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Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen

Fig jam with fennel pollen, yogurt cheese, pickled figs.

Abundance is the mother of preservation. My friend Amy found herself in possession of a very large quantity of figs, more than any rational human could possibly manage to consume, so I happily took a few flats off her hands. Fig jam, after all, is my absolute favorite.

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Oktoberfest with The Beer Chicks

We’ve been waiting and waiting and finally the end of September is here, and Oktoberfest has arrived! This year marks Munich’s Oktoberfest’s 200th anniversary. Which, we think, just means more drinking beer and that makes us happy. The typical style of beer that is consumed at Oktoberfest in Munich is a style called Märzen, which is traditionally a full-bodied malty seasonal lager, in addition to the mega liters of ubiquitous Pilseners and Hefeweizens being lifted throughout the world over this 17-day beer extravaganza. But we Beer Chicks like to do things a little differently. Why limit ourselves to the typically consumed? We’ve found Oktoberfest as a time to spread our wings and celebrate the German beer styles that don’t get as much attention as the others, but are delightful in more ways that one!

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Fall Fest: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Tyler's Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie

Fall Fest 2010We’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.

Let’s face it, apples go a long way in making up for the fact that there are no more strawberries, no more zucchini or corn and no more tank tops and flip flops. During this week of Fall Fest 2010, we’re talking about apples, the generous fruits that see us through the transition of summer-to-fall. An apple, dusted with cinnamon and simply baked, tucked under a buttery crust or a thick layer of spiced crumb topping, or cooked down into a sweet applesauce is quite possibly the most comforting food of all. Forget meat loaf and mac and cheese, nothing conveys warmth and coziness like a an apple pie, like Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie, above. Here’s a roundup of some of the most tempting apple desserts out there — some of yours, some of ours — that are sure to escort you into the colder months, and will make you forget about your flip flips for another year.

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Finding: Farm Aid Fans!


This Saturday, Farm Aid turns 25 by rocking Milwaukee with a star-studded benefit to support the American farmer and grow the Good Food Movement…

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Missing: A Harbor Bar Summer

Harbor Bars -- the ultimate summer cookie and ice cream treat?

Harbor Bars from Down East, Maine credit: Kim Post Phinney

Over the weekend, during an unusually hot fall Saturday, I dug into my freezer and unearthed a single, lonely Harbor Bar.  This last vestige of a long, bountiful summer served as a lonely indicator that the party was indeed over… 

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Fall Baking Recipe Gallery

Tear into David Rocco's Focacce.

The oven’s been off all summer while you chilled at the grill. Now it’s the start of baking season, with holiday cookies and pies right around the corner. From savory breads to decadent desserts, our fall baking gallery is full of ideas.

View the Fall Baking Recipe Gallery.

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TV Dinner: Broccoli Rabe “Stoup”

Broccoli Rabe Stoup

Broccoli rabe, Italian sausage, orecchietti and chile pepper will get you in the mood for fall.

What, in the world, is a stoup? It’s the delicious middleground between a soup and a stew, and something you’ll most likely want to add to your fall repertoire.

Rachael Ray’s cooking it up today on the premiere of her new show, Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day this afternoon at 3pm ET. Get the recipe for this Sausage and Broccoli Stoup plus an entire week’s worth of weeknight meals that you can make all in one day.

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Inside the James Beard House

For food people, the James Beard Awards rival the Oscars. We root for our favorite or hometown chefs and seek out the restaurants of award-winners while traveling. Any mention of Mr. Beard’s name in a restaurant review means major culinary clout.

If you identify with the above, you can understand my excitement upon being invited to attend a dinner at the James Beard House—the former residence of the man himself in New York’s West Village.

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Meet Nadia G from Bitchin’ Kitchen

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You sampled our Fall Preview so check out  Bitchin’ Kitchen with Nadia G — one of Cooking Channel’s new series.  This Queen of Kitsch and Kitchen rose through the ranks on YouTube before landing her first cooking show.  She now hosts Bitchin’ Kitchen on Cooking Channel beginning Wednesday, October 6th at 10:30pm ET.

Itchin’ for Bitchin’ — why wait?  Catch Nadia G. (aka Nadia Giosia) on the Today Show Friday morning (September 24th) in the 10:00am  hour. You’ll definitely want to see this one in action…  And check out all of our new shows in our Cooking Channel Fall Preview.

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Challenge: Christmas Cookies in September?!

Need Inspiration? Taste drive Laura Calder's Powder Puffs

It’s that time of year again! Get ready for fall foliage, pumpkin carving, apple cider and…holiday cookies? Okay, we know, it’s not quite that time of year, but we’re already planning our Holiday Cookie Showcase and we need your help!

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