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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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For the Win: The Best March Madness Eats

by in Recipes, Restaurants, March 15th, 2017

The annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament kicked off yesterday, which means college basketball fans around the nation will gather over the next month to cheer on their bracket picks. If that includes you, then tune in for our very-important PSA:

When hosting or attending a viewing party, please remember to supply more than hard pretzels and beer.

Whether you’re taking bets on the Final Four or have no investment in the games whatsoever, you’re destined to get into the spirit of things when the party snacks are on point. These eight schools are predicted to have a statistical edge in this year’s tournament, so while you monitor their progress, you can also set a celebratory mood with the universities’ local food treasures. If you aren’t able to savor Arizona’s incredible tacos or Kentucky’s excellent barbecue directly from the source, then check out a few of our crowd-pleasing recipes that are sure to complete any March Madness party.

Villanova
Villanova students benefit not only from a first-rate basketball team but from proximity to some of Philadelphia’s best cheesesteaks, including legendary local joint John’s Roast Pork. Of course, we’re always in support of the DIY option, and when it comes to homemade cheesesteaks, there’s none better than Dave Lieberman’s Fontina-loaded creation (pictured at top).

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A Brownie for Every Mood

by in Recipes, March 2nd, 2017

People tend to have strong opinions on what separates a good brownie from a damn good brownie. Is it a soft, gooey center? A dash of espresso powder — to really make the chocolate sing? Maybe it’s the density of the corner pieces, prized for their thick and chocolatey crust. Sometimes our opinions change depending on our mood, and when it comes to selecting the right recipe for a particular moment, timing and setting are everything. So, whether you’re rushing to assemble dessert for your best friend’s dinner party or just sitting around at home with chocolate on your mind, you’re guaranteed to find a brownie that suits your needs somewhere on this shortlist.

The On-the-Go Brownies
Looking for a dessert that can survive a couple of hours in your lunch bag? Many will emerge from their packaging dry and crumbly by afternoon, but Trisha Yearwood’s marbled creation certainly won’t. The toothsome top layer of cream cheese pairs perfectly with the dense, fudgy base.

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Our Most-Comforting Potato Recipes to Curl Up with This Weekend

by in Recipes, February 16th, 2017

Mid-February is about that time when our dedication to New Year’s food resolutions begins to wane. Instead of feeling guilty and hypercritical, let’s just declare this weekend a time for indulgence – and loose-fitting pants. Before we know it, the season of salads and cold summer soups will be upon us, so it’s wise to fill up on wintertime pleasures while we can. Here at Food Network, we’re craving potatoes, no matter the form. Fried, baked or blended into soup, we’re gearing up to celebrate spuds in all of their carb-laden, stick-to-your-ribs glory. From twice-baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and sour cream to crispy-crunchy fries seasoned liberally with salt and pepper, here are a few of our most-comforting recipes. Go ahead – you deserve it.

The Classic
Trisha Yearwood takes the humble baked potato to new heights by combining the soft, starchy flesh with cheddar and sour cream, baking it twice and topping it with bacon. “I learned the hard way not to wrap the potatoes in foil before baking,” Trisha says. “It softens the shells and they will fall apart. Baking them unwrapped makes the shells stronger for scooping out the potato flesh later.”

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Breakfast Polenta, Morning Couscous and Other New-School Porridge Recipes

by in View All Posts, February 8th, 2017

Strawberry Couscous Breakfast BowlFor many of us, porridge is more of a concept than an actual dish – one that exists within the imaginary backdrops of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and childhood adventure stories. It’s the wholesome breakfast of choice for Goldilocks and the three bears; for Oliver Twist, it’s the base for a sad, watered-down dish known as “gruel” – a name so very fitting for the lumpy gray matter. As a kid, this split left me wondering whether porridge could be a source of nutrition and comfort, and simultaneously a vehicle for cruel and unusual punishment. Yet neither of these possibilities help to clear up the real question – what, exactly, is porridge? And how does it differ, if it all, from oatmeal?

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How to Eat Pizza Around the Clock

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2017

Growing up, Friday night was pizza night. My family and I were regulars at our town’s single brick-and-mortar pizzeria, which ran a mean take-out service. Every week, we’d call in our usual order: One large pie with mushrooms, onions and extra mozzarella. I can still remember sitting in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car, the hot pizza box on my lap, feeling giddy with anticipation. Every few minutes, I would lift the lid and inhale deeply as the wonderfully cheesy aromas escaped their cardboard confines. “It’ll get cold if you keep doing that,” my mom would say.

