Good news for cookie butter fanatics: You can blend your own in five minutes flat. We ground up chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, oatmeal-raisin and chocolate-mint cookies, and all the spreads were tasty enough to give as a gift. (Not so successful: soft cookies and ones with jam or sprinkles.)
It’s impossible to go wrong with fondue. You can go the savory route and dunk chunks of bread into a bowl of thick and velvety melted cheese, or you can opt for the sweet variation and dip strawberries, marshmallows and other goodies into a warm pot of chocolate. Both options are deliciously decadent, but which is better?
Food Network Magazine wants to know which side you’re on: chocolate or cheese. Vote in the poll below and tell FN Dish what type of fondue you prefer.
If you’re attending Food Network in Concert this September 20, your dinner plates (and wine glasses) will be in the hands of the city’s greatest chefs. Surrounded by succulent barbecue, dreamy pasta and sushi like you’ve never seen it before (to name just a few), it’s safe to say you won’t have to worry about food on the night of the festival. But what about the rest of your trip? Here, Food Network stars and headliner Phillip Phillips share their dinner recommendations to continue your culinary adventure in Chicago.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Paul Kahan’s restaurants Avec and Blackbird, and Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat.
Anne Burrell: The Purple Pig, BellyQ, and I always have to go for a piece of BIG MEAT, so I like to go to Gibsons!
When people hear “Chicago,” they think deep-dish pizza. But when we asked chefs for their favorite places to go for lunch in the area, the infamous crust did not make the cut — Mexican food and banh mi sandwiches did. Find their recommendations below, keeping in mind that Jeff Mauro is a trustworthy local. Whether you’re heading to Food Network in Concert this September or are a Chicagoan yourself, this list will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for an afternoon bite in the Windy City.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Frontera Grill — Rick Bayless’ place.
Anne Burrell: The Tavern on Rush is always fun to sit outside and people-watch, and Kuma’s Corner (pictured above) has even better burgers.
It’s nearly impossible to not get excited at the sight of these chocolate cupcakes. Filled with strawberry and vanilla ice cream and covered by a crunchy layer of chocolate shell topping, they’re so scrumptious that the title “Ice Cream Cupcakes” doesn’t do them justice. That’s why Food Network Magazine is challenging you to come up with something clever and fun. Submit your best name and you could win big. Here’s how to enter:
Hurry — the contest closes on Tuesday, August 26, 2014! The winner will receive a $500 gift card to FoodNetworkStore.com, and three runners-up will each receive a $50 gift card.
On Sept. 20, Food Network is throwing the ultimate end-of-summer bash: an outdoor food and music festival in Chicago. With today’s top chefs and big musical artists like John Mayer and Phillip Phillips, it’s sure to be a delicious experience worth the travel.
The event officially starts at 11:30am with lunch, so concertgoers will be on their own for breakfast, which isn’t a bad thing at all considering the countless great restaurants in the area. To narrow down the best options, we enlisted the help of Food Network chefs. From old-school diners to five-star hotels, here are Chicago’s best breakfast spots. (Just try to save some of your appetite for all of the gourmet hot dogs, award-winning burgers and other mouthwatering eats at the festival.)
Geoffrey Zakarian: The Drake Hotel
Anne Burrell: I love going to The Palace Grill [Sandwich Shop]. They have the best breakfast, and the owner, George, has even better jokes!
Backstage snacks are some of the perks of being a pop star — whether they’re there to fuel energy, help calm nerves or simply enjoy. While working on Food Network in Concert coming up this September, Food Network Magazine discovered the reported food requests of some of today’s top stars. Can you match each snack with the correct musician?
Food Network Magazine wants to know how you prefer pie. Answer the poll questions below, then see how your pastry opinion stacks up to others’ thoughts in an upcoming issue.
On September 20, Food Network Magazine is throwing its first-ever concert — not just a music festival with a few food trucks on the side, but a full-blown food and music event with big stars from both worlds. Food Network stars are joining forces with more than 50 of the area’s greatest chefs for cooking demos, meet-and-greet opportunities and the ultimate tasting event, and seven-time Grammy Award winner John Mayer will take center stage to round out a full day of great food and music. It’s all happening at Ravinia, a picturesque outdoor venue in Highland Park, Ill.
Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian will all be at Food Network in Concert. For a chance to win a pair of tickets (travel is not included), comment below and tell FN Dish which dish you hope one of these Food Network chefs will make for the event. Or head over to the official website to get your tickets before they sell out. The event will benefit Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry campaign — dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day.