Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

At the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Crew from The Chew once again offered a custom menu for the event. And we expect to see them again this year at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew Collective Booth

The Chew Collective Booth

The event runs a record 75 days this year, and for the first time ever, will begin in August! Mark your calendars for August 31-November 13!

While we can’t wait to see all of the new dishes that will debut at this year’s Marketplace Booths, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite dishes from last year, like The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce.

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

The fresh flavors of this vegetarian dish wowed us, and we love that we can recreate it at home with this handy recipe!

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Disney Recipe: Warm Wild Berry Buckle from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom right now, and this year The Berry Basket joined the Outdoor Kitchens.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Berry Basket is the place for berry lovers, offering savory and sweet dishes! The Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet is one of our Best of the Fest! The warm cake topped with cool and spicy sorbet was amazing! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Hummingbird Cake from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming in Disney Springs

Last summer, Chef Art Smith opened Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine in Disney Springs — and it quickly became one of our new favorite dining spots at Walt Disney World. The menu is full of Southern comfort foods including Church Lady Deviled Eggs, some of the best Fried Chicken we’ve ever tasted, and just-like-mom-used-to-make Macaroni and Cheese.

The dessert menu showcases several Southern specialties but two of the items absolutely stand out! When you’re there, you MUST try the Shine Cake and the Hummingbird Cake!

Disney Recipe for Hummingbird Cake from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming in Disney Springs

Hummingbird Cake — Up Close

Today we have the recipe for the amazing Hummingbird Cake, a southern specialty combining a moist pineapple and banana cake with luxuriously thick cream cheese frosting!

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Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Pastry Making Workshop

It’s high time for more 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival fun!

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Once again, we’re going beyond the Marketplace Booths for a Special Event that is new to the Festival this year: Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops. Similar to the Festival’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars, this new offering takes place daily in the Festival Center. However, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! sessions offer an interactive element unique to this Special Event where participants can take tips directly from leaders in the culinary industry.

The choice of topics is extensive, ranging from forming sushi rolls to pasta making and vodka tasting to pumpkin decorating (and beyond — check out the full list of options here). We attended The Art of Pastry Making with Erin McKenna.

You might be familiar with Erin McKenna as the founder of Babycakes or the owner of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs (or even her shops in New York and Los Angeles). If so, then you know that her focus is on creating tasty vegan and gluten-free goods. Since baking gluten-free items is not something I have previously attempted, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn something new!

So join me in the Chef’s Showcase at the Festival Center to check out this new Special Event!

Food and Wine Festival Center

Food and Wine Festival Center

Long tables are set up in front of the stage so there’s plenty of room for lots of would-be pastry-makers! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Corn Chowder Soup from Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort

One of the best things about summer has to be enjoying fresh corn on the cob, straight from the farmer’s market! And one of our favorite recipes to make with that fresh corn is the Corn Chowder Soup from the Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

Storyteller's Cafe Corn Chowder -- as served in the restaurant

Storyteller’s Cafe Corn Chowder — as served in the restaurant

This is no ordinary corn chowder – it’s filled with fresh corn, potatoes, and chicken. And, to make it even more delicious, it’s topped with crumbled bacon!

This dish really is a must-try at Storytellers Cafe and now you can make it at home any time you want.

Making this soup will take some time, but it’s perfect for a rainy day!

Storytellers Cafe Corn Chowder Soup

Storyteller’s Cafe – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

We now have nearly all of the pieces in place for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And I don’t know about you guys, but around here, we’re pretty excited. :-D

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

The Festival will last longer than ever in 2016 — get ready to Eat and Drink Around the World from September 14 through November 14!

Of course, we love all of the Special Events and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations. And this year, we already have our seats booked for the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops. This new hands on experience promises to make the festival more interactive than ever. [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: S.E.A. Shu Mai from The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen

The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen opened in late 2015 in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, serving up exotic dishes and Jungle Cruise Skipper humor on the side!

