9 Recipes That Will Make Pears Your New Favorite Fall Fruit

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Souffle Pancake with Apple-Pear CompoteUnless you’re heavily invested in fruit baskets, you might not eat a lot of pears. And I get it. They’re hard as a rock at the grocery store and require at least a couple of days on a friendly counter until they’re soft enough to bite into. But that’s where the magic happens. This fall, do yourself the most-delicious favor: Buy a couple of pears. Set them on the counter. After three days, pick one of these mouthwatering recipes and let those pears shine. You won’t regret it.

For Breakfast

Souffle Pancake with Pear & Apple Compote (pictured above)
In our house we call this a Dutch baby, and it’s hands-down our family’s favorite special breakfast. What makes it so good? It could be the pillowy cloud that emerges from the oven like a delicious science project, but I think it’s thanks in no small part to the rich and sweet compote on top.

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Tacos & Tequila: “The People’s Food”

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016

Chefs and diners alike had their late-night nosh dreams come true at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Tacos & Tequila event, hosted by tatted taco-guru and epic party-thrower Aarón Sánchez. Fourteen all-star chefs, including Amanda Freitag and Laurent Tourondel, showcased all the creative culinary goodness they could fit inside a tortilla at the party, held at the Eventi hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Aarón (pictured above with Miles Landrem, the executive chef of his restaurant Johnny Sánchez, and three partygoers) called the ever-popular combo of tacos and tequila “the people’s food.”

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Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon ButtercreamMy husband proposed to me again after I made him this cake. It was a complete shock to me, as he is not a big sweets eater. We have come to a comfortable understanding in our lives: I make desserts every day, I ask him to sample them, and he nods that they are fine.

But not with this cake!

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6 Hauntingly Delicious Halloween Party Punches

by in Drinks, Holidays, October 14th, 2016

Bloody PunchDouble, double toil and trouble — these are the drinks that make our cauldrons bubble. Some are boozy (and some are fit for little ghouls and boys), but all of these after-dark Halloween punch picks will ensure your party is a hauntingly good time.

If the idea of this Bloody Punch featured in Food Network Magazine has you feeling all faint, rest assured that The Pioneer Woman concocted this vibrant red hue with red fruit punch, strawberry daiquiri mix, grape-raspberry juice and soda.

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Everything We Couldn’t Get Enough of at Chelsea Market Live

by in Events, October 14th, 2016

Chelsea MarketOn the first night of the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, it seemed only fitting to ring in the festivities just below Food Network’s home base at Chelsea Market, one of the premier indoor food halls in the world. The sprawling food mecca went all-out for Chelsea Market Live, an after-hours feast celebrating the best walk-around bites the culinary destination has to offer, hosted by Cooking Channel stars Haylie Duff, Tia Mowry and Tiffani Thiessen. Food Network’s offices are located just a few floors above, so it’s safe to say we know our way around the place like the back of our hands (which we use to carry lunch from Chelsea Market daily). That said, these were the bites we couldn’t get enough of.

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The 9 Best Bites from Giada’s Ultimate Italian Dinner at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalIf the Italian feasts you know and love are reminiscent of lively parties full of friends, a bounty of pasta and pizza, and a seemingly never-ending flow of wine, you’ll be happy to know that the Italian Table that Giada De Laurentiis hosted on Thursday night was just like that — only her bash featured hundreds of guests and dozens of dishes. (They needed more than one table.)

Giada kicked off the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival in true big-city fashion, bringing together chefs and restaurateurs for the ultimate rooftop soiree at Pier 92, located high atop Manhattan’s Midtown. While guests enjoyed such savory and sweet bites as squid-laced pasta, chicken Parm-meatball combos and creamy panna cotta, Giada mingled with fans and took pictures with partygoers while wood-burning ovens blazed in the background.

Instead of delivering the usual red-sauce staples, chefs dished out inventive, surprising dishes, including a muffuletta sandwich, a super-spicy pizza and a seasonal panna cotta dessert. Check out 10 top bites of the night.

