“Brown-Bag Brownie. Nailed It” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 25th, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen is nothing if not punny, as Alton Brown is notorious for putting literal spins on the challenge dishes, all in an effort to create hilariously diabolical sabotages. When it came time for the competitors to make brownies for dessert on tonight’s all-new big-game episode, he reached for what else but brown bags to auction off as one contestant’s sole mixing and cooking vessel. These everyday bags are surely thin and weak, so would such a mandate be fair to ask of a chef, and is brown-bag baking even possible?

The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew set out to answer that very question as they attempted this sabotage before the contest in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. After a quick triple-ply maneuver to prevent batter seepage, food stylist Chelsea proclaimed, “Brown-bag brownie. Nailed it,” proving once and for all that brownies can indeed be made in brown bags.

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Heads or Tails? Whole-Fish Sushi Offers Both

by in News, January 25th, 2015

SardinesYou can teach a man to fish, but can you teach him to eat a whole-fish sushi roll? A popular sushi chain in Japan, Kurazushi, has introduced a roll that is definitely not for the fishphobic: It’s made with a whole sardine – head, tail, eyes and all.

The roll has been created in honor of a Japanese spring festival called Setsubun, which kicks off in early February and, according to Japan Today, nods at two festival traditions: eating thick sushi rolls called “ehomaki” while facing the direction deemed most auspicious for the coming year; and adorning one’s front door with “hiiragi iwashi,” a cooked sardine head poised upon a sprig of holly, which is believed to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.

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10 Snacks Under 250 Calories — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 25th, 2015

10 Snacks Under 250 CaloriesIf you’ve started 2015 with a healthy-eating resolution, chances are you’ve found your go-to lighter meals by now, those quick-fix favorites that are better for you but don’t sacrifice flavor. But what about snacks? What do you reach for at 3 in the afternoon when a sweet craving hits? That’s where this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week comes in. Dig into Food Network’s roundup of 10 easy-to-prepare sweet and savory bites like peanut-butter topped bananas (pictured above), deli roll-ups and next-level hummus for fresh ideas that are sure to satisfy.

For more better-for-you recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipes: 10 Snacks Under 250 Calories

Anne’s Ultimate Game-Day Menu: “My Friends Don’t Request — They Tell Me I Need to Make Them”

by in Food Network Chef, January 25th, 2015

Anne BurrellNachos, sliders, wings, dips and beer — for most, February’s big-game day is a chance to indulge in the ultimate spread of snack food, and Anne Burrell is no exception. It brings “a license to go ahead and get down and dirty on all of the stuff I would not normally let myself eat all together,” she recently told FN Dish. Among her must-haves at the tailgate is “a big pot of meatballs” — her Excellent Meatballs, in fact. Anne’s friends practically demand these easy, saucy bites, and the secret to making them comes down to a basic rule: solid seasoning.

Read on below to hear more from Anne about her favorite football foods and how to make then, then find out what she’ll be looking for at the concession stand when she travels to Glendale, Ariz., for the big game on Feb. 1.

It wouldn’t be game day without _____ and _____.
Anne Burrell: It wouldn’t be game day without lots of friends and libations.

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New Hampshire Lottery Now Doles Out Dollars and Bacon Scents

by in News, January 24th, 2015

New Hampshire Lottery Now Doles Out Dollars and Bacon Scents

The New Hampshire Lottery has added an olfactory twist to its newest batch of scratch tickets. For the first time, the lottery’s offering scratch-and-sniff tickets, set to reward you with the heady scent of bacon, whether or not they earn you a prize.

The I Heart Bacon Scratch Tickets, which went on sale earlier this month, can be snapped up for $1. Players who scratch the ticket to reveal a heart symbol win the prize shown, and those who uncover a bacon symbol win double the prize money revealed on the card — up to a grand prize of $1,000, which is, of course, a respectable pile of scratch.

