Food Schmooze®

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Delight your pals with a popcorn party. That's what we did, creating bowls of warm, fluffy, downright heavenly goodness… and what a terrific time we had! Inspired by the book Party Popcorn we asked senior contributor Chris Prosperi to whip up some of the book's most intriguing recipes, popcorn flavors such as taco lime, olive oil and Parmesan, chocolate covered potato chip, and buffalo ranch. All hands were suddenly on deck for this one; participating and tasting was a riot.

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The paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. It's based on the foods our paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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While she's not a vegetarian, Dina Cheney decided those who are deserve veggie-centric food that delivers pure pleasure, or as she calls it, "A party in the mouth." 

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

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 ...Add almonds and butter to your frozen green beans... throw canned chick peas and a jar of curry sauce into the blender to make killer Indian hummus... great soup from a can of tomatoes... a Dr. Pepper hot toddy... Chamard wines from Connecticut... and we have you covered in the cocktail department, too, with a calorie-friendly Honey-Earl Grey tea martini...

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Going Light: Easy Pho Soup... Quick Yogurt Dip for Veggies... Spicy Tuna Tartare... Dr. Yavari's Egg White Salsa Omelet to get your day started in a high protein way... Plus fantastic Flank Steak Tacos that are easy on the waistline and irresistible...

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Make a "dirty" martini… the best and easiest slow-cooker chicken ever… broccoli rabe pesto pasta… and the nursery rhyme cocktail book for exhausted parents!

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On the Food Schmooze® menu... the best comfort foods, including dinner salad with crispy goat cheese honey poppers... hearty pastas... and your phone calls about your favorite comfort dishes.

Party Food Winners

Dec 31, 2014
Bryan Cole

 

The Buffalo Chicken Editor reports on a new home cook dip... a crisp Long Island Palmer chardonnay pairs really well with winter fish... halibut with a delectable wine-butter sauce from The Real Food Cookbook by farmers market maven Nina Planck....

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From the Saveur magazine cookbook, German Pot Roast (Sauerbrauten) has a secret ingredient -- ginger snap cookies... a velvet Palmer red wine from Long Island's North Fork is perfect for beef... spiced pork roast from Alex Province that is inexpensive and lusciously good....

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Lemony Veal Piccata from a cooking star... a beautifully balanced healthy noodle kugel... why you might try giant potato pancakes instead of lots of small ones... our favorite holiday cocktail, The Aperol Sour Martini... make roasted chestnuts at home in the oven or fireplace... Martha Stewart's warm apple skillet cake... and a fabulous and festive $15 rosé sparkler, Lamberti... it goes with everything!

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The paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. It's based on the foods our paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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That was our test—could anyone tell Robert Landolphi's recipes were gluten free? None of us could, nor could anyone else who tried them. All we know is that they're delicious, and well they should be. Landolphi, head of culinary operations at UConn, says he spent 14 years perfecting these recipes after his wife was diagnosed with celiac disease.

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On the menu... How to make superb steak with velvety peppercorn sauce... the perfect affordable holiday Bordeaux... Spiked Coquito and egg nog... how one of the best food magazine editors learned to correct all her mistakes (and you can, too)... plus holiday gift ideas for food-lovers...

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We have more best recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit...fantastic homemade brandied 

We have more great recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit... fantastic homemade brandied cranberry sauce from a mom who knows the real deal...an easy and oh so good pumpkin tart... pumpkin bread for the morning after... paleo vegetable stuffing that tastes like the real thing... cranberry-Brussels sprout slaw... Dorie Greenspan's chocolate roses made with cereal... and another perfect Thanksgiving Pinot Noir from Willamette Vineyard; it goes with everything on the table!

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Here’s our Thanksgiving recipe kit to help make your holiday feast the best it can be. You’ll find here all the delicious dishes, ideas for leftovers, and recommended wines and cocktails we’ve been giving you for more than a month on The Food Schmooze®. 

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We have easy recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, including roasted lemon broccoli and twice baked crispy pecan sweet potatoes. Plus, don't miss the video of Faith using the Aw Shucks!™  oyster opening device.

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Seriously? You can actually roast an entire turkey ahead of time and serve it hot at the table? Yes, says Ina, and she now does it often, including on Thanksgiving. Here's the thing… it's not only Ina's taste in flavor combinations and technique that always win us over—it's her knockout ideas. And they are as dazzling as ever in her new book, Make It Ahead. There's the do-ahead turkey and gravy, sides, and desserts—we'll get to those, but also ways to whip cream ahead, freeze things and pull them out, even make your own healthy peanut butter dog biscuits. (She says she's been trying to get her publishers to print that one for ages; this time she insisted.) 

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Our Thanksgiving ideas begin with prosciutto wrapped roasted turkey and a terrific wine for around $20. Chris Prosperi made the most amazing Barolo wine beef short ribs—seriously delicious. Faith gives a recipe for acorn squash with toasted almonds, blood orange juice, olive oil, and a touch of maple syrup. And Alex Province tells us how to make The Black Cat cocktail, just in time for Halloween. 

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Cider-baked pork with red cabbage and apples… baked risotto with butternut squash, sage, and parmigiano… Provençal beef with olives, tomatoes, and oranges… Sunday Casseroles is among the best one-pot meal collections we've ever tried. In fact, we're going to make the lobster corn casserole for New Year's Eve. Betty Rosbottom knows how to elevate far beyond the ordinary. We just finished dining on her Venetian chicken. Mouth watering, and it's all prepared in advance of your company.

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Good Morning Paleo is a cookbook that features breakfasts the paleo way. Plus, they're gluten-free and grain-free… breakfast burritos, Portobello bacon mushroom scramble… how about lime salmon cakes with paleo sour cream?

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That was our test—could anyone tell Robert Landolphi's recipes were gluten free? None of us could, nor could anyone else who tried them. All we know is that they're delicious, and well they should be. Landolphi, head of culinary operations at UConn, says he spent 14 years perfecting these recipes after his wife was diagnosed with celiac disease.

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The paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. It's based on the foods our paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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Real, great-tasting food. Nutritious. Quick cooking for busy people, families and new cooks. That's what we love about Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach. When we told her we were entranced by her chicken parm meatballs she burst out with, "That's the single most popular thing I've ever done." But that's not the only delicious eye candy in her book, and I do mean candy. 

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On the menu… real polenta in under 15 minutes, no lie! Mouth-watering acorn squash… Alex Province's early autumn bourbon cocktail… a fantastic crisp rosé from California in our $15-and-under discovery category… and wowza spaghetti carbonara from The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook.

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On this week's fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: good gluten-free dishes… taco ideas… and delicious acorn squash… 

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Celebrate the end of summer with one of your last meals from the grill. This one's fresh and memorable, so savor every bite. I came up with what I call BLT Chicken by making a salad and adding flavors I love together—chicken, fresh corn, tomatoes and, I thought, why not—let's butter and grill the cornbread. Grilled cornbread has a crispy edge that makes me buckle in the knees, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.  

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We have the vintage recipe, Meatloaf Baked in A Brown Paper bag, so moist, so crispy. City Steam Brewery designed a delicious beer, lemonade martini for The Food Schmooze called the Shand-tini. 

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we give you the recipe for grilled lemony lamb chops from The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook. The authors tell you how much you have to walk or run for every low calorie dish.

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