Food

Four Twists on Ramen Noodles

Bring home the noodle shop craze! Soup up packages of ramen with easy mix-ins to create these classic, comforting bowls.

 

Smoked Salmon: Prepare ramen according to package directions, using half the amount of water and half the flavor packet. (Broth will just coat noodles.) Top with smoked salmon, pickled ginger, scallions and poppy seeds.

 

 

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We’re Nuts About These Spreads!

With the rising threat of food allergies in schools, it’s getting harder and harder to pack a healthy, allergen-free lunch. Peanuts are among one of the top 8 food allergies and due to this prevalence, many schools have banned peanuts in the cafeteria altogether. Can’t get yours kid off their PB&J fix? Have no fear! We’ve found the best alternatives to peanut butter and coinciding recipes to boot! Your child can go to school with a healthy, peanut-free lunch that they love.

 

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Cooking School Lesson 9: Mix Up Your Herbs and Spices

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 9: Spice Things Up!

Dried herbs and spices are great on their own, but they’re even better together. There’s a whole world of mind-blowing flavor sitting in your spice cabinet, just waiting for you to play matchmaker. Start mixing and mingling with these eight make-any-meal-better blends.

 

 

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Quick & Tasty Weeknight Meal Planner

Just because it’s the weeknight doesn’t mean dinner has to be boring. You can make delicious and healthy dinners for your family that don’t take the whole day to prepare, but will still get everyone to eat their vegetables. This week, try some new and exciting ways to incorporate your veggies, like within a pasta sauce, or woven through risotto. All your kids will notice is the outstanding flavor.

Monday, September 29th

Cheesy Mushroom-Kale Risotto

 

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Recipe Roots: Chicken Parm Pizzas

We LOVE Italian food. We love gooey mozzarella cheese, vibrant, fresh marinara sauce and don’t even get us started on the homemade pasta. But two of our favorite dishes have merged together as one at Quality Italian in New York City. We shared the recipe for Chicken Parm Pizzas in our September issue, and now is the time to put it to the test. Does our recipe compare to the original?

 

 

I paid a visit to Quality Italian with high expectations and an empty stomach. The restaurant is famous for its namesake Chicken Parmigiana for two, but the appetizers, pastas, meat dishes and drinks are just as high of quality. The funny thing about the chicken parmigiana is that, although you’re charged “for two” at $29 per person, the dish could really feed between 4 and 6, depending on your hunger level and other orders. Luckily, I had three hungry guests to keep me company and help me conquer this behemoth pizza hybrid.

 

 

Halfway into my first slice, I took a moment to gather my thoughts. I had sampled our Chicken Parm Pizzas straight from the test kitchen a few months ago, but enjoying it in a dimly lit restaurant at a table felt a little different. Like our version, theirs is extremely juicy (thanks to the mix of white and dark ground meat) and flavorful (due to the addition of Italian seasoning) on the inside and crispy on the outside. Covered in a sweet tomato sauce and overrunning with melted cheese, there’s really nothing that isn’t perfect about this dish. I will say, though, our recipe calls for panko breadcrumbs along with Italian breadcrumbs, which leads to a crispier crust that still feels lighter than air. Quality Italian serves theirs with a simple arugula salad accompanied by a chile-spiked honey, which I took the liberty of dipping my chicken into (no judgment, you have to try it).

 

My advice to you: Go home and make this recipe immediately. It’s the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening accompanied by a good beer and good friends. They’ll be so impressed and definitely full to the brim. And whatever you do, just make sure to enjoy your high “Quality” meal.

 

 

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We’re Giving Away 10 Copies of The Kitchn Cookbook!

We’ve teamed up with the gals at The Kitchn this month to inspire you to transform your kitchen into the perfect space to cook, eat and socialize in. From a full-length feature in our October issue on how to love, love, LOVE your kitchen, to our month-long Love Your Kitchen Challenge, we’re pulling out all the stops in preparation for the time of year when your kitchen works the hardest: the holidays.

 

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Pantry Staple Wednesday: Reorganize!

Now that your pantry is stocked and ready for any cooking emergency, our next Love Your Kitchen Challenge asks you to transform that pantry into a place of harmony:

 

Reorganize your stocked pantry so that ingredients you use together are stored together. Group items for Italian dishes in one place and Mexican recipes in another. Then, make a meal using one of your staples.

 

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Cooking School Lesson 8: Whip up the Perfect Salad Dressing

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 8: Dress for Salad Success

For stunning salads, reach for a mixing bowl instead of a bottle. Homemade vinaigrette is easy and the flavor combos are endless. Just remember “One part acid to three parts oil,” and you’ll be a greens goddess.

 

 

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A Fall-Flavored Weeknight Meal Planner

Fall officially begins tomorrow, and you know what that means: Hello pumpkins, apples, squash and comfort food! To help you transition from bright and sunny summer produce to heartier meals and ingredients, we’ve gathered a weeknight meal planner that lands somewhere in the middle. Plus, we’re helping you use your Italian pantry staples on Wednesday to complete the Love Your Kitchen Challenge of the day!
 
 

Monday, September 22

Butternut & Sage Papperdell

 
 

Tuesday, September 23

Broiled Miso Steak

 
 

Pantry Staple Wednesday, September 24

Bow Ties with Zucchini & Hot Chili Pepper Pesto

 
 

Thursday, September 25

Coriander Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

 
 

Friday, September 26

Thai Pork Wrap-Ups

 
 
 

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End-of-Summer

The Apple (Orchards) of Our Eye

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: apple picking time! There are few things we love more than spending a brisk fall weekend roaming through row after row of fragrant apple trees and stealing bites of tart, crisp, juicy, fresh apples. But besides the fresh produce, we love a good apple orchard with other things to offer, such as hay rides, Halloween specials and, oh yeah, FOOD! So whether you’re living on the east coast or west, or somewhere in the middle, there’s an apple orchard for all your fall fixes. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette, NY

 

Photo courtesy of Beak & Skiff

 
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