8 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches We Simply Can’t Resist

by in Recipes, October 26th, 2016

Few sights are as mesmerizing as a gooey bridge of cheddar stretching between two halves of warm griddled bread. Indeed, the humble grilled cheese taught us early on that the best things in life are the simplest things — and that dunking every inch of cheesy, buttery sandwich in creamy tomato soup is tantamount to pleasure. “So why mess with a good thing,” you ask? Because adding bacon, heirloom tomatoes, tender greens and other creative ingredients can only enhance a grilled cheese experience. These mouthwatering recipes prove our point.

Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich
Many people will agree that firm yellow cheddar is most irresistible when melted and oozing out from between two slices of toasted bread. Melissa d’Arabian’s classic grilled cheese is sure to deliver plenty of melted goodness — and a taste of childhood nostalgia, too.

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3 of a Kind: Fermented Salads

by in Restaurants, October 26th, 2016

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

Hold on to your forks, because chefs across the country are using fermentation to spice up that classic menu staple: the salad. While fermented salads have long been consumed in Asian countries, with Burmese tea salads, Korean kimchi and some Thai salads being categorized as such, the trend has only recently taken root in the United States. With healthy eating and probiotics coming into favor, fermentation has started to become more mainstream. The pros are jumping on board, using pickled vegetables and fermented dressings to create tangy twists on typical salads. Here are a few spots offering fermented spins of their own.

Fermented Cabbage with Grapefruit, Sea Beans, Scallions and Crab from Cherry Point, Brooklyn
This new Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant has a focus on housemade, ethically produced charcuterie, and also on seasonal vegetables. One stellar pick is the Jonah Crab Salad. This dish brings together fermented cabbage, grapefruit, Jonah crab, sea beans and scallions. The combination makes for the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and salty elements. Read more

5 Pumpkin Pasta Dishes to Make for Dinner

by in Recipes, October 25th, 2016

Pumpkin Wonton RavioliPumpkin season is short, so we want you to make the most of it. In addition to carving pumpkins and making pumpkin pie, try cooking savory dishes with pumpkin this year. These recipes incorporate the season’s most-Instagrammed produce into simple pasta dishes that are a winning combination of fresh and filling. Read more

4 Food-Inspired Halloween Costumes You Can DIY

by in How-to, October 25th, 2016

Asparagus costumeHalloween is just around the corner. If you’re still brainstorming a kid-friendly costume, look no further than your kitchen for inspiration! These costumes are all made out of balloons and clothing your kid already owns. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Read more

What’s Your State’s Favorite Halloween Candy?

by in Holidays, News, October 24th, 2016

What's Your State's Favorite Halloween Candy?Alabama and Washington love Airheads. Connecticut and Rhode Island prefer peanut butter cups (Reese’s, if you please). And candy corn is the Halloween treat of choice in five states, uniting in sugar Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina.

We know these sweet-tooth truths because product-focused social media company Influenster put the question of fave Halloween candy to its members and distilled the 40,000 survey responses from across the nation into a sweet-by-state U.S. map.

Other revelations:

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8 Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats That Are More Sweet Than Spooky

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2016

Candy Bucket CookiesI once turned deviled eggs into spiders by putting carefully sliced black olives on top. They were an adorable nod to Halloween, and I couldn’t help thinking my kids would just love them. But then my 3-year-old burst into tears at the sight of them. Since then I’ve forgone the gravestones and monsters, and focused on can’t-miss Halloween favorites instead, like chocolate. And lots of it.

Candy Bucket Cookies (pictured above)
Start with a base recipe for buttery cookie dough, and add to it your pick of candies.

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The Wizard’s Tour of Horrors — Alton’s Tournament of Terror After-Show

by in Shows, October 23rd, 2016

As a longtime Cutthroat Kitchen judge, Simon Majumdar has seen all manner of evilicious — and he’s even participated in some too. So when he joined the Tournament of Terror party tonight as the Heat 4 judge, he was hardly fazed by the shocking sabotages Alton Brown unveiled for him on the After-Show.

After checking out a diabolical trick-or-treating setup, digging up an ingredient casket in Alton’s graveyard and selecting his own weapon, Simon, wearing an impressive Wizard getup, stepped into what Alton, aka “Huggy the Clown,” called “the autumn chamber of horrors.” It was an expansive and elaborate enclosed room in which wind blew, leaves flew and lightning struck. For Chef Chase, who was saddled with this sabotage in Round 3 of tonight’s battle, the challenge proved to be downright maddening as he struggled to keep his elements of his pumpkin dessert free of incoming leaves. But for Simon, who was tasked by Alton to prep beef tartare in the room — using his choice of bone cutter, of course — the challenge was seemingly uneventful. Once Alton closed the door behind him, Simon simply put his head down and got to work, despite the flashing lights and airborne leaves surrounding him. “He’s going to be in there for at least an hour,” Alton said of Simon, who continued to shred away at the beef, no matter the eviliciousness of his surroundings.

Click the play button on the video above to watch what went down, and check out Alton’s and Simon’s unforgettable costumes up close.

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Chefs’ Picks: Fall Traditions and Treats

by in Restaurants, October 23rd, 2016

French Toast from Cook
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Changing leaves and cooler weather signal the arrival of autumn, as do seasonal activities such as hayrides, pumpkin patch visits and apple picking — especially in the Midwest and Northeast. And with autumnal activities come fall treats, which are as plentiful as the brilliantly hued leaves drifting to the ground. Chefs take advantage of this time, too, as few can resist the allure of the crisp fall air that beckons when they get a break from the kitchen. Here are some of their favorite fall traditions and the seasonal snacks they indulge in along the way (it seems chefs really love their cider doughnuts!).

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Easy Vanilla Dutch Baby — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 23rd, 2016

Vanilla Dutch BabyLike the lightest, most-airy pancake you’ve ever had, Melissa d’Arabian’s quick-fix Dutch baby, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, is a fan-favorite recipe with a 5-star rating. She adds a splash of vanilla extract to the batter to guarantee comforting flavor. Perhaps best of all, there’s no need to flip a Dutch baby like there is a pancake, so you know this will be a fuss-free breakfast to prep.

For more morning meal ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Rise & Shine board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Dutch Baby

Hometown Hungers: New Orleans Beignets

by in Restaurants, October 22nd, 2016

Cafe Beignet

When the sun rises in New Orleans, so do the beignets. Traditionally served for breakfast in the Crescent City, these signature pastries are much like NOLA itself: a touch indulgent, yet totally irresistible.

Beignet is French for “fritter,” but here in the United States these airy pillows of fried dough are known as the official doughnut of Louisiana. The pastry arrived from France by way of Canada back in the 18th century. That’s when French colonists were forced to leave Canada’s eastern coast (then known as Acadia) in the years following Britain’s conquest of the region. They brought with them the recipe for this simple pastry that has since become synonymous with Louisiana — and New Orleans in particular.

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