by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, February 5th, 2015
by Mallory Viscardi in Books, Holidays, February 4th, 2015
From greeting cards and red roses to candy hearts and chocolate boxes, much is made of Valentine’s Day every year. But if, for whatever reason, you’re not embracing the day devoted to love this Saturday, there’s still a way to celebrate: Swoon over a bold — and, ahem, pungent — meal without fear of recoil from your partner.
Set up an appetizer to remember by crafting an elegant cheese plate with a deliciously funky blue cheese at the center, then dig into Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken (pictured above) for dinner. This 5-star supper is made with only four ingredients, but together they pack a flavorful punch. While dozens of garlic cloves may surely seem over the top, don’t shy away from adding all of them; they turn soft and surprisingly sweet as they roast, and together with the thyme, the garlic complements the chicken.
by Maria Russo in Contests, January 20th, 2015
It’s February, which means it’s chocolate’s turn to take center stage. ‘Tis the season to try your hand at being an amateur chocolatier, whether you’re satisfying your craving with melt-in-your-mouth truffles or layering chocolate inside of chocolate with more chocolate with Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes. Add a luxuriously sweet finale to your Valentine’s Day dinner menu with the help of the new cookbook Chocopologie, written by master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. Check out his expert chocolate-handling tips and get his recipe for droolworthy Double Chocolate Cupcakes below.
1. Ganache is made by pouring hot cream over chopped chocolate. Knipschildt sometimes adds a little honey for a pop of sweetness and to contribute to a smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Butter is also frequently stirred into the warm ganache to boost its lushness.
2. Modern technology has made melting chocolate a lot easier and foolproof. When you use the microwave, there’s less chance of the chocolate scorching or stiffening (also called “seizing”).
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Shows, January 11th, 2015
Valentine’s Day celebrations may come in many forms — from romantic restaurant meals to simple dinners at home or low-key gatherings with friends — but no matter what the day looks like at your house, chocolate should indeed be on the menu. Just in time for Valentine’s Day this year, FN Dish has teamed up with See’s Candies to offer fans the chance to win gift cards, which can be spent on candy for a special someone (or for yourself).
Creamy milk chocolates, nut-studded beauties with caramel, strawberry-laced truffles and smooth peanut butter bites — no matter what kind of treat you’re craving, there’s surely something at See’s to please every taste bud. You can buy your favorite treats from See’s Candies online now, but FN Dish is giving five lucky, randomly selected fans each a $25 gift card for free. The gift cards never expire, and you can use them in See’s Candies shops or on the company’s website. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling us how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year.
by Virginia Willis in Recipes, View All Posts, February 14th, 2014
While you may still be basking in the post-holiday glow and reveling in 2015 New Year’s celebrations, The Kitchen team already has its eyes on Valentine’s Day. From swoonworthy gifts to your preferred place to enjoy dinner with your special someone, the co-hosts want to know your plans for the day devoted to love. Cast your vote in the polls below to share your preferences.
by Marisa McClellan in Holidays, February 14th, 2014
There was a diner that we would occasionally visit when I was a little girl. It was otherworldly. The fluorescent lights were bright and the restaurant was loud with the clanking of pots and pans, music on the jukebox and the chatter of the customers. I remember the waitresses with bouffants bustling about in their pink uniforms, the red, shiny vinyl booths and Formica tabletops, and the weathered men with worn baseball caps hunched over their coffee cups at the counter. What I remember the most, however, was the gleaming pie display case. It was vividly illuminated from the inside and the desserts were featured on constantly rotating, pristine white shelves, giving a 360 degree view of the tantalizing contents. This polished stainless-steel refrigerator was an absolute shrine to pie. It was truly memorable. Read more
by Sara Levine in Holidays, Recipes, February 13th, 2014
When I was in my mid-20s, some girlfriends and I started a Valentine’s Day tradition. Being that we were all single at the time, we chose to spend the evening of February 14 together instead of pining over ex-boyfriends and lost loves.
My friend Cindy would be on cocktail duty. Ingrid was in charge of selecting the movie. Una always brought the appetizers. And I took care of making our chosen dinner — fondue.
We’d start with a pot of cheese fondue with bread, steamed broccoli and grilled chicken for dipping. Once we’d had our fill of the savory course, I’d bring out a small pot of chocolate fondue with strawberries, orange segments, pound cake cubes and pretzel sticks. It was such a fun way to celebrate our loving friendships on a day most often reserved for romance.
by Guest Blogger in Recipes, View All Posts, February 13th, 2014
A perfect rich-yet-airy chocolate souffle is the ultimate wow-factor Valentine’s Day dessert. But souffles can be intimidating, both for expert bakers and novice cooks. So we asked Pastry Chef Robert Parks, lead instructor of the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, for his no-fail, no-fall recipe, plus five top tips for souffle success.
1. Make a “cream-based” souffle: This is the key to Chef Parks’ no-fail recipe. Cream-based souffles include starch, which makes the souffle more stable and less sensitive to movement.
2. Use the right type of ramekin: deep and straight-sided.
3. Don’t overwhip or underwhip the meringue: It should be stiff but not crumbly or dry.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, February 13th, 2014
By Allison Robicelli
I was nostalgic for the “great American mom-and-pop-shop pursuit-of-happiness” business model even before I met my husband, Matt Robicelli, a chef. Before we fell in love we knew we’d open a business together. For six years now Robicelli’s Bakery in Brooklyn has turned out millions of brownies, cookies, whoopie pies and what many people flatteringly call the city’s best cupcakes. It’s spawned a cookbook and some notoriety. And yet we are still married, with our ninth Valentine’s Day upon us. Being married to your spouse isn’t all cupid and cupcakes, though. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned so far: Read more
by Jackie Alpers in Recipes, February 12th, 2014
It’s February 13. Whether you’re a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife — or even a good friend — you have just enough time to plan something special for Valentine’s Day. No, we’re not suggesting a last-minute swing by the convenience store for one of those cardboard, heart-shaped chocolate boxes moments before the big date. Instead, show your love by baking up decadent chocolate desserts in your own kitchen. These heart warmingly homemade chocolate-centric recipes come to you just in the nick of time, working as a romantic treat for two or an irresistible dessert for a troupe of sweet-toothed singles.
A fudgy brownie is a no-brainer, but Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart (pictured above) cuts down on flour so that it’s extra rich and chocolatey. She deepens the flavor of chocolate by adding coffee granules, making the whole house smell like brownies.
Love and chocolate. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. Go beyond the boring box of store-bought chocolates and wow your valentine with spicy homemade truffles decorated with sprinkles, candies, sparkling disco dust and glimmering edible jewels.
My go-to recipe for Spicy Brazilian Chocolate Truffles is extremely easy. The secret is constantly stirring the chocolate over low heat until it becomes very thick. Make a batch for your sweetie and check out step-by-step instructions below for decorating each of the truffles in my assortment.