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How to Pair Pasta with Sauce

by in How-to, March 18th, 2014

Before you pick out a pasta for dinner tonight, think about what sauce you’re craving. Different pasta shapes lend themselves better to different pasta sauces, and these perfect pairings will ensure the perfect bite.

1. Flat Long Noodles
Think of fettuccine, linguine and tagliatelle as the flat, ribbon-like pastas that pair well with creamy sauces. The surface area of a flatter noodle means that it can stand up to a rich sauce. The wider the noodle, the heartier the sauce. A meaty Bolognese is best for wide pappardelle while an Alfredo pairs perfectly with fettuccine.

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Green St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

by in Holidays, March 15th, 2014

Shamrock CupcakesOn March 17 you’ll likely be decked out in green attire, so why not whip up some green desserts to go with the theme? It’s been noted that blue was originally the color of St. Patrick’s Day; over the centuries this evolved based on the color of St. Patrick’s shamrock and the color in the Irish flag.  Green is now the color of the day, and these treats are true to the Emerald Isle.

1. Shamrock Cupcakes (pictured above)
Make an old-fashioned boiled frosting that’s both creamy and fluffy for these cupcakes. Three frosted cupcakes plus a halved cupcake covered in green sanding sugar turn these hand-held desserts into shamrocks.

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How to Store Your Kitchen and Pantry Staples

by in How-to, February 25th, 2014

Storing these kitchen and pantry staple ingredients should be easy but there are a few tricks to remember to keep them tasting their best.

1. Nuts
Nuts should be stored in the freezer. Their high levels of natural oils can turn rancid but cold temperatures will help to slow down the process. The darkness of the freezer will also protect the nuts from being exposed to light, which can cause them to go stale.

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Which Cooking Oil Is Right for You?

by in How-to, February 18th, 2014

It’s no longer just a choice between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. We’ve broken down common cooking oils (plus a few new comers) so you can pick the right one for dinner tonight.

1. Canola Oil
The high smoking point of this neutral-tasting oil makes it your best bet for dishes like fried chicken or french fries. It’s also handy when making homemade mayonnaise.

2. Coconut Oil (Unrefined)
This trendy oil is praised as an all-natural vegan butter substitute. Use it for baking or quick sauteing, because of its low smoking point; use it as a spread for a hint of coconut flavor.

3. Corn Oil
This mild-flavored oil is inexpensive to produce and has a high smoking point for deep-frying but it’s refined, which means it is stripped of most nutrients.

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Pick Your Pot: Top Tips for Nonstick, Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Cookware

by in How-to, February 11th, 2014

Every cookware surface has its own set of rules to guarantee correctly cooking food and a long life on your shelf. Whether your cabinets are stocked with nonstick, cast iron or stainless steel (or you’re thinking about a set to invest in), these tips will keep your pots and pans properly cared for.

1. Nonstick
When cooking with nonstick pans use medium heat or lower. High heat on a coated pan will shorten its shelf life. Because temperatures can soar, don’t preheat an empty pan. Add food or even oil from the start. Keep in mind that foods prepared in a nonstick pan will not brown well, as high heat is necessary for a seared surface to develop. Foods won’t be able to adhere to the surface and form the browned bits that make up a golden crust.

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How to Make Tiramisu

by in How-to, February 10th, 2014

How to  Make TiramisuTiramisu is Italian for “pick-me-up.” It’s made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Giada’s version will make enough for you, your sweetie and then some.

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Spiked Salsas for Game Day

by in Entertaining, February 2nd, 2014

If you’re serving beer on game day but are still craving your favorite cocktail, look no further than these adults-only salsas. They’re inspired by mixed-drink classics like bloody marys and martinis and make a perfect pairing with the best brews. Food Network Kitchen even came up with the perfect dipper for each, like serving celery sticks instead of tortilla chips with a Bloody Mary Guajillo Salsa.

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Super Snack Mixes for the Big Game

by in Entertaining, January 30th, 2014

New York Deli Snack MixWhether you’re hosting a rowdy football-watching crowd or headed to a game day party, a snack mix is a great make-ahead option for guests. These inspired mixes can be stored in a container for up to three days, so you can focus on television come Sunday.

1. New York Deli Snack Mix (pictured above)
This concoction is inspired by the classic flavors of pastrami on rye with mustard. Crisp corn cereal, kettle cooked potato chips and lightly crushed rye melba toast serve as the crunchy base for a buttery mustard and brown sugar sauce. Bake the mixture until it’s dry before adding French-fried onions and bite-sized pieces of beef jerky.

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How to Make 7-Layer Greek Dip

by in Entertaining, How-to, January 29th, 2014

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/every-layer-dips/pictures/page-3.htmlSpend more time in front of the game and less time in the kitchen by making this seven-layer dip the day before the event. It’s a hearty option to serve with chips and is also vegetarian-friendly. See the step-by-step photo how-to below to ensure that each scoop will score big with your guests.

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Secret Ingredients: What Would You Make?

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2014

Secret Ingredients: What Would You Make?This beautiful array of ingredients are key to making a fun twist on a certain classic game day recipe. We’re keeping quiet about the actual recipe right now so you can tell us what you would make with all of these options. No need to use them all but the more you can incorporate the better!

What would you make with tomatillos, poblano chiles, scallions, vegetable oil, tequila, chili powder, fresh limes, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper? Or, tell us what you think we made in the comments below.