3 of a Kind: Oil Cocktails

by in Restaurants, November 23rd, 2016

#3 Cocktail from Birch

By Natalie B. Compton

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Oil is seeping past the confines of the kitchen, thanks to creative bartenders across the country. While the ingredient has been used in cooking for decades, it’s starting to pop up in new drinkable ways from coast to coast. The addition of oil to the arsenal of standard cocktail ingredients has enabled bartenders to play with textures and flavors in innovative ways. The opportunities seem vast for this burgeoning bar technique, whether tweaking the texture of a savory concoction or enhancing the flavor of a bright, citrus-forward drink. Here are some standout cocktails that typify the trend. Read more

Better-Than-Grandma’s Deviled Egg Recipes

by in Recipes, November 23rd, 2016

Fried Ham Deviled EggsFor an appetizer in a flash, deviled eggs have been a go-to dish for generations. That said, a time crunch doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. These recipes are amped-up versions of the classic your grandma used to make, so go crazy with flavor combinations and eye-catching garnishes. Granny will just have to try one! Read more

Millennials Are Really Into Coffee

by in News, November 22nd, 2016

For many of us, there’s more in a cup of coffee than a rousing jolt of caffeine. There’s comfort. There’s community. There is, perhaps, even a sense of identity. That may be true for none of us more so than millennials, whose insatiable jones for java, it seems, is behind a global surge in demand for coffee, bringing it to an all-time high.

Coffee consumption worldwide among those 19 to 34 — especially in the United States, the leading consumer of coffee, but also in Brazil and China — has more than offset a mild decline in demand for the evil bean among the older generations, according to data cited by Bloomberg.

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One-on-One with Aarti Sequeira, a Judge on Clash of the Grandmas

by in Shows, November 22nd, 2016

We’re just a few weeks into the premiere season of Clash of the Grandmas, and if the first battles were any indication, it’s clear that top-quality cooking knows no limits, age or otherwise. Aarti Sequeira is a judge on Sunday’s all-new episode (airing at 10|9c), and she noted the downright fierceness of the ladies facing off in the competition. They are “vivacious, spunky grandmas who love nothing more than to feed people, whether those people are their grandchildren, or someone else’s,” she explained, noting that their dishes often boast that extra something-something. In addition to the “love” that goes into their offerings, she said, there’s also “a little bit of I-don’t-give-a-damn,” which we can only assume is what makes their food so treasured. Read on below to hear more from Aarti and get her take on what it’s like to judge grannies’ cooking.

Aside from the age of the competitors, what makes Clash of the Grandmas different than other culinary battles?
Aarti Sequeira: There’s something special about the way that grandmothers cook. They can make the simplest of dishes, but there’s something in the way they turn their wrist, sprinkle in that brown sugar, layer in the cheese; it’s all so infused with a sense of comfort that every round, after eating their food, I felt like everything was going to be OK. I don’t get that when I taste even the best chef’s cooking!

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What Do Food Network Staffers Eat the Night Before Thanksgiving?

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 22nd, 2016

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving requires a ton of preparation, from planning the menu and shopping for ingredients to ensuring the bird, side dishes and dessert turn out exactly the way you want them. For many of us, that means getting a head start on planning — sometimes as far as a month in advance. If any night is the most critical, it’s the night before, when many Americans will bake pies and prepare reheatable dishes, like casseroles and soups, so that Thursday morning doesn’t dissolve into chaos. Once those tasks are finished, we’re left with little time to figure out dinner on Thanksgiving eve. What do most people eat? Takeout Chinese? Quick pantry pasta? We polled Food Network staffers to find out what exactly they’re planning to rustle up the night before the big feast. Some of the answers might surprise you!

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Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk Lunch

by in News, November 21st, 2016

Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk LunchSo many of us have been there: the sad desk lunch. Sitting in your cubicle, tapping out emails to your boss, feeling harassed by the hot breath of deadlines and your endless to-do list, and eating … oof, what is that, anyway? Last week’s leftover salmon loaf (cold), parts of it stuck to the tinfoil you hastily wrapped it in? A salad of wilted leaves drowning in coagulated dressing? The other half of the turkey sandwich you weren’t so into when you ate the first half — which was … uh … when was it, again?

According to the tagline on the website Sad Desk Lunch, which shares images of prime sad specimens, 62 percent of American office workers usually eat their lunch in the same spot where they work all day.

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The Protein You’re Not Cooking but Should Be: 7 Simple Salmon Dinners

by in Recipes, November 21st, 2016

Salmon with Sweet & Spicy RubIf you’re in a dinner rut or if you’re looking for ways to make a simple dinner your whole family will love, try salmon. Hearty, with a distinctly non-fishy flavor, salmon is such a crowd-pleaser that it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you, too.

Make It Fast: Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (pictured above)
What happens when you blanket fresh salmon with sweet brown sugar, chili powder and smoky cumin? Take the 17 minutes needed to cook this gem and find out! (Hint: Very, very good things happen.)

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7 Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Host, As Chosen by Food Network Staffers

by in Holidays, Product Reviews, November 21st, 2016

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is no simple feat — so if there’s anyone who deserves a show of gratitude, it’s the host. Find out how Food Network staffers plan to say “thanks” to their Thanksgiving hosts at this year’s feast.

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It’s Almost Thanksgiving! But Until Then…You Still Have to Eat

by in Recipes, November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is the holiday we train for — running through menu combinations, debating wet and dry turkey-brining options and even test-driving stuffing recipes in the weeks beforehand. But now that the big day is almost here, don’t overlook one simple task: feeding yourself in the days leading up to turkey day. Here’s how to eat strategically as you count down the days to Thursday’s feast.

Let’s face it: The usual Thanksgiving menu doesn’t include much green. In fact, most traditional fare is somewhere on the white-to-brown color spectrum. So get some roughage into your diet with a crisp Kale and Apple Salad (pictured above), made with raw kale and crisp apple slices and dressed in a lemony vinaigrette.  Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Pie Bakery

by in Restaurants, November 20th, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

For many, the Thanksgiving spread just wouldn’t be complete without that one holiday dessert staple: pie. And in recent years, bakeries have begun offering new riffs on the old standbys, so tried-and-true classics such as apple and pecan can now be found nestled next to novel twists such as tahini pumpkin and bourbon sweet potato. Regardless of what filling it features, pie is one American tradition that brings a sweet taste of nostalgia to the Thanksgiving table. Read on to find out where the chefs head to hunt down their favorite pies. Read more