Tag: fall

Better Brussels Sprouts, Courtesy of The Vegetable Butcher

by in Books, In Season, October 18th, 2016

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds, Walnuts, and ManchegoThe chill is starting to tease its way into the air again, and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, so we’re calling it: It’s officially time to start talking about autumn produce. There are few ingredients we love more than the tiny (but still so mighty) Brussels sprout.

When looking for new ways to enjoy these small cabbages, we turned to Cara Mangini’s new book, The Vegetable Butcher. While there have been volumes written about how to properly prepare and handle meat, the details that go into the proper preparation of vegetables have been under-represented in print … until now. We love this book because it’s incredibly well-researched and articulate but easy to follow, thanks to great writing and step-by-step photos. It’s chock-full of amazing recipes and contains more information than you ever knew you could learn about vegetables. Cara Mangini sat down with us and gave us the low-down on the secret to unlocking the perfect Brussels sprout dish. Hear from her below, then read on to learn how to make the beauties pictured above.

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How (and Why!) to Roast a Pumpkin

by in Recipes, October 16th, 2016

Even before what I’ll refer to as the Great Pumpkin Controversy of 2016 (which Snopes fact-checked and says originated when “a viral social media rumor suggested the pumpkin in pumpkin pie is secretly produced from other squash”), there was one very good reason to roast your own pumpkin instead of buying it canned: It simply tastes better.

Sure, roasting a pumpkin is an extra step when making pie, but the fresh flavor makes it totally worthwhile. (And it’s an essential skill to have to make a whole slew of amazing recipes that call for whole pumpkins or pumpkin chunks.) Plus, when you roast a pumpkin at home, you also get the bonus of being able to roast the seeds to make delicious, toasty snacks.

So whether you’re test-driving a pumpkin pie recipe to make for Thanksgiving dinner or you want to mix up your tired salad routine with chunks of perfectly roasted pumpkin and toasted pepitas, here’s what you need to know. Also, get the recipes for some of our favorite fresh pumpkin dishes.

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9 Recipes That Will Make Pears Your New Favorite Fall Fruit

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Souffle Pancake with Apple-Pear CompoteUnless you’re heavily invested in fruit baskets, you might not eat a lot of pears. And I get it. They’re hard as a rock at the grocery store and require at least a couple of days on a friendly counter until they’re soft enough to bite into. But that’s where the magic happens. This fall, do yourself the most-delicious favor: Buy a couple of pears. Set them on the counter. After three days, pick one of these mouthwatering recipes and let those pears shine. You won’t regret it.

For Breakfast

Souffle Pancake with Pear & Apple Compote (pictured above)
In our house we call this a Dutch baby, and it’s hands-down our family’s favorite special breakfast. What makes it so good? It could be the pillowy cloud that emerges from the oven like a delicious science project, but I think it’s thanks in no small part to the rich and sweet compote on top.

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Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon ButtercreamMy husband proposed to me again after I made him this cake. It was a complete shock to me, as he is not a big sweets eater. We have come to a comfortable understanding in our lives: I make desserts every day, I ask him to sample them, and he nods that they are fine.

But not with this cake!

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The Best Apples for Cooking and Snacking

by in In Season, Recipes, October 13th, 2016

Apple season is officially here. And whether you make a trip to the orchards to pick your own, peruse the pretty piles of fruit at your local farmers market or simply head to your usual grocery store, today’s apple options seem endless. While that variety is welcome, it can also be overwhelming. When it comes time to bake a pie, hand-churn applesauce that would make Grandma proud or simply grab a fresh, juicy fruit to snack on, you can never quite remember which variety is best for that occasion. Here, we share our list of favorite varieties for baking, saucing, snacking and freezing, along with our most-quintessential apple recipes.

Fresh/Snacking
Gala
Honeycrisp
Cameo
Jonathan
Empire
Fuji
Cortland
Macoun

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Spike It: Boozy Pumpkin Spice Latte

by in Drinks, October 12th, 2016

Boozy Pumpkin Spice LatteIf loving pumpkin spice is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

Like most people, I’ve loved pumpkin spice for ages. For. Ever. Long before I ever tasted pumpkin spice coffee, I wanted all the pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread I could get my hands on.

