All Posts By Liz Gray

Fall Fest: Vanilla Poached Pears, With Variations

by in In Season, October 20, 2010
Poached Pears
Vanilla Poached Pears - Photo By Con Poulos/Food Network Magazine

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Poached pears are the perfect fall dessert: They showcase the flavor (and shape) of whatever kind of pear you choose, and they fill the house with an intoxicating aroma as they steep. I’m making vanilla- and grapefruit-flavored poached pears this week, but don’t stop there — here’s how to poach pears, plus five ways to flavor them.
Poached pear recipes, plus more pear ideas »

Fall Fest: 5 Favorite Fall Salads

by in In Season, October 6, 2010
Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

It’s sad when fresh, juicy tomatoes disappear from farmers’ markets, but there is an upside: it’s time to replace those tomato salads with earthy root vegetables tossed with hearty greens. Here are 5 of our favorite fall salad combinations.

See all our fall salad picks »

Photos: 50 Slimmed-Down Comfort Foods

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 29, 2010

quesadillas

As the weather cools off, I’m craving comfort foods, from gooey mac and cheese to chewy brownies to hearty soups and stews. Luckily, Food Network Kitchens and our chefs lightened up 50 comforting recipes with less fat and more flavor.  Now, my only dilemma: which recipe to make first?

See all 50 made-over comfort foods »

TELL US: What’s your comfort food craving?

Fall Fest: Mini Spinach-Mushroom Quiches

by in In Season, September 22, 2010
Healthy Mini Quiche Recipe
Mini Mushroom-Spinach Quiches

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

So, summer’s officially ending tomorrow, but so what? There’s no reason to be blue. Fall’s got plenty to offer: Winter squash, football games, pick-your-own apple orchards and (finally!) cooler temperatures. Just like my box of sweaters, all the greens I loved in the spring are peeping out again, including Popeye’s favorite: spinach.  I’m celebrating the return of this all-purpose green with a batch of individually-sized spinach-mushroom quiches.

Get the mini spinach quiche recipe »

Summer Fest: A Day of Potato Recipes

by in In Season, September 15, 2010
Potato Frittata
Potato Frittata

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Potatoes definitely weren’t my favorite veggie as a kid. Give me a pile of mashed potatoes, and I was just in it for the gravy. I turned my nose up at baked potatoes, and forget about French fries. Now that I’m older (and a little wiser) I see what all the fuss is about: Besides being delicious, versatile and cheap, potatoes are packed with nutrients and fiber.  Sure, they’re good fried and mashed, but spuds have more to offer. Here’s how to eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

3 meals of spud recipes »

Big Chains: Order This, Not That

by in Back to School, Dining Out, September 3, 2010


Back to school means a return to hectic days, and while we always want to cook a wholesome meal at home, sometimes there’s only time for a pit-stop at the drive-through. But wait — that doesn’t mean you have to give up on healthy eating!  Learn what to choose (and what to avoid) at popular quick-service spots.

Find Out What to Order At The Fast Food Counter:

Summer Fest: Puttin’ Up Peach Pickles, Compote and More

by in In Season, August 18, 2010
Stone Fruit Preserves
Peach-Mustard Compote - Photo by Charles Masters/Food Network Magazine

I absolutely adore stone fruit, from peaches to plums to cherries to apricots to nectarines. Yes, they’re delicious in desserts (and fresh from the bag, juice dripping down the chin), but I don’t discriminate in my kitchen: I love sauteed peaches and plums on salads, peach-marinated pork chops, cherry salsa and grilled nectarines. But the peaches I dream about in August look incredibly sad (not to mention tasteless) languishing in the grocery bin in December. So this year, I’m hoarding all the fruit I can and puttin’ it up, like Grandma’s preserves — with a twist.

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

See fruit-preserving recipes, and join the stone fruit recipe swap »

Summer Fest: Our Top 6 Fresh Herbs

by in In Season, August 11, 2010

herbs

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — herbs are an easy way to give low-cal flavor to many dishes. Better still, you add extra nutrients such as vitamins A and C, fiber and phytochemicals. With herbs overflowing in our backyards and in our patios, we’re celebrating our favorites while they last! We polled all our contributors to find out what’s on the top of their lists, plus our favorite ways to use them.

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

See all 6 herbs, and join the conversation about herbs, beans and greens »

Summer Fest: Cukes and Zukes

by in In Season, July 28, 2010

zucchini carpaccio

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Cucumbers and zucchini are in the same family, but they each have characteristics all their own. Cucumbers are classified based on whether they’re good for slicing and eating fresh or for pickling. We love cucumbers because of their nutritional benefits: Each medium cuke is 96 percent water and has only 40 calories, plus more than 60 percent of your daily vitamin K needs. Although you can find cucumbers at your market year-round, the peak season is from May through August. We love them in a simple cucumber salad — our nutritionist Toby’s version has only 5 ingredients!

See our favorite cuke and zuke recipes »

In Season: Morel Mushrooms

by in In Season, April 20, 2010

mushrooms

I like heading to my parents’ house in Ohio during the spring for many reasons — spring hikes, daffodils and fresh rhubarb — but the thing I love most (besides my parents…hi Mom and Dad!) is the annual hunt for morel mushrooms. As a kid, I spent morel-spotting time balancing on logs, but once I but once I learned to love the rich, meaty flavor of these elusive wild mushrooms, I was hooked on the hunt. Never tasted morels? Learn where to find them, plus get tasty recipes and cooking tips.

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