Move over, Pumpkin Pie. There’s a new Thanksgiving dessert that’s sure to be a holiday hit. Kelsey Nixon’s recipe for warm, out-of-the-oven bread pudding is studded with apples and pecans, topped with caramel sauce and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s absolute dessert perfection. Just make sure to save room for it.
Continue Reading A New Thanksgiving Favorite: Kelsey’s Apple Bread Pudding
Calzones: They're not just for pizzerias anymore.
Everyone knows that you can make pizza at home; you can make your own crust or take a shortcut and use store-bought. But calzones remain a comfort-food delicacy only to be obtained from a pizzeria. This needn’t be so — calzones and pizza are made with basically the same stuff, so both can be made in your very own kitchen.
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Debi and Gabriele hosted a swanky Cocktails and Caviar party above the new Dream Hotel.
The 2011 New York City Wine and Food Festival was a weekend-long celebration of, well… wine and food. It featured bites from top TV chefs and the city’s best restaurants, plus cocktails and wine in all varieties. It was also a chance to meet and mingle with all the big stars from Cooking Channel and Food Network. But the annual festival is more than just a big party — 100 % of the proceeds from the festival go directly to the Food Bank For New York City and the Share Our Strength foundation.
Check out the Cooking Channel stars who made an appearance:
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Go beyond dipping for Rosh Hashana with Kelsey's Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart.
This week rings in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Instead of toasting with lots of bubbly, this celebration involves a big spread of food, Manischewitz wine and apple slices dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. An apple-shaped honey bowl to use for this purpose is a common Jewish wedding gift and, sure enough, as a newlywed, I’m now the proud owner of one.
To kick off the year 5772 on an extra-sweet note, go beyond dipping and jazz up your holiday spread with Cooking Channel recipes that feature the traditional Rosh Hashana pairing of apples and honey. Make sure to leave some apple slices and your little honey pot on the table for good measure — especially if the wedding guest who gave it to you will be in attendance.
5 new takes on apples and honey:
Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart (pictured above)
Apple, Dried Cherry and Almond Loaf With Honey
Piadini With Apples, Honey and Blue Cheese
Dessert Pizza With Apple, Gorgonzola and Honey
Apple and Blueberry Hand Pies With Honey
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We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?
You’re one smart cookie for carrying a lunch sack like this one from Dabbawalla. It’s small enough to fit inside your work bag — or grab it by the easy-to-grip handle on top — yet large enough to keep your lunch and snacks intact. It houses an interior mesh pocket, plus another pocket for an ice pack. Find it here.
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A million times better than beef: Kelsey Nixon's Stuffed Cheesy Portobello Burger.
The truth is, this blogger goes meatless every day, not just Monday. I have nothing against meat, or meat-eaters, but what I do have a problem with is frozen veggie burgers. They are a sorry excuse for a burger and getting handed a gray, faux-meat patty is just about the worst thing that can happen to a vegetarian at a picnic. I’d much rather eat a plateful of picnic sides than a pretend burger. But burgers are the quintessential picnic food, and sometimes, when everyone’s piling the toppings onto their toasted bun, I want in too. Vegetable patties come in all forms — they can be elaborate and include different grains, spices, vegetables and beans packed into a burger shape, or be as simple as throwing a portobello mushroom cap on the grill.
So for Meatless Monday, Labor Day and neglected vegetarians everywhere, here’s a round-up of our best-ever meat-free burgers. Make one this weekend — you (and your guests) will be glad you skipped the frozen aisle.
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Who makes a better summer corn-and-tomato salad — Mark or Kelsey?
Welcome to Friday Food Fight, where we pit two similar recipes against each other and leave it to you, Cooking Channel fans, to tell us which you like better — or why your own take on the dish beats them both!
This week, we’ve got two takes on an August favorite: the corn-and-tomato salad. Both are at their peak right now, so we turned to foolproof recipes from Mark Bittman and Kelsey Nixon to take full advantage of the summer produce bounty before it’s too late.
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Today on Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey shares her recipe for really simple pizza dough. From there, she’ll show you how that base can be used for endless dishes: pizzas, flatbreads, cheesy calzones and everyone’s favorite, buttery garlic knots.
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Tune in for Kelsey’s Essentials today at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Kelsey Nixon's goat cheese-topped ratatouille tart.
It’s Monday and we’re meatless once again. Not for good but for today and every Monday– eating less meat has benefits to your health and to the environment, so we’ve decied to join in on Meatless Monday. Giving up meat doesn’t mean giving up flavor or satisfaction. A meatless meal doesn’t mean you’ll be hungry an hour after eating; you don’t have to give up variety, taste or texture, and you won’t be condemned to a day of lettuce and tofu. We’re eager to share our favorite meat-free recipes that are so satisfying, you won’t miss the meat.
Continue Reading Meatless Monday: Ratatouille Tart With Caramelized Onion-Tomato Jam
Ben Sargent's Spicy Fish Curry Soup. Photo: Roberto Ferdman
This past weekend, food-crazed crowds flocked to New Jersey’s famous boardwalk for Atlantic City’s 2011 Food and Wine Festival. With a star-studded line-up of Cooking Channel and Food Network chefs behind the burners, familiar faces were abound and good food was aplenty. A celebration of everything edible, drinkable and down-right delicious, the four-day feast featured tons of loosen-your-belt-worthy eats like Ben Sargent’s fiery Fish Curry Soup (pictured above).
Like Cooking Channel favorites Ben Sargent, Kelsey Nixon and Roger Mooking we couldn’t help but join in on the festivities. From Guy Fieri’s Cheese Steak Battle to Fire & Ice (an outdoor food and booze party), we made sure to bring back some of our favorite leftovers. Here’s what caught our eyes — and stomachs.
Continue Reading Best Bites: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival