A day in advance, puree a big batch of mushroom soup. Reheat before the soiree and fill small bowls or shot glasses with it. For the final homemade component, set out platters of crunchy toasts slathered in rich onion spread. Supplement these dishes with smoked salmon, an assortment of your favorite cheeses, and nuts or olives from a local market. To look at my recipe recommendations keep reading.
Since the weather is still gorgeous, the turkey will be grilled to a succulent and smoky perfection. As for the sides? Raw kale and avocado salad is unexpected; sourdough bread stuffing with celery and mushrooms and make-ahead baked mashed potatoes (made with butter and milk from my hometown creamery, Clover) round out the menu. Interested in these recipes? Read more to check them out.
- Giada demands an apology in response to allegations of an affair with John Mayer. — Giada De Laurentiis
- Cooks Source offers a saucy sorry for reprinting articles without permission. — NPR
- Thanksgiving: So many apps for that. — Mother Nature Network
- Todd English plans to open a Chicago outpost of his Plaza Food Hall. — Eater
- Chickarrrones are the best part of fried chicken without making fried chicken. — Salon Food
- Diners at The Spotted Pig get a sneak peek at Jay-Z's new memoir. — Grub Street NY
- Make mashed potatoes the way you like 'em — ultra-fluffy, or rich and creamy. — Serious Eats
- Did Marilyn Monroe get her stuffing recipe from Joe DiMaggio? — New York Times
Even if you've never done it before, don't be intimidated by making gnocchi at home. If you don't want to roll out your own dough, start with the store-bought variety; otherwise, experiment with a simple, from-scratch version, which makes use of leftover mashed potatoes. Looking for a way to branch out with pasta? Get both recipes now.
Besides revealing a little of her personal life at a demonstration, Giada De Laurentiis also hosted one of the kickoff parties to the Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival. On Thursday night she was taking pictures and passing out meatballs at Meatball Madness, a walk-around competition that featured over 30 of New York's Italian restaurants and chefs.
While I thoroughly enjoyed Nate Appleman's (of Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria) pepperoni meatball, my favorite was from Missy Robbins of A Voce. Her meatball was stuffed with a wonderfully creamy herb and ricotta mixture. The top prize of the people's choice award, however, went to Mia Dona's Donatella Arpaia. Her tasty meatball was served slider-style on potato focaccia with cacciocavallo cheese. It was spicy and pretty darn delicious!
To get a better look at the event, check out the photos after the jump.
We'll start with homemade queso and fish tacos. The queso pairs well with tortilla chips and icy cold beer. Thanks to Giada De Laurentiis's creativity, the fish tacos are miniature! For the main course, I'll grill turkey burgers with chipotle salsa. Yum! Mixed greens tossed with pico de gallo are on the side. Interested in the recipes I'll be using? Read them after the break.
Of all the demos I visited at the Food & Wine Classic, the seminar hosted by Giada De Laurentiis surprised me the most. I worried that it'd be too crowded due to the Food Network star's popularity, but it wound up being one of my favorites. Although the Italian bombshell did spill her secrets for looking great, she definitely demonstrated that she isn't just a pretty face. The lady can cook, and has a sense of humor to boot! She invited three audience members to join her on stage to cook specialties such as cherry tomato pasta and cauliflower gratin, offering plenty of party advice and pasta tips along the way.
See what she had to say after the break.
"How do you manage to cook all this food and still look so great?" she asked. The mother of Jade Marie, now 2 — who looked casual chic in a boatneck tee and cuffed jeans — took some time to talk about how she stays so slim and trim. Find out her secrets after the jump.
Then, they're plated in pools of white wine. A dollop of vanilla-laced mascarpone cheese finishes off the delicious dessert. Want to check out the recipe? Here it is.