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What to Watch: Ina Garten Cooks a Birthday Meal for Jeffrey and Triple G Chefs Make Guilty Pleasure Foods

by in Shows, October 14th, 2016

Barefoot Contessa
While the leaves are falling outside, stay in this weekend and get some new recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. Head over to the ranch on Saturday morning as Ree Drummond is testing out some new recipes for chicken-fried steak, chocolate pie and homemade biscuits. Then, take a trip to Nashville, where Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, are trying their hands at Chopped. Trisha’s making an appetizer, entree and dessert from a basket of mystery ingredients. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are making a week’s worth of dinners and sharing some tips to make mealtime easier. And then Valerie Bertinelli brews a beer-centric menu with slow-cooker pulled pork and a beer-infused milkshake.

On Sunday morning Guy Fieri is making homemade versions of Thai takeout favorites, like red beef curry and Coconut Jasmine Rice. Then, it’s Jeffrey’s birthday, and Ina Garten is making him an Italian feast featuring her roasted meatballs, Creamy Parmesan Polenta and Bruschetta with Sauteed Chard. After that, Sandra Lee’s bringing the spooky and revisiting some of her best costumes and favorite treats from Halloweens past.

On Sunday night, head over to Flavortown Market, where four chefs are making their most-decadent dishes; then, tune in to Halloween Wars, where the four remaining teams must capture the horror of a two-faced monster. Finish off the weekend with a bit of wedded bliss, as Duff Goodman and Lorraine Pascale have their worst bakers sculpt wedding cake toppers and bake four-layer celebration cakes.

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A Mastery of Italian Flavors on Beat Bobby Flay

by in View All Posts, October 13th, 2016

Beat Bobby FlayFrom Dark Horse Wine — Bet on the Dark Horse

When you think of Bobby Flay‘s signature cuisine, you likely picture the flavors of the American Southwest — fresh and dried chiles, of course — or perhaps a perfect taco or the juiciest of burgers. What you’re likely not imagining are old-school Italian-American favorites, like meatballs and pasta. But in true Flay fashion, Bobby wasn’t fazed by the announcement of meatball sandwiches being the challenge dish in Round 2 during tonight’s new episode of Beat Bobby Flay. After his competitor, Chef Rodney Murrillo, declared it his signature dish, Bobby quickly jumped into action and began working on his components, though his experienced rival remained a potential dark horse.

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6 Tailgating Foods You Can Eat with Your Hands

by in Recipes, October 13th, 2016

Get the coolers packed and put your team colors on display — it’s time to head to the stadium. For your tailgating menu, the food should be convenient, pack enough of a punch to fuel everyone through hours of revelry and, above all, be finger-friendly. Here are a few ways to go utensil-free for your game-day eats.

Pigs in Blankets

While your friends and family are tossing around the old pigskin, break out these ever-satisfying pigs in blankets (pictured above). For a fun twist, try any of Food Network Kitchen’s pigs in other blankets recipes, from breakfast-themed Sausage-and-Biscuit Pigs in Blankets to a French-inspired version with ham and Brie. Read more

Grannies Get Competitive on the Upcoming Series Clash of the Grandmas

by in Shows, October 13th, 2016

Clash of the GrandmasJust when you think you know what to expect from grandmas — knitted scarves, cozy quilts or sweet apple pies, perhaps — the ladies competing on the all-new series Clash of the Grandmas are here to dispel those stereotypes once and for all (though they may still bring the apple pie).

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c, Clash of the Grandmas will feature four grandmothers each week as they battle in a series of holiday-themed face-offs. These grannies, each boasting undeniable culinary chops, have time-honored recipes in their repertoires and a knack for delivering tried-and-true comfort. It will be up to them to showcase their skills in unexpected challenges if they want to outcook each other and take home the coveted prize of $10,000.

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