Save Some Coffee for Cocktail Hour

by in Drinks, Recipes, March 28th, 2015

A cup before work, a cup to get through 3 p.m. — why not have a cup during happy hour? Coffee cocktails might be exactly what you need: something that melts away the stress of the day while simultaneously boosting your energy for late-night laundry. Add in some rum or chocolate, and you’ll enjoy your caffeine fix more than ever. Whether you’ve just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these sips are sure to put a smile on your face.

Pitch-Dark Coffee Stout (pictured above)
Why not have both brews—coffee and beer—at the same time? Coffee liqueur and espresso give you a bit of a jolt while stout rounds out the richness of the drink.

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Enter to Win an Easter Basket from The Kitchen

by in Contests, Shows, March 28th, 2015

Sunny AndersonWith deviled eggs, roasted lamb, chocolate nests and party-ready punch on the menu this weekend, The Kitchen cast was set to kick off an all-new episode dedicated to celebrating next week’s Easter holiday. In true Kitchen fashion, the co-hosts turned the focus of the show to you, the fans, and let you take part in the party by giving you the chance to win an over-the-top Easter basket.

At the start of the show, Jeff Mauro showed off a special Easter egg that would be hidden on set and later revealed two times throughout the episode; it was up to you, the viewers, to spot the egg for your chance to win one of these seasonal baskets, each filled with a Le Creuset 4.5-quart Dutch oven, a Le Creuset spatula, a Le Creuset spatula spoon, a tea towel set and a Kitchen mug signed by the cast.

Think you spotted the hidden Easter egg? Leave a comment below with the location where you think you saw it on the set of The Kitchen on air. Five lucky, randomly selected fans will win one Easter basket each.

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6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use Them

by in Family, March 28th, 2015

6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use ThemAs the mom of four kids under age 6, I’ve found the secret to stocking a useful pantry: Every item needs to be versatile. From breakfast to lunch and snacks through dinner, my favorite pantry items can be used over and over again in totally different ways.

Old-Fashioned (Whole) Oats: I buy the generic store brand. While we make our share of oatmeal in the morning — three minutes in the microwave, then drenched in whole milk and sprinkled with chia seeds and dried fruit — there’s so much more!

Breakfast: Banana Oat Cup Muffins with Peanut Butter and Jam

Snack: 2-Ingredient Cookies

Dinner: New Classic Meatloaf

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Japan Has Apple Pie and Carrot Kit Kats for Easter

by in News, March 27th, 2015

Kit KatsWhen it comes to Kit Kat creativity, we American candy-bar lovers have nothing on our Japanese counterparts. In Japan, where Kit Kats are crazy popular, Nestle offers a variety of limited-edition Kit Kat flavors, many of them season- and holiday-specific.

You got your cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats (of various sorts), your pineapple Kit Kats, your kiwifruit Kit Kats, your maple Kit Kats, your choco-banana Kit Kats – even your baked potato Kit Kats and your soy sauce Kit Kats. You got your Christmas Kit Kats, your Halloween Kit Kats and your cherry-blossom-season Kit Kats.

This year, for the first time, Nestle is offering special Easter-edition Kit Kats: Apple Pie and Carrot flavor.

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Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: Best of the Cookie Batch Edition

by in Community, March 27th, 2015

#FoodNetworkFaves CookieNo matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. Every other week, we’re coming your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we call out the theme on Instagram, put your cooking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to Food Network recipe, snapping a photo and tagging #FoodNetworkFaves for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!

This time, we asked you to share your latest, greatest batch of cookies with us on Instagram — and, my, oh my, did you deliver. Our #FoodNetworkFaves hashtag blew up with cookie creations, from chocolate chipped and sprinkled to sandwiched and iced, with eye-popping batches of buttery beauty showing up in every square of our feed.

Behold, our first round of #FoodNetworkFaves with our four favorites!

Pictured above, @eunamaes has a batch of quintessential chocolate chip cookies cooling, just moments before they were probably devoured.

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What to Watch: Easter Festivities on The Pioneer Woman and The Kitchen, Plus a Surprise Return on All-Star Academy

by in Shows, March 27th, 2015

Sunny AndersonStart prepping the Easter menu this weekend on Food Network. Tune in on Saturday for Easter festivities and recipes on new episodes of The Pioneer Woman and The Kitchen. Ree Drummond will be making traditional holiday dishes like Hot Cross Buns, Tortellini Primavera, Crudite Basket with Spinach Dip and Crispy Easter Eggs for the kids. Then, the cast of The Kitchen is cooking up classics like stuffed pork loin and leg of lamb. Pastry chef Johnny luzzini stops by to show off his unique carrot cake. Watch to find out how you can enter to win an Easter basket filled with kitchen must-haves (pictured above).

