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  • 4 Days and Counting to Scovie Deadline 2 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am

    The deadline for entering the 19th annual Scovie Awards Competition is September 5 at midnight, so there's just five days left to enter. And remember, the more products or categories you enter, the better chance you have to put "a trophy on every bottle." Continue reading →

  • Ornamentally Oriented 31 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm

    Most home gardeners, myself included, are so focused the culinary aspect of chile peppers that we forget about their ornamental qualities and how the mostly upright pods change colors over the entire summer and into the early fall. Continue reading →

  • Hot News 31 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Happy Labor Day Weekend, everybody. This week's Hot News covers grilling with lava, Toby Keith, and Chicago's invasion of Texas. Here we go... Continue reading →

  • Four Great Recipe Articles to Fire Up Your Labor Day Grilling 30 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm

    There are a ton of great Labor Day grill recipe ideas on the SuperSite. Here's a four course list of a few of them to take you from spicy appetizers into a barbecued dessert coma for the finish. Continue reading →

  • More Prizes for Scovie Winners 28 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm

    Columbine Label, one of our sponsors of the 2015 Scovie Awards, has announced that the two Grand Prize Winners will each receive 1,000 product labels (with winners' art work), and all other Scovie winners will receive a $25 voucher to use towards their next order of labels from Columbine. Continue reading →






  • Feast Your Eyes on These Sushi Socks 2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Sushi SocksRooting around in your sock drawer probably doesn’t make you hungry, but it might if you stocked it with socks that look like sushi.

    Yup. Feast your eyes on Sushi Socks. Rolled up, they look remarkably like giant versions of the stuff your local sushi restaurant would present to you on a platter. (Deluxe, natch.) Unrolled, they’re a bit more like sashimi.

    Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop, which sells the Japan-manufactured polyester-cotton-blend socks for $5.39 a pair and $28.99 for a six-pair set and ships internationally, touts them as “comfortable and durable,” noting, for those as particular about their socks as they are about their raw fish, that the “sushi detail is knitted into the sock with colored thread instead of being printed.”

    The socks are available in seven toothsome-looking styles: Masuzushi (trout sushi), Shrimp, Octopus, Red Caviar, Tuna, Salmon and Egg. There’s no word on how they’ll hold up if you dip them in wasabi and soy sauce.

    Honestly, I’m feeling famished just looking at them. Somehow, I never noticed before that just one letter separates foot and food.

    Photo credit: Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop

  • 7 Peanut Butter for Lunch Recipes 2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Peanut Butter for Lunch
    It’s time to pack the kids up for school again, and that means making mounds of school lunches. But PB&J sandwiches can take you only so far. For a new twist on a classic ingredient that kids and adults love, look no further than the Peanut Butter series on FN Dish. For the next three weeks, we’ll be giving you inventive recipes that let you incorporate peanut butter into all your meals — from breakfast to dessert — for the entire family.

    Here are ways you can sneak a little peanut butter into your midday meal: lunch. And don’t forget to check out last week’s breakfast post here.

    1. Instead of a mayonnaise-based chicken salad, try it with a touch of peanut butter with Bobby Flay‘s Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Butter recipe (pictured above).

    2. Mole, a Mexican sauce traditionally made with peppers and chocolate, gets a nutty twist in this Slow-Cooker Turkey Mole Tacos recipe.Slow Cooker Turkey Mole Tacos

    3. Skip the spaghetti Bolognese and try a tangy twist on noodles with Ina Garten‘s Crunchy Noodle Salad recipe.Crunchy Noodle Salad

    4. Jeff Mauro creates a Thai-style delicacy in this Shrimp Spring Rolls recipe.Spring Rolls

    5. Beat the heat on those exceptionally warm fall days with Claire Robinson‘s easy recipe for Chilled Peanut Soba Noodles.Chilled Peanut Noodles

    6. Bring the takeout home with this inventive Chicken Summer Rolls recipe.Chicken Summer Rolls

    7. For a sweet-and-savory take on a classic PB&J sandwich, try this Crunchy Fried PB and J recipe, complete with potato chips and bananas.Crunchy Fried PBJ

    To learn how to make your own flavorful peanut butter without all the additives, click play on Alton Brown‘s video below.

  • Uniquely Austin Eats — On the Road with The Great Food Truck Race 2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Let There Be Bacon Burger on The Great Food Truck RaceThis week on The Great Food Truck Race the food truck rookies found themselves moving from the Southwest into the heart of Texas. Because Austin is known for “keeping it weird,” Tyler Florence decided to pull some interesting tricks on the teams. On Day One he had them partner up, which produced some odd pairing, e.g., Let There Be Bacon and Middle Feast. Later all the teams moved to a dating event, where they had to work their charms on selling food to singles, which had some mixed results. And in one final eccentric challenge, Tyler instituted a Truck Stop truck swap. You can imagine how weird that was for the teams.

    In the end, many of the teams found it difficult selling in Austin, just because they were competing against some of the best restaurants and established food trucks in the country. And Austin has got a little bit of everything in that regard: tacos, barbecue, comforting classics, international specialties and more. Find out all that Austin has to offer.

    Green Mesquite

    At Green Mesquite, the BBQ gets its spectacular smoky flavor from the spot’s namesake: mesquite wood that is seasoned. The popular ribs are made with brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic. Other favorites include brisket, pulled pork and chicken-fried steak.

    Foreign & Domestic

    At Foreign & Domestic, it’s a culinary wedding of flavors. The husband-and-wife team has been turning foreign dishes a little domestic and vice versa. The result is a menu with savory, eclectic standouts, like fideos pasta with eggplant butter and their signature Gruyere Popovers.

