What to Do with the Season’s First Asparagus

by in In Season, Recipes, March 25th, 2017

Roasted AsparagusSomething new has happened in our house this year. We’ve become a two-bundle family — in terms of asparagus, this is. One dainty parcel of asparagus, wrapped in a single rubber band, won’t cut it anymore. That’s because every time I cook a pound of asparagus, my husband and our four small rascals hoover that stuff up so fast I hardly have time to snag a spear myself.! So we’ve graduated. And it’s for the best. Now if I could just decide on which of these dishes to start with.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Asparagus (pictured above)
If you’ve never cooked asparagus before, and certainly if this is your children’s first taste of it, you must start with this classic recipe. Only the Barefoot Contessa could use so few ingredients to generate a fan-favorite dish with more than 300 user reviews.

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What to Watch: Easy, Cheesy Recipes on The Kitchen and a Disney Princess Showdown on Cake Wars

by in Shows, March 24th, 2017

Mazzarella Stick Grilled Cheese
It’s finally spring, and what better way to celebrate than by getting a fresh batch of delicious recipes from some of your favorite Food Network chefs? On Saturday morning, Trisha Yearwood is visiting a farm with her sister, Beth, and they’re making an entire menu inspired by eggs. Then, the co-hosts on the kitchen are sharing some of their cheesiest recipes and Valerie Bertinelli is making a So-Cal menu with a Mexican twist.

On Sunday evening, four more Triple G winners are returning to Flavortown Market, and their first challenge is to make a steakhouse dinner without any fresh meat or seafood. Then, on Spring Baking Championship the bakers are overhauling classic Napoleons and it’s all about royalty when the bakers must make a cake for a Disney Princess-themed party on Cake Wars: Champs.

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Can You Guess Which Country Is the Healthiest in the World?

by in News, March 24th, 2017

Can You Guess Which Country Is the Healthiest in the World?Pasta lovers, rejoice. Living (and eating!) like an Italian could be the key to a long, healthy life.

Geographically, Italy may sit in the southern part of Europe, but its health is apparently tops. The Mediterranean nation is No. 1 on the newly released Bloomberg Global Health Index, a ranking of 163 countries by healthfulness around the globe. Italy’s healthiness may be attributable to the country’s cuisine, with its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, and extra virgin olive oil, BloombergMarkets suggests.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Dinner Party Recipes to Impress Guests

by in Recipes, March 24th, 2017

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On weeknights, we just want to get dinner done, the sooner the better. On the weekend though, we’re ready for a challenge – like planning a multi-course meal with dishes our guests will remember for weeks to come. Here are 5 recipes to help you show your cooking prowess and plan a dinner party menu to dazzle friends and family.

Pea Pesto Crostini

Keep things easy for the appetizer round with a light and bright starter. The 12-minute recipe features a simple pesto with peas, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil.

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Is Mermaid Toast an Instagram Trend with Legs?

by in News, March 23rd, 2017

Is Mermaid Toast an Instagram Trend with Legs?Oh, Instagram foodies, you devourers of whimsical and colorful creatures. Lately you’ve branched out from rainbows and unicorns, and moved onto a new obsession: mermaid toast.

Miami-based food stylist and photographer Adeline Waugh, who posts images of her super-aesthetically pleasing culinary creations under the fitting handle @vibrantandpure, has just sent Instagram into flip turns of excitement. The reason? Her image of a slice of bread spread in swirling strokes with almond milk cream cheese blended with blue and green algae powders and liquids. The aquatically inspired toast is flecked with a few flakes of something golden and sparkly (gold leaf flakes, it seems), making it extra otherworldly and Insta-worthy.

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From Kitchen Stadium to the Gauntlet: Alton Brown Returns to the World of Iron Chef, and We’ve Got the Scoop

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, March 23rd, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletLet’s get one thing straight: No one knows food quite like Alton Brown. Whether he’s dishing on the internal organ structure of snails or explaining the etymology of soy lecithin, his ability to school us on all matters culinary is simply uncanny, and it’s for largely that reason he made a top-notch host of Iron Chef America for the 12-season run of the series. But now, for the first time since 2013, Alton is returning to the world of Iron Chef, this time as the host of Iron Chef Gauntlet, the all-new elite competition in which seven challengers are set to compete against not only each other but also a gauntlet of Iron Chefs for the chance to join their ranks.