On Sunday, watch Farmhouse Rules and join Nancy Fuller as she makes a delightful lunch of Poached Salmon Salad, Herbed Rice Pilaf and Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. Then, on Sunday night, stay tuned for Guy’s Grocery Games, All-Star Academy and Cutthroat Kitchen to cheer on the chefs as they battle for victory.

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Game-Changing Egg-in-a-Hole Ideas

by in Food Network Magazine, March 26th, 2015

egg-in-a-hole doughnut

Call it egg in a basket, toad in a hole, egg in a frame or one-eyed jack; an egg fried in a hole of toast is nothing new, but it’s still amazing. You’ll be met with smiles round the table each time you serve the sunny-side up breakfast treat — bonus points if it’s a weekday. Whether it’s because the bread gets extra buttery in the skillet or because there’s almost always a debate over what to call it, the simple trick makes regular ol’ eggs and toast so much more fun. But why confine your runny yolk to sandwich bread? What’s stopping you from cracking an egg into the center of a fluffy, glazed doughnut?

Food Network Magazine’s dozen new ideas for eggs in holes are groundbreaking. You already know putting a fried egg on top of almost everything instantly amps up the craveability factor. The same theory applies to eggs’ nests: pizza, doughnuts, grilled cheese sandwiches, you name it. Pick your nest and put an egg in it.

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5 Crazy-Good Ways to Do Up Mashed Potatoes — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, March 26th, 2015

Baked Mashed PotatoesChances are you’ve ladled out your fair share of mashed potatoes over the years. Though this creamy, dreamy side could never, ever get old, there’s something to be said for dressing up your family’s tried-and-true recipe every once in a while. This week, in celebration of our first installment of Sensational Sides, we’re digging into mashed potato recipes that come to the table with a few extra-special touches.

Bake them

When you sink a spoon into Giada De Laurentiis’ Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs (pictured above), you’re met with a crunchy, buttery topping that contrasts just right with the creamy, rich mashed potato center. Browned on top and served in a casserole dish, this cheesy take on mashed potatoes gives a special edge to a weeknight staple.

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So, You Need Dinner in a Hurry? No Problem.

by in Recipes, March 26th, 2015

Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy SalsaHow many times have you been driving home from work, famished, thinking that it would just be easier and quicker to simply phone in your dinner order rather than cook for yourself? The temptation is real. But if you fight the urge, you’ll surely be rewarded because, believe it or not, cooking dinner at home doesn’t have to be an involved, lengthy process. All you need are a few go-to recipes that can be ready in minutes — and not mere salads or sandwiches, but full, hearty meals. Take a look at our five top picks below for speedy supper inspiration. All of these recipes can be on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy Salsa (pictured above): Simmering the chicken with fresh vegetables and a homemade seasoning mix guarantees plenty of flavor in Sunny Anderson’s crunchy-shelled tacos. Instead of finishing the tacos with everyday sour cream and salsa, she combines those classic fixings for a cool yet spiced topping made with fresh tomatoes, chopped jalapeno and sour cream, plus a squeeze of lime juice for extra brightness.

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Restaurants Revisited: Double Trouble at Valentino’s and Italian Bistro

by in Shows, March 25th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleThough Robert Irvine can’t anticipate the exact state a restaurant will be in when he arrives for a Restaurant: Impossible mission, there are a couple of things he’s come to expect at every overhaul: one failing restaurant and one last chance to save it from the brink of closure. His latest mission, in Summerville, S.C., caught him by surprise, though: Upon meeting Robert, Frankie Valentino asked him to transform not just one of his family’s Italian-focused eateries, but both of them. The Valentino family owns both Valentino’s and Italian Bistro, and both businesses were in dire need of support if they were to have any hope of a future. Sure enough, in true Irvine fashion, Robert completed this double-duty mission with roaring success. Read on below to hear from Frankie and find out how both restaurants are faring today.

According to Frankie, business at “Valentino’s is currently up by 30 percent and the Bistro by 20 percent.” He adds that “the new design is working great” and “it looks brighter [and] modern.”

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