9 Must-Try Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 16th, 2016

Although turkey is the holiday’s iconic dish, Thanksgiving dinner is actually a pretty great meal for vegetarians. Heaping dishes of autumn vegetables and glorious carbs often outshine the bird, anyway. Vegans have a tougher challenge, since the many of the holiday’s traditional vegetable sides are laden with dairy and eggs. If you’re expecting vegetarians or vegans at your feast, it’s nice to have something substantial on the table that can serve as their main dish. For vegans, a special dessert is also a thoughtful touch, since most classic pie recipes are off-limits. Just be sure to make enough: Omnivores won’t be able to resist these, either.  Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Turkey

by in Restaurants, November 16th, 2016

Roast Turkey
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

The national day of stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, Thanksgiving is one of the few meals in which the main dish is often upstaged by the sides. Though bird is the word of the season, many a Thanksgiving turkey tends to underwhelm. Don’t let that be the case this year. Several chefs offer their favorite preparations for T-Day poultry to ensure your bird is far from bland. Read more

5 Green Bean Casseroles to Satisfy Everyone at Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 16th, 2016

Green Bean and Tomato CasseroleGetting all your guests to eat their greens is no easy feat when mashed potatoes and stuffing are being passed around again and again. But it’s a challenge made easier with beautiful and creative green bean casseroles. Here are five we’re sure will disappear from your table this Thanksgiving. Read more

Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?

by in News, November 15th, 2016

Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?Long a controversial condiment — there are those who love it, and those who very vocally do not — the creamy topping, used by its numerous fans on everything from salad to pizza, is in foodie focus after Ben Adler, a staff writer covering environmental politics and policy at Grist, wrote a scathing takedown of it that was published in The Washington Post.

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Every Kind of Chili You’d Ever Want to Make

by in Recipes, November 15th, 2016

Vegetarian? No-red-meat eater? Bean hater? Tomato avoider? No worries! No matter your diet or preferences, you never have to miss out on chili season. We’ve got a hearty, flavor-packed recipe for every palate.

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Robert Irvine Takes Over Flavortown in the First-Ever Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible

by in Shows, November 15th, 2016

Robert Irvine
Nine of America’s bravest chefs are gearing up to compete in an epic four-part Flavortown showdown for a chance to cook against Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine, and a chance at winning up to $40,000. Starting Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8|7c, three chefs will compete each week in two grueling rounds of culinary competition and the last one standing will win $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale. But before bagging the prize, the winning chef will have a chance to double the money in a cook-off against Robert Irvine. The finalist from each episode will advance to the grand finale, where he or she will vie for a chance to compete against Robert one last time, a chance at another $20,000 and the title of Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible Champion.

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Here Are the Most-Unexpected Dishes at Food Network Staffers’ Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Community, Holidays, November 15th, 2016

Zucchini Corn FrittersThanksgiving is all about traditions, from Mom’s signature turkey seasoning and your aunt’s sweet ambrosia salad to Grandma’s now-famous pumpkin pie. Each family has its own list of dishes that just has to be on the table for it to feel like the holiday — and some of those picks are downright unexpected, going well beyond the requisite mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. We checked in with Food Network staffers to find out the most-surprising items on their turkey day tables.

“It’s my husband’s family’s tradition to serve fried corn fritters at Thanksgiving each year — not the most-traditional dish but so delicious! They like them sweet and drizzled with maple syrup, but I bet they’d love this savory version from Food Network Magazine too. It has zucchini, garlic and buttermilk for a little tang.”

— Lauren Piro, Food Network Editor

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The 7 Best Flavors to Pair with Apples in Thanksgiving Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 14th, 2016

Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese IcingMuch like the turkey that will likely be the savory star of the show on Thanksgiving, apple desserts, which will all but steal the spotlight come dessert, can be complemented by myriad flavors and ingredients; it all comes down to knowing how to pair them and letting the tastes and textures speak for themselves. This Thanksgiving, think beyond the classic apple pie (though, let’s be honest, we’ll have that on our table too — Bobby Flay’s recipe is a go-to favorite). Try dressing up your sweet apple treats with other fall flavors. Check out our top ideas below for seven ways to pair apples with seasonal selects like fragrant spices, pears, cranberries and more.

Spices Galore

Anne Burrell balances the tartness of the green apples in her easy-to-make cake with two kinds of sugar and the warmth of fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg. These powerhouse spices are favorite fall flavors, and they’re natural complements to not just the apples but also the fluffy cream cheese icing.

Get the Recipe: Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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11 Easy Thanksgiving Day Breakfasts to Make for Overnight Guests

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 14th, 2016

Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond OatmealGot friends or family in for Thanksgiving? With a big day of cooking ahead, these are the easiest breakfasts to serve guests, with just the right mix of special and simple.

Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal
Just mix up everyday ingredients like milk, rolled oats and blueberries, and let the mixture chill overnight. When you wake up, the oats will be tender and the flavors married. It doesn’t get easier than that!

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Burger Patties in Los Angeles

by in Restaurants, November 13th, 2016

Baadmaash Burger
By Brad Japhe

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

In addition to movie stars, sunshine and traffic, Los Angeles also offers burgers aplenty. While they never claimed to have invented it, the residents of Southern California have been cultivating a cultish obsession with their burgers for the better part of a century now. As a result, many an Angeleno chef will go aglow when asked to name his or her personal favorite. In this city of millions, it’s fitting that there be nearly as many opinions on the subject as there are chefs. Read on to find out where the pros go to score their perfect patty.
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