    Noble Pig Sandwiches

    At this sandwich shop, the meat is smoked on-site and the bread is baked fresh daily. The duck pastrami has the perfect balance of fatty and smoky flavors. The signature sandwich, The Noble Pig, is made with bacon, ham and pulled pork. The Knuckle Sandwich is dipped in au jus.

    Luke’s Inside Out

    At this food truck, you never know what kind of sandwich you’ll get. There’s The Rabbit, made with rabbit meat, tater tots, kimchi, Sriracha and their secret sauce. The Shrimp sandwich has a tasty shrimp patty paired with blue cheese, baby spinach, onions and apples.

    Casino El Camino

    This late-night spot is home to one of the best burgers in town. Juicy and tender, the 12-ounce monsters come topped with everything from cheese and thick-cut bacon to roasted serrano peppers and Texas-hot Buffalo sauce. For a spicy side, pair your burger with Verde Chili Fries.

    Counter Cafe

    A cozy, comfortable diner, Counter Cafe specializes in comfort food like pancakes, burgers, and biscuits and gravy. In addition to the classics, the 26-seat eatery offers up scratch-made Curry Chicken Burgers and a one-of-a-kind breakfast combo of quail and eggs.

    Magnolia Café

    Locals can’t wait for Magnolia Cafe’s giant gingerbread banana pancakes, and lucky for them, they don’t have to. The menu is packed with everything from chipotle hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict to jambalaya stuffed in red peppers.

    24 Diner

    Austin’s 24 Diner is, as the name implies, open 24 hours a day, but the chef-inspired, locally sourced comfort food is far from typical around-the-clock fare. Try the boneless fried chicken, served on a plate-sized waffle with brown sugar butter and real maple syrup.

    Taco Xpress

    To taste the funky and weird side of Austin, visit Taco Xpress, with its bright murals and good cheap eats. In the morning, order the popular migas breakfast tacos. But for dinner, it’s all about the Pollo Guisado Plate: chicken tacos made with a smoky chipotle sauce.

    Flip Happy Crepes

    Try Flip Happy’s Strawberry Nutella Crepes, it’s one of their most popular. They also offer savory crepes with ingredients like tarragon mushrooms and caramelized onions. The crepes here have become an Austin landmark, and the eatery has turned into a go-to spot for both tourists and locals.

    Find more recommended restaurants around the nation with Food Network On the Road.

  • Beat the Afterschool Slump with Kid-Friendly Snacks 2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Sweet and Saltines

    The end of summer is a big deal for kids. If your young ones have already gone back to school, they’re transitioning from camp and family vacations to rowdy rides on the school bus, binders filled with homework and snacks before soccer practice. If they haven’t gone back yet, those days are coming up fast. This school year, ease their back-to-school shift with easy kid-friendly snacks. These recipes for kid-friendly midday refueling will satisfy and re-energize your kids while still leaving room for dinner. Here are some wholesome, homemade Food Network favorites:

    Salty square crackers are suited to so much more than out-of-the-box snacking. Take it from Trisha, who drizzles saltines with butter, brown sugar and chocolate for Sweet and Saltines (pictured above), reaching that perfect cross between salty and sweet. Hey, it’s a whole lot better than passing kids a candy bar.

    Homemade Granola Bars

    Instead of peeling open a store-bought granola bar, hand your kids a bar that was made right at home. Once they try these nourishing squares of oats, nuts, coconut and dried fruit, the only granola bars your kids will be begging for are Homemade Granola Bars.

    Apple Chips

    Before you unleash a bag of greasy potato chips on your kids, think about giving your kids a crunch factor that won’t slow them down. Alex Guarnaschelli bakes Apple Chips by the batch, sweetening the thinly sliced fruit with an easy-to-make simple syrup to make them shiny and even crispier.

    Pumpkin Seed-Dried Cherry Trail Mix

    You could buy trail mix by the bag, but fixing your own loaded batch is definitely the way to go. For Pumpkin Seed-Dried Cherry Trail Mix, just toss pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds and sunflower seeds in pure maple syrup before baking. You can store cooled trail mix in an airtight container so it’s ready when the kids fly in the door.

    And that’s just the start of it. Food Network’s guide to Snacks for Kids is a go-to resource for parents and kids, loaded with wholesome, out-of-routine homemade snacks. Have them ready to go after school, or load up plastic baggies for on-the-go snacking.

  • Smoothie of the Month: Blueberry and Chia Seed 2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    blueberry smoothie

    Here is a simple nutritious smoothie for getting back into a post-vacation routine. Although it tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, the smoothie can be prepared well into the fall with frozen berries of any kind.

    Famous for their endurance-supporting qualities, chia seeds also give the smoothie an Omega-3 boost and provide fiber and protein that can help keep sippers satisfied. Since the seeds thicken when soaked, they also add body and a creamy texture to the smoothie once blended. The coconut butter supplies a touch of richness and also a hint of sweet flavor that tastes great with blueberries and vanilla.

    Blueberry and Chia Seed Smoothie

    Make 1 large or 2 small smoothies

     

    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    1½ cups almond milk, divided

    1 cup blueberries

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pinch cinnamon

    1 heaping tablespoon coconut butter or coconut oil

    Raw honey, to taste

     

    Place chia seeds in a cup or jar, add ½ cup almond milk and stir thoroughly to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes or store in the fridge overnight (the mix will keep up to 4 days in the fridge). Place in an upright blender with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, adding honey to taste.

    Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer in New York City. Her cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen is available this fall. She blogs at Coconut & Quinoa.

    Photo by Stephen Johnson

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