Today we're launching a brand new weekly blog post called Back and Forth. We've been tweeting with our followers for a while now, and we've had a great time seeing your photos and reading your tweets about your culinary adventures. For instance, this past summer we asked you to share your food photos with us, and the response was overwhelming! In fact, we got so many amazing photos that we created a Facebook album called What Are You Eating?
Now we want to get you all involved in a different way. Follow us on @FoodNetworkCA and answer our daily questions (and we'll answer yours too!) and your tweets could be featured on our blog. So without further ado, let's get started.
We asked you guys what odd food combinations you enjoy, and here are some of the fascinating responses we got:
@fringe__forever - Well I've always liked marshmallows and cheddar cheese crackers! Sweet, salty, cheesy! What's there not to love?
@benshairnet - Popcorn and hummus. Terrifically and surprising delicious together :)
@DaLocalChef - Tabasco sauce and vanilla ice cream! Heaven!
@SimplyUltraBlue - Watermelon with feta cheese on crackers
@lochnesslove - Pickled asparagus and cream cheese rolled in deli ham. Sounds weird, but I love it!
@aliciabeesha78 - Grilled cheese with grape jelly spread on the top.
@SandraReale1 - Banana, tuna and orange salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing!! #yummy
@MrsJonesJams - My weird food combo: sausages + marmalade (a lazy girl's version of pork in orange sauce!)
Next, we asked if you needed any menu advice for special occasions, and these are some of the questions you had for us:
Q: @markscout I have a big Christmas party coming up; I need an idea. Must be egg-less, no shellfish, no red meat, and kid friendly.
A: Wow! That's quite a request! For those of you who are vegan, vegetarian, or just have picky kids, planning party dishes can be really stressful. We suggest some Pesto Hummus, Vegetarian Cannelloni with Butternut Squash, Pecans and Mascarpone and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with Coconut Crust (no eggs!) for dessert.
Q: @peggy_doyle Having a birthday party and most guests are on weight loss programs. Looking for suggestions for great tasting "diet" food.
A: We're so glad you're all embracing the fact that nutritious, diet-friendly good doesn't have to taste bland and boring! Janet and Greta Podleski of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry have some amazing recipes, like Hearty-Choke Dip, "Faux" Fried Chicken and Coleslaw, Macho Nacho Dip (yup, still low-calorie), and Crabsolutely Fabulous Crab Cakes (the name alone screams birthday party, no?).
Q: @heatherlike I'm always looking for ideas for a buffet dinner main or side, that is dairy-free & nut-free due to family allergies.
A: Hmm...allergies and buffet-style don't usually go hand-in-hand, but we've got some ideas. Lemon Dijon Green Beans, Asian-Style Chicken Lollipops, and Rice, Quinoa & Currant Pilaf (leave out the cashews) are all great options.
That's all for now, folks! But keep an eye out for our Back and Forth blog posts (every week!) and of course, follow us at @FoodNetworkCA and get involved in the discussion. As always, send us any and all food-related questions you have and we'll try our best to answer them here!
by Souzan Michael