I grew up, but my love of pizza stayed strong – and with age came wisdom. Having spent the better part of the last two decades awakening my palate to new, previously unthinkable topping combinations and different crust styles, I’ve recently made the most important discovery of all: It’s okay to eat pizza for dinner, lunch and breakfast (sometimes even dessert too) — and not just on Fridays. Because, if you haven’t already realized, everything tastes better on top of pizza crust.

Still need convincing? I’ll let these ‘round-the-clock recipes speak for themselves.

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Don’t Throw That Out: Common Holiday Leftovers and How to Use Them Up

by in Recipes, January 13th, 2017

Purging your kitchen of leftover holiday ingredients can feel both necessary and overwhelming, especially when you’re working with limited storage space like I am. (Curse you, tiny New York City apartment.) In other words, yes, I understand how tempting it can be to throw out a half-empty carton of heavy cream or a mound of frozen pie dough scraps — in fact, I’ve succumbed to that temptation more times than I would like to admit. This year, in an effort to save money and reduce food waste, I’m hoping to use up as many leftovers from my holiday cooking arsenal as possible. Because who doesn’t want to start the new year with a fresh, tidy kitchen? I’ve found that it’s all about locating the right recipes to take care of your specific leftover needs — and recruiting enough friends to come over and help polish off the fruits of your labor. Here are the eight ingredients that I happen to have in surplus this month — and maybe you do too — plus, a few ideas on how to get rid of them as deliciously as possible.

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6 Powerhouse Bowls to Fuel Your Post-Holiday Routine

by in Recipes, January 6th, 2017

Settling back into a routine after a leisurely holiday break is tough for us all, especially when it comes to eating. After a week of reclining on the couch while snacking on Mom’s legendary gingerbread, our sad desk lunches taste even sadder — our reheated dinners, all the more uninspired. But why should we punish ourselves during this already difficult transitional month? Instead, let’s set the pace for 2017 with wholesome, energizing meals that will ease the return to a more-demanding schedule. One trend that’s already taken hold here at Food Network is the grain bowl — a hearty, customizable dish that consists of a grain base, a protein such as chicken, steak or fish, an array of fresh vegetables and some kind of flavorful dressing or sauce to tie it all together.

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Top-Rated Takes on Our Favorite Winter Soups

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2017

If we were to follow the dictates of popular culture, we would spend the first few weeks of 2017 fasting, cleansing or munching on celery. But winter will be over before we know it, and we wouldn’t want to look back with regret on missed opportunities to taste the finer side of cold-weather cuisine, now would we? Certainly not. And since January calls for the kind of comforting indulgence that can only be found in a soup ladle’s gentle embrace, we’re eyeing up our best recipes for chicken noodle, hearty minestrone and cream of tomato. With 5 stars and over 100 reviews, these are the soups we can’t wait to simmer this month.

French Onion Soup

High-end French restaurants probably don’t want you to know how simple it is to make classic French Onion Soup from scratch — but this year, we’re staying home for our fix. Tyler Florence demystifies the process with this traditional recipe that calls for a buttery beef broth fortified with sweet caramelized onions. For classic bistro presentation, spoon the soup into ramekins, then crown each one with a slice of toasted baguette and some freshly grated Gruyere cheese.

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How to Host the Easiest-Ever Secret Santa Potluck

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 12th, 2016

Yes, the holidays are for spending time with family, but let’s not forget the other meaningful people in our lives: friends, neighbors, co-workers. They deserve a special nod during the season of giving, too, and the best way to cover your gift-giving bases (without going on a spending spree) is none other than the sacred tradition of Secret Santa. If you’re hosting this year, lighten your load by declaring 2016 the year of the Secret Santa Potluck. These festive dishes from Food Network are so quick and easy that you won’t feel any guilt asking your guests to pitch in.

To start, ask one of your guests to whip up a simple appetizer — something along the lines of this creamy wheel of brie (above) topped with orange marmalade, chopped fresh rosemary and toasted pine nuts. Because who doesn’t love cheese?

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