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A Quick-Fix Breakfast Secret: Smoothies Without the Blender

by in Food Network Chef, January 24th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianThey say breakfast is the most-important meal of the day because it kick-starts the day with energy-giving nutrients. I agree, and there is another reason why I think we should all give our breakfasts a second look: The choices I make early in the day impact the choices I make later in the day. And that means that eating a healthy breakfast means that eating healthier throughout the day will just plain be easier. (And I’m all for anything that makes healthy living easy living!)

I make no secret about how much I love a morning smoothie! I can toss just about anything in my blender and within seconds I have a portable breakfast that I can sip as I take the dog for her morning walk, or read my morning devotional. Both of my cookbooks feature smoothie recipes that range from the trusty Green Morning Smoothie in Ten Dollar Dinners to the caffeinated Coffee-Oat Smoothie in Supermarket Healthy. Ask me what my favorite kitchen appliance is and you’ll probably find me waxing poetic about my trusty blender and how I use it multiple times a day, making everything from protein drinks to fruity smoothies for the kids’ snacks to raw veggie soups.

But what about those days when I don’t have access to my blender? How does a smoothie lover go about making a blenderless smoothie?

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Football Fan Fare: What’s Your Favorite Game-Day Dish?

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2015

Katie Lee and Jeff MauroAs is the case in many homes on game day, The Kitchen co-hosts’ football fete featured the ultimate roster of tailgate classics on this morning’s all-new episode. From meaty nachos and next-level chicken wings to deep-dish pizza, chile con queso and boozy slushes, the cast showcased a savory spread of hearty eats and drinks all worthy of your big-game bash.

FN Dish wants to know, when it comes to indulging at your football party, what snack do you most prefer? Are you a fan of sticky, saucy Buffalo-style wings, or do you prefer the warming comfort of beefy chili? Do you dig into creamy dips right away, or do you skip the savory selects to save room for sweet brownies? Share your favorite fan fare by voting in the poll below.

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Made-Over Game-Day Recipes to Lighten Up Your Party

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 24th, 2015


Our Food Network Kitchen gave heavy game-day fare (think Buffalo chicken dip and potato skins) a healthy makeover with lighter takes on classic recipes. So now you can snack through halftime without feeling like you’ve eaten your weight in guacamole.

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Playing for Pride: Competition Without the Prize — Duff Goldman’s Take on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

Duff Goldman
Duff Goldman’s new show, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c (with a sneak peek Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c), might be the first of its kind: a competition show with no final prize, no money, nothing, nada, zilch, except for the Golden Whisk, the only physical reward. On Duff Till Dawn, it’s not $10,000 or $25,000 on the line; it’s pride. The Golden Whisk, well, it’s just the proverbial icing on the cake. It’s just about as good as any award show statuette, as any of the winning bakers is free to rub it in other bakers’ faces, having earned bragging rights. But at the bottom of it all, “it’s a really fresh take on competition,” Duff said, where everyone gets to show off what they can do.

FN Dish caught up with the artiste extraordinaire, owner of Charm City Cakes and maker of epically awesome cakes, to talk about the concept of the new show, actually competing from dusk till dawn in his bakery and why there is no monetary reward.

What Makes Duff Till Dawn so Unique in Duff’s Opinion

5 Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Cheese, Crackers and Carbs

by in Recipes, January 23rd, 2015

Carrots & Dip Taste TestGot a carb lover on your hands? A couple of pintsize cheese addicts? Me too. In fact, I have four small kids, and sometimes it seems like they’ll eat only cheese, crackers and other carbs (CCC), at least without a fuss. When we’re in a CCC rut, I break out a few of these delicious alternatives.

Carrots and Dip Taste Test: Hear me out. If your kids don’t like raw veggies, give them a choice of a few dips (salad dressings, hummus or whatever you have in the fridge), and ask them to pick a winner. Alternatively, pick their favorite dressing — say, ranch — and offer three to four kinds of raw veggies to dip right in. Have them declare a favorite vegetable instead.

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