Sweet and Savory Selections in St. Louis — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 16th, 2014

St. Louis on The Great Food Truck RaceThis past week on The Great Food Truck Race, the rookies rolled into St. Louis, where they’d soon learn a lesson or two about food truck ownership. In a Speed Bump challenge Tyler had them earn their seed money by selling the city’s specialty, toasted ravioli. After that, the trucks got back to selling their normal menus, but before they knew it, Tyler visited the trucks to test their food. Finding their quality lacking, he instituted a Truck Stop cooking challenge, whose winner would double their till. At the end of the two days a frontrunner was sent home, learning that it doesn’t pay to mess with quality.

Whether you’re looking for the local specialty or just want a sweet fix, St. Louis has a little bit of everything, including comfort food, international specialties, made-from-scratch doughnuts and more.

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12 Peanut Butter for Dessert Recipes

by in Recipes, September 16th, 2014

Peanut Butter for DessertIt’s time to pack the kids up for school again, and that means making mounds of school lunches. But PB&J sandwiches can take you only so far. For a new twist on a classic ingredient that kids and adults love, look no further than the Peanut Butter series on FN Dish.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been giving you inventive recipes that let you incorporate peanut butter into all your meals — from breakfast to dessert — for the entire family, and now it’s time for the final (and best) part of the day: dessert. And don’t forget to check out our breakfast, lunch and dinner posts.

1. These bite-size Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops (pictured above) are the perfect sweet snacks for that mid-afternoon slump.

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Which Is Better: Chocolate Fondue or Cheese Fondue?  

by in Food Network Magazine, Polls, September 16th, 2014

Which Is Better: Chocolate Fondue or Cheese Fondue?It’s impossible to go wrong with fondue. You can go the savory route and dunk chunks of bread into a bowl of thick and velvety melted cheese, or you can opt for the sweet variation and dip strawberries, marshmallows and other goodies into a warm pot of chocolate. Both options are deliciously decadent, but which is better?

Food Network Magazine wants to know which side you’re on: chocolate or cheese. Vote in the poll below and tell FN Dish what type of fondue you prefer.

Food-Inspired Notebooks for Back-to-School

by in Product Reviews, September 15th, 2014

Food-Inspired Notebooks for Back-to-SchoolI don’t believe food should be contained in the cafeteria. I think it should be brought to class — in the form of notebooks! So I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite fruit-, sugar- and treat-inspired notebooks (like the ones above from Palas Pandiras) that’ll make you (or your kids) hungry for knowledge.

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Gnocchi with Squash and Kale — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2014

Gnocchi with Squash and KaleAlthough summer’s juicy tomatoes and sweet peaches are nearly a thing of a past, fall brings with it an abundance of produce too: Welcome to the season of crisp apples, golden sweet potatoes and a myriad of squash, like kohlrabi, acorn and butternut. A bell-shaped squash with a thick skin, butternut squash shines in dishes from creamy soups and simple salads to rich purees and hearty casseroles, like Food Network Magazine’s Gnocchi with Squash and Kale (pictured above).

The beauty of this one-pan supper is that it starts with store-bought potato gnocchi, which means that the dish can be on the table in as few as 35 minutes. After sauteing the squash in a buttery mixture with garlic and sage, add the kale and gnocchi, then top with a blanket of nutty Parmesan cheese and finish in the broiler for a cheesy, comforting family-friendly dinner ideal for busy weeknights. Since this pan moves from the stove to the broiler, be sure to start with an oven-safe pan.

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Food Network’s New Show Hungry Games will Change the Way You Think About Food

by in Shows, September 15th, 2014

Richard Blais on Food Network's Hungry GamesEver wonder why ice cream is so addictive, or why it gives you a brain freeze when you eat it too fast? And how about that restaurant menu item that sounds so irresistible that you have to order it, even if it means paying a premium? In Food Network’s new series, premiering Oct. 20 at 8|7c, Chef Richard Blais reveals how you taste, choose and crave your favorite foods.

In fun, often hidden camera experiments, Richard interacts with people on the street, in supermarkets and in restaurants, testing the way they experience food. You’ll be surprised about the inner workings of the brain when it comes to food — it may just change the way you think about how you eat.

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Not-So-Crispy Rice Treats — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, September 15th, 2014

For the Cutthroat Kitchen judges to be wowed by a dish in front of them, the offering must be not only appealing to the eyes and tastes, but it must be at least somewhere reminiscent of the classic rendition of the challenge dish. When it comes to crispy rice treats — those gooey, marshmallow-laced desserts mixed with rice cereal — the need for a crispy element is baked right into the name, so it’s no surprise that when Alton Brown auctioned off a sabotage that would threaten that crunchy texture, chefs had every reason to be concerned.

Instead of cooking with true crisp rice cereal, one competitor would be forced to work with soggy, milk-soaked cereal. How could he or she resurrect the crispy texture from such a limp state? Is it even fair to ask a chef to make crispy rice treats with mushy cereal? It turns out that it is indeed possible to turn out a solid finished dish, as the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team tested this sabotage before Alton opened it up for auction.

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7 Lunchbox Accessories to Pack the Best Lunches Ever

by in Family, September 15th, 2014

7 Lunchbox Accessories to Pack the Best Lunches EverPacking a school lunch has a bad reputation, but it doesn’t have to be so hard — and the results can be very sweet. Here are a few of my favorite gadgets that easily make all the difference between a so-so lunch that comes home half-eaten and a special little treat kids can’t resist.

1. Bento Boxes: It’s simple to pack a balanced lunch when you have several compartments to fill with something different. Planet Box is the most-expensive line, but with a stainless-steel box that comes in a cushy (and customizable) case, it’s hard to beat. Our favorite plastic (and more affordable) version is EasyLunchboxes, which are BPA-free and also come with cooler bags in every shade of the rainbow.

2. Our Favorite Water Bottles: Oh, the leaky water bottles. If I could have a refund for all the sippy cups, water bottles and novelty glasses we’ve bought for our brood, college would be paid for already. Along the way I’ve figured it out. This is the only kind of water bottle we’ll buy going forward: The Bubba bottle is made of stainless steel, isn’t overpriced, is dishwasher-safe and hasn’t leaked a drop yet.

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