Then, a few years ago, when I was pregnant with my son, I was totally NOT into pumpkin. It didn’t make me sick, per se, but I had no desire to consume it and basically went well over a year without having a drop of pumpkin touch my lips. Late last year, I decided that I was into it again. And this year? Well, let’s just say that I was the person at the coffee shop drive-thru on Aug. 20 asking if they had pumpkin syrup yet. So embarrassing.

Ever since that humiliating late-August day, I’ve been getting my pumpkin fix at home. Not only with pumpkin bread and cookies, but with a homemade pumpkin spice latte so I can spend more money on shoes. You get it, right?

Some evenings, or even … maybe … on a (late?) Saturday afternoon, I’ve poured a teeny bit of coffee liqueur into my PSL to make it more grown-up and kick back a bit. For me, this version is usually made with decaf coffee, but feel free to use an amped-up caffeinated coffee and maybe even add an extra shot of espresso in there.

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5 Over-the-Top Pumpkin Displays to Visit This Fall

by in Family, October 10th, 2016

If one pumpkin on your porch is enough to have you smiling all season long, just imagine how happy thousands of pumpkins will make you. We bet that’s exactly what the masterminds behind these impressive pumpkin patches were thinking. But it’s more than just volume that lures visitors — it’s the insanely creative displays (like the village scene at the Dallas Arboretum) and the promise of fall fun (hayrides, doughnuts and corn mazes). Eager for a pumpkin-packed day out? Here are five spots around the country that do it right.

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Hearty Recipes We Crave When the Weather Turns Cold

by in Recipes, October 9th, 2016

It’s officially sweater-and-boot weather — and that means coat, scarf and glove season is mere weeks away. Every year at this time, we start craving the culinary equivalent of those cozy clothes: hearty dishes that fill us up and warm us from the inside out on even the coldest of days. These recipes are guaranteed to sate those cold-weather cravings, and they’re almost as much fun to make on a cool fall night as they are to tuck into when the cooking is done.

“Put this dish in front of anyone and they’ll automatically think of fall,” says Anne Burrell of her Orecchiette with Pancetta, Pumpkin and Broccoli Rabe (pictured above). And since it’s packed with autumnal ingredients like fresh diced pumpkin, broccoli rabe and toasted pumpkin seeds, we understand why.

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The Very Best Ways to Put In-Season Butternut Squash to Use

by in Recipes, October 6th, 2016

Saffron Risotto with Butternut SquashHere at Food Network, our office CSA loot this week included apples, leeks, sweet potatoes and one in-season vegetable that we’ve been waiting for quite patiently: butternut squash. Innately sweet, hearty and tender, this fall favorite is a stunner in whichever hearty soups, comforting mains and side dishes it becomes a part of. Learn how to break it down, step by step, then use it to make one of our favorite recipes.

Fold tender morsels of roasted butternut squash into a creamy pot of homemade risotto. With over 200 top reviews, Ina Garten’s Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash is the one to make, as it gets an added layer of flavor from a pinch of saffron threads, plus diced pancetta and grated Parmesan cheese.

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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte Base

by in Shows, October 1st, 2016

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte BaseApple orchards are open, leaves have begun to turn and, perhaps most importantly, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at your favorite coffee shop — fall is officially in session. While you may indeed crave the piping-hot comfort of a fragrant PSL, there are more ways to indulge in that seasonal flavor than in a cup of joe. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off a simple way to create your own rich, boldly flavored Pumpkin Spice Latte Base, which you can use to transform whipped cream, oatmeal and more into autumnal dishes.

If you can mix up a few ingredients, you’re well on your way to prepping this five-minute recipe. Start with a can of smooth pumpkin puree, then sweeten it up with brown sugar and mix in flavorful additions, including, of course, the requisite pumpkin pie spice. This fuss-free combo will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator; it’s a grab-and-use way to boost the taste of your favorite plates. To start, try it in Pumpkin Spice Latte Sweet Dip with creamy ricotta for a next-level dessert.

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