Sweet Potatoes Pommes Anna with Apples and Raisins

Sweet Potatoes Anna layered with apples and golden raisins.

Why should white potatoes have all the fun? Take Pommes Anna. The classic version will always be with russets, but we can have some fun and make it with sweet potatoes, beets, apples, or squash. If you haven't enjoyed this wonderful way to dine on potatoes, I should add, Pommes Anna is a French dish of layered thin slices of white potatoes interleaved with butter, salt, pepper, and an optional flurry of herbs. It typically starts on the stove top, but not always, and finishes in the ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

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I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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Fail-Proof Cheesy Mashed Potatoes | #FoodNetwork

fail-proof cheesy mashed potatoes

I've made mashed potatoes dozens of times, and somehow always find a little lump or two. Or 50. Or 500. Before I knew better, I figured I just needed to whip them up harder and longer. I even threw them in the food processor once, and ended up with a gluey substance perfect for wallpapering the kitchen. How is it that I could grow my own sour dough starter, bake bread, roll up a pumpkin roll well enough to impress Martha, break down a duck for God's sake, but be defeated by the humble russet? It ...

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Cranberry Cake (Tart) | #Secret Recipe Club

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OMG you guys. This cranberry cake is the easiest, tastiest cake I've made since the peach cake I make every summer. This is exactly the kind of cake I love most to make -- a simple cake loaded with seasonal fruit. It's not that I don't love frosting - it's just that I see it as a whole separate food group and I love frosting so much, it can overshadow the cake. Cakes like this are all about the cake and the fruit. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food ...

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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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Spiced Acorn Squash with Charred Poblano Pepper – Cornbread Stuffing

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I like to think travel broadens the mind. For a snapshot in time, you sneak a glimpse of another culture, up close and personal. What people eat, how they live, and how they navigate human issues common to us all. We weigh these observations in our minds as we contrast them against our own familiar lives, and sometimes feel the pinching discomfort of a traveler far from home. “Why is there only one person selling train tickets? Holy Jesus, can’t they see how long the line is??” This can be as ...

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Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing | #SundaySupper

Fig and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing

We should have more than one day set aside each year to give thanks. Some might declare we should give thanks every day, and I don’t disagree, but I’m actually stating we should have Thanksgiving once a month. Not with all the commercial hoopla of people rising before dawn the day after so they can shiver in dark parking lots to be in line for some amazing-never-to-be-offered-again deal on a big screen TV, thank you very much. I’m talking about quietly setting aside one day a month on ...

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Lightened Maple Carrot Flan: #Fallfest

Lightened Maple Carrot Flan

As we gallop towards Thanksgiving, food bloggers, magazines, grocery stores, and Martha all bubble over with ideas for the table you'll be setting on November 26th. And so are we at FN Dish, the Food Network's blog. For this week's #Fallfest, we're digging up carrots by the truckload to make dishes for you to share with your friends and family this year. I'll be honest, right up front. I don't eat a lot of carrots. Don't get me wrong -- I add them to lentils and other legume dishes, and throw ...

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Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup

Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup

This soup is a love note to the Czech Republic. No, that wasn't a typo. You probably thought Italy was on my mind, what with 'cappuccino' in the title. But you would be wrong. Believe it or not, cappuccino soups are popular in Prague and beyond. I saw them no less than three times on menus while we were there earlier this month. They were all very different from each other, and my favorite was a Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup. We were in Brno (pronounced Berno), the historic capital of ...

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

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Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette #SundaySupper

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I'm back from Italy, mostly recovered from jet lag, and ready for football season and tailgate parties!! If you’ve never tailgated, you’ve missed an opportunity to go tribal, American style. Tailgating is a ritual repeated every September as fans come together in asphalt parking lots across the country a few hours before kickoff. They pile out of station wagons, SUVs, and hatchbacks to set up mini-living rooms behind their cars, complete with folding chairs, tables, grills, and makeshift ...

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Chevy’s Sweet Corn Tomalito #SundaySupper #Copycat

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Last year, I was at Chevy's with my grandkids and one of them asked if I could figure out how to make the sweet corn tomalito they serve with all their dinners. It was a huge favorite of all the kids, and he was clearly trying to steer me away from cooking another quinoa dinner on their next visit. Not that he was eating the quinoa dinner, mind you, he was just trying to broaden my horizons instead of the other way around. I looked high and low for a recipe and found several. As the date ...

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