by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, February 6th, 2016
by Sara Levine in Recipes, January 22nd, 2016
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
With winter storms blanketing the country, there are plenty of snow days. Before you turn to reheated leftovers and a packet of hot chocolate, borrow a recipe from these snow-inspired chefs who have the perfect ways to warm up after snowball fights or shoveling. Read more
by Allison Milam in Recipes, January 14th, 2016
The East Coast is bracing for its first real winter storm of the year, and it looks to be a big one. Combat cabin fever and celebrate the snowfall with icy treats made with fresh snow. They’ll keep the kids (and kids-at-heart!) occupied, but when you’re truly cooped up and can’t get to the store to make dinner, we’ve got you covered there, too.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, November 17th, 2015
Hitting the mountain this season? Getting ready for a day of skiing or snowboarding can be more grueling and time-consuming than the act itself, with having to track down gloves and goggles and standing in line for rentals and tickets, not to mention breaking a sweat yanking on the godforsaken boots. The pre-skiing morning can be so jam-packed that you might forget to pin down lunch, meaning your ski break will undoubtedly entail overpriced, fried foods that’ll weigh you down for your afternoon runs. This winter, do things a little differently by packing easy-to-make, energizing foods that’ll get you back on the mountain fueled up and ready to go, with a few extra dollars in your wallet to boot.
by Guest Blogger in Restaurants, January 31st, 2015
A steamy mug of hot cocoa is inarguably the best way to counter the cold weather. Though you could go the store-bought route and swirl powdered hot cocoa mix into hot water or milk, going the extra mile and making your own chocolatey blend from scratch is totally worth it. Get our top homemade hot chocolate recipes for sipping all winter long.
Food Network Kitchen’s Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one festively minty recipe that you shouldn’t wait until the holidays are in full swing to savor. It’s made and served all in one pot, and it’s thickened and enriched with dark chocolate.
by Sara Levine in Recipes, January 27th, 2015
By Amy Sherman
Ramen has established its place on the list of ultimate comfort foods. Forget about those packets of instant noodles you ate in college — these craveworthy bowls are the real deal. You’ll now find this slippery noodle dish all across the country, not just in dorms and Japanese enclaves. Chefs are putting their spin on it, creating their own mash-up versions with everything from coconut curry broth to toppings like matzo balls or cheese. Check out the full gallery for all 12 steaming bowls that are sure to beat your winter blues.
by Rupa Bhattacharya in Drinks, Events, February 7th, 2014
Pizza delivery is a pipe dream right now for snowed-in East Coasters, and it may be a few days before many can get to the store for fresh provisions. Fortunately, you don’t have to subsist on frostbitten leftovers from who knows when. Food Network Kitchen worked up these six comforting recipes made exclusively with nonperishable pantry ingredients. At first the rules seemed daunting — no fresh produce, no dairy, no fresh herbs, not even a squeeze of lemon! — but these recipes turned out so delicious that your family will never know. Plus, they make fun and easy cooking projects to keep cooped-up kids and adults occupied.
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
If you’re snowed in, or just way too tired for a trip to the store on a busy weeknight, this comforting pasta (pictured above) is perfect. Think beef stroganoff meets chicken paprikash (without the meat). The sauce is uber-creamy without the help of cream. Instead, the combo of evaporated milk, flour and mustard does the trick.
by Jackie Alpers in How-to, January 22nd, 2014
It wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics without an inordinate amount of snow. Stay warm and cheer on your team with one of these winning hot drinks from around the world.
Glühwein — German mulled wine (often with a shot of aquavit or brandy added) — is a classic during the holidays and after skiing. Ina’s recipe is a hybrid between mulled wine and mulled cider.
Chai masala is an aromatic Indian drink that usually features cinnamon, ginger and other spices. Try Aarti’s classic recipe.
by Marisa McClellan in Recipes, February 22nd, 2013
Brighten up even the grayest winter days and beat those winter blahs with these five fun ways to add more color into your life with sprinkles.
by Jonathan Milder in Books, February 18th, 2013
Whenever I’m at a loss as to what I should make for dinner, I make a pot of soup. I appreciate the fact that you can make something warming and filling with just a few ingredients and I love the fact that a batch of soup nearly always yields enough for lunch the next day.
In fact, we eat so much soup around my house that in late January, my husband asked for a soup break. Looking back, I realized that we’d eaten a batch or two every week since November. Once I figured out just how much soup I’d been feeding him, I was fine with taking a little rest.
Nearly all my soups start out the same way: I saute onions, leeks or shallots in a bit of olive oil and then start adding whatever other vegetables are in my fridge that need to be used. Then there’s the liquid. I use stock if there’s some to be had, or water with a little bouillon concentrate or a splash of wine for flavor.
Finally, salt, pepper, herbs and a long, slow simmer. Unless I’m working with tough cuts of meat that need a lot of cooking, the last thing I add is protein — like slivers of chicken breast, beans or little cubes of ham — to prevent it from overcooking or falling to bits.
Before you start cooking, read these tips
I’m the librarian of the Food Network’s library. I am looking for winter, but struggling. I see Mindy Heiferling’s A Taste of Spring, Elizabeth David’s Summer Cooking and Rick Rodgers’ Autumn Gatherings. Nowhere do I find winter.
This seems odd. Without the luxury of hibernation, I find that we’re forced into the kitchen during winter — if only in search of warmth or light. Our kitchens slow down to the pace of a simmer, larders get rooty, meats get more stew worthy. Winter may be low season in the farm cycle, but it is high season for cooking. Winter’s true harvest is to be found in the kitchen.
Cookbooks may pretend to have an aversion to winter, but don’t believe them. To find winter, look for it in bowls. Because bowl foods, literally and spiritually, physically and metaphysically, radiate warmth. Cold hands like a warm bowl. And the soups, stews, braises and other slow-cooking one-pot dishes that belong to bowls are the foods that truly deserve the name “comfort food” (everything else is the comfort of nostalgia).
Get my four favorite books dedicated to bowl foods