Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 9th, 2013

Tofu-Stuffed Acorn SquashThough squash often plays a starring role on Thanksgiving dinner tables — from soups and salads to mashes and mac and cheese — this family-friendly vegetable is a staple all winter long. Just like butternut and spaghetti squash, acorn squash is endlessly versatile: Feature it as a simple side to round out the meal, or let acorn squash take center stage on your dinner table as the main dish. The key to turning acorn squash — or any vegetable — into an entree is beefing it up a bit with hearty protein, like meat, tofu or eggs, plus complementary ingredients to add extra flavor.

In its recipe for Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash (pictured above), Food Network Magazine puts a spin on classic stuffed peppers by using squash as the vessel of choice and tofu instead of ground meat as the filling. Since tofu can be plain on its own, it’s important to cook it with bold ingredients so it adopts those tastes and becomes full-flavored. Here Food Network Magazine sautes tofu with olive oil, garlic and onions, then adds juicy cherry tomatoes and baby spinach to create a fresh mixture. Parmesan cheese and lemon juice add balancing richness and a refreshing flavor to the combination, which is served inside a tender roasted acorn squash with a simple pita-spinach salad on the side.

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Jeff’s Italian Spumoni Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2013

Jeff's Italian Spumoni Cookies
12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Jeff’s holiday cookie is inspired by spumoni, which is traditionally a molded Italian dessert featuring different layers of ice cream (cherry, pistachio and either chocolate or vanilla) along with candied fruits and nuts. Jeff puts his twist on the Italian classic by turning those memorable flavors into a “spumookie” complete with chocolate chips, pistachios and dried cherries.

Get Jeff Mauro’s Italian Spumoni Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Robert Revives the Jersey Shore on Holiday: Impossible 2

by in Shows, December 8th, 2013

Holiday: Impossible 2“It’s our biggest mission ever: two locations, three days, $50,000,” Robert Irvine said of what he was about to take on in Ship Bottom, Long Island Beach, N.J. Just one year ago, that community was devastated — along with so many others along the Eastern Seaboard — when Hurricane Sandy smashed on shore with powerful winds and rain, plus multiple-feet-high storm surges. In the spirit of the season and true to Robert’s selflessness, the Restaurant: Impossible host teamed up with Lexus for Holiday: Impossible 2 to give two Ship Bottom businesses that were nearly decimated by the storm a second chance to thrive. With the help of Lexus’ generous donation of extra time and an increased budget, plus the commitment of his design and construction teams from Restaurant: Impossible, Robert transformed LBI Pancake House and Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company, both once waterlogged from the storm and in dire need of updates if they were to have any chance at lasting futures.

While it’s rare for Robert to undertake a project of this magnitude, it’s no surprise that he didn’t let the feat stop him from completing it on time and with the very best results. After just a few days of work, he reopened LBI Pancake House for owners Bill and Carole Waldron as a vibrant, welcoming eatery worthy of the neighborhood, and he introduced a revitalized kitchen and lounge area at Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company President Dan English and Fire Chief Wade Bradley, as well as the company’s 30 members. Read on below to hear from Carole and Dan, find out how their locations are doing today and see behind-the-scenes photos.

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11 Psychological Tricks of the Supermarket Trade

by in Shows, December 8th, 2013

11 Psychological Tricks of the Supermarket TradeAs we’ve seen in Guy’s Grocery Games, navigating a grocery store is not an easy feat. You go in for milk and leave with six bottles of wine (on sale!) and a bag of chips. Our friendly grocers are just honest businesspeople trying to sell some food. We would never accuse them of Jedi mind tricks.

Okay, yes we would. No consumer arena has been as psychoanalyzed as much as the grocery store. Like any responsible business owner, grocers have studied their consumers and learned what makes us tick. Often referred to as “the racetrack,” a grocery store is designed to get you into the “track” and make you go as slowly as possible through every aisle. Most of the major products have been strategically placed to maximize your time and money spent.

Here are a few tricks of the trade:

1. Locked Door Behind You: Grocery store doors are usually one-way. Once inside, you’ll have to walk past a few special offers to find the exit. It’s like when the frail, screaming victim in a horror movie realizes the only way out of their current environment is through it. Instead of killing you, grocery stores just want to sell you some Oreos.

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Crisp Mozzarella Sticks — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 8th, 2013

Crispy Mozzarella Sticks - Most Popular Pin of the Week
Whether it’s football Sunday or you’re planning appetizers for a holiday party, you can’t go wrong with a crowd favorite: mozzarella sticks. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is a crispy, oozy recipe for the whole family and one that is calcium-packed. The pizza flavor profile makes them extra tasty to kids’ palates.

For similar inspiration for dairy recipes, visit MyPlate’s Dairy board or Food Network’s boards on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Crisp Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Artichoke Dip, Lightened Up

by in Uncategorized, December 8th, 2013

artichoke dip
Traditional artichoke dip is delicious, but the calories and fat lurking in every bite may surprise you: 1/4 cup has 200 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. That’s without crackers or chips (and assuming anyone stops at 1/4 cup!). Most reci...

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Bobby’s Blondies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2013

Bobby's Blondies
12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Bobby’s bar cookies don’t require multiple batches in the oven; they’re baked all in one butter-and-parchment-lined baking pan. Starting with a classic blondie base, Bobby then adds milk-chocolate chips, toffee chips and toasted almonds. The butterscotch and molasses flavors from the light and dark brown sugars plus the toffee chips contrast well with the chocolate and nuts. Be careful not to overmix your batter, in order to avoid a tough blondie.

Get Bobby Flay’s Blondies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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WATCH: Make Macaroni and Cheese in a Rice Cooker

by in How-to, December 7th, 2013

Double-duty gadgets are a favorite on FN Dish, and rice cookers are just that. Newsflash: you can make more than rice in a rice cooker. Click play on the video above to watch Jonathan from Food Network Kitchens easily make the ultimate comfort food: macaroni and cheese.

What do you make in your rice cooker (besides rice)? Tell FN Dish in the comments below.

Watch the Top 4 Missions with a Cause on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 7th, 2013

Each business Robert Irvine visits on Restaurant: Impossible is worthy of his time and resources in the hopes of giving it a second chance at lasting profitability. But every once in a while he’s met with a mission that’s of particular importance — a challenge with especially high stakes and a meaningful cause on the line.

These special missions require not only Robert’s signature focus and commitment to success, but often additional support and an expanded team as well. While this often comes in the form of an increased budget and more time to work, it also includes the contribution of countless volunteers, including celebrity chefs and local neighbors alike. In the past on these special episodes, Robert’s received his list of tasks from none other than the First Lady of the United States, and he’s welcomed back his Dinner: Impossible crew, plus friend Chef Michael Chiarello, to help him complete the tests on time.

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