Traditional Classics, Updated: 4 Favorite Stuffings to Savor

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 7th, 2014

Sausage and Herb StuffingStuffing or dressing, in the bird or out, cornbread or sourdough, crispy edges or not — no matter what you call the bread-based side dish on your Thanksgiving table or how you prefer to eat it, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without it. This year, honor the traditional dish while dressing up your feast with fresh, new flavors by putting a few twists on classic recipes. Read on below for go-to recipe inspiration for stuffings and dressings from Ina Garten, Rachael Ray, Tyler Florence and Giada De Laurentiis, then check out Food Network’s Thanksgiving Central for more side dish selections.

Ina sticks to tried-and-true dish in her recipe for Sausage and Herb Stuffing (pictured above), a crowd-pleasing casserole made with the trifecta of classic stuffing ingredients: apples, onions and celery. Follow Ina’s recipe and use either white or sourdough bread to form the base of the casserole, then opt for sweet or spicy sausage, depending on your family’s tastes. After mixing in the cranberries, plus a splash of chicken stock for moisture, bake the stuffing until it’s turned deliciously browned on top.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by , November 7th, 2014

Red Wine
In this week’s news: There may be one fewer reason to drink red wine; meat companies ditch the drugs; and two studies take a glass-half-empty attitude toward milk drinking.

Time to Switch to White?
If you’re drinking red wine for the, um...

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What to Watch: Let Food Network Inspire Your Thanksgiving Spread

by in Shows, November 7th, 2014

Thanksgiving
This weekend is the perfect time to start prepping for your bountiful Thanksgiving feast. Let The Pioneer Woman, The Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games and Holiday Baking Championship inspire you to spice up your holiday spread. The Pioneer Woman is cooking up a variety of scrumptious pies, The Kitchen is reinvigorating harvest recipes, Thanksgiving meals are put to the test on GGG and Holiday Baking Championship gets right to the sweet stuff.

When you’ve got your fill of feast finds, be sure to catch Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Guy’s Big Bite, Southern at Heart, Farmhouse Rules and Cutthroat Kitchen. They may not be all about Thanksgiving just yet, but they’re certainly worth watching and salivating over. You’ll be introduced to tasty recipes like Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Saltimbocca, Guy Fieri’s Lamb Kofta Burger, Damaris Phillips’ White Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Nancy Fuller’s Warm and Cheesy Artichoke Dip with Toast.

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Is It the Reuben Sandwich’s 100th Birthday? Maybe — or Maybe Not

by in News, November 6th, 2014

Reuben SandwichHappy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear … Reuben sandwich?

Depending on which of several theories about the origin of the grilled gastronomic masterpiece made from corned beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and rye bread you believe, this year may or may not mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Reuben sandwich.

According to New York legend, some food historians and at least one NYC tabloid, the popular sandwich was first whipped up in 1914 by New York deli owner Arnold Reuben in his then-famous but now-defunct midtown Manhattan eatery, Reuben’s Restaurant.

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Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage: Meatballs

by in Recipes, Shows, November 6th, 2014

While many consider meatballs the ultimate accompaniment to classic spaghetti and tomato sauce, these traditionally beefy rounds go beyond Italian comfort food, as Superstar Sabotage winner Eric Greenspan showed off on last night’s finale when he presented them in an Asian-style dish. Host Alton Brown, too, puts a creative spin on the everyday meatball in his easy-to-make recipe for Swedish Meatballs (pictured above).

Ideal for weekend tailgating or a casual appetizer, Alton’s top-rated meatballs are made with a mix of ground beef and pork, and they’re portioned into bite-size rounds so they’re easy to eat at a party. The key element of Alton’s recipe is his gravy; instead of simmering the meatballs in a tomato-garlic sauce, he sautes them on the stove before blanketing them in a rich, creamy broth-based topping laced with fragrant allspice.

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Wake Up to Good News About Coffee

by , November 6th, 2014

Coffee
Those of us who are addicted to coffee (put down that third cup of joe and raise your hand) would probably love to think all that java consumption is good for us in ways beyond just waking us up. Well, guess what? A new study has found that drinking...

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Deconstructed Falafel Salad — The Weekender

by in Recipes, November 6th, 2014

Deconstructed Falafel SaladLet’s talk lunch. There is no better time to think about packing a few weekday lunches than over the weekend. If you wait until Monday, the battle is already lost. But if you devote even just half an hour on Saturday or Sunday to prep some lettuce and a couple of interesting toppings, the entire week is just better.

It means that instead of snacking aimlessly throughout the day or spending way too much money on a takeout meal, you have a solid lunch to look forward to.

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8 Crowd-Pleasing Brussels Sprouts for Your Thanksgiving Table — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2014

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels SproutsFrom the stuffing to the mashed potatoes, there are certain sides you just can’t do without on Thanksgiving. Now, more than ever, once-unloved Brussels sprouts have eclipsed a lot of other vegetables, working to balance an otherwise heavy meal. As you begin brainstorming the must-haves for your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to work these simple yet to-die-for Brussels sprouts sides into the lineup.

1. Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts — Ina Garten’s Brussels sprouts (pictured above) are perhaps the most elegant of all, layering the flavor of salty diced pancetta with fruity, tart balsamic vinegar.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts  — Food Network Magazine’s back-to-basics recipe may simply involve roasting, but the smart addition of red pepper flakes, white wine vinegar and honey leave every caramelized sprout layered with flavor.

3. Brussels Sprouts Gratin — This cheesy veggie side takes only five ingredients, including a topping of Gruyère cheese that instills a creamy nuttiness in every bite. 

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Fruit-Flavored Hot Dogs Are Now a Real Thing

by , November 6th, 2014

When was the last time you ate a hot dog? Did you think, while chomping down on said meat product, that it could use a little bit of lemon or strawberry? Of course you didn’t! That’d be crazy. However, that’s just what one manufacturer has begun adding to their dogs in Japan.

These fruit-flavored hot dogs are not gummies or candy or anything of the sort. They are actual processed pork links mixed with strawberry, lemon and other flavors. Reporters who have braved these dogs have said they have a “slightly milky” taste in addition to an overpowering sweetness. Yikes.

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