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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Pear Tart

Gluten-Free Pear Tart

AKA Nothing Com-pears to You

Pears are the unsung heroes of fall. Everyone at the farmers market last weekend was all, “Oooohhh, apples this and apples that.” Fine. Let ‘em try and outdo each other with “Honeycrisp is better than Jonagold, but for baking it’s all about Mutsu.” That keeps them away from the best fruit of the season: pears. You know I’m right. And I want them all for myself.

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25 Ways to Use Sauerkraut

Oktoberfest in Germany may have ended, but you can keep the celebrations going all month long.

Sauerkraut, a traditional German fermented cabbage, isn’t just a delicious hot dog topping or stuffing for Reuben sandwiches. It contains probiotics (those same ones found in yogurt), which help maintain healthy stomach functions, so eat up!

Break out a beer stein and your lederhosen to prepare these delicious sauerkraut-stuffed dishes.

  1. All you need to make Alton Brown’s Sauerkraut recipe is cabbage, some spices and a fair amount of time; it takes about two weeks for the cabbage to ferment. Pickling salt is a fine-grain pure salt that doesn’t contain additives like anti-caking agents or iodine that other cooking salts may have.
  2. Rachael Ray’s Reuben-Style Casserole with Pastrami Meatballs, Sauerkraut and Barley is an easy make-ahead meal, perfect to warm you up on chilly fall evenings.
  3. If you’re an adventurous baker, make Beer and Sauerkraut Fudge Cupcakes with Beer Frosting.
  4. Serve Michael Symon’s Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut (pictured above) on a baguette at your next tailgate.
  5. A simple Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage is hearty enough to be a full meal.

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Chinese Bakers Whip Up a 1,893-lb Pumpkin Pie

The world is currently knee deep in pumpkin season, which means orange-looking recipes are popping up all over the place. Want pumpkin in your coffee? You got it. Want a heaping plate of pumpkin pasta? Yeah, you can hit that too. However, the humble pumpkin pie reigns supreme in the annals of gourd history. Some chefs in China banded together to honor this history by making one heck of a huge pumpkin pie. 

Forty bakers in Changsha, China took a whole bunch of pumpkin and a whole bunch of other pie ingredients (including raisins and dates) and came out with a whopping 1,893-lb pumpkin pie. The ingredients were so heavy that they required a crane to lift. All told it was 14-feet in diameter, or approximately enough to act as dessert for one American Thanksgiving dinner.

The coolest part? This nearly 2,000-lb pie isn’t even record breaking. That honor belongs to a pumpkin pie baked in Ohio, which weighed nearly 3,700 pounds.

Cookbook Giveaway: Rachel Khoo’s My Little French Kitchen


On her Cooking Channel show, Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo, Rachel reveals the modern, un-stuffy side of Parisian cuisine that falls somewhere in between classic bistro dishes and tasting-menu plates of Michelin-starred establishments. Whether uncovering the city’s hidden cafes and purveyors, or serving dinner for two at the one-table restaurant in her tiny apartment, Rachel proves there are many sides of French fare to be explored.

In her book My Little French Kitchen (the translation of the restaurant name La Petite Cuisine), now available in the United States, Rachel goes beyond the Paris arrondissements to explore the French countryside, bringing the best dishes and techniques from her travels back to her pintsize flat. The six chapters highlight the most-iconic foods — and surprising modern twists — from each region, like Red Wine Roast Chicken from Bordeaux (shown above) and many herb-filled dishes from Provence. Amid the recipes you’ll find stories and photos of Rachel’s adventures, sure to inspire wanderlust (or provide fodder for trip planning).

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Fall Fest: Slow-Cooked Meals from Breakfast through Dessert

Dust off your slow cooker. It’s officially the season of low and slow, the kind you can set, forget and come home to after work just in time for dinner. It’s kind of like having a personal chef who specializes in your favorite comfort foods. Here are a few slow-cooker favorites it can help you with, from breakfast to dessert.

