 5 Chili Recipes for Fall

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2011

dragon's breath chili

The ultimate fall comfort food, chili is simple and inviting fill-you-up fare. Whether you want to serve a bowl at your next tailgate, as a simple weeknight supper or for lunch on a lazy Saturday, check out our top five chili recipes below to find the best of what beans, veggies and spices can make.

5. Vegetarian Chili — Emeril serves his spicy chili over rice and tops each bowl with sour cream and smooth avocado.

4. Pat’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili — This Neely classic calls for a cup of beer and both black and kidney beans.

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Going Mad for Meatballs — New York City Wine and Food Festival

by in Events, September 30th, 2011

meatball madness sign
The 2011 New York Wine and Food Festival kicked off Thursday night with meatballs, lots of them. With what seems to be a festival tradition, Meatball Madness, hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, is a time when restaurants can display their version of a perfect meatball. Over 20 restaurants featured this popular comfort food to a sold-out crowd — they munched on meatballs containing everything from pork, to veal, to beef and even vegetarian options.

Joey Campanaro from The Little Owl won the judge’s choice award for his grandmother’s gravy meatball slider, while The Meatball Shop hit a soft spot with the crowd and was given the people’s choice award.

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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