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Fall Fest: Paneer With Spinach


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.

We’ve transitioned from summer fest to fall fest, and this week we’re talking about spinach.  Paneer with Spinach, also called Palak Paneer, is a vegetarian Indian dish made with . . . well, spinach, and paneer, a firm Indian cheese. It’s quite popular; it gets prominent placement on Indian menus and is usually part of an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. But making your own at home is easier than you think.

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Ice Cream Truck Hits The Big Easy

Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck heads back east along the famed highway.

After a west-coast tour followed by a sunny stop in Texas last weekend, the Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck lands in New Orleans this morning to hand out free scoops of La Divina Gelateria‘s wondrous frozen flavors.

Come out and meet us at Crescent City Farmer’s Market from 9am-1pm.

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Cooking Channel Fall Preview

This fall, Cooking Channel is serving up all-new shows that will get you in the kitchen, cooking up all kinds of delicious eats. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming!

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Cook 1 Day, Eat for 5

Rachael Ray's Week in a Day

She's back.

You love cooking (and eating!) homemade meals. We know this. But even with the best intentions, sometimes working home-cooked meals into a busy schedule every week can be tough. Sometimes you could use a little help! Enter Rachael Ray, queen of getting things done in the kitchen — fast! She’s come to Cooking Channel with a whole new promise: to teach you how to prepare a complete line-up of hearty, fresh meals in one day that you can whip out for weeknight dinners during the week. It’s Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day.

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Bee Inspired by My Life in Food

Beekeeper Andrew Coté tends to his hives on a Manhattan rooftop

Farming and beekeeping…not typical career paths for city dwellers. On tonight’s episode of My Life in Food, you’ll meet Annie Novak and Andrew Coté, two urbanites who prove that both can be done on the rooftops of New York City.

Annie grows 30 types of organic produce on a 6,000 square foot rooftop farm in Brooklyn. Andrew tends to over 100 beehives throughout the city and sells his “NYC Honey” at the Union Square Greenmarket, where he’s better-known as the “Honey Man” or the “Bee Guy.” Visit him there on Wednesdays if you’re in town.

Andrew’s best-selling urban honey has a unique flavor, he says, thanks to the many types of nectar his bees collect from all of the different trees in the city. If you can hold yourself back from eating it (or your own favorite honey) straight from the jar, check out our hunger-inducing honey gallery, full of ways to use the sweet stuff in savory dishes as well as desserts.

Tune in tonight at 9:30pm/8:30c for a glimpse into their extraordinary lives in food.

Canning Tomatoes: Many (Dirty) Hands Make Light Work

Finished Tomato Sauce A little effort today means fresh tomatoes for months to come.

The end of summer means that once again my husband and I, along with a couple of friends, are undertaking a major tomato canning extravaganza. We work together to stock all of our shelves with jars of tomato-y goodness for the year to come, methodically processing the fresh tomatoes from firm, whole fruit to bubbling red jars of liquid summer.

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Summer Fest: Potatoes, Iron Chef-Style

Michael Symon's Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes

Summer 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.

Potatoes are a blank canvas—the possibilities are endless. They can be healthy (boiled or baked), rich (mashed with generous amounts of cream and butter) and anything in between. Michael Symon, host of Cook Like an Iron Chef, chooses to go decadent. What does he use to make simple roasted potatoes Kitchen Stadium-worthy? Duck fat, of course!

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Pix Potluck: Tyler’s Mussels in Green Olive Sauce

Pix Potluck: Mussels in Green Olive Sauce -- Thi Kim Nguyen

Mussels served in a bright, flavorful sauce made from green olives, capers, parsley and cilantro, served with plenty of crusty bread for dipping — something you’d order from your favorite tapas spot with a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, right? This great food photo looks like it came straight out of a restaurant kitchen, but it’s instead from Facebook fan Thi Kim Nguyen; she tried Tyler’s recipe for Mussels in Green Olive Sauce from a Food 911 episode on tapas.

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Celebrating: Oktoberfest

Chuck Hughes's Pan-Grilled Lamb Sausages over Potato Risotto

This Saturday, September 18th, marks the beginning of the annual 16-day Oktoberfest celebration held in Munich, Germany. Some six million people attend every year, flooding the city and getting crazy with food and drink (explore with the Thirsty Traveler!). Even if you can’t make the trip to Munich, you can cook up your own Oktoberfest fare at home – it’s fall comfort food at its finest!

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An Indian Picnic for Indian Summer

Bal's Rice Pudding with fresh berries: Warm and comforting, yet light and fruity

Labor Day has come and gone, and crisp fall weather’s right around the corner. Summer barbecues are winding down, but it’s too soon for quintessential fall foods like squash and pumpkin. So what’s on the menu for Indian Summer?

Bal Arneson is sneaking in in one last outdoor picnic. Today on Spice Goddess, she puts together an Indian picnic spread with spiced-up dishes like Sirloin Skewers with Roasted Potatoes and Rice Pudding.

Check out these beauties and more of Bal’s recipes in our Indian Summer Gallery.

Any of them would make a lovely and flavorful segue to fall.  Catch Bal’s Indian Picnic today on Cooking Channel at 11am/10c.

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