We checked in with Alton as he prepared for this much-anticipated premiere, and he gave us the inside scoop on what’s to come on Iron Chef Gauntlet, plus his take on how to succeed in this unique beast of a contest. Read on below for an exclusive interview, with Alton, then look back on some of the best culinary fun facts he’s ever shared on Iron Chef America.

In many ways Iron Chef Gauntlet will be similar to The Next Iron Chef, but the idea of a three-tiered gauntlet in the finale is new. What are you most excited to see from these six episodes?
Alton Brown: Straightforward cooking at its highest level.

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Food Network Scores 9 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

by in News, March 22nd, 2017

Fresh off of last week’s news that both Ina Garten and Andrew Zimmern earned coveted James Beard Award nominations, we here at Food Network have another reason to celebrate. The nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday, and Food Network racked up nine, while Travel Channel collected two. The 44th annual awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, honors exceptional work by people and programs broadcast on daytime TV (airing 2 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in 2016.

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We’re All Obsessed With Pink Right Now: Here’s How to Cook (and Decorate) With It

by in Recipes, March 22nd, 2017

Look around — pink is everywhere right now, and once you notice it, you won’t be able to stop. A quick stroll down a busy street can quickly turn into a parade of delicate pastel shades and even more arresting tones of bubblegum. New York Magazine’s fascinating dive into the color proves it’s true: Pink is in our clothes, our restaurants, our homes and our pop culture. But it’s not just any old pink; it’s millennial pink, a light, soft shade that includes variations on salmon, cotton candy, flamingo, Champagne and more. It’s so prevalent today that it’s named for the generation that’s obsessed with Instagramming it.

With countless storefront displays, websites and products awash in the playful hue, nobody is immune to the craze. Of course, we wanted to get in on the fun, too! Here’s how we imagine millennial pink can take over your kitchens — in both recipes from Food Network and decor ideas from our friends at HGTV.

Birthday Cake with Hot-Pink Butter Icing (pictured at top)
Ina Garten recommends using 14 drops of pink food coloring — no more, no less — to achieve the perfect shade of rose petal when preparing her indulgent pink buttercream.

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Mayonnaise Gets Its Moment at 2 Pop-Up Cafes in Japan

by in News, March 22nd, 2017

Mayonnaise Gets Its Moment at 2 Pop-Up Cafes in JapanPeople tend to have their favorite condiments. Ketchup on everything? Mustard for the win? Hey, whatever floats your boat. Those who are partial to mayonnaise now have bragging rights over this: Japan is erecting two temporary shrines to the creamy-white food topper.

Kewpie mayonnaise, a Japanese mayo with a cultlike following (it even has its own museum), is opening a dedicated pop-up “Kewpie mayo café” first in Tokyo (March 1-31) and then in Nagoya (April 3-30). The cafes will feature “a menu of ‘Mayonnaise Magic’ that improves texture, richness and umami by using mayonnaise” — not only as an ingredient in salads, but also to fry, bake and saute foods — according to a press release (translation from Japanese via Google Translate).

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9 Slam-Dunk Snack Recipes for March Madness

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 22nd, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Cheese BallsThis week marks the race to the Elite Eight for 16 college basketball teams. After some upsets in the first two rounds, you won’t find a single perfect bracket, according to NCAA.com. So now that your perfect record is no more, it’s time to focus on the important things — like what you’ll be snacking on for the rest of the tournament. We found 10 basketball-shaped snacks to roll out at your next watch party.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls (above)

It wouldn’t be a watch party without a buffalo-chicken dish. If your favorite buffalo chicken tenders married your cheese plate, these deep-fried chicken and cheese balls are what you’d get. They’re crispy on the outside and hot and cheesy on the inside. Dipped in a tangy blue cheese sauce, you’ll have to go back for seconds and thirds.

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