All Posts By Colleen Park

Geoffrey Zakarian’s Best Garden-Fresh Recipes for Spring

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 24th, 2017

Now that we’re squarely in the middle of spring, it’s time to step things up in the kitchen. Our inspiration for this round is none other than Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. As many of GZ’s recipes show, it can be easy and worthwhile to incorporate seasonal ingredients in your cooking, like peas and rhubarb, and elevate dishes with pantry essentials. Here are 6 dishes to add to your repertoire this season.

Skillet Roasted Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables and Mustard Sauce

GZ adds layers of flavor to the pork chops throughout the cooking process, seasoning with coriander and cumin, basting the pork chops in butter with garlic and tarragon, and serving with a mustard sauce. Radishes, peas and dill add a fresh element to the dish.

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Kitchen Cleaning All-Stars in Your Pantry and Fridge

by in How-to, April 19th, 2017


Getting ready to clean the coffeemaker or scrub away at those unfortunate stains (tomato soup?) in your microwave? Before you reach under the sink for any household cleaning products, give DIY cleaners a try to polish stainless steel, clean grease stains and freshen the garbage disposal. They’re easy to whip up with a few natural ingredients and pantry items.

Lemon

The most edible of the cleaning all-stars is also pretty versatile. Cut out a slice and use it straight on stainless steel appliances to remove grease and streaks.

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Spruce Up Your Cooking This Season with Valerie Bertinelli’s Best Spring Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 17th, 2017

In addition to airing out our closets and pantries, spring cleaning also means hitting refresh on our dining habits. Put away your pasta and potatoes and update your menu this season with the best of Valerie Bertinelli’s spring recipes.

Snap Pea, Orange and Radish Salad

Add some vibrancy to your cooking this season with a brightly colored salad featuring seasonal sugar snap peas, sweet oranges, fresh herbs and a crispy bites of prosciutto.

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Get Your Green On with Springtastic Side Salads

by in Recipes, April 6th, 2017

Though April might have a few gray days and spring showers in store for us, it’s well worth it for all the green goods we get to enjoy at the farmer’s market and on our plates. And one of the best ways to showcase the herbs and vegetables of the season is also the simplest: a salad. Here are 6 side salads to enjoy this spring.

Avocado-Herb Salad with Goat Cheese

Tiffani Thiessen’s dish features avocados, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and chives for a refreshing medley of flavors and textures. In place of a dressing, the salad is lightly tossed in olive oil, salt and lemon juice, and topped with goat cheese.

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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 five 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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Your Weekend Project: 5 Fresh Recipes to Make for Spring

by in Recipes, March 17th, 2017

Though some of us are still seeing frost-filled mornings and might not be quite so ready to relinquish our soup bowls, spring is finally on the horizon and it’s time to make the most of it. Take this weekend to introduce some springtime flavor to your cooking, with meals featuring fresh herbs, sweet strawberries and green produce. Here are 5 recipes to make this weekend.

Spring Vegetable Fettucine Alfredo

Bridging the gap between hearty comfort food and leafy spring mains, this creamy pasta has a mix of spring vegetables – peas and asparagus – and some lemon zest to brighten the dish.

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6 Dishes That’ll Meet Your Cheesy Needs All Day Long

by in Recipes, March 12th, 2017

Hankering for some sharp cheddar or the gooey texture of American cheese? Whether you’re craving a dish drenched in melted Gruyere or a crunchy bite of Parmesan, here are six dishes that can cater to your cheesy needs all day long.

Croque Monsieur

This classic French dish is essentially a ham and cheese sandwich, but better. Instead of cheese slices, a bechamel-based cheese sauce is poured over the sandwich, which is then broiled to golden brown perfection.

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Meat and Potatoes, Perfected: Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipes

by in Recipes, March 11th, 2017

When it comes to the “meat-and-potatoes” of comfort food, there’s one dish we think puts it together the best: Shepherd’s pie. With a juicy ground meat filling and a topping of fluffy mashed potatoes, it’s a dish more than 160 years in the making and an all-in-one meal that’s all at once simple and satisfying. Here are some of our favorite ways to make this classic dish.

Shepherd’s Pie

Though it closely resembles a traditional recipe for shepherd’s pie, Food Network Magazine’s dish includes smoked bacon for an extra burst of umami. For the mashed topping, the recipe adds turnips for a depth of earthy flavor.

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10 NOLA-Inspired Recipes to Make for Mardi Gras

by in Recipes, February 26th, 2017

We have New Orleans to thank for more than a few dishes that can be enjoyed year-round, but there’s no better time to enjoy its influence than Mardi Gras. If you’re a long way away from the Crescent City, bring the flavors of the French Quarter home with fluffy beignets, mouthwatering po’ boys and a beautifully bedazzled king cake. Here are some of our favorite NOLA-inspired recipes to make for Mardi Gras.

Beignets

Since Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, has to do with indulging before Lent, we’d say beignets definitely deserve a place on your menu. Fried until they’re golden-brown and finished with a generous topping of powdered sugar, these sweet fritters take some time and care to make but are well worth the effort.
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6 Mac and Cheese Dishes We’re Dreaming About

by in Recipes, February 23rd, 2017

When we’re struggling to get through the grayness of winter, more often than not, our thoughts turn to dinner. And on these wearying days, happiness looks a lot like a bowl of warm, stick-to-your-ribs mac and cheese. For all the dreamers with visions of cheesy pasta dancing in their heads, here are 6 versions worth fantasizing about.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Food Network Magazine’s recipe takes all the traditional elements of a baked macaroni and cheese dish and does one better. To start, a classic butter-and-flour roux takes a spicy turn with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder and cayenne pepper. On the ooey-gooey side of things are four different cheeses: a blend of white American, sharp yellow cheddar and Havarti in the sauce; and grated Parmesan in the topping. To finish, the recipe calls for switching up breadcrumbs in the topping with crushed butter crackers.
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