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Here is a Glazed Doughnut Stuffed With a Cheeseburger

Doughnuts and cheeseburgers aren’t exactly the best of friends but, in recent years, they’ve become at least acquaintances. The world has its share of doughnut burgers, but they all share one thing in common, the doughnut simply replaces the bun. Here is a doughnut that is actually stuffed with ooey, gooey cheeseburger goodness It’s like jelly … with protein.

Philadelphia’s PYT Burger is no stranger to these pages, making something of a habit out of unveiling kooky burgers. This is the only one that doubles as both dinner and dessert, however. The D’oh Nut Burger is essentially a cheeseburger forced inside of a glazed doughnut, with chocolate-covered bacon bits sprinkled on top. Sweet, delicious heart disease. This burger is only available for a limited time, however, so you had better get on it. Either that or you can just buy your own doughnut and wedge a burger inside of it.

For more outrageous doughnut creations, check out a new episode of Donut Showdown tonight at 9pm ET.

 

 

Hump Day Snack: Creeptastic Zombie Cupcakes

Zombie Cupcakes

Have you eaten your quota of fun-sized candy bars yet? While there’s still plenty of time before October 31st, there’s no harm in getting in the spook-tacular mood early with these Creeptastic Zombie Cupcakes. They’re also ideal for a Walking Dead zombie party. The skulls, eyeballs and gooey brains that sit on top of the cupcakes start with a simple red velvet cake, broken down into crumbs and mixed with enough frosting to bind them together into cake eyeballs, brains and skulls. Dip them in white chocolate and go wild creating the brains and guts. Your friends won’t believe their eye(ball)s!

For more creepy creations to jumpstart your Halloween celebrations, check out these bone-chilling recipes from Cooking Channel:

Trick-or-Treating Ideas Beyond Candy

jack o lanterns

Before you buy industrial-size bags of candy bars and make yours the most popular house in the neighborhood come Halloween, pause for a minute. Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course there’s the issue that we as Americans eat too much sugar and face an obesity epidemic. We’ve heard plenty about that. But also more important than ever is the issue of deadly food allergies. That’s why FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween: Offer something that’s not candy (or food) and paint your pumpkin teal so savvy (and food-sensitive) trick-or-treaters can know which houses are safe.
Lest you fear getting TP’ed for your treats, the alternatives to candy don’t have to just be raisins and toothbrushes. Here are a few cooler ways to sidestep candy.

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You Should Go to South Beach Food & Wine Festival

We’re still stuffed from last weekend’s 2014 New York City Wine & Food Festival, but it’s already time to start thinking about flying south for the winter. The 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival is coming quickly (February 19-22), and trust us: Feasting in Florida in February is a genius idea.

For four days, top Cooking Channel and Food Network talents will converge on the warm, sunny Miami coastline to cook, drink and hang out. The events hit on nearly every taste, whether you’re a yogi, an unstoppable carnivore or an unabashed cupcake fiend. And you’ll be doing it all alongside the food industry’s top talents, including Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, Rev Run, Aarón Sánchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Rachael Ray, Giada de Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and more.

Tickets are already selling out, so get on it. There are tons of events to choose from, but if we had to play culinary concierge, here’s what we’d recommend.

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Upcoming Video Game Finally Lets You Experience Life as a Slice of Bread

Video games let you see the world through the eyes of a variety of cool characters, including Italian plumbers, anthropomorphic pie charts and, oh yeah, a whole lot of muscle-bound soldiers. However, there are no games in which you play as a humble slice of bread. Why can’t we just get our digital carbs on? Well, don’t tell the dude who invented the South Beach diet, but a bread-themed video game is breaking the mold.

It’s called I am Bread and, well, when you play it, you are bread. The object is to navigate a suburban household, avoid obstacles and eventually reach the fabled toaster of legend. It seems to play fast and loose with the bread physics, but one imagines it wouldn’t be a very fun game otherwise.

The game will launch for PC, but after that it should head to home video game consoles. It’ll show up sometime next year. This could be the greatest thing in games since dice lead.

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