Cincinnati is the site of an epic pie battle, and it heats up every November: Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants and Busken Bakery both claim to make the best pumpkin pie. The rivalry started in 2010, when Frisch’s ran a billboard ad on top of Busken Bakery saying, “Hello, Pumpkin.” Busken put a sign next to it reading, “That’s ‘Mr. Pumpkin’ to you, Big Boy.” And the companies have been duking it out ever since. Last year, Busken’s owners dressed the seven-foot Big Boy statue in a Busken apron. If you’re in Cincinnati, keep an eye out for the latest pranks — and try a slice of each so you can pick a side.
(Photograph by Kang Kim)
I have a feeling that I’m doing what a lot of you are doing right now: staring at the leftovers in my fridge and wondering how many more Thanksgiving sandwiches I can squeeze out of the turkey and dressing. Anyone in the same boat?
Since I can’t help but wonder how many of us printed out recipes from FoodNetwork.com and are hovering over the same leftovers this post Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a “Thanksgiving Show and Tell” of sorts here on The FN Dish.
What FoodNetwork.com recipes did you whip up this past Thursday? Send me all your food beauty shots at FNDish@foodnetwork.com — I’ll collect all the photos I get and put them up this coming week! Just be sure to email them over as soon as possible as you’re munching away on the leftovers.
Now remember, this is show AND tell, so be sure to give me a quick sentence or two about how it turned out? Was it a smash? Did you forget to set the timer and burn it? Give me a good story!
Now, back to the fridge for me!
Associate Producer, The FN Dish
Contrary to popular belief, FN staffers are not treated to mind-blowing tastings and delicious snack breaks daily. We pack lunches or grab take-out like everyone else. However, special occasions sneak up on us and when they do, they are not to be missed.
Food Network recently launched its brand-new magazine (which makes me insanely hungry every time I thumb through it). To celebrate, our test kitchen chefs served up one feature called 50 Toast Toppers. It’s my guess that our diligent cooks actually tackled all 50 but I lost count somewhere around 27.
The spread was bountiful and impressive which triggered a somewhat embarrassing stomach growl when I walked in. The base for each app was a baked round of French bread, brushed with creamy salted butter. Atop each was a tiny explosion of flavor, whether a bite of gorgonzola, fig jam and prosciutto or hummus with olive tapenade. Sweet and savory made appearances as the team served up tender blue crab with wasabi mayo, an addictive Nutella with tangy orange marmalade and butter-sautéed apples with thinly-sliced ham. The formula was only broken with bite-sized versions of Tyler’s Ultimate Pumpkin Pie. (the dessert featured on the cover). Silky. Sweet. Tart. Crunchy. YUM!
The spread looked complex for a beginner cook like myself. However, a chef confided to me that prep was actually simple. Apparently, I could knock out these toast toppers without issue (or fire alarm). With the holidays around the corner, I’m looking for easy.
Better yet, they are all featured in a pull-out booklet that can live with your cookbooks. Get details on the new FN magazine here.
And don’t miss when Bruce sits down with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Maile Carpenter, on Monday.