Each year when Oprah's Favorite Things is released, women across the country flip out and start bookmarking, emailing, and letting their loved ones know what's on their holiday wish lists. We definitely fall into that category, as Oprah's favorites always contains a plethora of things fit for foodies. Of the 60 on the list, here are a few food-related favorites that we're especially coveting and wistfully hoping Santa will bring us this year.
In the past few years, molecular gastronomy, a modern method of cooking that alters food chemically and physically, has blown up in restaurants across the world. Advocates for the method, like Modernist Cuisine author Nathan Myhrvold, are seeking to make these complex methods more approachable for the home cook. If you know someone who's a huge food science nerd, then take a look at these 15 gifts that'll help any cook get his molecular gastronomy on at home.
During the Fall season, football fans from the South are often eating Frito pie on game day. The name is actually a misnomer as Frito pie isn't a pie at all, but rather a bowl of Fritos chips, generously topped with chili and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. However, we developed an actual Frito pie, with a crumbled Fritos crust. Watch the video to see it for yourself, and then print out the recipe.
Part of the joy of Thanksgiving is cooking family recipes, but there's always room on the table for new dishes, revamped classics, and even a few (gasp) healthy items to nourish your vegan cousin. Whatever you're looking to bring to the table this Thanksgiving — tips from the latest cookbook release, a go-to source for classic dishes, or even help planning the menu — here are five cookbooks to fit your needs this season.
While both brie and camembert are cow's milk cheeses, are soft-ripening, and have a white, flowery rind, the two aren't interchangeable. So the next time you are at the store and must choose between brie or camembert, here's what you need to know.
This risotto recipe looks restaurant-grade, but it couldn't be easier. The fried sage takes a matter of seconds to make, the roasted squash is a simple technique to master, and the risotto just involves stirring the pot constantly!
The result is a recipe you'll happily make throughout the cold-weather season. The recipe tastes as if it's heavy on the cream or butter, but it's the chicken broth and parmesan cheese that give the starchy arborio rice lots of body and depth.
- Ramen burger, meet the Thanksgivukkah Double Down — Food52
- SNL's bizarre "sugar high" sketch — Eater
- Mexican Coke may start using high-fructose corn syrup! — Grub Street
- Make killer fried pork chops — America's Test Kitchen
- This Top Chef's first job was at a Holiday Inn — Zagat
- OMG-worthy pumpkin bread recipes — HuffPost Food
- An entire Thanksgiving feast stuffed inside a croissant — Delish
We've been covering Dominique Ansel and his famous Cronuts for months now. The time finally came for us to travel trans-America to visit the New York City bakery. The questions on everyone's mind like "How long is the wait?," "Should you order his other pastries?," and "Is the Cronut really worth all the hype?" are answered within the slideshow.
Next time you're cutting into a pumpkin, don't toss the seeds! Learn the easy way to roast them so you can enjoy these crunchy treats all season long. Otherwise, you can also use pepitas, or hulled pumpkin seeds, found at most grocery stores. Keep the flavors interesting by trying out three different seasonings —olive oil and sea salt, buttery sweet and spicy, and soy sauce — then get experimenting with even more.
You know that association game where one person will say a phrase like "holiday party" and you have to quickly respond with the first thing that comes to mind? Without a doubt, I'd bellow, "Cheese ball!" And folks, I know I'm not alone here. This season there's even more reason to shout and slap your heels together, because a gem of a cookbook came out today: Great Balls of Cheese ($10) by Michelle Buffardi. Beyond some enticing cheese ball recipes, the book is loaded with unusual cheese ball shapes, fit for the holidays and beyond. Also, educate yourself on some incredible facts: did you know that the largest cheese ball in recorded history allegedly weighed 1,235 pounds? Take a peek at these three holiday cheese ball shapes, the recipes of which can be found inside Great Balls of Cheese.
A Pumpkin Straight From the Patch
Pumpkin puree, spices, and cream cheese form the pumpkin base. A bell pepper stem and fresh cilantro sprig act as the decorative pumpkin vine.
To see a couple more (the cutest are yet to come!), keep reading.
Tailgaters are serious grillers, beer drinkers, and all-around eaters. Gift the tailgating fiends in your life something they will use, reuse, and pride putting up in their tailgating tend.
We're already counting down the days until Thanksgiving, and we have the perfect wine to drink while we're waiting. In the chilly month of November, we're celebrating Día de los Muertos, Beaujolais Nouveau, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving, and to all you Hunger Games fans, the Quarter Quell is upon us.
There's no denying it — Halloween inspired many of our October recipes. However, the runners up had to be pumpkin, other edible gourds, and Fall spices. This slideshow contains all of our October recipes. We hope it inspires you to get cooking this Autumn!
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The trade and grand tastings at the New York City Wine & Food Festival offer hundreds of samples of new food products on the market. We tried them all (so you don't have to) and found only the best, most delicious new products to share. Take a look at these shop-worthy drinks, soups, snacks, and desserts.
— Additional reporting by Nancy Einhart
Mast Brothers Chocolate — an artisanal, bean-to-bar chocolate company in New York's Brooklyn borough — released its first cookbook last week, entitled Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook ($40). Flipping through the thick pages and stunning photography, you'll see recipes for rich chocolate desserts like ice cream and soufflé, but prepare to be truly mesmerized by the savory chocolate recipes like chocolate scallops and cocoa coq au vin.
Coq au vin, or chicken with wine, is a classic French dish, where a whole chicken or rooster is braised in a red wine sauce. This particular recipe calls for the addition of cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate.
- Don't ever hand out these candies at Halloween — Yahoo! Shine
- What a $75 burger looks like — Zagat
- The November Cronut is caramelicious — Grub Street
- Woman serial-dates to eat for free — Eater
- The only way to make a grilled cheese — Food52
- Recipes inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- How to score free food on Halloween — Delish
- Do the sections of candy corn taste different? — HuffPost Taste
Just looking at GraceDickinson's soup makes the day feel a little warmer.
How to survive the Winter: soups and Winter squash.
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog, and then be sure to share your food photos via Savory Sights on POPSUGAR Social or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #SavorySight.
Just looking at the oozing cheese and fluffy pumpkin puree is enough to make us want to bust out our frying pans for foxeslovelemons's quesadilla recipe.
A little Autumn-themed brie treat!
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog and then be sure to share your food photos via Savory Sights on POPSUGAR Social or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.