All Posts By Michelle Buffardi

Easter Peep Fondue

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 22nd, 2011

peeps in chocolate fondue
The best parts of a Peep are the little eyes and nose. No, for real. They’re tiny dots of chocolate and everyone knows that chocolate and marshmallow is one of the more amazing comfort food combinations (right up there with peanut butter and jelly). The problem is that there’s not enough chocolate on the bunny or chicks face to really satisfy. The good people at Just Born recognize the wonder of marshmallow Peeps + chocolate and came out with chocolate-covered Peeps a few years ago. They’re more expensive than the original though, and the chocolate coating is sort of chemical-y tasting. So it’s best to do-it-yourself. Homemade chocolate fondue is super-easy to make (tip: you can even make it in the microwave), and assorted Peeps and fruit and whatever else you like to dip look quite festive on a platter. Make it for Easter, or after Easter with all the leftover candy.

Get Paula Deen’s easy chocolate fondue recipe »

Win a Copy of Food Network Magazine’s New Cookbook

by in Contests, April 20th, 2011

Mother’s Day is less than 3 weeks away, what are you planning for the special mom in your life? Breakfast in bed? A tea party? An outdoor picnic? A card or a special gift? Or maybe all of the above. One gift she’d surely love is a copy of Food Network Magazine‘s new cookbook, Great Easy Meals. The New York Times best seller is loaded with easy weeknight dinner recipes and side dishes to pair with them, plus 10-minute dessert recipes, tips from the Food Network Kitchens, and peeks into the home kitchens of your favorite TV chefs.

You can order mom (or yourself!) a copy, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one for free! All you have to do is comment on this post with the dish(es) you’re planning on making the mom in your life for Mother’s Day, OR the dish your own mom made best. We’re giving away one copy of the cookbook to a randomly-selected, and very lucky commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, DC or Puerto Rico,  and you must be at least 18 to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9 am ET on April 20th and 5pm ET on April 22nd. Subject to full official rules. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you making for mom?

Baseball Season is Food Network Steak Sandwich Season

by in News, April 19th, 2011
Food Network's Signature Steak Sandwich, served at 9 MLB ballparks this season. Game on!

America’s favorite pastime has been known, unfortunately, for some of America’s worst food. To enjoy a game meant to overpay for stale pretzels, beer and hot dogs, and, if you’re lucky, some frozen pizza.

Those days are over. Food Network and partner Delaware North Companies are stepping up to the plate to serve Food Network Signature Sandwiches at 9 baseball stadiums across the country. The chefs in the Food Network Kitchens worked tirelessly (during spring training) to create a Signature Steak Sandwich, plus a locally-inspired sandwich for each stadium — 8 steak ‘wiches and one sausage with local twists. Read more

Food Network Magazine’s Cookbook, Great Easy Meals, Made the NY Times Bestsellers List!

by in Books, News, March 25th, 2011

It’s true! Food Network Magazine’s new cookbook, Great Easy Meals, is officially a New York Times Best Seller. The new cookbook is packed with 250 simple meals that are perfect for weeknight cooking, including 50 new ten-minute dessert recipes. The book also has dozens of cooking tips from the Food Network Kitchens, menu-planning ideas and looks inside the kitchens of your favorite FN stars. Food Network Magazine featured a few of the super-easy, super-fast desserts in its April issue. Here are a couple of favorites:

Grapefruit Mousse

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Paula, Paula Everywhere

by in News, March 17th, 2011
Paula and fans gather for a photo, and some Food Network Magazine treats.

Paula’s been busy y’all! She was in New York City all day yesterday, first co-hosting the Today Show, then making a stop at Food Network Magazine’s treats truck. Did you catch her on Today or spot her in the city? Get a recap of her appearance on the show and see what else Paula’s been up to. Read more

Ten 10-Minute Desserts and a New Cookbook

by in Books, News, Recipes, March 15th, 2011
Cheesecake Pops: dessert in less than 10 minutes. No joke.

There’s always room for dessert, but there’s not always time. Who has hours of free time on a weeknight to whip up a fabulous cake or parfait? Enter Food Network Magazine‘s new cookbook, Great Easy Meals; it’s a brand new cookbook (on sale today!) that’s full of easy weeknight meals from the magazine, including main dishes, sides and super-fast desserts. The April issue of the magazine offered a peek at a few of the 50 new dessert recipes from the book — check out a few of our favorites. And yes, they can really be made in 10 minutes, often with grocery items you already have at home.

Cheesecake Pops (above)

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Today in Food: Bake a Pi(e), Eat Some Chips

by in News, March 14th, 2011
Happy Pi(e) Day, Happy Potato Chip Day

March 14th in this nation is a day to eat pie and potato chips. Pie, because March 14th is National Pi Day, as in π, or 3.14 (3/14, get it?) and since numbers are better for crunching than munching, pie is the logical gastronomical leap to make here.

So in the spirit of mathematics, get baking, and if it makes you feel better, go ahead and calculate the circumference of your quiche. Read more

Facebook Fans’ Favorite Italian Food

by in Recipes, February 22nd, 2011
Food Network Facebook fans "like" Fettuccini Alfredo

We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite Italian dish today and the response was overwhelming — over 1,000 fans commented! But most impressive wasn’t the number of posts, it was the list of mouthwatering ideas; scrolling through is like reading the ultimate Italian menu.

Many fans couldn’t decide on a favorite dish and commented that they loved anything Italian, while others got creative with “dish” and let us know their Italian crush — Giada De Laurentiis, Sophia Lauren, Antonio Sabato Jr., James Gandolfini, Jon Bon Jovi (is he Italian?), Al Pacino and someone named Sergio at a neighborhood pizzeria.

Other highlights from the post include Italian dishes both classic and unexpected:

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Oscar Eats: Black Swan and The Fighter

by in News, Recipes, February 21st, 2011

Horray for Hollywood-decorated cupcakes (image from Food Network Magazine)

What, no ticket to the 2011 Oscar Awards this Sunday? Consider it a lucky opportunity to view the red carpet from the best seat anywhere: your couch. You’re free to heckle the stars (their attire, hair, dates) as you wish, and shout out loud with excitement or disappointment when each winner is announced. And without a slinky dress or monkey suit to starve yourself into, you can enjoy a nominee-themed menu without worry.

Check back here every day this week — we’ll be posting menu ideas for all of the Best Picture nominees so you can eat along with your favorite film, or pick and choose from each to create your own award-winning menu. Today, Black Swan and The Fighter; two movies about battling foes both internal and actual. For tense dramas like these, popcorn just won’t do.

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Food Network’s In The Kitchen App at Eats and Apps Bash

by in News, February 15th, 2011
Food Network's Milissa Tarquini demonstrates the recipe search function on the ITK app. (Photo 2011©Alexander Bitar)

Last week was social media week in New York City — a chance for New Yorkers to learn about the latest trends in social, mobile, gaming and more across categories like food, entertainment, music and fashion. At an event called Eats & Apps, put on by MouthoftheBorder, the latest apps were presented to food lovers (professionals and enthusiasts alike). And by apps, we mean -etizers and -lications. Sliders, mac and cheese, veggie chili and fries from build-a-burger joint 4Food were passed as party-goers chatted with the creators of the newest products marrying tech and food. Attendees had the opportunity to try out the new apps and talk to the creative minds who brought them to life, as well as mingle with food writers, bloggers, editors and home cooks. Food Network’s In the Kitchen App for iPad, iPhone and Android was there, joining the ranks of the latest, greatest must-have food and cooking apps of the moment.

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