by Guest Blogger in Restaurants, November 13th, 2016
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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.
by Sara Levine in In Season, Recipes, November 13th, 2016
You know that cauliflower makes a veggiecentric stand-in for the usually doughy pizza crust, but believe it or not, its ability to cut the carbs in your favorite recipes goes beyond that. Enter cauliflower rice, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. All it takes is a few blitzes in a food processor to turn cauliflower florets into granule-like bits that have much the same look and texture as the rice you know and love. In this lightened-up recipe from Food Network Kitchen, the cauliflower rice is cooked with softened onions and tossed with fresh parsley to soften the texture of the vegetable and offer subtle flavor. “With the olive oil and browned onions, the cauliflower has enough flavor to satisfy by itself,” the chefs in Food Network Kitchen explain, “and it can also be a base for stir-fries, beans and rice or anything else you would eat with rice.”
For more meal makeovers, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.
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by Erin Cassin in Restaurants, November 12th, 2016
The perennial fandom over a certain coffee chain’s pumpkin spice latte proves that pumpkin, as an ingredient, should not be reserved for pie. Instead of relegating the sweet squash to dessert only, incorporate pumpkin into breakfast for a sweet, warming start to the day. And if you’re still craving that PSL and want to save a few bucks, we’ve got a recipe to make one at home. Read more
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 12th, 2016
Living in the Dairy State does have its advantages. Not only do Wisconsin farms and factories churn out more cheese than any other state in the nation — over 3 billion pounds of it in 2015 alone — but they also produce a regional delicacy that the denizens are known to devour at an astonishing speed: cheese curds.
This springy, salty snack is actually a product of the cheese-making process itself. Often described as cheese in its youngest form, curds are a solid tangle of milk proteins that are pressed together and then aged to create cheddar, Colby and other formidable blocks of fromage. These peanut-sized morsels are mild in flavor and have a distinctive squeak to them that denotes their freshness.
Curds have existed for thousands of years, but they became a beloved addition to Wisconsin’s culinary canon when Europeans immigrated here in the mid-1800s and brought their cheese-making ways with them. At some point in the decades since, clever cooks began coating the curds in batter (typically laced with beer) and plunging them into sizzling oil to create wondrously golden nuggets that sing with salty, cheesy flavors. The curds are traditionally paired with dipping sauces, and creamy ranch is the classic favorite.
So craveworthy are these fried cheese curds that they have burst beyond Wisconsin’s boundaries, with restaurants across the country offering riffs that stick close to the classic recipe. Check out Food Network’s gallery to find out where to score them.
by Colleen Park in Recipes, November 11th, 2016
For the first time ever, not one but two Food Network pals dropped by The Kitchen this morning for an epic Friendsgiving celebration. Nancy Fuller, Valerie Bertinelli and all five co-hosts took turns showcasing their best-bet recipes for all of the Thanksgiving feast, from the all-important turkey to a simple drink and a dressed-up dessert. Nancy was all about one dish — a “one-dish,” to be exact. With the help of Jeff Mauro, she prepped her super-cheesy Root Vegetable One-Dish, a big-batch casserole filled with a whopping five seasonal picks — celery root, parsnips, sweet and Yukon gold potatoes, and rutabaga — baked at once in a single pan.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, November 11th, 2016
Whether you have family gatherings or Friendsgiving planned for later this month, mashed and smashed potato dishes will likely make it onto your table — possibly even for days following the big feast. Since mashed potatoes get more than their fair share of attention during this season, we’re shining a light on some non-mashed potato dishes that deserve a place on your dinner table.
If there were ever such a thing as a potato league, we think these spuds would be named MVP. Hasselback potatoes are easy to make, look great and, above all, taste amazing. It takes only a few extra knife cuts to transform a basic baked potato into this cover-worthy dish. By making thin slices into the potato, but not cutting all the way through, you get crispy edges on top of a fluffy interior. Keep the dish simple with Ree Drummond’s recipe for Hasselback Potatoes (pictured above) using russet potatoes and a topping of butter, olive oil and chives.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 11th, 2016
I like to tell everyone that I was completely deprived because I never even tried ginger beer until I was at least 28 years old. It happened to be in my very first Moscow mule, which I completely adored, but I was all over the ginger beer itself before anything else.
While I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where my mom cooked every night, we had a lot of the same (delicious!) staples, and her cooking focused more on comfort than it did on adventure. I’m sure that also had to do with feeding four mouths other than her own, and the last thing she wanted to do was cook a new, exciting meal for us to turn our noses up at it.
So it’s safe to say that I don’t think she ever even purchased ginger root. She would cook with ground ginger, but the fresh stuff never graced our home, and it wasn’t until I started cooking myself that I fell in love with it. The hint of spice that comes with fresh ginger is so refreshing and lovely.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 10th, 2016
This weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are talkin’ turkey and sharing Thanksgiving recipes you’ll be thankful for. Saturday morning, it’s a Frontier Friendsgiving on the ranch, and Ree Drummond is celebrating with her two closest friends and a boozy gravy recipe. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is making a portable Thanksgiving feast for her niece who’s a nurse, and then the co-hosts of The Kitchen are making The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese with help from Nancy Fuller and Valerie Bertinelli. On Saturday afternoon Ayesha Curry is making two kinds of turkey, and Valerie’s hosting Thanksgiving for her whole family.
Sunday morning, take a break from turkey and tune in to Guy Fieri, who’s serving up a leg of lamb for his Thanksgiving feast. Later on, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Thanksgiving feast, Nancy Fuller is leaving the Thanksgiving decor to her grandkids, and Bobby Flay’s making the ultimate day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.
Sunday night, it’s Thanksgiving in Flavortown, and grandmas are throwing down with their Thanksgiving recipes on Holiday Baking Championship and Clash of the Grandmas.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, Product Reviews, November 10th, 2016
In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, three chefs competed in preliminary rounds in order to gain a spot in the finale, for a chance to go up against the formidable competitor Bobby Flay. In the end Seis was the chef to battle Bobby. He’d won $15,000 for just getting to that point, but to earn $25,000 more he’d have to also beat Bobby. Both chefs would have to cook Seis’ choice of dish — in this case bibimbap, a dish Bobby had previously lost with on his own show, Beat Bobby Flay. Find out if Seis was able to beat Bobby again, or if Bobby redeemed himself from last time.
FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Winner
Ice cream: It may not be the first thing you think of as November temperatures drop, but what good is pie if not a la mode? Luckily for us, several ice cream retailers across the country have taken their love for Thanksgiving to the next level with seasonal pints that highlight the traditional components of a Turkey Day feast — cranberry, apple, sweet potato and yes, even turkey. Read on to learn where to find them.
Salt & Straw: November Seasonal Pints
Every fall, the wacky-flavor inventors at this Portland-based ice cream shop release a set of seasonal pints (pictured above) that incorporate ingredients — both savory and sweet — of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. This year’s lineup includes Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey and more. With a range like that, why even bother cooking the meal?
Set of 5, $65