One of the fan-favorite items on the menu is the S.E.A. Shu Mai, described as “legendary” dumplings that were also apparently a favorite of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.). And now we’re able to re-create these delicious dumplings at home!

S.E.A. Shu Mai Dumpling

S.E.A. Shu Mai Dumpling

You’ll need a meat grinder or food processor for this recipe but the combining of the meat looks to be the most time-consuming part of the recipe! [Read more…]

Disney Dream Recipes: Smoothies from the Senses Juice Bar

Time to get serious about drinking more smoothies thanks to these delicious recipes! The Disney Dream is home to the new Senses Juice Bar and they’re serving up some yummy-sounding smoothies that may help you replenish, rejuvenate, and restore.

Grab your blender!

Feel restored with this strawberry smoothie ©Disney

Feel restored with this strawberry smoothie ©Disney

Strawberry “Restoration” Smoothie

Disney Dream Senses Juice Bar
Makes 1 smoothie

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Shrimp on the Barbie from the Australia Booth

We’re still months away from the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival but it’s always fun to look back at favorite dishes from the past years!

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We loved these Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze way back in 2012 and we’ve had a few reader requests for the recipe too!

Now it might be a wee bit cold in your neck of the woods for grilling outside but you can use a grill pan on the stove for this recipe and it’ll be just as delicious! Plus, the pepperberry sauce is delightfully spicy so it’s the perfect dish to whip up on a cold winter day!

We love exotic-sounding dishes that are actually really easy cook, and this Shrimp on the Barbie recipe is right up our alley! The shrimp would make a great, quick appetizer for a dinner party or a spicy side dish with pasta or steak.

Let’s get cooking and throw a few shrimp on the barbie!

Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze

Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze

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Disney Recipe: Hoisin Chili Sticky Spare Ribs from Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

When you think of ribs, you’re probably thinking barbecue — messy, but delicious and a staple at many summertime cookouts. But today’s recipe for Morimoto Asia’s Hoisin Chili Sticky Spare Ribs is perfect for a cold winter day!

Morimoto Asia opened last fall at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World and quickly became a must-visit dining establishment thanks to the great menu and the beautiful decor. We can’t wait to visit again, but in the meantime we’re gonna sink our teeth into these sticky ribs!

Morimoto Asia's Hoisin Sticky Spare Ribs ©Disney

Morimoto Asia’s Hoisin Sticky Spare Ribs ©Disney

The recipe is easy enough, but you’ll need to set aside a few hours just to cook the ribs themselves. Once they’re done, it’s smooth sailing and you’ll be enjoying these delicious ribs in no time at all!

Morimoto Asia’s Hoisin Chili Sticky Spare Ribs

Morimoto Asia, Disney Springs

Pork Rib Braise
Full rack spare ribs, about 16 ribs
White Onion, rough chopped
1/2 cup freshly chopped ginger
1/4 cup freshly chopped garlic
1/4 cup cooking wine
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup tamarind paste

Hoisin Chili Sauce
1/2 cup hoisin
1 1/2 cups sweet chili sauce
1/4 cup rice Vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Frying and Garnish
Oil for frying
2 cups of cornstarch
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

For the ribs:
1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Place ribs in baking pan and add onion, ginger, garlic, cooking wine and oil. Cover with water, then gently stir in tamarind paste.
2. Cover with foil and bake 3 ½ hours or until meat easily pulls away from the bone.
3. Remove from oven and cool in braising liquid until cool enough to handle. Slice into individual ribs.

For the sauce:
Whisk together ingredients in a mixing bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To fry:

1. Heat oil to 350°F.

2. Lightly coat each rib in cornstarch and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Place on a wire rack to drain and cool slightly.

To serve:

Toss with hoisin chili sauce, topped with cilantro and serve immediately. (Cook’s note: You can also put the ribs under the broiler for a few minutes if you like them crispier).

Will you be cooking up these spicy ribs? Let us know in the comments.